My dear friend Medora invited me on a day trip to Ellsworth, Me. It was Medora , Mr. Medora and another mutual friend. I was just looking forward to  lovely day with people I adore.


We  left around 8am Saturday morning. Unfortunately, the night before as I was heading to bed I tripped over the dogs bone and broke my toe. So our first stop was Rite-Aid for tape and ibuprofen.  We took the scenic route enjoying the trees and flora as well as some fauna the turkeys were out in force.

As we were driving too fast to get a pic, here's a great one courtesy of gphoto50 on flickr

We had a lovely lunch at Cleonice Mediterranean Bistro. It was a lovely 1930s-vintage space at 112 Main Street that was fitted out with art deco fixtures, dark mahogany paneling and booths, and a beautiful tapas bar.  I’m so glad they didn’t try to modernize it as the decor was perfect. You could picture a couple 1930’s detectives having lunch.

As I was too preoccupied with my lovely company to take pictures of Cleonice, Here is a wonderful picture courtesy of JBCphoto on Flickr

They were very accommodating to different diets as we had a vegetarian and vegan in our group. I had a vegetarian Reuben (they use beets for corned beef) and roasted potatoes, with mint tea. Delicious!

After a wonderful lunch we headed over to Beads, Baubles and Fleece Downeast over at the Ramada Inn.   As this was only their 3rd year I hadn’t heard about this event yet but here is a list of the vendors from this year

.Christina Heiniger • Fern House Studio: Beads of all sorts, vintage buttons, pearls, felt change purses, earrings and bracelets, felted ornaments and other surprises.
Obadiah Buell • Bourne Designs: Maine Stone and glass beads, buttons, jewelry…and more.
Christine Leith • Eggemoggin Textile Studio: Handwovens, handspun yarns, roving, shibori scarves… plus more.
Hatie Clingerman • Downeast Fiber Farm: Roving, handspun yarns, felted toys, wraps and shawls plus goat’s milk soap.
Mary Eaton • Dream Weaver: Handwoven scarves, hats, jewelry and beaded vases.
Suzanne Anderson • Yikes! Studio: Polymer clay and silver jewelry, beads and buttons, all handmade.
Kim S. Dunn • Bennett’s Gems & Jewelry: Gemstone beads, findings and tools, finished bead jewelry.
Sihaya Hopkins • Blossom Studio: Handmade glass beads, buttons & Jewelry (lampwork glass).
Elizabeth Hunter • Chameleon Fiberworks: Yarns and finished fiber work.
Rose Whitehead • Fiber Fabrications: Woven & felted apparel and accessories.
Lynn Walkiewicz • Riverdog Design: Handwovens & knitted items (dishtowels, vests, jackets & gloves).
Doris Walsh • Handspun & Lace: Handknits, handspun yarn & roving.
Emily Delfin • Reflections Jewelry: 14kt Gold filled and Silver wire wrapped crystal and gemstone jewelry.
Lisa Salsbury • Willow & Me Jewelry: Fine Silver, bronze and copper jewelry and handmade buttons.
Penny Walls • Winter Wind Designs: Balsam pillows, fabric buttons, knit hats, booties & scarves, roving, beads and finished jewelry.
Lucy Rogers • Hilltop Handspun: Handspun and hand dyed Maine fiber yarn.
William S. Dodge • Frenchman’s Bay Seaglass Creations: High end seaglass jewelry as well as mobiles.
Janelle Delicata • Everyday Jewelry & wearable art.
Diane Allen • Pearl La La Jewelry: Beaded jewelry, beads and pearls.
Julie Jones • Elementals: Handspun art yarn, felted bowls, fiber jewelry and felted rocks.
Jackie Haines • Blue Leaf Designs: Intricately beaded jewelry, assortment of beads, beading supplies and cabochons.
Susan Barrett Merrill • Weaving a Life: Beading & Weaving looms, handwoven jewelry and pendants plus beads in strands.
Margaret Hagopian-Slack • Down East Jewelry Creations: Handmade jewelry & Pendants plus beads in strands.
Tina Beachy • Silver Reflections: Lampwork glass beads, buttons, beadcaps & headpins.
Barbara S. Fernald Jewelry: PMC and beaded jewelry, assorted handmade & commercial beads.
Johanna Bierwirth • Butterfly Beads: a large selection of beads, supplies and some finished jewelry.
Audra Christie • AUD Art: Felt ball beads, fiber art and wall hangings, felted items.
Leslie Jones • Tangled Web Designs: Beaded jewelry & handspun yarn.
Jenny King • Vintage, glass and other assorted beads, finished jewelry.
Michelle Souza & Patricia Savoie • Spruce & Gussy: Yarn, felting and spinning fiber and finished fiber products (including felted handbags).
Josette McWilliams • Enchanted Knoll: Fibers, hand dyed yarn, knits and wearables.
Arnelle J. Meyer • A. M. Atlantis Rising: Gemstone and Beaded Jewelry and loose beads.
Jennifer Miller • Undercover Concepts: Beads, Fabric finished pieces (quilts and accessories).
Kathy Gearhart • 5 Fireflies: Hand knit and crochet items: hats, scarves & purses…unique original designs.
Jodi Clayton • One Lupine Fiber Arts: Felted accessories plus yarn, roving, notions, needles and buttons.
Julia Ventresco • One Woman Studio: Upcycled bags, purses, accessories, and other goodies.
John & Ginny Hackney • John & Ginny Beads: Lampwork glass beads and jewelry.
Linden O’Ryan • Linden O’Ryan Gallery: Felted balls, batik scarves, cards and artwork.
Barbara Fleming • Silverdust Is…: Kumi and polyclay jewelry and beads.
Maggi Hinsey Blue • Magpie Creative: Slumped glass pendants and jewelry in a rainbow of colors.
Kathleen Mailman • Sticks ‘n Stones Bead Shop: Large selection of beads including glass, pearls, gems, resin and many more commercial beads from Brewer’s fabulous Bead Shop.
Amanda Hoel-Green • The Purple Porpoise: Handcrafted Jewelry            (Information on vendors from The Gifted Hand )

So we were able to find great food and the venue more to come on Wednesday.

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