Random Link Pack

Stay High

I don’t blog like I used to. I shifted to what so many others do — I micro-blog on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. If you want more content from me you might want to follow me on those channels. However, the stay-at-home orders have allowed me a little more time so I’m going to TRYYAH to blog a little more. Let’s start with a random link pack.


I’m watching Mrs. America. I N C R E D I B L E cast including Tracey Ullman as Betty Friedan and Uzo Adub as Shirley Chisholm. I even like the opening scene.

My friend loaned me Lindy West’s new book — The Witches Are Coming. Lindy is technically a Millennial and I’m a Gen-Xer so I don’t actually get some of her popular culture references but what I do get is that Lindy is smart and brave and she is challenging us all to be better people.

One of the things I miss most about pre-Covid life is thrift shopping. I’ve taken to The Real Real for virtual window shopping. I love that Mister Mort did a Maine Man edit.

I was infatuated with sweat suits as fashion before Covid-19 and I have a Pinterest board to prove it.

Surf Point is achingly beautiful. I’ve never seen it in person but it is on my short list. It’s located just up the road from me in York, Maine. The story behind it is interesting too.

I stumbled upon With Wendy on Youtube. I especially like her THRIFT FLIP video series where she upcycles thrift store finds into fashion. Like the one where she turns a sleeping bag into a puffer jacket and the one when she turns a blanket into a Cecilie Bahnsen inspired quilted wrap coat. #NotEasy

I asked about buying weights on my Facebook page. My friend recommended just filling gallon milk jugs with water which equals eight pounds. Works for me! Here is a milk jug workout if you are interested.

This absolutely gorgeous 6,000 SF brick firehouse in Rochester, NH was listed for $149,000! Sorry, It’s under contract.

This make-up got me searching for vintage Colorforms on Etsy. Wouldn’t it be fabulous to create a make-up collage masterpiece on your face for a next-level at-home selfie photoshoot! I die!

GIVE to 3S Artspace because ART!




Maine Airbnb Roundup

Unique charm on a small private farm

As a mom, I spend a lot of time planning summer activities for my family, specifically my two boys. If I could choose a vacation for myself it would be very different. Here is a roundup of Airbnb rentals in Maine that I would go to on my own, or with just with one other person, like my husband or a girlfriend.

⇓ Handbuilt cabin overlooking pond ⇓

⇓ Exquisitely Modern Country Cottage ⇓

Rustic, cozy vintage Maine trailer

Waterfront bunkhouse at Long Point 

Frye Mountain Camp ⇓

The Sunhouse ⇓
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Sun-filled old farmhouse meets loft 

Check out the stairway wall in this house.

Which is your favorite? I think I’d go with the handbuilt cabin overlooking the pond or the Sunhouse. Those hammocks are calling me.

xo jam

PAPER MACHE PLANTS

My boys and I have cabin fever.  It has been too cold for too long.  This weekend I ignored my chores and focused instead on creating an activity that would keep us busy.

I stumbled upon the image below via Pinterest.  Apparently, what you see here are Paper Plant Character studies by Adam Frezza and Terri Chaio. I know, right. #genius

Frezza-Chiao_PaperPlantCharacterStudy_Composition2_700pxIt was just the inspiration we needed to dive into a project.

alum-plus-paper-macheWe started with wire hangers. We bent them by hand into plant like shapes and stuck them into foam.  Then we covered the wire with aluminum foil and then paper mache. We let the paper mache dry over night.  The next day we painted them.  It was that easy.

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Designed and painted by our neighbor, Lucia (age 12)

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Designed and painted by Douglas (Age 13)

This last one was a joint effort by me and Alex.  We plan to give it to Granny for Valentine’s Day.  Shhhhh.

paper-mache-plant-alex-and-meThis was our first attempt. We hope to make many more.  Well worth the little effort involved.