June 22, 2017

Chie Hitotsuyama's Amazing Newspaper Sculptures

These realistic animal sculptures by Chie Hitotsuyama were created 
by using thousands of tightly rolled sheets of newspaper.
How's that for recycling?
Check out these photos, plus a video of Chie in action!

Explore more at Chie's website.

June 20, 2017

Gorgeous Watercolor Scripture Art by GraceLaced

Lovers of watercolor and typography are in for a treat:
Ruth Chou Simons, of GraceLaced, is a fabulously talented artist who 
adds lovely hand-scripted Bible verses and quotes to her paintings.
The resulting inspirational works of art speak to the heart and to the spirit.
Enjoy these "grace-laced" beauties!

See more GraceLaced here:

Images used with direct permission from Ruth Chou Simons.

June 18, 2017

Time for Father's Day Wishes

"She did not stand alone, but what stood behind her,
the most potent moral force in her life,
was the love of her father."
-Harper Lee

Appreciating the love of my two dads, Tom and Dante.
and recognizing my husband Steve,
who has been my rock and an ideal dad to our three blessings.
Thank you, Lord. 

Wishing dads across the globe a Happy Father's Day!

June 9, 2017

Book-Lover Quotes Illustrated by Simini Blocker

Bibliophiles like me will appreciate these 
oh-so-charming illustrations by Simini Blocker.
They bring life to the thoughts of
Anna Quindlen, Albert Einstein, C.S. Lewis and more.
Enjoy these colorful works of art as you're
reminded of how very much you love to read! 

More illustrations by Simini Blocker here:

June 6, 2017

El Camino Real: A Great Mexican Eatery in Philly

On the recommendation of my friend Dana,
the hubby and I stopped in for a bite at El Camino Real in Philly.
Known for delicious Mexican food and Texas BBQ,
it's located in the Northern Liberties neighborhood at 1040 North 2nd Street. 

Very cool hand-painted window murals!


My vegetarian choice - yummy cactus & sweet potato burritos.

The casual, hip atmosphere and bandito murals brought to mind
Clint Eastwood and spaghetti westerns.
As I turned a corner, the vibe was confirmed~


June 1, 2017

Woo Hoo, It's Donut Day!

Friday, June 2, is National Donut Day!
Let's hear it for donuts!

To celebrate, check out these freebies on 6/2~
Krispy Kreme will give you one FREE donut.
Dunkin' Donuts will give you a FREE classic donut with the purchase of a beverage.

Don't miss the bonus video at the end of this post!
It's a fun song from my childhood I learned at Girl Scout camp- The Donut Shop!

Donuts and pugs? Why not!

jojo larue

Never been crazy about jelly donuts,
but it's hard for me to pass up a Boston cream.
Which one is your favorite?

Happy to find this on YouTube.
I just know that my friends Sue & Shelley will be singing along!

May 30, 2017

Liz Payne's Bold & Bright Geometric Embroidery

The geometric embroidery of Liz Payne is nothing shy of spectacular!
Liz, from Sydney, Australia, meticulously hand-stitches her pieces,
often adding beadwork for some extra punch and pizzazz.
The variety of her stitches is worth noticing, as well,
making each piece of art truly one-of-a-kind.
Her bright, cheery colors and bold designs sure are hard to resist!

See more of Liz's work here:

Images used with direct permission from Liz Payne.

May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Recognition of Those Who Died for Our Country

Recognizing, appreciating and honoring
the men and women of the US military
who died in the line of duty
to protect and defend our beloved country
and the freedoms we enjoy.

Ah! never shall the land forget
How gushed the life-blood of her brave.
 ~William Cullen Bryant

View this past post, Memorial Day Taps.

May 23, 2017

Strolling Down Elfreth's Alley in Philadelphia

Named for silversmith Jeremiah Elfreth, Philadelphia's Elfreth Alley is the 
oldest residential street in America, with houses built as early as 1720.
32 homes, originally inhabited by artisans and craftsmen, 
make up this charming neighborhood.
The architecture of that day is infatuating to see:
archways, marble stoops, lampposts, shutters, brickwork,
flowerboxes, transom windows, cobblestones.
What a rich presence of history!

Elfreth Alley became a National Historic Landmark in 1966.

Here's their website.

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