My happy place.

This past week I was in my favorite geographical area.  Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  For those of you unfamiliar with the Cape, it is shaped like the arm of someone flexing his/her biceps.  The part of the Cape that I like the best is from the elbow to the fist.  That is the wilder, less manicured part, where the sand dunes reign and the plants are scrubby.

October is the best time to be there with fewer vacationers and traffic.  We did some touristy things, ate fresh delicious seafood, went on an eco-tour on a pontoon boat around Sandy Point, and just relaxed.

Since this past week didn’t include any rug hooking, I will share some photos from this trip and from a trip a couple of years ago. 

This week I assume I will get busy designing some new hooking projects.  Just let me shake the sand out of my sneakers.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and on Cape Cod.

Happy colors on these buoys!

Happy colors on these buoys!

More buoys at a lunch stop.

More buoys at a lunch stop.

Well, probably not rug hooking, but I couldn't resist this sign.

Well, probably not rug hooking, but I couldn't resist this sign.

A Provincetown butterfly enjoying lunch.

A Provincetown butterfly enjoying lunch.

Sunset on Race Point at the curved tip of Cape Cod.  Here is where East coast-ers can see the sun set over water.  Someone made artwork from scavenged beach detritus. 

Sunset on Race Point at the curved tip of Cape Cod.  Here is where East coast-ers can see the sun set over water.  Someone made artwork from scavenged beach detritus. 

I love this sculpted edge of the beach at low tide.

I love this sculpted edge of the beach at low tide.

Perhaps this gull is waiting for his meal to wash ashore.

Perhaps this gull is waiting for his meal to wash ashore.

In the distance is Provincetown with its iconic tower.

In the distance is Provincetown with its iconic tower.

The recognizable shape of Cape Cod, Massachusetts

The recognizable shape of Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Summertime in full swing.

August is truly a summer month in every sense of the word.  The weather is hot, the gardens are bursting and we are enjoying a visit from our son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter, Lucy.  They live far away, so their visits are treasured.

Perry County, PA is a quiet place full of country vistas, Amish buggies, and a slower pace of life.  Our plans may include a trip to the safari park, swimming at the big pool at Buffalo State Park, a proper luncheon at a tea shop, possibly a visit to an amusement park, and definitely hosting our annual corn hole party. 

So, with summer in mind, I’ll share some of my Cape Cod inspired rug designs.  I’m excited that I will be going to the Cape once again at the beginning of October.  That’s my favorite time of the year when there are fewer vacationers and a more laid back pace.

These designs are available as patterns on the Shop page of my website.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the special times with family.

Smoked Bass , a whimsical rug I designed for my brother and sister-in-law.

Smoked Bass, a whimsical rug I designed for my brother and sister-in-law.

Ship in a Bottle,  one of my favorite designs.  

Ship in a Bottle, one of my favorite designs.  

Cape Cod Tidal Pool,  a rug I donated to a fundraiser.

Cape Cod Tidal Pool, a rug I donated to a fundraiser.

Wedding Day , a rug designed for a friend's son.

Wedding Day, a rug designed for a friend's son.

MJ's Tidal Pool,  a rug hooked for a friend.

MJ's Tidal Pool, a rug hooked for a friend.