Saturday, May 29, 2010


Mainers have their very own language. From "Ayuh" (that's ay-UH, but can only be intoned adequately with a sharp intake of air on the "UH" part), to "cah's" (cars) and "rivah" (river) amongst many others. Hanging out on a Maine waterfront dock is an experience to remember with choosing fresh lobster and listening to the locals.

Along with the special pronunciations (or hacking of the English language), Maine is also known for its quaint "Mainer-isms" (phrases), but with growing up in a house full of men, most of the Maine-speak I learned is not appropriate for general audiences so I'll refrain from posting them. Just know that in a Maine winter it truly is cold enough to freeze the ***** off a brass monkey. (Use your imagination).

I found this article in the Maine Observer that made me laugh. I find it amusing to see so many of the everyday phrases I grew up with depicted as part of the color of Maine. :-)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Movie Ticket Bowls

It's easy to find inspiration in all that is around us. Take these movie ticket bowls for example. They are decorative, functional, easy to make and of course, fabulous ! Design them to your own specifications and let creativity be your guide.

For more photos see: Mainely My Creations

Linking to Get Your Craft On Tuesday! at Today's Creative Blog and Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Reinvented. It's party time!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Spring in Maine

Spring has sprung in Maine and it's been a beauty - long and dry and warm. Ok, totally unheard of. Many years I have seen snow this late and though it makes one nearly crazy so late in the season, we know it comes with the territory. Putting in crops and gardens is a hold-your-breath process hoping for no frost until we get beyond the benchmark- Memorial Day.
Here's a picture of some of my lupine just starting to bloom. They are no where near where originally planted and not even close to the salmon or yellow hues that were planted in my garden. Lupine in Maine tend to revert back to their native color purple and yes, they do whatever they darn well please. True Mainers.

Take a look at Life of a Mainiac for more signs of spring from the home front.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sounds of Maine

Maine's music has it's own haunting melody blending the sounds of nature with the harmony of gifted Maine musicians.

Cooking Maine Lobster

Ever cooked a lobster? Want to know how? Maine folks have their own way of doing things and cooking "lobstah" isn't any different. Check out Maine Eats.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

My Maine Man

This is Lucky! And yes, he is my Maine man and ever-loyal companion. He loves to lounge around. He is so special to me that I've given him his own page in my blog. Like Lucky, it's a work in progress so please visit us often.

Lobster Tales of Maine.....

When I was a kid growing up here in Maine, lobster was a rarity for us. The reason being there were 9 in our family. We didn't live on the coast where lobster were plentiful so when we had it, it was for special occasions. What I remember about my first experiences with lobster were the succulent little legs. Yep, that's what the kids got when we had lobster. I was in my teens before I ever had any meat from the claws or body!

Today, I prefer the packaged meat to shelling my own lobster, but it's a fantastic tradition for many and a real treat for visitors. Learn how to shell and pick a lobster the Maine way here.


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