Who could resist such a greeting?
As you could probably gather from my last post or two, autumn makes me nostalgic. I crave mulled cider, leaf piles, bonfires, and my memere's molasses cookies. I devour long novels on chilly nights, and my crafting supplies start taking over every available horizontal space in the house. I lose nearly all self control in Michael's craft stores, and what little ability I had to say no to a rubber stamp or a pretty box of stationery flies out the window when I enter an indie paper store. I have several favorites, but one of the best I've found is Rock Paper Scissors in Wiscasset, Maine.
Todd and I spent a couple of hours in Wiscasset earlier this week, most of it in Rock Paper Scissors and its sister housewares store, Smitten. We found Christmas and baby gifts, plus a few treats for ourselves. I had to drag him away from the pens (yes, we have a slight fountain pen addiction in our house) or we would have been there all afternoon.
One of my favorite finds was a spool of red and white twine just like the kind bakers use to tie up boxes of pastries. My favorite Italian bakery, Mike's Pastry in Boston's North End, uses blue and white twine, and I always love that reassuring tug on my fingers as I slip them under the knot and carry a box of Florentine cannoli down Hanover Street. Talk about nostalgia! And, yes, for me nostalgia involves food nine times out of ten.
Another great find was this box of paper drinking straws. I've written before about my favorite childhood treat: coffee ice cream from Hallett's Drugstore on Front Street in my hometown. Sometimes we'd go to Hallett's just for a soda, and I loved lifting the lid of the tall glass dispenser to slide out one of these pretty paper straws.
So, yes, I wax nostalgic when the weather grows chilly. I tend to light more candles as days grow shorter, pull on my wool socks, and make pot after pot of tea. Too bad I can't drink hot tea with a paper straw! Actually, I think I'm going to use the straws for a crafting project. (That's a hint for you, Miss Marlowe. Maybe you should bring a few crafting supplies when you come to visit this weekend!)
Thinking of all you sweet blogging friends tonight! Hope you are well. xo