Bit o’ Honey ~ the little things that please

The little things that please . . .

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Janie Newkirk



I was born in Picayune, Mississippi.  After leaving the state at twenty-one, I spent years in gypsy mode in search of a calling that was never quite clear.  I’ve lived in big cities, small towns, north and south, on both coasts, in the desert, and on an island.  I now reside with my husband in a small town on the Maine coast.  That I ended up on the geographical edge of the continent seems fitting. 

I’ve been making a living with my hands my whole life.  My background in cooking and artisan baking introduced me the pleasures of simple, fresh food.  I try to make everything from scratch, from salad dressing, crackers, mayonaise, barbeque sauce, and of course, bread.   For six years I designed, crafted and restored stained glass windows on Peaks Island and Portland, Maine.  

I dance Argentine Tango, climb, bike, and generally love to move.  I enjoy making beautiful new things and old things better than before.

Still in search of my calling, I returned to school at age 45 for my master’s in occupational therapy, hoping to help others move, make, bake, and enjoy life to the best of their abilities.


Written by Janie

June 19, 2008 at 1:15 pm

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  1. Janie-
    Naomi showed me your blog. Was just looking at the drawings of the tree you’re doing for the church and was reminded of an idea you had of tattooing a tree from your pelvis up the belly. The drawings look just like I imagined the tattoo would look like when you described it 10, 12 (?) years ago.

    Katie (from cfb)


    July 4, 2008 at 11:49 pm

  2. I just love learning the background on Jane! You brought such a fresh breeze through the stagnant art scene on Peaks. We have you to thank for the Gem rolling. It has gathered some fuzz and lint lately, but I hope it will continue to morph to greater potential. Keep up your brave work, with bare hands and open heart!

    Jamie Hogan

    October 13, 2008 at 9:18 pm

  3. Hi Janie,
    Enjoyed your blog, esp the images of your stain glass process,
    like the newly arrived glass…first got your url/blog info
    from…your Mom!! We are friends from ‘Barryville’. I love your
    folks (and Scott!)… and they have added alot to our time up there, albeit not enough, as they’re…and for that matter , we’re… not up there enough…..Also pleased to say they’re collectors of my work.
    Needless to say was very pleased about that. But anyway, your
    Mom sent me your info, and really enjoyed looking at your ‘leaf’
    stain glass series. If you look at my site, you might see some
    affinities, in the simple shape orientation, and of course the color.I’m a green fan too! Keep up all the good work and hope
    sometime to meet. oh…ps have some lovely painter friends in
    Maine: Kate Beck outside Brunswick..(her blog…. and Grace de Gennaro in Brunswick. best!! Julie Gross

    Julie Gross

    November 20, 2008 at 10:17 am

  4. Bitohoney. Clever (also true!). Don’t know if this is still active or if you look at it at all. Found you here via Google. However, am unable to find you on Facebook under your name. Instead, if you get this, look me up on FB. Nice meeting you in NY! —joe

    Joe Tango

    January 10, 2011 at 2:56 pm

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