Saturday, October 13, 2012

Another Beautiful Morning in HH

Good Morning Everyone!

At this very moment I'm sitting in a tree swing outside the Harbour Town Bakery and Cafe.  There is a cool sea breeze blowing that seems to calm and relax.  I could really dig doing this all the time, but then I would be afraid it would loose some of its magic.







There is a line outside the bakery this morning. Signaling the weekend is here and all the "other" vacationing folks have arrived by the hundreds. The bakery is the happening morning place in Harbour Town.  They make a mean breakfast croissant and my favorite, Blueberry Muffins!  I do not know what the bakers do to make these amazing morsels of muffinery but they do it well! If ever here, make sure you visit the Harbour Town Bakery and Cafe!

Yesterday, I soaked in the southern slowness and crafted and biked all day. When dusk came I set out on the bike and biked for miles... only because I took the blasted wrong turn that I always tell myself not to take!  Oh well, it was fun but I'm paying for it this morning with a sore derriere and aching calves.  On the way back to the villa, one of the pedals fell off my bike and I had to walk the bike the rest of the way, but trust me, I was ready to give the old rump a rest.  So on today's agenda I need to add pedal repair.  Last nights dinner was a short walk over to Harbour Town to the Crazy crab for shrimp and a baked potato.  Yummy!  I'm not a fish or seafood person as much as I wished I was, but fried shrimp and red sauce and brother, I'm off!

Back from breakfast now and I am continuing my last Halloween project for the year.  It's coming along well and I hope to share it with you soon.  Remember how clean and nice the little kitchen was when I arrived?  Well, here's what it looks like now!  I know each of you know that this can happen in a matter of 30 minutes passing in the studio!






Here is a sneak peek at what I've been up to.....



Last, I leave you with some pictures of my walk back to the villa after breakfast.....Simply Beautiful....






Thanks For Looking Y'all!  Have an Awesome Day!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter

28 comments:

  1. Just breathtaking! Sounds like life moves at a slower pace and is the perfect spot to get away. Oh myyyyyyyyyy! The Halloween sneak peak looks exciting. Looking forward to seeing the finished piece. Have another wonderful day in paradise!

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  2. Absolute beauty, I can almost feel the "southern slowness" wrapping itself around me by just looking at the pictures. I am looking forward to seeing your project. The seek peak is intriguing.

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  3. It looks wonderful .... the Halloween projects looks very promising, I look forward to seeing the results. I love the kitchen counter, so nice to see that it is not only I that causes a mess in the kitchen :)

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  4. I see with my little eye a whoooooooole lot of Timmie foil sheets. Did ya wipe out the Carolina Stamper, Jimbo? I'm amazed that it took you 30 mins to rearrange the kitchen area...I think the record is 5 mins over here...lol! Can't wait to see what you've conjured up for your latest project. Sneak peeks are killin' me, Jimbo! Have a wonderful day, my friend!

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  5. Totally amazing place to chill out. Loving how you use the cooker as a place for the trimmer.

    Your vacation sounds ideal.

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  6. Thank you for taking us along on your journey. I live on Amelia Island (just south of HH - last island in FL) and after being here 10 years, sometimes I take the beauty and slowness for granted. Thank you for reminding me that I live in a beautiful place. The only thing I don't have around here is a local scrapbook store. We had a cute one, but alas the economy got them all. There is only one left in all of Jacksonville. Again, thank you for including us as you relax. I love that you shared your "mess". I feel so much better now!

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  7. Thank you for being you! I love how you share all aspects of your journey...creative and personal. Because of your construction videos, I've been able to make several storage units for ink pads and re-inkers. I did see the idea via an email but your builder's knowledge helped me along. Thank you! This Halloween project looks quite interesting. I think I have a few steps figured out but can't wait for you to share the nitty gritty details with us. Have fun getting inky in your R & R location!

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  8. Oh my... you had me at tree swing but then I saw the word bakery.... :o) Your vacation sounds wonderful! Great biking story... sorry about the pedal. I stared at your craft pics trying to figure out what you're making...lol... couldnt... but those sneak peaks pieces are awesome looking! Have a fun day and happy crafting!

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  9. What a beautiful part of the world you're in - lucky you! The sneak peaks are intriguing (a treasure chest maybe?) - and I love what you've done with the kitchen! It's not just me then!!!

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  10. I had not thought about keeping my cutter on the stove. I don't cook, so it makes total sense :) Do love how you can make yourself a crafty space not matter where you are, thanks to the Vagabond.

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  11. Wow, what a great place and I love the moss hanging from the trees. Looks so peaceful. Love, love, love your spooky metal plates, fabulous!
    Hugz, Z

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  12. The scenery is breathtaking, but your kitchen counter looks awesome! Love it when all the supplies are out and ready for use. I'm a lucky gal, I have my own craftspace and my own permission to clutter it as much as I want. But I do have to clean up after myself when I'm starting to "lose" things under the mountain of stuff!

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  13. Whew! Glad you left room for the coffee pot!!!!! Scenery is beautiful...no wonder you relax in that tranquil setting! Thanks for taking us along! Have fun!

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  14. I see the new Fiskars rotarty trimmer on the counter. Do you like it?? Thinking about it and not spending money on Rototrimmer. What do you think?

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  15. What a fun story!! Bring me back some blueberry muffins...LOVE'EM!! I don't know what took you so long to trash the "studio"...I can beat your time by half...LOL!!!

    Love the pictures...I so want to be there with you guys!!!

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  16. I can tell ya that living close to the water NEVER loses it's charm! I've been within a 10 minute drive of it all my life and I still love it.

    I'm having a fabulous time on your vacation, by the way! Love that it's your bum that's sore and not mine!

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  17. Okay, I can see you're low on coffee...LOL

    OMG!! You rocked the canvas and metal tape!! I can't wait to see the finale!!

    Jill <---in California

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  18. Whew! it is obvious that you are definitely in the hold of relaxation, the tides, waves, the swing and whatever it is you are indulging in for drinks with those muffins. Love the canvas work, absolutely phenomenal! Can't wait to see more. Have a continued great trip and vaca :)

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  19. You really are a tease can't wait to see what you have created. Love looking at all your creations but what a place for distractions. Beautiful bike rides, yummy muffins and such a beautiful harbour setting who wants more???

    Hugs Shirley x x

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  20. The "Sneak" sure peaked my interest. Looks dimensional with some metal. Can't wait to see all of it! Love going on vacation with you. Thanks for taking us along!

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  21. What a vacation Jim. Can't tell you how much fun I am having. I would love to have more vacations like this and to think I don't have to deal with packing and unpacking, a huge load of dirty laundry when I return home!!!!!! I feel rested and really relaxed. Love how every inch of counter top is being utilized (even the trash lid. Way to go Jim. Can't wait to see more of the project, looks very cool so far. Your favorites have become my favorites as well.
    Marcie

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  22. I love HH!!! I can't believe you packed your vagabond...that's nuts! A few little things to work on I get, but the whole vagabond..lol...you crack me up! That's dedication! You should take a picture and send it to Sizzix for where in the world is my vagabond! I am totally digging your Halloween project...looks like altered Sizzix die books to me...hmmmm! Enjoy your vaca! And go get a massage!!!!

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  23. Supposed to be boxes not books...darn iPhone!

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  24. Wow! A man who knows what a kitchen is for. You rock, Jim!

    Have Fun,
    pammiebear in Texas

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  25. I'm envious and we only just left!
    So glad you are having a good rest...although "biking for miles" doesn't seem like much of a rest! If I were traveling alone, my craft area would look like yours. But hubby can't understand the process and wouldn't want this stuff around. I took a few things with me to work on - things easy to carry like beads and pins to make hat pins and charms, but I didn't get to them!
    Enjoy the rest of your stay. I just wish you had got there earlier and I could have met you. I need help - lots of help - organizing my time.And, of course, crafting tips and just because I know you would be a cool guy to hang with!
    Hugs JUlie

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  26. Now that's using every bit of counter space available.

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  27. Thankk you for giving me a "virtual" vacation !
    Hehehe ... love the work space!

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  28. Nothing beats time at the beach. It just refreshes you body and soul! I love the messy kitchen photo best....you should see my studio right now....looks like a bomb went off in it.

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