We went a-travelin' last week to the great state of Maine, specifically Mt. Desert Island and even more specifically Bar Harbor. We went in '96, which was before J was born. Acadia National Park is what the island is really all about, and it's magical! More on that in another post. I sure hope 16 years won't pass again before we head back for a visit.
There are many more shops and restaurants in downtwon Bar Harbor than I recall from our '96 trip, and I'm glad the area is thriving. I poked around in a few shops with handmade wares while we strolled the downtown.
Spruce & Gussy was wonderful! I could have (and would have) spent an entire afternoon there, but my menfolk companions were hovering on the sidewalk. As a fan, supporter and part of the indie / handmade community, Spruce & Gussy hits all the marks. Jewelry, personal accessories, home accessories, art, paper goods, books, crafting materials, etc. Art from Jennifer Judd-McGee ~ who is from this area ~ was featured prominently, which was a double thumbs-up from me b/c I've been a long-time admirer of her work. With the essence of Acadia fresh in my mind's eye, it's easy to see now how the gorgeous landscape and flora of this place has inspired Jennifer's artwork.
I picked out a few handmades to bring home...
wool yarn | Nash Island Fog by Starcroft (Maine)
hair accessory | Caron Miller (California)
hammered silver earrings | handmade at Spruce & Gussy (Maine)
large porcelain buttons | Lacey Goodrich (Maine)
*purchased from Island Artisans