November 15, 2017

Play with Clay- Robin Nidelcheff’s Gorgeous Pottery

It was a pleasure to have met Robin Nidelcheff of Play with Clay
at Jim Thorpe's Fall Foliage Festival this year!
Robin presses real leaves into her clay creations to achieve
spectacular, woodsy results that put you right in touch with nature!

These striking blue and aqua pieces have a seashore vibe.

 Here's the Play with Clay website!

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November 13, 2017

The Shoe that Grows- Perfect for Children in Developing Countries!

So many kids across the globe, about 30 million of them, don't have shoes.
They're susceptible to injury, parasites, and soil-transmitted diseases.
The problem is, even when they're given shoes, they quickly outgrow them.
Here's a solution: The Shoe That Grows.
Adjustable to 5 sizes, they can grow with the child and will last for years!
Constructed from compressed rubber that's similar to the tires on your car,
they're rugged, sturdy, and easy to keep clean.

Such an awesome idea, right?
Watch this informative video to hear more:

There are several ways to get involved:
make a donation, hold a fundraiser, or help distribute the shoes.

Learn all about it on The Show That Grows website!

November 11, 2017

Appreciating US Veterans

Recognizing our US Veterans who have served this country.
Thank you for preserving and defending our freedoms!

Two great quotes from two great presidents:

November 8, 2017

Warm, Cozy Mittens- Upcycled by Second Season

During our recent day at the Fall Foliage Festival in Jim Thorpe, PA,
I met Susan Wise and her fabulous upcycled mittens!
Her business, Second Season, is all about giving new purpose to old sweaters.

Most of us know the song, "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music, right?
Well, it came right to mind when I saw all of these "...warm woolen mittens!"

Each pair is meticulously crafted from a gently-used sweater, then lined with fleece.
Just perfect to keep your hands toasty during cold winters!

Susan can also create "Memory Mittens" from a sweater you may have
that once belonged to a loved one. Such a nice keepsake to use and treasure!

Here's the Second Season
Website and Facebook page.

November 4, 2017

A Fabulous Fall Foliage Festival in Jim Thorpe, PA

Aaaah, the endearing town of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania!
We visited in October this year for their annual Fall Foliage Festival.
What a treat! This cozy town is tucked between the mountains,
which provide a picturesque backdrop for captivating hometown architecture.

We spotted entries for the Scarecrow Competition throughout the town!

Continuous live music on 4 different stages, like here at the gazebo. 

Lots of shopping with canopied handcrafted artists.

Check out this beautifully crafted pottery!
I did a feature post entitled
"Play with Clay- Robin Nidelcheff's Gorgeous Pottery."

Lovin' these upcycled mittens by Second Season!

You can take a ride on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway!

Here's the website!
This is a fantastic festival you don't want to miss!

October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween Magic!

A cute and clever poem by John Martin,
surrounded with vintage illustrations
make for special Happy Halloween wishes
from My Paisley World!

October 30, 2017

Monsters Among Us Via Subway Doodle


To help pass the commuting time on the New York City subway
between Brooklyn and Manhattan, it started by taking photos
then sketching and doodling in some monsters with an iPad.
It caught on, and Subway Doodle became a phenomenon!
Here's a look at these big, somehow lovable, blue monsters.

The monsters have come up out of the subway and into the city!

 Subway Doodle is generously donating 100% of the proceeds 
from the sales of this print, "Helping Hands," 
to help out with the hurricane recovery efforts
for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean!

Find Subway Doodle here:

October 28, 2017

Petri Dish Mold Crocheted by Elin Thomas

Though I don't know what grades Elin Thomas got in science class,
her experiments with a crochet hook get an A+ for sure!
Take a look under our microscope at these petri dishes of mold 
crocheted by one very talented and clever artist!

See more at Elin's website and on Big Cartel.

Images used with direct permission from Elin Thomas.

October 25, 2017

Hiking the Falls Trail at Rickett's Glen State Park, PA

My husband and I recently visited Rickett's Glen State Park,
13,050 acres of lush, natural beauty in northeastern Pennsylvania.
We hiked the Falls Trail and were thrilled by the stunning waterfalls,
the largest being Ganoga Falls, at 94 feet high.

This isn't an easy hike; the trail is steep going downhill one way,
with a steep uphill climb on the returning loop.
 It's not the ideal adventure for anyone with physical concerns.

The falls are surrounded by nature at its finest: 
a variety of trees, ferns, moss, and majestic outcrops of rock.
October's glorious changing foliage was well underway.
The stream accompanied us as we hiked,
whether as a gentle trickle or as a loud roar at the falls. 
The air seemed cleaner, the atmosphere serene.
If you love to hike in the great outdoors,
this is the place for you!

Here's the Rickett's Glen website.
They're also on Facebook.