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visiting bass pro in ct

January 15, 2016

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The destination for today’s Friday field trip may seem an unusual choice, but if you consider how much I love a good theme, it makes perfect sense.

We are visiting a place where an outdoor sportsman theme is running in overdrive – Bass Pro Shop.

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The crosswalk leading into Bass Pro Shop in Bridgeport, CT

Growing up, I was exposed to hunting, fishing, camping, and a variety of outdoor sports at a young age because my dad was a big sportsman and lover of the outdoors. And, I certainly am no stranger to boat shows. It seemed natural I would want to check out the new Bass Pro store where they specialize in all these areas.

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But, once I got there, it was not the merchandise that grabbed my attention, but rather, the décor surrounding the merchandise – the place is like Disney for the outdoorsy set.

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One of my favorite details at the Bass Pro in Connecticut are the hand painted light fixtures on the second floor.

In Fish Bowl Bowling Alley and Uncle Buck’s Grill, there is dramatic lighting and plenty of props to help simulate an under-the-sea ambiance. Details like a school of fish above the bar and alligator eyes painted on bowling balls are sure to grab attention. I’m pretty sure any kid would gladly trade some of his toys or give away Halloween candy (that’s serious biz) for a chance to bowl in the Fish Bowl bowling alley!

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The store is worth checking out, even if you aren’t currently in the market for a fishing pole or a firearm! I guess many others think so too since people are traveling great distances to visit. The Bass Pro Shop in Bridgeport is only the second store in New England and the first in Connecticut. It is a great spot to stop and check out if you are driving along the Connecticut coast because it is super easy to access off I95.

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Dad, if you are listening; I sure wish you could have seen this place!  And, they even sell live bait!

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Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend.

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Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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a little place on the water

December 29, 2015

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Okay, I didn’t get this past weekend off and I am working three jobs this week, but I did get to spend Christmas Day with the people that matter the most to me and it was pretty darn special. I hope your day was as wonderful as mine!

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Because Friday will be the month’s book giveaway, I am sharing a quick field trip today…a few photos I took of a little getaway by the water I was lucky enough to visit…this is a detached family room that is pure heaven! Yes, please. I’ll take one! This is the type of place my dreams are made of!

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Enjoy the photos and enjoy the end of 2015 and ushering in 2016!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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christmas magic

December 18, 2015

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The best time to visit a favorite store as the holidays approach is when Christmas gift buying has been completed.  Sound crazy?  Well, once the pressure is off to find the perfect gifts, the whole shopping experience changes.  The perspective shifts from one that has been focused on gift buying to one that is enjoying the shopping experience in an entirely different way.

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For me, I can genuinely appreciate my surroundings and soak in the effort that has been made to create a beautiful holiday aesthetic.  If I should find a little something special to add to a stocking – fine.  But, there is no real urgency to the gift buying.

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You probably know by now that one of my favorite stores is Grace.  Today, for Friday field trip, I am sharing some of the wonderful holiday aesthetic created by this marvelous shop in Niantic.  Enjoy!

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Thanks for stopping by!

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Have a wonderful weekend and remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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lovely cakes field trip

November 13, 2015

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When I heard that Lovely Cakes was opening a new location in Connecticut, I was intrigued. But, when I found out there would be an open house, I was thrilled!

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As a notable by both Brides and The Knot as the best for wedding cakes, Lovely Cakes is a top pick for area brides-to-be. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to taste the cakes made by owner Renata Papadopoulos as well as get the chance to check out the designer’s newest kitchen!
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For Friday field trip today, I am sharing a few pics from the visit! I am just sorry I can not share tasting the cakes with you as well!

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I enjoyed touring behind-the-scenes – especially the pan collection! A strong case of pan envy for me!

pleasure in simple things blogAnd, I had the opportunity to find out first-hand that the cakes did, indeed, taste just as good as they looked!

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Lovely Cake’s chocolate cake with Bailey’s Irish Cream buttercream.

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Confetti vanilla cake by Lovely Cakes with chocolate fudge icing.

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Lovely Cake’s vanilla cake with signature salted caramel buttercream.

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Have a great weekend my friends! Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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showhouse on the green

October 23, 2015

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A show house is a super way to spark creative spirit. So today, for Friday field trip, I am sharing some of my favorite ‘sparks’ from the Designer Showhouse on the Green in Fairfield, Connecticut.  Presented by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church as a benefit for Operation Hope, the show house includes 18 different spaces transformed by designers and decorative artists.

The great thing about this event is that every guest has a different take away – making it a wonderfully unique experience for each and every attendee.

My favorite space in the show house was the laundry room!  I just loved every detail, including the light fixture…

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The sink’s tile backsplash…

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Right down to the towel choice…

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And, themed art work on the wall…

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I saw plenty of inspirational window coverings.  This airy covering was really unique…

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And the color, clean lines, and classic design of this covering especially appealed to me…

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With breast cancer awareness month on my mind, I couldn’t help but notice this little vignette using the signature color…

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I would love to curl up with a book in this corner space!

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There were interesting tabletops to admire…

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And, plenty of beautiful art work for sale.  I love the use of light in this piece…

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And, the playfulness in this piece offered for sale in the boutique pop-up designed by No. 299 of Fairfield.

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The pop-up offered plenty of giftware for sale…a nice addition to the show house and a great way to get a jump on holiday shopping!

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I hope (pun intended) you enjoyed a little glimpse of the show house. If you live in NY or CT, please consider attending this event to benefit Operation Hope because there is so much more to see!  It continues through this weekend (October 25th). Check the website, by clicking here, for more information.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend and remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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summer sculpture showcase

September 4, 2015

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Today we are visiting a sculpture garden in the historic district of Old Lyme, Connecticut. Sculptures placed over the 4.5 acres of property of artist Gilbert Boro make up the Summer Sculpture Showcase available for viewing by the public.

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namaste sculpture pleasure in simple things blogOver 90 large-scale, abstract sculptural works, inspired by nature and created by a number of artists – including Boro – make up the showcase, located adjacent to the Lyme Academy of Fine Art.

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2 parts of spoon like sculpture pleasure in simple things blogI was lucky enough to meet Boro, his private residence located amid the landscaped garden, on the afternoon I took a leisurely stroll through the exhibit. Speaking with him, it was clear art was his passion.

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sculpture garden pleasure in simple things blogThere is certainly something for everyone in the garden –an interesting assortment of sculpture created in a number of different styles and materials.

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Easily accessible off Exit 70 of Interstate 95, the Showcase is a great summer stop. It is open to the public without charge from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, through September 13th.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s Friday field trip.

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Have a wonderful holiday weekend and remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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epitome of summer

August 28, 2015

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Most every coastal town in Fairfield County schedules a sand castle building contest during the summer and each year I try to attend at least one. For Friday field trip this week, I am sharing a few photos from the contest I attended this year.

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Which is your favorite?

Have a wonderful weekend and remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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two tons of white legos®

August 21, 2015

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What would happen if someone dumped two tons of LEGOS® into a city park and told the public to ‘have at it?’  You can find out this summer on the High Line in New York City with The collectivity project!

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The collectivity project, an installation of white LEGO® bricks, features an imaginary cityscape conceived and designed by the public.  The ever-evolving shape of the installation is at the mercy of those visiting the High Line who are welcome to play with the installation – building and rebuilding the structures over time.

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The project stimulates tons of creative energy and provides a darn good time in the process!  The idea was driven by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, demonstrating his desire to make the concerns of art relevant to society at large; not limited to the confines of a museum or gallery.

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Visitors are a mix – from super serious architect types to those who are just passersby and add a single brick or two.  Me? I found myself somewhere in the middle.  I wanted to make my mark on the project – to be a contributor – but, I didn’t feel the need to impress anyone with my superior LEGO® building skills!

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If you should visit, you may not see what is pictured here since the piece is constantly being reconfigured by those who visit and contribute to its ever-progressing contour.

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Visit the High Line now through September 30th and you will get the chance to make your mark on two tons of white LEGOS® at no charge!  How cool is that?!  Thanks for stopping by for Friday field trip!  I will post some additional photos from this great installation on Facebook this weekend.

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Have a wonderful weekend and remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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P.S.  Click here to read more about The High Line.

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poetic chest before and after

July 24, 2015

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This piece was part of a larger piece that was left out on the curb at a beachfront home. I instantly fell in love with it, because I knew the details would look awesome as a painted piece. It was a really large piece and I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend the time on it that it needed. It ended up I couldn’t resist it. After having a heck of a time getting it home, I ended up taking the top piece to the dump and started working on the bottom piece.

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First, I used a sealer on it because I feared some of the stain may bleed through the paint. I decided Old White and Duck Egg would look really great on this piece, even though I was very tempted to use my favorite French Linen.

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This piece would find its home in a commercial retail space that had something of a poetry theme, so I had the idea to paint the inside of the drawers and add some pages of a poetry book; roughing them up some to make them look vintage. And, because of the poetry theme, I departed from my standard coastal town name and named the piece T.S.

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This redo had to be one of my toughest ever because so much of the work was done on the hottest, muggiest days we have had this summer. And, believe me; I am not exaggerating…the weather was so bad that the drawers had swollen and wouldn’t fit back into the piece when it was completed! It wasn’t until T.S. was in its new home, in air conditioning for 24 hours, that I was able to put the piece back together – and, even then, I didn’t want anyone to touch it for a while because I feared the wax wasn’t set. (The reason there are no great after photos! That and the fact that the retail space hadn’t opened yet!)

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I ended up really happy with the result and I think the details are just lovely. Here is how T.S. came to be:

• 2 coats of Annie Sloan Old White on the main part of the piece
• 2 coats of Annie Sloan Duck Egg on the doors and drawers
• 1 coat of Annie Sloan Old White and water wash (50/50) on the doors and drawers – applied with a cloth
• 1 coat of Annie Sloan clear wax over everything
• Some distressing
• 1 coat Annie Sloan dark wax

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Have a wonderful weekend and remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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a window view

July 17, 2015

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The last time I went into the city, I had a fascination with windows. Sounds crazy, right? I started looking out some old windows with chippy molding and was mesmerized! It seemed the older and dirtier the windows, the more beautiful they became in my eyes. And, if something interesting was near the window – all the better!

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You know I am all about a good theme and, apparently, my visit on that particular day was going to be windows!

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For Friday field trip today, I am sharing a few of my favorite photos from my ‘window day’ in New York City. I will post a few additional window photos on my Facebook page.

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In the words of Anne Spollen in The Shape of Water: “I discovered windows one afternoon and after that, nothing was ever the same.”

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!

Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

Sharing at House of Hipsters,  Craftberry Bush, The Shabby Nest, and French Country Cottage.

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