Martha Stewart Weddings: Nautical Etsy Collection

We are so thrilled and honored to have our rope mats featured in this Nautical Weddings Guide by Martha Stewart Weddings on Etsy. Click through to see the whole collection, including more fun rope stuff from other Etsy sellers:

Giveaway! The Landlocked Sailor Photo Contest

Have you heard? The Bosun has been sailing on the tallship Hawaiian Chieftain since early August, and we’re here keeping the home fires burning. Actually, we’ve been able to visit him quite a few times, and we haven’t had a single fire since he’s been away. Moving on.

A few days ago the Chieftain hauled out at Boat Haven in Port Townsend, Washington, so I’m considering her to be landlocked for the moment. Also, the annual Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival is going on this weekend! So, in honor of those two things, we’re having a photo contest.

Tag your nautical photos with the hashtag #LandlockedPT for a chance to win a set of two handmade rope towel holders on stainless steel boat cleats ($175 value).

We’ll be keeping up on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Ends September 30, 2013

Tag your nautical photos #LandlockedPT for a chance to win these handmade rope towel holders from The Landlocked Sailor!
Tag your nautical photos #LandlockedPT for a chance to win these handmade rope towel holders from The Landlocked Sailor!
The tallship Hawaiian Chieftain in dry dock in Port Townsend Washington 2013 during the Wooden Boat Festival
The tallship Hawaiian Chieftain in dry dock in Port Townsend Washington 2013 during the Wooden Boat Festival
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Our Little Intern

Thank you to everyone who made our Summer Sale a huge success.

The weather has been so beautiful here on the Pacific Coast the last few days, we’re trying to go car-free as much as possible. Our little intern had a blast today hauling the last few sale items to the Post Office in his little red wagon!

The Little Intern Hauling Merchandise to the Post Office
The Little Intern Hauling Merchandise to the Post Office

Summer Sale!

Yay it’s the first day of summer!

We don’t have sales very often, but we’re having one today. It’s a good one, too: 25% off everything in the store!

If you’ve been eying one of our rope towel rings, now’s the time to bring one home!

I’m the Bosun!

It was before 8:00 on a bright, sunny morning. My husband was below decks, feeding the boy, washing dishes, and generally getting ready for the day. I was on deck surveying the boat. I made notes of what wood needed to be replaced first. I came up with an action plan for maintaining the brightwork. I started to calculate how much caulk we would need to recaulk the cabintop.

That’s when it hit me: Since "the Bosun" works 40 hours per week as a computer geek counter service technician, and I stay home and work on the boat (only early in the morning and during naptime, of course), I’m officially more Bosuny than he is. And since the position of Bosun’s Mate has already been filled (by our son), I guess I’m just the Bosun.

MrJ is now the Bosun/Captain, because, you know, he still has to be the honorary Bosun. And when it comes time for haul-out, I’m going to be putting my finger firmly on my nose and calling "Not it!"

Always Keep Your Camera With You, Turned On, With the Lens Cap Off.

You can always switch to a fresh battery.

I received this advice from Neil Silverman at last year’s Morro Photo Expo. Have I followed it? Not closely enough.

But I have learned my lesson.

Why always keep your camera with you? Because if you don’t, you’ll have only cell phone snap shots to commemorate the day when a huge fishing boat crashes into your dock and you suddenly have no place to live.

Fishing Vessel Southeast crashes into Fowler's Docks in Morro Bay.
Fishing Vessel Southeast crashes into Fowler’s Docks in Morro Bay.

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