Thursday, September 9, 2010


Yes, I know it's been awhile, but before I explain why I haven't been blogging lately. I'd like to share some exciting book sightings.

Just before Labor Day, my friend Judith was vacationing in Maine and went into a cute shop called SEAGULL COTTAGES.

She was so thrilled to see Waterside Cottages on display that Jim Stewart, the shopkeeper, came over to see what was going on. She asked Jim if she could snap a few photos. He asked if I'd be willing to do a book signing in Spring. Maine, here I come!

Judith already has an autographed copy of my book but she reportedly left with several shopping bags overflowing with gifts from the sea.

Visitors and Mainers can stop by the Rockland shop for coastal home decor or visit its sister location in Warren, Maine. There are also outposts in Pompano Beach and Sarasota, Florida. And no matter where you live, you can visit online at

Clear across the country, last Sunday, I spied Waterside Cottages in the window of A Summer Place (1401 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA).

I was on my way from the Inn at Playa del Rey to an Arts Festival in Hermosa Beach. I looked out the car window and shouted, "Stop the car!" There in the window was Waterside Cottages.
When I introduced myself, coastal maven Sue Keporos was as excited as I was.

I snapped a few photos of this special shop. Enjoy the tour!
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Now, for the explanation of my vanishing act. I'm sorry for the long silence but it has been a demanding summer. I spent much of it nursing Samantha, my wounded chick back to health (see July 2nd post), and helping my mom while she recuperated from a broken knee.

For all of you who sent Samantha get well wishes, she says THANKS. She's now back in the coop with her friends but misses being hand fed and hanging out with me on the porch.

And for all of you who wrote, called, emailed and dropped by to cheer Mom and me on,

Tomorrow morning, I'm off to do a book signing at My Island Cottage in Chincoteague, Virginia.


P.S. I plan to jump back in where I left off. I'll be sharing some wonderful sea glass finds plus my musings and photos from England and Scotland in the very near future.


Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

How fun to see your book in other places besides my bookshelf! It must be a ball for you.

I loved the slideshow. I felt like I was on vacation.

Glad to hear that the chick and your mom are better. I have missed your posts and your visits. I am having a giveaway right now....come enter!

Blondie's Journal said...

Wow!! You have been a busy gal!! And lots more of that to come. The shop in Maine looks awesome. I am always looking for beachy things to add to our lakehouse {and when are you going to do a book on Lakeside Cottages??!!}. Your story of spotting your book in the shop is a good one. It brought me back to my first vacation to California...I stayed at a little place in Hermosa Beach. I had a great time!

I'm happy Samantha and your mom are doing better. That is one cute bird!! Have fun with your book signings! :-)


NeereAnDear said...

Welcome back!! Such exciting news to hear that you are becoming quite the celebrity from coast to coast .... well deserved I might add...

Lucky you to have a signing in Maine too... I understand it is gorgeous out that way....

Glad to see chickie is doing well and such a pretty little baby at that.... getting used to country life is going to be so new for me ... what an adventure...

I do hope your mom is doing so much better ... and that her knee is in working shape... and even though it was not the best reason in the world ... it was good that you could spend a lot of time together...

Looking foward to seeing more of your posts with lots of goodies


Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Glad to hear everyone is on the mend. And as thrilling as it must be to see your book in stores, it is equally a thrill for us to find a sunny spot and enjoy its beautiful pages. It is a great book and a must have for anyone who loves the water.

Rebecca E. Parsons/Cre8Tiva said...

barbara...glad that mom & little chick are mending...i am taking a sentimental journey today visiting all my old blogging friends..what an unreliable blogging friend i have been of i miss you and the old days of blogging and connecting almost every day...i hope you have had blissful moments and peaceful journeys since my last visit.... i promise to return more often...


Ruth Welter said...

I've been looking for you Barbara, waiting for your return. : )

I'm glad your chick is getting better and also happy to hear about the book signing up in Maine...that is wonderful news.


Marie at said...

So glad to hear that your mom and chick are getting better.

Thank you for the lovely tour of the shops...I never get tired of window shopping through coastal stores. ;o)

Love your book, love your blog and am looking forward to reading about more of your adventures.

Have a beachy weekend...

Alison Gibbs said...

Welcome back Barbara, younhave been a busy bee.
Great that both your mom and the chicky are doing ok

Elyse said...

how exciting, barbara!

whenever i'm at a bookstore, i always check the home decor section and am happy when i see your book. what a thrill it must be! (a thrill i am hoping to experience for myself someday)

happy signing & safe travels!


simpledaisy said...

Glad you back and that your mom and your chick are doing well!!!
Lucky you that you get to travel all around to do book signings for the book you wrote! What a dream:)

La said...

That must be thrilling. I'm sure the shopkeeper was as ecstatic to meet you as you were to see your wonderful book on display.

Glad your patients are feeling better. La

Marie Antionette said...

Hi Hon,
So so happy for you.I know what you mean about this past summer.It was a long one for me too.Keep up the good work.
XXOO Marie Antionette

Eileen @ Cottage Beach House said...

Barbara, It is so nice to find your blog. I really am enjoying it. I sometimes get tied up with too many other things to do and miss doing my posts also. Your chick is just so pretty, it is great that you nursed her back.. Congratulations on that book. How exciting!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

hey! So glad to catch up with you...and things are going great over there, too.

Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving, sweetie. xoxo Lidy

Donna Pizzi said...

Great to see your book cover! Congratulations on spying it here on our West Coast, and signing in Maine (I lived there for 5 years!!)... We always miss working with you! I just left a post on Timi Weathers blog about your Thanksgiving shoot long ago! Hilarious story. She has a personal one like it 20 years ago.
Happy, Happy Thanksgiving! Brava!

rochambeau said...

Wonderful Barbara!
You look great! How are you and how's your Mom?

Shabby Chatue said...

Gorgeousness here! Thanks for sharing…always in love with the beauty you share! Shabby hugs…xo..Dawn