August 31, 2015

Our Visit to Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

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Isaiah Zagar is the artist responsible for covering a half-block of South Street 
in Philadelphia, PA with a mosaic creation like no other.
Part indoor gallery and part outside sculpture garden, it totals 3,000 square feet.
Tiles, statuary, mirrors, glass bottles, vases, bicycle wheels, plates, pottery.
Over a period of 14 years, Isaiah dug down and built up, making stairways 
and tunnels through this little world of art that was fascinating to explore.
We were set for an adventure and that's just what we got!



Located at 1020 South Street, the Magic Gardens can be partially seen by passers-by,
but is sectioned off by this wall and ornamental iron gates.
You may have noticed it as you've walked or driven by - hard to miss!

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A popular attraction- there was a waiting line to get inside.

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 Especially stunning when the sun was at an angle to shine through the glass!

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See and learn more~


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August 26, 2015

Natalie Wargin’s Gorgeous, Bold Watercolors



Natalie Wargin finds inspiration for her watercolors
as she explores the beautiful Hudson River Valley of her New York home.

She's a multi-faceted artist, expressing her creative talents through
embroidery, paper mache, sewing, and quilting, in addition to painting.

I'm really drawn to her bold colors and to the way she fills her frames with life!
She adds sweet surprises like the grasshopper above,
and the honey bees or frogs below.
Enjoy the watercolor world of Natalie Wargin!













A cascade of berry blue.


















A tiny country church on the hillside watches over this hen house.






Wonderful jack-in-the-pulpit!
(Thinking of you, Pat!)






Husband, ever watchful and protective of his wife in camouflage.









See more of Natalie's art here:


Images used with direct permission from Natalie Wargin.

August 24, 2015

Visiting the Wilbur Chocolate Company in Lititz, PA

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We rounded off a terrific day of shopping at lunching in Lititz, PA
with a visit to the Wilbur Chocolate Company!
Home of the famous Wilbur Buds®,
this candy store and museum is located at 48 N. Broad Street.

We did the self-guided tour of the museum.

How interesting to see antique candy-making tools -
oversize copper bowls, paddles, ladles
and most of all, the old chocolate molds.
Wilbur has been making chocolate since 1884!

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Now, on to the candy shop!

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Oh-so creamy and delicious!
Be sure not to leave Lititz without some!

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Oh, my chocolaty-goodness!
Get ready for free samples!

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Sigh...bulk bags of buds.
My undoing.

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Go to the Wilbur website to learn lots more about 
their chocolate and the history of their company. 
If you can't make it to Lititz, you can order online!
They're also on Facebook.


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August 21, 2015

Christian Hymn Art by Little Things Studio



I was so happy to see this lovely art by Kate Whitley of Little Things Studio!
Kate, from Nashville, TN, uses the lyrics from well-known Christian hymns.
She prints them out with her stellar typography,
and then doodles and sketches all around to create
wonderful, eye-catching wall art and calendars!



















Kate has also done Scripture verses like this one~






...and quotes like these~









See more from Little Things Studio here:


Images used with direct permission from Kate Whitley.

August 19, 2015

Curated Color: Sunshine Yellow



Bringing together several items in celebration of yellow!
Bright, optimistic, cheerful, uplifting, enthusiastic.

"Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot,
others transform a yellow spot into the sun."
-Pablo Picasso

Here's to yellow in the wonderful world of art!



(above - Gustav Klimt)


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Vincent Van Gogh






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Claudia Casal


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 Antique yellow ware.

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Jennifer Lommers






Amedeo Modigliani

It's About Time





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Would you like to see more Curated Color?
Bubblegum Pink
Navy Blue
Outrageous Orange
Spring Green
True Blue
Warm Brown