Sunday Wanderings: Seaside and Forest

The past few Sundays have been unbelievably gorgeous. What else can you do when the weather is gorgeous but be outdoors? Here are some photos from the past few Sunday wanderings I did.

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Last Sunday, my friend Megan and her husband Mitch invited me to tag along on a drive to the seaside. New Hampshire has a very short coastline (only 18 miles or so), but what we do have is beautiful. We drove straight due east and then turned to drive north up along the coast. The shoreline here is rocky and wild, with lots of tide pools, breakers, and colorful seaweed. We hiked along the rocks, gathering beautiful shells and pieces of wave-tossed driftwood to make things.

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We gathered tiny shells with holes in them and edges worn beautifully smooth. I incorporated them into a weaving I was working on, to add a textural bit of beauty to an otherwise plain weaving.

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A favorite!

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I love the New England coastline. It's so wild and rugged-looking. The sun was warm on our backs and the wind was kind to us, blowing softly and sweetly. I breathed so deeply that day.

Afterwards we went to Portsmouth and I introduced my friends to The Soupery. If you're ever in Portsmouth...you need to go. They literally have the best soups.

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This past Sunday, we decided to go on yet another adventure! The weather was a bit chillier than last week, but the sun was still bright and warm and cheery. I took Megan and Mitch to a place called Purgatory Falls, where (you guessed it) we hiked along a river and saw waterfalls.

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After hiking for an hour or so, we took a side trail and ended up on a snowmobile track that led up a hillside to a 'viewpoint'. The rocky road opened out into a beautiful wide field with a single tree in the middle and a long stone wall at the foot of the hill. There was a beautiful view of the Uncanoonic Mountains, and hardly a cloud in the sky. I laid back on the dry, crackling grass and I could feel the earth turning. Actually I think I was just dizzy from walking much harder and longer than I had anticipated, but it was special. That little clearing was so quiet and peaceful.

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It's so important to explore the world around you, and make time to be outdoors. To breathe deeply and open your hands and listen to God in the quiet. I'm hoping to make adventures a regular thing - to explore of my beautiful home state and exercise my body and breathe the fresh air. Stay tuned for more posts like these!

Crochet Crop Top: Self Styled Shoot

The other day I bought several pairs of vintage jeans at a local thrift store. I've been loving the high-waisted loose fit of them and the length! The highest-waisted pair also happens to have the longest legs, and I think it's my favorite pair. I tried them on the other day, and for kicks I also tried on one of the crochet crop tops I had made for our pop-up shop. I slipped it on over a grey sports bra and was immediately in love. crochet crop top

I love this look! The boxy construction of this crop top doesn't affect its fit - it hangs beautifully. Such a great layering piece over super high-waisted jeans. The Minnetonka moccasins finish this look perfectly.

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Let me just say - these jeans are the most forgiving jeans I've ever worn. Also, taking photos by yourself is so hard! I don't have one of those remotes yet, so I have to set the timer and make sure the camera is focused on the place I'll be standing, press the button, and run over to the right spot and pose. There, a little glimpse behind-the-scenes for you! The reality behind the photos. One of these days I think it would be hilarious to record a video of the process. Haha!