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Aldermere Farm Calf Unveiling Day

My husband and I live on three and a half acres surrounded by Aldermere Farm.  Every year they put on the official "calf unveiling day" which is a very organic event.  The cows are grain and grass fed spending their days looking out over Penobscot Bay.  Not a bad gig, I guess that is why they have been dubbed "the happy cows".  They are officially known as the "oreo cows" due to their white belts and black body.  For us they are simply known as "the Belties", period.

My husband's great uncle  Albert, brought over the breed from Scotland in the 1950's and started a herd in Rockport, Maine.  I'm really not sure but would suspect that the ultimate calf would have the perfect belt, today they did.

The calfs were the main attraction but, Snuffles made her presence well known.  She likes to think of herself as the Aldermere Pig.  The coloration is similar and all, just saying....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quiet Elegance - Maine Home + Design Magazine

I loved this project because of the family and how they approach life!

 

Social Media and The Traveling Pear

Social media still amazes me.  Yes, I harken back to the phonebook days and have reluctantly caught up with the facebook age.  As print seems to slip away and online magazines keep popping up I have now taken notice of this trend.  I still like the tactile feeling of holding a book and or magazine in my hand.  I use magazines like a coloring book whereby I tear out the pages I love and file them away.  I guess it's a little like hoarding but, I know that when I want to find that image, I can rummage through all of my old friends (tear sheets) and come up with new ideas.  I'm not so convinced that I can derive that type of inspiration or satisfaction from my computer.  Never-the- less I trudge onward and one young woman has me putting that first foot forward.

Elissa Shaw, photographer/writer entered my life through social media, i.e., facebook.  I have a pet pig and a friend of mine posted a picture of Snuffles on her facebook page which sparked a response from Elissa and connections were made.  Elissa writes her own blog "the traveling pear" and it's wonderful.  We found out that we both love all things french and that she writes for a french online magazine, travels the french countryside and embraces the same flea markets that I do.

Elissa came by my design studio to meet me and she started taking pictures.  She then went down the street to my shop, Rokai, and took a few more.  Viola!  Rokai has made its entrance into the world of all things french, Belle Inspiration.  Heavenly.  Thank you Elissa!  And I hope you all check out this wonderful magazine, it's very well done.

 

Oprah and Initial Reaction

It's official.  Oprah, the Queen of all things divine has given Initial Reaction her blessing.  This is a line of jewelry that specializes in monogram necklaces.  Rokai, my retail store picked up this line last year and, yes, we thought it was very cool but, I think we were the only ones until now.  I blogged about it last fall as one of the few new trends in jewelry that I thought worthy of buying for Rokai.

If you are really wanting anything in their line we have it and can order it for you.  Just visit their website Initial Reaction or come into the store in Rockport.  Thanks Oprah!

The Black Door

I am working on a project in Rockport for a friend of mine.  It happens to be the top floor of one of the two oldest brick buildings in town, Union Hall.  Union Hall used to be home to the Maine Photographic Workshops before it was sold to Rockport Properties a few years ago.  The building was in much need of a complete restoration and in the process the company decided that the top floor would make for a great loft style apartment.  Lofts are rare in Rockport - an understatement - so this experience along with designing my own studio in the other old brick building has been super fun.

In the process of researching just how great to make this place become, I have to admit that my love for black has become enourmous.  Black Lacquered doors will be everywhere, which is a silly statement in that there will be very few doors.  I want to get up in that space and take before pictures so I can blog about a before and after.  The cutest thing about this whole project is that it will be called "the penthouse" on the elevator directory.  I think, no, I know many of you will laugh at the fact that it's really the third floor from street level.  But, when you live in Maine you gotta go with what you have to work with!