July 24, 2016

Cityscapes by Matte Stephens

Artist Matte Stephens, of New Hampshire, takes inspiration from the mid-century era.
We can see this influence in his illustrations; they're modern yet retro.
Like me, he's a fan of Charles & Ray Eames. (Stay tuned for a post about them.) 
I especially like Matte's cityscapes, whether within the US, or elsewhere in the world. 
I've chosen a few to show you, starting with Seattle, above. 
Enjoy the work of the talented Matt Stephens!


New Orleans


San Francisco


New York City

Here's Matte's book!

On the web:

Images used with direct permission from Matte Stephens.

July 20, 2016

A Wonderful Weekend in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Lancaster, Pennsylvania is one of my favorite places in the world.
Things seem to slow down there. The simple things become most important.
I've always noticed that as I drive into Lancaster County, a sense of calm
overcomes me, as if my blood pressure drops a few notches.
Rolling farmland with barns and silos give way to quaint towns
such as Bird-in-Hand, Intercourse, Lititz and Strasburg.

A recent overnight adventure included my sister Lee,
her daughter Julie, plus Julie's 2 girls, Lindsey & Ellie.
Here's the math: 2 sisters, 3 nieces, 3 days and 2 nights 
loving together-time and exploring Lancaster!

Kitchen Kettle Village was the hub of our activity.
We stayed in our own little cottage: The Hershey Suite.
Perfectly cozy accommodations for our group,
complete with Amish quilts on the beds,
and a yummy breakfast each morning!
(make mine baked oatmeal with blueberries)

Nothing like starting the weekend off with a horse-drawn Amish buggy tour!

My great-nieces having a great time! Love them!

I always have my camera ready for beautiful flowers!

We saw "Jacob's Choice" at the Plain & Fancy Theater,
toured the Amish house and one-room school,
and went on the 90-minute Farmlands Tour.

Our tour shuttle stopped at a gift shop with amazing handmade quilts for sale,

as well as these "quillows," -quilts that fold up and tuck into the shape of pillows!

Inside the Fisher Family Homestead, plain dresses hang on pegs in the girls' room...

...and this picture hangs above the kitchen counter,
illustrating the strong faith of the Amish community.

Lee and her granddaughters strike a pose.
Time for some shopping and strolling through the charming Village.

The girls decided to have a caricature done!

Ice cream is the perfect ending to a perfect weekend!

I've written several blog posts about Lancaster and Lititz.
You can see a list those links on my "Series" page here.

Websites to explore:

July 18, 2016

Bees? ... Please!

I've long been attracted to bees. (Just hoping they're not too attracted to me.)
The magnificent architecture of the honeycomb and hive.
The hierarchy of their lives from the royal queen down to those ever-busy workers.
Not to mention the delicious honey, which I adore in my tea!

Here's a great quote:
Draw honey out of the comb of Scripture and live on its sweetness. 
~Charles Spurgeon 

I had a wonderful opportunity to visit a beekeeper & see his honey bees.
You can see my photos and read the post: My Honeybee Adventure!

I also like bee art: patterns, prints and the bee motif on anything and everything.
I have a board on Pinterest called "Bumblebees, Honeybees" that you can check out.

Enjoy this gathering of bees!


Walter Inglis Anderson


A ceramic tile from the Moravian Tile Works in Bucks County, PA.
See my blog post on this wonderful place -here.

Hester Margetson

Bridget Henry


Live Art Gallery Fabrics

Andreas Preis

And finally, sage advice from a honey bee~