calling all Maryland peeps

Wow, first let me apologize for being away so long. I was just getting back into the groove of posting every few days, too. And then I got busy and, well, you know how it is. There's been so much to do outdoors to get ready for summer. I've been washing the floor tiles of my screened porch today—a hot job because it's more than 80 degrees and very humid. Not fun!

I've also been in talks with the owner of a new craft co-op near where I live about being part of the venture. It won't be officially opening until next month so I'll tell you more about it as we get closer to the grand opening date. Of course, I've been sewing like mad to make sure I have enough product. I'll also be selling some vintage as well—including baby things—so I've been embroidering like mad to finish some of the embroidered projects that I've started and not yet finished.

And here's where the Maryland connection comes in. My husband is going to be working in Baltimore for a while, traveling back and forth on weekends. He'll probably be home most of those weekends but not all. So, I'll be coming through Maryland (I think it's I83 from York, PA) down) and spending some time in Baltimore this summer. Any suggestions for antiquing stops along the drive or things to do and places I just have to check out in Baltimore would be much appreciated. Anything that involves a day trip—like Havre de Grace, for example—is also doable. If you've been reading this blog for a while, you already know the kinds of vintage I like. I also like fun shops, nice restaurants, cool museums, and outdoorsy places like botanical gardens. Thank you in advance :)


spring green

I mowed our lawn for the first time on Sunday—a fitting way to spend the first day of May. It seems early but the grass was so thick in places that I had trouble getting the mower over it.

And we've started some work in the vegetable garden, although only the cool weather veggies have been planted so far. Although it's been unusually warm this year, this is northeastern Pennsylvania and putting anything out before Memorial Day is somewhat of a risk.

The warm weather has brought out a burst of flowers. Our fruit trees are covered in blossoms, and parts of the lawn are carpeted with violets. We have three varieties—the white and purple ones shown here are probably the prettiest.

white violets

The ferns are staring to unfurl in the woods...

baby fern

The weeds are, well, growing like weeds. This plant, called mullein, has soft, furry leaves, which I'm sure is how it got it's nickname velvet plant. Later in the season it will have a tall yellow flower stalk. I'm not actually sure if it is a weed (I didn't plant it), but it's not a bad-looking one if it is.