When we arrived to Lincolnville it was a little too early for dinner, but all of the little shops around were already closed so we decided to walk along the water. While we were walking we found this amazing piece of driftwood and decided to stop and explore it further. The sun was at the perfect spot in the sky and the colors and textures on the wood were so beautiful.
These rocks look pretty harmless in the photos but they were incredibly tough to walk on (especially with my inappropriate shoe choice for the day).
Since we moved up North, Zander and I have been doing quite a bit of weekend traveling. I really wanted a special way to keep track of the places we have been together (and our bedroom walls were bare) so I decided to make this travel map cork board! It was pretty easy once I figured out the logistics… so now I’m going to share the how-to with you!
1. Decide what size your map needs to be to fit in the center of your chosen frame. Print out and tile together a map of the US. My map is about 20″ wide for a 18″ x 24″ frame. The map I used can be downloaded here: US Map
2. Once your map is tiled together, tape it to a piece of cork just big enough to fit the map. Work on a cutting mat and trim around the outer border with an exacto knife (making sure to trim all the way through the cork). You will not be able to get very detailed here, and that’s okay (as you can see I chopped the little hook off of Massachusetts all together)!
3. Once you have cut around the entire map you can go back in and cut out any additional details. Remember, it is easy to cut more away but not to add back on!
4. Trim your next piece of cork into a rectangle that fits snugly into your frame. I used the cardboard backing that came in the frame as a size guideline. 5. Bring the trimmed rectangle outside and paint one side white. 6. Once the paint dries, use spray glue to attach the cork map to the center of your (now white) cork backing. Remember, spray the backside of your cork map only!
7. Place your map board into the frame (using the cardboard the frame came with as a backing). You can glue to the cardboard to the cork back if you prefer.
8. Print out and trim your title and location flags. 9. Fill in your flags with places you have been and places you want to go! 10. Add your title and destination flags to the cork map with pins and your done! You can download my template here: Map Flags
The measurements above are what I used for my frame, but make sure to measure yourself, as frames will differ. You know the saying, measure twice, cut once! And please be VERY careful with the exacto knife, I actually cut myself while working on this project!
Here we continue on the Boston Photo Tour! The starting point of the Freedom Trail, Boston Common is the oldest park in the country and the Public Garden is America’s first public botanical garden. I just love meandering the Public Garden’s paths looking at the lagoon, monuments, fountains, musicians and the swan boats! When my sister was in town, we picked up lunch from a food truck and brought it to the park to people watch.
If you were wondering… here is what I have been up to recently!
1 Love to stop in Portland for dinner whenever we are on our way to visit Zander’s grandmother in Maine // 2 Weekends on Martha’s Vineyard // 3 I love German food! Stopped at this place for lunch and brought back sauerkraut, sausage, senf and spaetzle! // 4 I had the opportunity to attend a cooking demo with Chef Ming Tsai, as a part of Macy’s Great American Chefs Tour! // 5 Spent some time at the New England Aquarium // 6 Free weekends exploring Boston // 7 I made non microwavable popcorn for the first time ever // 8 Sunny afternoons on the back deck // 9 This game is amazing! It is like the dirty version of Apples to Apples // 10 Loving bright summer colors // 11 Beach days are my absolute favorite // 12 Zander and I started an exercise routine and are trying to eat healthier for the summer
You can barely see this lighthouse from the shore. It is at the end of a 7/8-mile-long breakwater so it took a while to get out there. The path was made of huge rocks, not the easiest surface to walk on and the intense wind didn’t help much either! We started the walk and almost decided not to go all the way, but it was just one of those things… we had to do it while we were there! My favorite part was the white wall covered in rust, such great colors and texture.
I’ll be posting more photos from my Maine Road trip throughout the next few weeks!
I’m back to Boston. I had a lovely long weekend in Maine. We explored Fort Popham, drank yummy hard cider, grilled up some hamburgers and hot dogs, ate A LOT, spent nights under the stars in our tent and just relaxed in the beautiful weather! How was your long weekend?
Well, it took me a little longer than expected to recover from my trip home to New Orleans, but I’m back with a little recap of the trip!
My BFFs wedding, second lines, pool side, best friends, daiquiris, relaxing by the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain, the best weather I have ever felt for a New Orleans April, Jazz Fest, snowballs, po-boys, Rebirth Brass Band, family time, crawfish boils, casino… oh yea, and I broke my toe, so I was doing most of this while limping around! I was not going to let a fractured pinky toe get in my way of having fun in New Orleans! When I write it all out I can see why I am still so exhausted!
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