Downeast Thunder Farm Owl Sign

Downeast Thunder Farm Owl Sign

Some time ago, Paul asked me to convert my Downeast Thunder Farm logo owls into an image file he could use with his X-Carve machine. His first test run with that simplified design was on the garden trug he made for me a couple of weeks ago. Last...

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The Lure of Chives

The Lure of Chives

The chive blossoms were the most popular flower in my yard this weekend. The lure of these dainty purple flowers is strong. 'Tis pollinator season!

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My New Garden Trug

My New Garden Trug

Each year, Women for Healthy Rural Living has a raffle auction - except for the last two COVID summers. I've often been able to talk Paul into making and donating an item. In the past, he's built a rowing dinghy and a child's pedal Bugatti car,...

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Goslings

Goslings

Every year about this time, Hannah and I venture out in search of goslings. Tonight we enjoyed watching two Canada Goose families noodling about the shore on Beals Island. A lovely evening with my girl.

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May in Bloom

May in Bloom

As May comes to a close, I thought I'd share how Maine has come to life this last month. Although my gardens are just emerging, the wild blooms have nourished the pollinators and my soul. Ferns are emerging. Ash tree (maybe?) in bloom. Wild...

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The Foraging Blue-headed Vireo

The Foraging Blue-headed Vireo

Some of my backyard birds you have to go searching the edges of the woods for; otherwise, you can only hear them. The Blue-headed Vireo is one that I've been recording daily on Merlin; I've yet to spot this guy. A challenging part of this bird is...

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The Familiar White-throated Sparrow

The Familiar White-throated Sparrow

The White-throated Sparrow may be the unsung hero of my backyard. Unassuming, always around either at the feeder or rustling around beneath the lilac bushes. I'm past due creating a felt pattern for this guy. Enjoy! If you are reading this post via...

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The Belligerent Black-and-white Warbler

The Belligerent Black-and-white Warbler

Black-and-white Warblers have been singing and keeping me company from the edge of the woods these past few days. This design was a happy way to spend the afternoon on the porch. Enjoy! If you are reading this post via email, click Continue Reading...

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The Hummer Boys Are Back!

The Hummer Boys Are Back!

Hopeful, I first put the hummingbird feeder up on May 1st. I'm not sure when they arrived, but I spotted my first hummer on Sunday - May 8th. At first, it was a lone male. Today the aerial shows began with the arrival of another male. I spent the...

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Mother’s Day on the Porch

Mother’s Day on the Porch

Hannah arrived this morning with plans to spend the day doing whatever I wanted and cook dinner for me. She brought this beautiful bouquet. I think she was as excited to give it to me as I was to receive it. It was spectacular - created by our...

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Weekend Beach Ramble

Weekend Beach Ramble

Hannah lured me away from the lethargic rut I found myself in this weekend. We hoped in the car, destination unknown, and ended up at the beach in Addison. While the outing wasn't the hike I knew my body needed, the stroll in the brisk air felt...

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The Prickly Porcupine

The Prickly Porcupine

The Prickly Porcupine represents the many porcupines that live in the Maine woods. I opted to use washed wool-poly blend felt for this guy to give him more texture. He's a simple pattern from my punch list of critters for the critter pattern book...

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Bald Eagle Courtship

Bald Eagle Courtship

Bald Eagles have been out in large numbers by the river this week. I spotted at least eight adult and juvenile eagles dancing about in the sky. Watching them, I was reminded that I need a bigger lens!I understand the acrobatics are part of their...

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Geese Nesting on Beaver Dams

Geese Nesting on Beaver Dams

In my wanderings today, I was happy to see the Canada Geese pairing up and nesting. I love the new marsh grass sprouting all around this fellow. It seems that every patch of water had a pair of geese. Check out the beaver dam - a goose nesting in...

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Wood Cardinal

Here's the SVG file for my original wood veneer Cardinal from December 2021 in SVG format. I hope you enjoy this Cardinal! I've had many requests to share the SVG files for these birds. I've opted to do so with the understanding that I'm a Cricut...

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Wood Bluebird

Wood Bluebird

This Bluebird was a favorite gift last Christmas. Create him from wood veneer or paper with your Cricut machine. I've had many requests to share the SVG files for these birds. I've opted to do so with the understanding that I'm a Cricut user...

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Wood Chickadee

Wood Chickadee

The Chickadee is my favorite of the wood veneer birds I created in December 2021. I hope you can create something fun with this Chickadee SVG file. I've had many requests to share the SVG files for these birds. I've opted to do so with the...

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Wood Song Sparrow

Wood Song Sparrow

I've played a bit more with wood birds on my Cricut Maker 3. This Song Sparrow is designed more like a puzzle than my other wood birds. On this one, I used scraps, so I didn't put much thought into the direction of the wood grain. The result would...

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A Stay At Fisher House

A Stay At Fisher House

I was home from my 12-day Pennsylvania trip for just two nights before I was on the road again. This time to Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta, Maine, with Paul, where he had surgery to remove a tumor from his neck. His surgery went as well as it...

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River Otter on the Bear Cam

River Otter on the Bear Cam

A river otter (I think) briefly caught on the bear cam this morning. We’re .3 of a mile from the river. I can’t imagine the duck pond holds that much appeal, but who knows. This is a first!

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Nancy’s Eastern Tailed-Blue Butterfly

Nancy’s Eastern Tailed-Blue Butterfly

My recent trip home to my parent's home was supposed to be purely fun. What was unanticipated was mom spending a week in the hospital and undergoing emergency surgery. I sewed this little butterfly while sitting in the OR waiting room, trying to...

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The Lively Ladybug

The Lively Ladybug

.I found this ladybug pattern languishing on my iPad. I designed it some time ago but never made it. I'm not very good at cutting nice even circles so I used a paper hole bunch for these. I hope you enjoy this little weekend project! If you are...

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The American Copper Butterfly

The American Copper Butterfly

The next installment in the butterfly theme is the American Copper. Once again, the limitations of felt colors challenged me. But an endless supply of felt colors could be a problem for me! Rather than tiny pieces of felt for the spots, I used...

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The Handsome Black Swallowtail Butterfly

The Handsome Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Hannah has a vision for a butterfly tree for this year's WHRL Christmas Tree Festival. She gave me a punch list of butterflies to work my way through. The Black Swallowtail is the first of a few to come. Enjoy! If you're reading this from your...

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