Alison Hill – [Featured Artist]

Alison Hill in her studio on Monhegan Island

Let me start by saying… we haven’t been to Monhegan in a while. This photo was taken several years ago in Alison Hill’s amazing studio. Those of you who know Alison, love her – she’s a kind hearted, soft spoken, amazing artist. Her work is incredible and a visit to her studio is a “must do” when you’re on the island. (She’s actually one of the reasons we originally visited Monhegan) – Alison is out painting every single day – her dedication is admirable.

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Who Knew? So many pretty berries on a Yew!

Yew with berries

We were out on a walk, phone in my pocket and as we walked by this Yew, the berries hanging over the fence in a multitude of colors was fascinating to me. I don’t recall seeing all these different colored berries in the past. Sometimes it’s the little things that really stand out. #beautiful

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Furniture moving can make your space brand new!

This is a snippet of the (original) living room that was previously the dining room… last week we moved the rooms around again – changed the furniture – and it’s like new! This is now the living room again. It’s so refreshing to walk into a space that has been completely transformed. This shot mainly showcases the view of the gorgeous trees and oh! The shadow on the wall from the sunlight on the sheepskin – Love it! Nothing like shopping your own home to find treasures and furniture, paintings etc. to change your views!

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(Call) 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline – Please spread the word!

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, substance abuse, or suicide crisis – please reach out to people who can help you.


988 OR 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

(Yes, 988 – only 3 digits, this is new as of July!) OR you can call the original phone number for the Suicide Prevention Hotline, it will still be good as well.


If you feel more comfortable chatting with someone who can help: click HERE for the link that takes you directly to the chat.

Visit their website:

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By now, too many of us know someone who was such a force of nature, loved by all – and then they were gone. Perhaps if we can all pass this information along, more lives can be saved. If you’re having any kind of mental struggle, addiction or thoughts of suicide – please STOP what you are doing and make this call. Sometimes you just need to speak to someone, and it may help to speak to someone you don’t know. WHAT IF, this person you speak to understands what you’re going through and made it through to the other side? It’s worth a try, right?

The world is difficult right now, but there ARE good people out there who do want to help, regardless of your situation. They aren’t here to judge you, they’re here to listen and guide you.

You are worth it. You are valuable – no matter what’s going on, these trained people can help lead you to a better life. Please. Do it. #makethatcall

SUICIDE & CRISIS HOTLINE LINKS (so much valuable information):






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👩‍💻 #inmemoryofmyfriendgeorge

Cherau Residence House Plan by Lake + Land Studio!

Cherau Residence House Plan by Lake + Land Studio

What an amazing house plan! So different – and so perfect, especially if you’re situated on the water, but even if you’re not – it will still be fabulous. I love the porches (there is a LOT of living to be done on these magnificent porches!). Note the outdoor kitchen, and oh… a room I’m super thrilled about…

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Exhibit at the Page Gallery | Awash!

Blue Zone by Jessica Lee Ives 36×48 Oil | Image via The Page Gallery

GOING ON NOW… Would you like to see some gorgeous paintings by some fabulous artists in a super cool town in Maine? Well, if you’re in the area (or would like to be) – be sure to stop in and say hello during the AWASH EXHIBITION, which opened July 21 and runs through August 13, 2022!

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Rockport, Maine!

Rockport, Maine

Rockport is a quintessential, 4th of July, all-American, town in Maine. It’s American as apple pie (at least to me, a visitor). Just look at this idyllic setting. What’s not to adore? Of course, this photo was taken (many years ago) during the nicest time of year (September). Not too many people, which is nice – and perfect weather (thankful).

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Tour one of the most popular house plans on – Tideland Haven!

Tideland Haven House Plan | Our Town Plans

This stunning house plan has remained one of the top house plans featured on as well as Southern Living for all these years, and the popularity is not slowing down, it might even be picking up! (Perhaps our quest to be outdoors makes this THE perfect house plan in this day and age!) It has so many wonderful features…

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A Green Smoothie – that doesn’t taste green!

Two green smoothies, whipped to perfection!

Green smoothies. Many are very (very) green tasting, some are very acidic, I just haven’t found one I love, until now… I took the green smoothie recipe from Vitamix and changed it a bit. It came out delightful (and packed with goodness)! With just a few ingredients and the flip of a switch, breakfast is served!

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Featured Artist: Anna Mason!

Sweet Peas After Rain by Anna Mason 36 x 46 cm Watercolor (SOLD)

Anna Mason, she’s not only a very talented artist – she excels at sharing her knowledge. Her website is packed full of information. You’ll see she mentions why many people say they don’t paint – a lot of it is the set up/clean up, no dedicated space to do it in. Enter the watercolor medium. Easily done anywhere! #perfect!

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Alexander Place House Plan by John Tee!

Alexander Place House Plan by John Tee!

Who doesn’t love a good house plan? I mean seriously, there is so much thought that goes into a plan. For me, it’s the layout – what works best for each of us. We all have key elements that we love (or not) – and since we are all different, and our tastes are different, there are house plans for everyone. I feature plans that I personally like, and this is definitely one of them. The lines of this house are fabulous!

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