Date: 4 August 2018. Julia and the
Fabric Postcard by Jan.
One of my favorite *people
anchorages in this region is over by Gulfport. The anchorage is
windy so I have plenty of power via my wind generator. The best day
to visit is Tuesday. That is when Gulfport hosts an Arts, Crafts and
Farmer's Market. It's folksy with a surprising variety of goods
*People anchorages offer
businesses, restaurants and supplies close to the dinghy dock.
Given a full refrigerator,
plenty of water and time, I would prefer to be in a remote anchorage
where I can enjoy the world without the presence of commerce. Of
course I also want wifi.
↓ GULFPORT, FL
Gulfport is a
quaint town. Many shops and small businesses line the main
downtown road. That street leads from the waterfront casino
due north for a few blocks to the public library. A previous
Gulfport, FL weekend
dockmaster Tom details some of the delights this town
Along with many artist offerings at the Gulfport street market on
Tuesdays, there are fresh fruits and
vegetables, plus food vendors. The best part however is meeting
fellow visitors. One such person I met is Julia.
Julia and her mom were visiting the
same Tuesday I was there.
Julia used to work down at Cabbage Key. I'm heading there later this
This is the entrance to Cabbage
↓ is on the Gulf
There is a restaurant on Cabbage Key
Tuesdays in Gulfport there is an arts
and crafts festival. I enjoy looking at the creativity displayed in
these shows. It was there that I discovered a wonderful artist named
Jan Farr. She had a sidewalk display filled with all manner of
My favorite by far was a quilted
fabric postcard featuring a Papillon! My Skipper is part papillon.
http://farrandabove.com touched up the card, making the fur black
just like Skipper!
Eye candy otherwise known as
Angus aboard Evan
Each card is quilted, embellished, and simply wonderful.
The artist makes other items. Visit her website at
http://farrandabove.com for more delights.
I was admiring the card when Julia and her mom gifted it to me. What
a wonderful pair of ladies they are!!!
The quilted postcard is a work of
art. I love the wording on the fabric "You had me at Woof."
A stitched ribbon banner reads "All of me loves all
of you" (Love is actually a heart charm.)
The dog has a collar with a paw print charm. Seashells adorn the
corner along with a starfish button.
What I love most
though is that this is a reminder of new friends made.
It was a special day in Gulfport, thanks to Julie, her mom and the
The piece is temporarily hanging on
the bulkhead in the aft corner of my dinette where I see it while
When I get the permanent mounting I'll frame it. The goal is to
securely display this piece for while underway.
What I intend to do is through bolt a small cleat on both sides of
the bulkhead. Outside
the cleat will provide a place to suspend a fender. Inside that
cleat will serve as the hanger for a wooden frame. That frame will
hold the quilted piece.
Years ago there was an ugly 12-volt light on that bulkhead. I
removed the light. Unfortunately there is a hole in the liner from
the wiring. This papillon quilted piece will conceal the hole.
Nobody will know it's there, except you!
I especially like this because it is
and useful. Best of all it reminds me of Julia.
If you get a chance to visit Gulfport, try to do so on a Tuesday.
I would go so far as to suggest this weekly event is worth
scheduling into your plans. The anchorage is best when the winds are
from the north. From any other direction there could be considerable
fetch. There's a sand bottom and I had great holding.
Recently Gulfport has been
installing moorings. I do not know when the field will open, nor
Be safe, and happy cruising.
Thank you for reading.
ADDENDUM: I had
originally sent via text messages copies of the photos taken of
the gals. When I uploaded this article I sent them both an
"Ahoy" text. It was such a treat to hear back from both Julia
Jan's been busy painting.
Here is a peek at a few of her little angels...
Jan Farr's website:
These are just 4" square. What a nice treasure to tuck
away for a *just-because gift.
*Just-because gifts have
no reason other than as a tangible representation of
friendship. That sort is a particular favorite, though
honestly I am a woman. Presents are always good. J.
Have you ever stopped in Gulfport on a Tuesday for their
What other farmer's markets and/or craft fairs have you visited along the
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