September 25, 2017

Lovely Hand-lettered Scripture by Makewells

Megan Wells, of Yankeetown, Florida, adds fanciful illustrations 
to her beautifully hand-lettered quotes, hymn lyrics, and scripture verses.
I'm showing off the results here - I think you'll love them as much as I do!

More of Megan's work, 
and her shop, Makewells, 
can be seen here~

Images used with direct permission from Megan Wells.

September 22, 2017

Incredibly Realistic Glass Berries

Berries. One of my very favorite things.
Succulent, juicy, red raspberries!
No, these aren't real, but they sure look real, don't they?
They're made of sculpted glass. Amazing, right?
I came across them in Beth Johnson's Etsy shop, GlassBerries.

Here's a great story:
As Beth worked to perfect her sculpting technique, and was finally satisfied,
she strung a few raspberries and wore them as a necklace. 
When some one asked her how she kept the berries from staining her shirt, 
she knew that she'd achieved her goal of creating a lifelike berry!

Beth also uses her glass berries to make fabulous jewelry!

Visit the GlassBerries shop on Etsy.

Images used with direct permission from Elizabeth Johnson.

September 18, 2017

Jazz Up Your Wheelchair with Izzy Wheels!


Ailbhe Keane is a graphic designer based in Dublin, Ireland.
Her sister Izzy, who has Spina Bifida, inspired her to create a way 
to dress up a wheelchair with art. So began Izzy Wheels!
These changeable wheel covers come in a wide variety 
of patterns to reflect personality and add pizzazz!
Their tag line is, "If you can't stand up, stand out!"
What a great way to provide self-expression while at the same time
breaking down the stigma of wheelchairs!

 Other artists have illustrated the wheel covers as well.
This lovely one was done by Jane Newland.

Izzy Wheels has already won several awards.

Watch this Insider video to see Izzy Wheels in action!

Even more info here:

September 15, 2017

A Great Day at the Doylestown, PA Arts Festival

A perfect September afternoon to head to Doylestown, 
the county seat of beautiful Bucks County, PA, for its annual Arts Festival!
We took our time browsing through the canopies of 160 talented artisans.
Creativity was definitely in the air!

I met James Maloney, of One Man's Trash, who creates clever 
Pennsylvania-proud pieces of art by recycling old license plates.  
His new bride of just two weeks was there too. (Aaah...true love.)

Very cool succulents and cacti by Bucks County Flowers and Things.

Creative belt buckles artistically displayed in vintage sewing cabinet drawers.

Ron Andress, The Happy Potter

Brian Toseland's beautiful hand-blown glass pumpkins!

Sardine Upcycled Clothing

Nichols Pottery features a "Civil War Cup," which is hardier than the average mug.
With confederate soldiers often needing to melt down their tin cups for bullets,
North Carolina potters made mugs generous enough to hold stew, as well as coffee.

The festivities included the Bucks County Classic pro cycling event.
It was a thrill to see the high-speed racers streak by as they circled through the town!
Enthusiastic fans cheered them on with whistles and cow bells!

I encourage you to attend the next Doylestown Arts Festival 
for a wonderful day of handcrafted treasure hunting!

Colleen and I had a most enjoyable time!

September 13, 2017

Beth's Beautifully Crafted Japanese Temari Balls

The word "temari" in Japanese means handball.
To give a temari as a gift is a token of loyalty and friendship,
and is believed to bring good fortune to the one who receives it.

Beth Bittle, of Maryland, has perfected this ancient art form.
The core is a simple Styrofoam ball, which is donned with a "coat of many colors."
Brightly colored yarn and threads are wrapped around it to create exquisite patterns!

Visit Beth's shop on Etsy!

Images used with direct permission from Beth Bittle.

September 5, 2017

The Spectacular Library of the Czech Republic in Clementinum, Prague


I'm truly crazy about libraries!
I read dozens of books each year and don't buy a single one if I can help it.
I just love borrowing books from my community library.
Not only for the obvious reason of saving tons of money, 
but also to take in that certain atmosphere in a library that is unmatched.
Is it intelligence, curiosity, adventure, intrigue? Yes, yes, yes, and yes!

Naturally, I was all goosebumps when I saw these photos of the
National Library of the Czech Republic in Clementinum, Prague.
Over the top! Only in my dreams!
How I'd love to spend a few hours getting lost in this library!
Imagine that intoxicating smell of old books 
amidst this glorious Baroque architecture!