Remember Chandler O’Leary? The globetrotting illustrator is still at it, traveling and drawing the most incredible visual stories that always inspire us to hit the road with Moleskin and paints in hand. Her illustrated portrayals of far out roadside attractions like Canada’s two ton tater tot, the world’s oldest gas station, and a mermaid restaurant at Weeki Wachee Springs prove that there is clearly so much more to see . . . right here in our own backyard.
A few months ago, I stumbled across a video profiling a Maine-based company that boasts a 100 year tradition of shoemaking. I was instantly intrigued by the arduous hand stitching technique – one that hasn’t changed much since Harry Smith Shorey, a hand sewer for L.L. Bean, founded Quoddy in 1909 with a pair of leather mocassins inspired by Maine’s native Passamaquoddy tribe. Of course, I had to have a pair. After 6 weeks, my gorgeous boots arrived in the mail. The moment I slipped them on, my feet literally melted into them. They are the most comfortable shoes I own – honest to goodness. And it’s hard to believe that they’ll only get better with age, which might happen sooner than later as they are hardly ever off my feet. I’m in love. Hook, line and sinker.