December 7, 2016

Pearl Harbor - 75 Years Ago


Such a sad day in the history of the United States. 
2,335 U.S. servicemen were killed and 1,143 were wounded
during this surprise attack from the Japanese.
It was this event that brought the US into World War II.

Franklin D. Roosevelt called it "A day which will live in infamy"
Here's a photo I took while visiting the World War II Memorial in Washington DC.

View my post on the Memorial here.

May God bless the US military.
With great appreciation to
those who gave all for their country,
to those currently serving,
and to our US Veterans.

December 5, 2016

Very Cool State Maps Illustrated by Hello Niccoco

I've always loved maps. 
Antique maps of the old world, especially.
(The only maps I don't love are the ones in the glove box
that for the life of me, I can never re-fold!)

Illustrated maps are especially cool.
Nicole Duquette, of Hello Niccoco, does a really great job of 
going state-by-state to show off what makes each one special!
Nicole lives in one of my favorite towns- Lancaster, PA.

Saving the best state for last!

I discovered Nicole's terrific talent at her booth in Lancaster's Mad Cap & Co.
You can read my post about that shop here!

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Images used with direct permission from Nicole Duquette.

December 2, 2016

A Stroll Through the Mad Hatter Antique Mall in Adamstown, PA

Adamstown is the antique capital of Pennsylvania,
so I knew that eventually I'd need to make a road trip there!

When that day arrived, I chose Mad Hatter Antiques for my first stop.
It's name was given since the building used to be a hat factory!
After a 2008 renovation, the 15,000 square feet of space 
took on a new life, housing over 100 antique vendors. 

This chandelier is pretty similar to the one that was in my 
childhood home, so I got some serious warm-fuzzies!

This gets my blue ribbon award for the most unique item:
a wooden Texas-shaped display of various types of barbed wire!

Mad Hatter Antique Mall
61 Willow Street
Adamstown, PA 19501

November 30, 2016

For the Little Ones: Fantastic Felted Slippers by Ffelt

Aren't these tiny felted slippers the cutest things you've ever seen?
Handcrafted by ffelt, these animals will keep the toes of
your favorite babies, toddlers and kiddies nice and toasty!
Artist Naomi Calvert-Smith was born in Wales and settled in Lancaster, PA.
She uses fiber from the local alpacas that she helps care for and loves.
You can just imagine the softest of results!

 I discovered ffelt while shopping at Madcap & Co.
(Read that blog post here.) 

See more ffelt here:

Images used with direct permission from Naomi Calvert-Smith.

November 28, 2016

Marvelous Mad Cap & Co. - Lancaster, PA

Such a fun visit to Mad Cap & Co., located on 
downtown Lancaster, PA's popular Queen Street.
What a great place for a shopping spree!
It's a conglomeration of small handcrafted & vintage shops.
Enjoy my photos, then stop on by yourself!

Wool outerwear & framed tapestry by Coloratura.

Terrific greeting cards by Hello Niccoco!
(More of her stuff on this blog feature!)

Hello Niccoco does maps!
A shout-out to my beloved Pennsylvania!

Rich handwovens by Studioweit.

Oh, these adorable baby slippers by Ffelt!
I've gotta show you more of these. 
Check this out: For the Little Ones: Fantastic Felted Slippers by Ffelt

Handmade pottery by Clay Path Studio.

More info on Mad Cap & Co.: