Morning :: Afternoon :: Evening :: Day 1

Hitty Jean and Hitty Sparrow are enjoying a week at the IGMA Guild School in Castine, Maine. Hitty Jean is learning bookbinding while Hitty Sparrow is vacationing and enjoying the beauty of coastal Maine. We hope you enjoy our *postcards*  from this adventure!





‘Til Next Time…

Where on Earth is Hitty Jean?!

*hint…she won’t take off her apron!

‘Til Next Time…


Posing and Greeting and Shopping! Oh, My!

Every year, The Maxwell Hittys meet up with their Hitty Friends in Sturbridge for the Miniatures Show, and as such, we have developed certain traditions we hold dear.  One is the wearing of the Tablecloth Pinnys!  This all began when it was discovered that many of the tablecloths at our favorite lunch spot (Soup to Nuts) were made of fabric perfectly suited to Hitty!  Imagine the excitement when the Hostess gave us some spare tablecloths to repurpose!  The “Tablecloth Pinnys” were sewn and now there is a group photo each year.  Here is the group in this year’s Pinnys:


Most all are looking at the camera here, but it took the photographer several tries.  Hitty Jean is being distracted by Ninashteen’s bracelet, Hitty O’Honey’s thoughts were elsewhere…but this was the best we could do!

The Hittys wanted to pose again in a new spot!  Perched on a ledge, they were all giggles and fun, and the photo became secondary to their frolicking – this photo can be considered an “outtake!”


Hitty Jean and Hitty Sparrow love Soup to Nuts and they love Tablecloth Pinnys!  Here they are the next day – when lunch came around again, there was no place else they would go:


Ima, Hitty Jean and Hitty Sparrow attended a get-together where they had a meet-and-greet with all the new Hittys.  It is always a delight – Hitty (*in the brown dress) was hopeful that she would find a new family to call her own:


That evening, a wonderful meal was shared at the Publick House – a historic tavern in Sturbridge.  Hitty Jean loved the cosy atmosphere of the Tap Room and insisted on a photo (for which she posed nicely!):


The next day was the main event!  Time for shopping at the miniatures show!  So much to see!  (oh, that bear!):


While Hitty Sparrow loved all the Christmas Goodies, Hitty Jean could be found amongst the Candy and Cakes:


Of course saying goodbye came all too soon….shortly after the show, it was time for all the Hittys to head home.  Coming from as far as California and as close as New England, it is a bittersweet time.  Grandma Alice and Mamie had one more hug:


What fun!  We love our Hitty Friends and cannot wait…

‘Til Next Time…

*Christmas Goodies and Candy and Cakes as well as delightful Market Stands (and more!) can be purchased from Art to Play With
*Hittys similar to Hitty (in the brown dress) can be purchased from Judy Brown

Last Minute Lecture


We’re going to Sturbridge!

‘Til Next Time…

Wedding Excitement!

Oh, what a weekend Hitty Jean has had!  There was a rehearsal at the Martha-Mary Chapel:


The bridesmaids and groomsmen were all there, along with the betrothed couple and their parents….It was all very exciting and chaotic, and brought over a year of planning to fruition.  The Bride’s Mother was a bit overwhelmed by this, so she and Hitty Jean had a quiet, reflective moment together by the Grist Mill before heading to the Rehearsal Dinner:


The following day was Wedding Day!  Such Joy and Relief that it was one of only a handful of perfect Wedding-Weather days New England has had this May!  The day was a blur, with so much happening, building up to the main event.  First there was lots (and lots!) of primping:


Then there was some beautiful lace:


And a portrait with the bride – before even the groom had seen her:


Hitty Jean was thrilled to be a flower girl, though she was a bit tiny to walk down the aisle and was instead carried (discreetly) by the Mother of the Bride.  And – oh, my –  there was a horse and carriage ride, some beautiful, witty vows, a harp playing, and lots and lots of festively dressed guests from all over the world!  Hitty Jean admits she was a bit overcome by all the excitement!  When asked what her favorite part of the wedding was, Hitty Jean had a hard time deciding.  She loved the Bride and Groom…and the dancing…and all the love amongst friends and family…but she has to admit that the Anniversary Cake* – being almost Hitty Sized – also comes in at the top!


Congratulations, Maisy and Oles!  We love you!!!

‘Til Next Time..

*Anniversary Cake – Replacing the custom of saving the wedding cake’s top layer to eat on the first anniversary, an Anniversary Cake is a small, two serving replica of the full-sized cake.  (Minus the fresh flowers!)  Pretty cute!

Edit: Hitty Jean’s Rehearsal Dinner outfit and Flower Crown by Islecroft
Hitty Jean’s Flower girl dress by Kay DeMattei

33 Miles


Hitty Sparrow was out and about on this picture perfect Spring Day and she came across this wonderful mile marker.  It has been in place for hundreds of years!  We just love old things!


We hope all reading this are enjoying a lovely day!

‘Til Next Time…

P.S.- How exciting to see Rachel Field quoted in Susan Branch’s newest book, Gratitude !

“Who bends a knee where
violets grow, a hundred
secret things shall know.”
💚Rachel Field

If you are as big a fan of Susan Branch as we are, you can find her new book and others at your local book store.  And you can pick up a copy of Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field while you’re at it!  Always good to have extra copies on hand for the visitor who is new to Hitty’s story…..

Postcards from New York :: Day 2


Hitty Sparrow liked this building she saw today – it looked as if it would fit in nicely in Paris…and it has a rooftop garden.  Plus…can you spy the Empire State Building?

Today she visited Gulliver’s Gate, which is an HO scale replica of important (and imaginary!) world landmarks.  (The link will give you a better description.)  Hitty Sparrow was delighted to find that, in this world, she was giant sized!  She “traveled” many places, including Paris:




And Brussels:


Do you know about the Atomium?  It was, like the Eiffel Tower, built for a World’s Fair.  You can read more about it here!

Hitty Sparrow was tired of posing.  (Can you see her pained expression in front of London Bridge?  Hittys get crabby too sometimes…)  Lunch at Brown’s Bagels provided some much needed sustenance.  Hitty Sparrow was anxious to try a real New York bagel and it did not disappoint.  See how happily she posed, because she knew she was about to eat:


An exciting discovery this afternoon at the hotel!  Hitty Sparrow saw the Empire State Building from her window:


Ah, the beauty of a Spring evening in Madison Square Park:


Tomorrow, Hitty Sparrow will journey home and tell Hitty Jean all about her adventures in New York City.  Hitty Jean had to stay behind, as her arms are much too loose for travel.  But that is a story we will have to save…

…’til next time…