People often ask why I moved from Manhattan to Maine. Simply put, I wanted a change!
After living in subsidized housing while attending a private school on the Upper East Side for middle and high school with the aid of a scholarship from 1978 through 1985 I attended Bennington College in Vermont for one year, also via scholarship. I loved Vermont and the academics but I really wanted to be in a more economically diverse setting in New England since being the “scholarship kid” among the wealthy elite had its challenges. I transferred to the University of Maine in Orono where I earned my B.A. in English. I went on to earn an M.S. in Counselor Education at The University of Vermont in Burlington where I was awarded a department assistantship for two consecutive years. I lived in a tiny house in the woods that the UPS driver mistook for a shed one day when I had to chase after him for my package. I later returned to Maine in 2000 where I’ve since remained.
Yankee thrift and frugality have been an integral part of my life and happiness which is why I’m also known as The Thrifty Yankee™. New England’s serene surroundings and gentle opportunities for connecting with the natural world keep me grounded and fulfilled.
My cottage style ranch, situated on two wooded acres in the greater Portland, Maine area and only five miles from the sea was built in 1950 and has had few cosmetic updates since that time. I do not have a microwave or a dishwasher; I find washing and drying them by hand with vintage linens to be meditative and relaxing.
I still use rotary phones and transistor radios. I enjoy cooking from scratch oftentimes making dishes inspired by vintage recipes. I love befriending the chipmunks in my yard (I’m often called a chipmunk whisperer), get a thrill from the changing leaves in autumn, find peace from walking in old cemeteries, and am a picker who treasure hunts for vintage goodies at estate sales, auctions and flea markets. I’m also a collector of old books filled with delightfully outdated advice and timeless wisdom which I often apply to my own life. Photography has been a passion of mine since I was a teenager when my father gifted me a Nikon FG-20. I had access to a darkroom in my school where I took a photography class. Since that time I’ve been an avid hobbyist.
Christmas is my favorite holiday and I have acquired a collection of vintage decorations from my years of picking the attics of old Maine estates.
All of the cards my company sells are printed in my home design studio. It’s also where I do most of my writing.
Thank you for your interest in learning more about me!
Averyl Hill, M.S.