It’s that time of year again! Hitty Jean is ready to don her apron and begin a wonderful week of classes at IGMA Guild School. It is amazing to pull up to the cottage and see the view the first time:

The first job every year is to pick some flowers for Great Aunt Doll’s jug. This job falls to Hitty Jean this year, as Aunt Doll and Hitty Kate are busy in the school exhibit.

Now it is dinnertime and then Hitty Jean will try to get a good night’s sleep, though it is hard to sleep with so much excitement in the air!

‘Til Next Time…♥️♥️♥️


Great Aunt Doll’s Postcards from a Cruise

Great Aunt Doll has recently returned from a wonderful cruise to Bermuda, which also included a stop in Bar Harbor. She has returned happy, footsore and exhausted. Here are her postcards:

coconut mojito at the bar – delicious!
Norwegian Pearl is behind – very large!
the clock tower mall in Bermuda
souvenir shopping
Gibbs Lighthouse
the view!!!
original lighthouse weathervane, replaced with modern technology
Front Street, Hamilton
Par-la-Ville Park in Hamilton
evening at sea
sunsets at sea are incredible
looking toward the harbor in Bar Harbor
beautiful Bar Harbor
sunset over Bar Harbor

‘Til Next Time…


Tidying but not Finished

Great Aunt Doll has been tidying the Cabinet. Pictures are still not hung on the walls and are leaned up all over the place. Hitty Jean’s Guild School apron lays in the middle of the floor…Still! When questioned, Hitty Jean insists that if she puts it safely away, she will never find it again! Ain’t that the truth!

I spy…a quick glimpse of yours truly. Hello everyone!

‘Til Next Time


The Pie and the Pup

Great Aunt Doll has just adopted a new pup. He is a friendly little fellow and such good company. They are still getting to know each other – he seems to really enjoy scratches behind his ears:

Aunt Doll recently read that her dear friend Mamie had been making apple pie. It sure looked delicious, and pup was finally napping, so she decided to make one, too:

No sooner was the pie in the oven when Pup woke up and needed to go outside:

As soon as she opened the door, Pup ran off into the garden!

Hittys Sparrow and Kate were also outside in the garden and they quickly realized that Great Aunt Doll needed help!

Everyone ran after Pup. It was quite the wild goose chase! (Luckily they were able to catch him before anything awful happened…)

Sadly, by the time Aunt Doll remembered her apple pie, it was nothing but a few burnt nuggets in the pie pan:

Alas, maybe the bakery is still open…

‘Til Next Time…


PS :: Great Aunt Doll will remember Pup’s leash from now on…

A Wonderful Week

The Hittys have just returned from a visit with the Robertsons. Such a fun and wonderful week they had!

Hitty Jean loves air travel and always insists on having her photo taken up in the clouds:

Great Aunt Doll and Grandma Alice had much catching up to do:

The main topic of discussion this time was needlepoint. Grandma Alice is a pro and Great Aunt Doll picked her brain for tips and tricks all week long.

They even went as far as to examine some of Grandma Alice’s rugs up close. This one was made especially for the front hall of Twin Manor:

Aunt Doll spent the week stitching a checkerboard for the littlest Hittys. Hitty Belle suggested that Hitty Jean and Hitty Sparrow join her for a game, but they had no checkers, so other pastimes took over. There is never a lack of fun things to do at the Robertson’s:

Hitty Sparrow and Hitty Kate were delighted to see each other again. They are the best of friends and miss each other so much when they are apart:

The best news was when Aunt Doll and Grandma Alice told them that Kate would be traveling home for a visit with the Maxwell Hittys! Hitty Sparrow and Hitty Kate started packing immediately!

Now we are home again (with Kate!) and settling into our routine…looking forward to one of our favorite seasons…Autumn!

A warm and humble thank you to the Robertsons for another wonderful visit! We miss you already!

PS :: The needlepoint rug was stitched by Esther Robertson for her miniature house, Twin Manor. (More information on Twin Manor HERE. The needlepoint checkerboard was stitched by me, Martha Maxwell, with much encouragement from Esther. Photos below:

‘Til Next Time…


And She’s Out!

The girls were all set up in a soft spot so they could see out the window on the drive home. Hitty Jean fell fast asleep. Such a good helper she was this week and she was all tuckered out!


‘Til Next Time…


Guild School Ends…

What a week! Hitty Jean is exhausted but proud. Here she is with her exhibit display:

Ima has a new pinwheel and has been playing with it all day (between rain showers):

Hitty Jean saw a beautiful Rainbow:

She also saw the quintessential New England Captain’s House. She has admired it every day on her way to and from school. Isn’t it a beauty?

And now it is time to pack up and head home. It has been one of our favorite weeks ever here at IGMA Guild School. We hope to see more Hitty friends here next year!

‘Til Next Time…


Fresh Flowers

Great Aunt Doll was doing quite a loud bit of sighing this morning. No one had picked fresh flowers for her jug and it was looking…sad.

Ima noticed the situation and went out to the meadow to collect some replacements.

Much better!

The meadow outside our cabin window is so beautiful. Here is a happy bee buzzing about on the goldenrod:

Happy Castine Bee!

Meanwhile, Hitty Jean has been hard at work in her class. Tomorrow will be the big reveal!

‘Til Next Time…



Our project is slowly coming together. Lots of trim was added today and more tomorrow. Only two more days of Guild School – it always ends too soon!

It was fun to see our “Year Long Project” on display in the exhibit – A year of Santas in human size and also Hitty size:

‘Til Next Time…



Today in class, Hitty Jean learned to tool leather and then to dye it. She watched the dye dry – just to be sure all was well.

It was the third day of classes, which is the day one starts to question their abilities and despair that their project may never turn out right. Certainly true for Hitty Jean!

Never mind…class ended and it was a dog-gone good day, as we like to say! Back at the cottage, a break to admire the high tide and then off to dinner…

We hope you had a dog-gone good day, too!

‘Til Next time…