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Happy Birthday to Martha and Me!

There is so much to celebrate today!  This marks my 50th…post. You thought I was going to say birthday, didn’t you?  Also,  my 500th comment published here on the blog last night! (Thank you, Carol.)  AND Martha and I both have birthdays to celebrate today.  Guess that practically makes us twins.  Actually, Martha turns 71 today, and I am….well… I am not telling. 🙂 I will say that I am not quite two decades from her age.

To celebrate our birthdays today, we are touring Skylands, her favorite home located on 63 acres on Mount Desert Island in Maine.  She purchased it in 1997, and it overlooks Seal Harbor.  The foggy photo above shows the front entrance, and the one below is of the circular driveway by this entrance.

The house was built by car designer, Edsel Ford in 1925 and has 35,000 square feet.  In looking at all the photos, I think it would make a great inn! What do you think?  This is the rear entrance to Skylands (again in the fog.)

One of my favorite places in the house is the outside terraces (I guess they are not exactly in the house, are they?) The views from there are amazing!

The to-die-for view on a sunny

Now let’s go inside this home.   This is called the great

There is a giant guest book that she had made for Skylands, and it sits on two tables designed especially for holding it.

And this is called the living hall…not sure what that

Here are a few pictures of the very well used kitchen (full staff included.)  For some reason this reminds me of the downstairs of Downton Abbey.  Does it you?  By the way, I can’t wait for the next season of DA in January!!  Any other fans out there?  Sorry… what we talking about? Oh.. yes, Martha’s kitchen. 🙂

Next up is the back porch.  In warm weather, that would be such a fantastic place to

I believe all of the bedrooms have four poster

And here is one of the bathrooms in

Going back outside now, here is THE car to get around in during your stay here in Maine.

Of course Skylands comes complete with a guest house.  I think I like it better than the main house (no pun intended) because it seems less formal with all of the wicker in it.  This is the living room.  (I believe the interior of the guest house is all in pink.)

Here is the bedroom with its beautiful gray painted wicker….

and a closer look at the linens and that bed.

This gorgeous piece is the writing desk in Skylands’ guest house.  I think this is my favorite piece of furniture in all of her many houses.

And finally, here is the bathroom in the guest

You might ask, “What does Martha do while she is way up there in Maine?”  Well, she really loves to hike and does so on a regular basis, and she takes her guests hiking too.  Of course, she also likes to entertain. Since it is our birthdays, let’s visit her birthday party at Skylands.  Here is the terrace set for the dinner party with 64 guests for the weekend.

 I know you want a closer look at the tables.

Besides hiking, Martha and her guests spend some time just relaxing and shooting pool over the birthday party weekend.

Finally, here is her beautiful birthday cake served at the dinner party.

I told you that there was much to celebrate today…my 50th post, the 500th comment here, Martha’s birthday, my birthday. There’s one more biggie. It is also the 27th anniversary of the day I married the man who stole my heart the very first day I met him.  Yes, we married on my birthday.  Best birthday present ever.  (even though it took me ten years to convince him he wanted to marry me. 🙂 ) It is celebration time here for sure.

When I was growing up, a local radio station sponsored a birthday cake giveaway every day of the year in partnership with the bakery that made the cakes.  All you had to do was mail in your name and birthday to the radio station.  They would have a drawing, announce all the people with birthdays that day, and then they would announce the winner of the cake.  I cannot tell you how many times I won that cake!  That bakery is still in business, and they still make their birthday cakes just like they always have for 60 years.  I am surrounded by fabulous bakers – friends and relatives (including my husband!) who could whip me up a delicious cake, but this year, I want one of those winning chocolate sheet cakes with the white icing and the frosting flowers that I had for so many years as a little girl.  I want that taste of childhood, and isn’t that what we all wish for on our birthday…. just a small taste of childhood?

Thank you for being part of my celebration here today sweet readers. 🙂

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Ann Marie Winn - January 22, 2013 - 8:15 pm

I found your website by chance… It was by googling “Martha Stewart Lily Pond”. Enjoyed everything I saw..the Kennebunkport site was husband and I go to Kennebunkport often.. we usually stay at the Captain Lord’s Mansion ..but may try your suggestion…your site is delightful..I will have to discover do you get to visit Martha’s homes???? Keep looking..

Janna - August 3, 2012 - 9:36 pm

Happy Birthday on your special day! Plus, Happy Anniversary, too! So thankful that my brother in law married you so we can be related! You are correct, it surely took him LONG enough to pop the big question but you waited patiently! He has always been quite deliberate with his actions! 🙂
Janna – Thank you! I’m glad we are related too. I must admit that I was not patient in waiting though. There were MANY times I told him, “I know you want to marry me. What are you waiting for?” 🙂


Mora - August 3, 2012 - 9:30 pm

Happy Birthday!! Happy Anniversary!! I’m so glad I found your blog, it is such a nice little escape in my day!! Thank you!!
Mora – Thank you! I’m so glad you found it too. Thank you for reading AND commenting!

Kayleigh Harkins - August 3, 2012 - 9:22 pm

Happy Birthday friend!! I hope your hubbie did good and got you that cake!!!
Kayleigh – Thank you girl! He did get a cake. All of the kids are here this weekend, so I’m afraid there will be no leftovers to bring to work on Monday. Sorry! I know you are making us all something good to eat since you are such a wonderful cook.

Barbara (WA) - August 3, 2012 - 6:24 pm

Well, Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary!! One of my dearest friends in college fell in love with her future husband at my wedding and was married later that year on her birthday, too. Wouldn’t you love to be a guest at one of Martha’s parties?!!
Barbara – How romantic for your friend to fall in love at a wedding! And then to marry on her birthday. Wow! Being a guest at one of Martha’s parties WOULD be something special.

Stephanie - August 3, 2012 - 12:37 pm

May you have a wonderful birthday & a very Happy Anniversary!! May you have many more wonderful years with your honey!
Stephanie – Thank you for stopping by and leaving your kind birthday and anniversary wishes for me!

Garden, Home and Party - August 3, 2012 - 11:25 am


HAPPY BIRTHDAY! What a fun day for you, celebrating so many milestones. Your wedding anniversary will be one I bet your husband never forgets! 🙂

I love the guest house at Martha’s estate, but then I usually do. There’s something cozy about even spacious guest houses. The gray wicker, especially the desk and the bed are amazing. Do you think they are antiques?

Have a wonderfully relaxing weekend filled with joy and celebration!
Karen – You and I and JoAnne are all calling dibs on the guest house! I believe I read that the wicker was original assorted pieces from the house painted several different colors and they unified them by painting them all that gray. I appreciate your sweet wishes for the weekend!

Cathy Norrie - August 3, 2012 - 10:11 am

Oh my! May you have the happiest of birthdays and anniversaries today! I wish I lived closer so that I could pop in with a little something…

Thank you so much for your never ending gift to us – the work you do on your lovely blog. I love this little series of Martha’s houses and I have to say that Skylands is my favourite of all! I too love the little writing desk – so sweet 🙂 … and Martha’s celebration dinner on the terrace – I would love that too! I’m sure I saw my name on one of the place names… I’m so sorry to have missed the evening celebration.

By the way, would you believe that I have not seen one episode of Downton Abbey??? – we don’t watch TV at all. Since it is not offered on Netflix I just had to order the series through Amazon. It just arrived and I am waiting for an afternoon (a series of afternoons and evenings??) when I can sit down and get lost in it. I can’t wait.

Thank you again Kelly and have a wonderful celebration!

Your ever faithful reader and new friend (online)…
Cath – I do believe I did see your name on the place cards too! I know it must have been sad to miss one of Martha’s meals! Ha ha. I rarely watch tv, but Downton Abbey is my one exception. The music, the houses, the story….a wonderful escape. Fix a cup of tea and enjoy! (I can hear the music in my head as I type this!)

betty - August 3, 2012 - 8:16 am

We won those birthday cakes so many times that I wondered if we were the only ones sending in our names. And they were delicious and so pretty! I had planned on making you one just like Martha’s in the above picture but I’ll just do it next year. 🙂 So Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary! And congratulations on 50 posts. I have certainly enjoyed them. You’re my favorite on line magazine.
Yes Mom – I do think perhaps we were the only ones sometimes…odds in our favor. By the way, you can make that cake anytime you would like. Remember we have 2 more August birthdays coming up in the next week or so.

JoAnne - August 3, 2012 - 8:13 am

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary, Kelly! I’ve enjoyed your posts on Martha ‘s homes. I could happily live in the guesthouse at Skylands ~ very pretty!
JoAnne – I agree. The Skylands guest house would be a snug little cottage to live in. Thank you for the birthday and anniversary wishes!

aimee {sixteen fourteen} - August 3, 2012 - 7:31 am

Happy birthday, Kelly! Enjoy your cake and thanks for all the Martha Stewart eye candy! xoxo
Aimee – I’m so glad you liked all the Martha houses. There is just sooooo much out there from her!

jean - August 3, 2012 - 6:44 am

What a day this is going to be!!!! Wishing you the best day ever in every aspect of your life. The best is yet to come!!!
Jean – Thank you for all the good wishes! You are such a sweet reader!

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