January 17, 2017

The Clever Illustrations of Jessica Roux



There's no denying that Jessica Roux's illustrations draw me in.
It's her subdued color scheme, the moody depth she creates with shading,
and her subject matter, which I find especially interesting.

 Her groupings of items into themed collages are my favorites.
Take time to notice her clever choices:
cone flowers, dainty teacups, a morel mushroom, ornate embroidery scissors.

Jessica's subject matter reflects her infatuation with nature. 
I feel instantly calmed as I look through the illustrations of this talented artist.
See if you do, too.































See more illustrations by Jessica Roux:




Images used with direct permission from Jessica Roux.

January 15, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. - Remembering His "Four Little Children"

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"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they
will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

The children of Coretta Scott King & Martin Luther King, Jr., 
l to r, Dexter, Yolanda, Bernice and Martin III.

This photo was taken in 1966, just 2 years before King was killed.
A very sad day in the history of our country.


January 13, 2017

2017 Pennsylvania Farm Show Fun



A day-trip to Harrisburg for the 101st annual Pennsylvania Farm Show!
Lots to see and do here while appreciating farmers across the state.
We love to see the animals, but there's so much more!
Enjoy my photos from this terrific event!
















Every year Land O' Lakes of Carlisle donates 1,000 pounds of butter that are 
used for the Farm Show's butter sculpture, a tradition that began in 1991.
This year, the  Farm Show's theme is “Culture of Stewardship,”
so the sculpture shows some of the innovative practices
that farmers use to enrich the soil and reduce storm water runoff.
The very talented sculptors are Jim Victor & Marie Pelton.






Can't beat the taste of those German Roasted NutsAnd the aroma is divine!






Fell in love with "stroopies!" Yummy caramel layered between cinnamon wafers!
(A blog post all about them is soon to come!)



We love this maple syrup! Congrats, Hamilton's Maple Products!



Lunch in the Food Court is always a yummy adventure!



Apple cider slushies - a refreshing new addition this year.



Popular potato donuts.



Everybody loves the milk shakes!



Young girls ready to show their llamas.







The husband was wowed by this booth!



"I'm really rockin' these bangs, aren't I?"
We love the ultra soft alpacas!






A huge selection of cowboy hats!









Bobby Howard, our favorite driver for the horse pull event,
grooms one of his horses before it's time to head out to the Large Arena.



And here's Bobby doing what he does best.



It's always interesting to stop and watch the auction.



Didn't win at the auction?
Here's another way to take home a hog...
and a sheep, a horse, and a cow!



Want more? Take a look at this post from 2016:

Here's the Farm Show website.




January 9, 2017

Earthy, Handcrafted Pottery by The Basement Potter



Down in the basement of her Georgia home, Jennifer Nolan 
can be found in her Happy Place - her very own pottery studio.
The Basement Potter ( the perfect name!) creates gorgeous pottery, 
including mugs, brie bakers, chip & dip sets and berry bowls,
all with beautiful, rustic textures and earthy glazes. 
















More of The Basement Potter:


Images used with direct permission from Jennifer Nolan.