New England Cruise

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I’m baaaaaack! Did you miss me? Probably not since I had some fantastic women step up to the plate and guest post for me. If you have not had a chance to visit Mod Podge Rocks, Shanty 2 Chic, Joy Beadworks and A Penny Saved I hope you mark them in your bookmarks to visit soon. Those ladies inspire me!

I need a day to catch my breath before I dive into projects but since you all are my PEEPS I want to share my life with you and tell you about my 9 day cruise with my hubs. Can I sway from the usual creative blog? Puhleeeeease?

Did I mention I cruise for free??? I taught 4 crafts projects on board in exchange for a vacation with the hubs. ROCK ON! Here was our itinerary!

I must admit we were definitely the youngest people on board by about 30 years but I love little old ladies. Plus they thought I was the most creative person on the earth and I loves me some love!

Maine is breathtaking. I want to live there. Okay maybe not live there. I just want to have a house there in the fall. The air was cool, the sun was bright and they have Wicked Whoopies.

Yah I had no clue what these yumsters where either. That above is 5 lbs of heaven. If I ate that whole thing I would gain 20 lbs so I just settled for the regular size split between hubs and I. Apparently Oprah and Rachel Ray knew something I didn’t. TOO.DIE.FOR! Yes they have a website and these little devils will definitely be on my front porch when I feel the urge.

Next to the Wicked Whoopies store in Freeport, Maine is Abacus. It is a cool store filled with all handmade art. I was drooling…I left totally inspired. You must go there if you are ever that way.

Oh and then how could I forget the flagship LL Bean Store?

My husband bought a fleece jacket there.
WITHOUT.A.COUPON.
HE.PAID.FULL.PRICE.

I told him he will have to wear it for 15 years before I will be happy with that purchase. However, we were on vacation and it was his only splurge. I guess the fleece feels like he is wrapped in a cloud or something spectacular. It better feel that way. Cobwebs actually came out of my wallet for that one!

Bar Harbor, Maine is up next. We hiked a little in Acadia National Forest. It is gorgeous. It reminded me of the scenery in the Pacific Northwest and made me miss living back in Washington.

Lastly Boston was really cool. I want to go back there for a weekend. A day is definitely not long enough. We did a tour of Freedom Trail and then went on a tour of Fenway Park.

My friend Ben was making a movie outside Fenway Park there while we visited. Ever heard of him? I hung over the side of Fenway Park to try and catch a glimpse of him. Nope didn’t even see him. But I hung out with the paparazzi trying to get a picture Yah, we had lunch and visited like old friends. He left Jennifer at home. It was nice…we had a good chat. He is doing well, thank you. He was filming The Town, it will be out next year around this time. I will watch for previews and tell you when it comes out . When he calls to tell me it is out I will let you know.

There is so much history in Fenway Park. You don’t even have to like baseball to appreciate it all. I highly recommend the tour. Very fun.

Have you ever tried to get to south Boston from Fenway Park during rush hour in a taxi? We had to be back on the ship at 4:30 p.m. We got a taxi at Fenway at 4:18. Scariest.cab.ride.in.the.world! We arrived at 4:41 I was FREAKING OUT thinking the ship left without us! I threw the money at the cab driver and ran as fast as my legs could take me through the cruise terminal. I didn’t care if Tim made it or not I had one more craft class to teach and I didn’t want to not be able to have the opportunity again. Luckily he made it too because all he had was his cell phone and his Sea Pass Card so he wouldn’t have made it very far.

So those of you who have cruised before know that you sit in the same spot for dinner every night. Tim and I sat at a table for two but next to us was a few couples from the Amazing Race. They were filming for a Royal Caribbean commercial.



I don’t watch The Amazing Race so I had to google them to figure out who they were. But we had fun eavesdropping on their conversation chatting it up with them.

So I am back…energized, relaxed and refreshed and ready to inspire.





  • Sarah T. in WA state

    How fun!!! You hit several of the spots we visited on our honeymoon 12 years ago (we flew into Boston, drove up the coast – hit Freemont, Bar Harbor, Saint John, etc – staying in B&Bs, and then spent a week on Prince Edward Island)….so neat to see your pictures and take a little trip down memory lane!

    So glad you made it back to the cruise ship in time! (We took our family back to Boston a year and a half ago for my cousin's wedding, and I almost got our rental car towed away by parking on one of the downtown streets past 4:30 p.m…..came out of a store to see the car up on the tow truck, pulling away from the curb! The nice tow truck driver let me have it back w/out towing it away, thankfully!)

    Glad you got a fun, free getaway w/ your hubby!

  • Lo

    Looks like you had a great time! I would love to live in Maine too but all year. oh and Ive never even been there before, LOL but Ive seen pics. tons and tons of pics. going to check out that whoopie thing

  • amber

    For a glimpse of Ben in person, I would hang over a legdge as well! :-) I would love to talk to you about your classes….your husband doesn't get too excited to talk about crafts at the office! So glad you had a great trip!
    ~Amber B

  • Ells

    What an awesome cruise – I'm so glad you did blog about your vacation! 4 crafts paid for your whole cruise – that is so cool!

    And I do not think I knew you were a WA girl. Hooray!

  • Kristi

    Glad you liked 'my' state (Maine!) I live about 30 minutes north of Bar Harbor, grew up about 15 minutes north of it and my husband grew up right there so we visit a LOT! I can't stand it in the summer- way too many people visiting (hard to get to places, find parking etc), but fall is gorgeous!
    Whoopie pies are found all over here, you can google them and find out how to make 'em at home if you want! YUM!
    Anyway glad you had fun and so glad you went to Fenway- it's so great there!! :)

  • Empty Nest Full Life

    I can hardly believe you were exactly where I am heading one week and a half from today! Heading to Maine for my nephews wedding. Falmouth, Portsmouth etc. I must here every place we need to try to fit in and see. I have to head to my daughters house today, but will be back to hear the details! Great free trip!!!!!Jackie

  • Chiloe

    For free !!! That's great smarty girl ;-) I bet those ladies noticed you are a very creative girl ;-)

    Where are you going next year? Bahamas?

  • Lisa B

    What a fun trip. I bet you wanted to die when Tim paid full price for that fleece. Good thing it's getting cold here now so he can wear it!! Your running for the ship is very similar to our running to the ship in Mexico on our honeymoon, but at least you would have been in the states had you missed the ship.

  • The Three Amigos

    I lived in Maine for 4.5 years about 20 min. north of Freeport! Those pictures made me a little teary! I always miss it this time of year. Fall is the best time of year in Maine. And then, winter hits and it stinks to live there until like May! Had I known that's where you were going, I would've suggested heading to Brunswick for some FAT BOYS (a local delish drive in). Did you get to see the Portland Headlight as you came in? It is a BEAUTY!!!

  • ilovemy5kids

    You were totally missed! Oh, I'd love to go on a cruise with my hubby! I'm so jealous… but so happy for you!

    I will live my cruise through your blog and adventures!

    I would have been in the dark about the amazing race as well.

    Have a marvelous week!!!

    Lana :)

  • Richella

    Oh, what fun! I am so glad you got to do this!

    We've never been on a cruise. My husband is 6'7" in sock feet, and I've always wondered how he'd fit in a cruise ship cabin.

    Sounds like you guys had a blast. Good for you!

  • The Three Amigos

    OOOOH and did you not know that there was an LL Bean outlet just around the corner…where the fleece would've been MUCH cheaper? That being said, they do have the best return policy evah (that's how you say ever in Maine :D). You can return it in 15 years if the zipper breaks! Gotta love their lifetime warranty on their stuff. Beans (what a local calls LL BEAN) rocks.

  • Happy Momma

    Woohoo! yeah for vacations and double yeah for vacations paid by crafting!!! That is the best! So glad you had a great trip – - Now back to reality! :)

  • Tracy Grubb

    You're making me miss New England! Fall is gorgeous up there. It looks like you had lots of fun. :)

    I grew up eating Whoopie Pies. I have not made them yet myself, but my mom gave me the recipe, so I can send it to you if you want it. Yum!! Reading your post made me want to go make some now, though.

  • Lee Ann

    Your causing me to covet!!!!

    Whoopie pies and a free cruise all in one post!

  • Adrienne

    glad your back… sounds like a wonderful time! LL Bean, full price… crack me up :)LOL!!!

  • Mod Podge Amy

    Sounds like a good time! I had fun posting but I'm glad you are back to take over again. . . whew! ;p

  • Shelley Fuge

    Ahhhhh. Fun times!!! You lucky duck…loved the stories. I would've been FREAKING FREAKING FREAKING out to if I were late. Glad you caught your cruise. ;-)

  • A Romantic Porch

    Oh My Word! How in the world did you get a free cruise by teaching classes? I WANNA do that!
    It sounds like it was a total total blast! xo rachel

  • Mabry’s Gamma

    How awesome, what crafts did you teach? I have always wanted to go to Maine but right now I will have to live vicariously through your post. Ahhh.

  • Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful

    So much fun!!! How do I get in on this craft teaching gig? I love little old people too…they are so stinkin cute. Sounds like you two had a magnificent time, and very much deserved I'm sure!

    ~Amanda

  • Amber

    Glad you had a fun and refreshing getaway with your hubby! How LUCKY are you that you got to go for free!?! I've always wanted to go to New England, especially Maine. Someday….

  • Robin

    Wow, looks like quite the trip! So lucky to get it for free! Nice GIANT SHOE!
    -Robin
    http://www.robingillis.blogspot.com

  • Grits414

    YAY!!! I won!! And I never win!
    Sounds like your cruise was amazing! I love cruising! And how neat you got to cruise for free and saw some 'celebrities' too! (I don't watch the Amazing Race either so I would have been clueless as to who they were!)
    And thanks for the email!

  • jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas

    How awesome! I love New England! Congrats on SITS day!

  • Anonymous

    How funny – I just got back earlier this week from my vacation to Saint John to visit family. We waved off a couple of Royal Carribean cruise ships, so I'm guessing you were on one of them :-) Sorry it was foggy/rainy for your visit – the other days were beautiful! Maybe we passed in the Market…

  • Joy Beadworks

    Oh, I'm so happy to hear about it all! What a fun time. AND FOR FREE??? You have to blog about what crafts you did on the ship!

  • Cynnamama’s Cafe

    Welcome back, glad you both had a grand time!
    I sure miss Maine and it's been years and years since my dad was stationed. I would love to take my husband to Boston, he's crazy about old ships (even builds them from models)… one of these days I hope.
    Again, nice to have you back, it's been too quiet! ;)

  • Lynn

    Boston will always have a place in my heart. That was our 1st year anniversary 5 hour away road trip as husband and wife and I had the best Thai food of my life there. Boston – who knew? Welcome home.

    My best, Lynn

  • C @ Project Pretty

    You were totally in my neck of the woods! I was in freeport shopping just a few days ago! I definitely love it in New England, and I'm glad you got to experience it & eat a whoopie pie!! :)

  • Stacie

    I was remembering this post the other day. Would you have any details about how you started teaching crafts classes in exchange for cruising? Any idea who I would contact? We are Dave and FPU folks like you, so free is pretty much our favorite! My email is [email protected], if you have time to shoot me any info. Thanks!