Looking ahead to summer 2021!

This is year four for Fav’rit Daughter Designs! The summer markets will be open again and we can start to get back to the routines we love. I get my energy from meeting and talking with people so I especially look forward to being a part of the markets and shows I love. Having a booth at Cole’s Corner for the past year has been a life-saver because it allowed me to stay connected with my craft and with other people. I’ll continue to keep products there while also spending my Saturdays at the Kennebunk Artisans Marketplace and several weekend shows throughout the year. I hope that you are looking forward to a good summer, as well! If you happen to be in Kennebunk some Saturday, stop by the marketplace and say hello! Also, Cole’s Corner is 2-story barn on Route 1 in Wells that is loaded with unique gifts from over 90 vendors. It is definitely worth a trip!

Covid summer

Like you, my summer is a little different this year! No craft fairs, no Kennebunk Artisans Market, etc. I have been trying to take advantage of the extra time I have had to work more in my studio (aka the goddess cave!). I’ve managed to get down to the island a few times and have spent many quality hours combing my favorite beaches.

I’ve made quite a few “I spy with my beach-combing eye..” wall hangings. These are a lot of fun to make and I have kept one thinking that it will be fun whenever we have kids visiting. I take an inventory of all of the beach treasures on each piece and include that as the list for you to “beach comb” with.

I’ve also been putting together some new pieces based on a suggestion from my hubby. I had created a Jackman version for my son and daughter using items I’ve collected while “up to camp.” I have also created several blended pieces that have beach treasures along the coast and forest treasures for the inland parts of the state.

Thank you for visiting my site. Stay safe and well! Andrea

This is an example of a piece that blends treasures from the ocean with treasures from the forest. All items I found on my adventures in Maine. The versions I did for 2 of my kids included a genuine moose poop (coated with poly) that marked Jackman on the map! It’s a favorite get-away for our family.

Waiting for spring to arrive…

We are seeing peeks of springtime around here. We’ve had some very mild days (60s – woo hoo!) and with the time change, we can enjoy some daylight after work again.

I’ve been a busy bee this winter. After the busy (and fun) holiday craft show season, I needed to restock my supplies. I’ve traveled to my favorite Maine beach a couple of times and have been busy drilling and painting beach stones.

In January, I joined my crafting buddy, Lillian (Maine Coastal Designs), in renting a booth at a fantastic shop in Wells, Maine – Coles Corner Gift Shop. The shop features a wonderful and talented community of creative people. The shop is in a large, two-story barn is has something for everyone. In addition, I’m beginning to build out my list of 2020 shows. Check out the Upcoming Events page to find details.

Painting in my “goddess cave” is truly my happy place. I often have helpers, like Luna the cat. She likes to observe my painting, scratch her chin on my desk lamp and bat at the stones or beads I have laid out on the table!


Hunkering down

January in Maine means chilly temps, snow, sleet, rain, football games, movie nights and indoor markets. I’ll be spending my Saturdays at the Saco River Market on Main Street in Biddeford during January and February. Market opens at 9am and goes until 12:30. This market has a great variety of products including fresh meats and produce, wine, salami and sausage, maple syrup, honey, hand-made shawls, scarfs and hats, and more! We are next door to Portland Pie and Banded Horn Brewing. If you are looking for something fun to do on a Saturday morning, make the trip to Biddeford. Grab a coffee at Elements and walk down Main Street. Stop at the market for some fresh produce and other goodies and then pop over to Portland Pie for lunch. Or skip lunch and go straight to beer…it is winter and we all need to do whatever it takes to make it to another spring!!

Beachcomber’s blog

This is a snapshot of my slice of heaven.  I comb the beach for rocks that are shaped like Maine, mussel shells, hearts, tear drops and ovals.  I could (and do) spend hours upon hours on my hands and knees sifting through this treasure trove of natural beauty!  I call it my “happy place.”  
This is my other “happy place.”  My family calls it the Goddess Cave!  I can (and do) spend hours creating.  Some days I use my Dremel tool and drill rocks and sea glass.  Other days, I paint and wire.  This time of year is especially good.  Snow days are a great excuse to work in the Goddess Cave while watching an old movie or an episode of Flea Market Flip!
TJ and I have been busy making these pretty birch tree candle holders. TJ cuts and drills each one from trees on our land. I attach a felt base to protect furniture. These make a great hostess gift! We sell them for $6.00 each and will have them at this Saturday’s holiday craft fair at Cheverus High School on Ocean Avenue, Portland, Maine. (9-3)
I had a blast at the Cheverus craft fair this past weekend!  Talked to many wonderful people, many of whom shared “fav’rit daughter” status!  I also enjoyed the help of cousin Kathleen, daughter Avery and her best bud Ashley.  Helping people find just the right piece of jewelry for themselves or for someone special is fun and energizing.   I hope to do one more event in Portland this month.  I will post as soon as I have been confirmed.