October 31, 2012

Vintage Halloween

Here are some decorations from Halloweens past. 60's - 70's era.
Notice they aren't too terribly scary, but more endearing & whimsical. Enjoy!

October 30, 2012

Fall Foliage

Yes indeed, this is my favorite time of year!  The rich autumn colors are just too good to be true!  And there's nothing quite like seeing the trees when the sun is out to light the colors on fire! I have sweet childhood memories of my parents taking us on a drive up into the mountain every year to enjoy the fall foliage. Pennsylvania has provided a perfect opportunity to appreciate the changing of the seasons.

Isn't this an ideal time of year to marvel at God's glorious creativity?

Hurricane Sandy

"The Eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms..." Deut 33:27

Continuing to pray for those on the East Coast 
who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.  
With appreciation to all First Responders: 
Fire Fighters, Police, Emergency Medical Services,
and also to those, including Electric Co. Personnel,
who work to recover, restore, and clean up in the aftermath.

October 29, 2012

The Pothole Gardener

                                                                                                 Photo courtesy of ThePotholeGardener.com

Lovely miniature gardens have been sprouting up on dismal city streets! 
Steve Wheen has been at work in LondonMilan and New York City. 
He creatively transforms something as gloomy as a pothole into a delightful 
object d’art, bringing smiles to the faces of those lucky enough to stroll by. 

Steve's philanthropic efforts are all for the enjoyment of others! 
Gotta love that. He has become known as "The Pothole Gardener". 
You could say that Steve sees his cup (or pothole!) as half full!

Want to see more? View his website at thepotholegardener.com
Add a bright spot to your day by checking out this documentary from YouTube.
I'd love to hear what you think!

October 27, 2012

Marvelous Mustard

A big color this autumn is Mustard. Lucky for me; I love it! It coordinates wonderfully with my favorite earth tones and sages. I also like to see it paired with eggplant!
Rich, tailored, classic.

Here's a selection of mustard "condiments", whether spicy, honey or dijon.
Let me know what you think!


Plush Twill Jacket - Talbots
KitchenAid Soft Grip Teakettle - Target
Textured Pencil Skirt - Banana Republic
Ceramic Table Lamp - Kirkland's
Men's Waffle Crewneck - Land's End
Daphne Platform Shoe - Free People

October 26, 2012

Pumpkin Carving - Villafane Style

Ray Villafane's incredibly carved pumpkins have taken on a cult-like following.
Among other accomplishments, he has carved at the White House, and has
won the Food Network's Outrageous Pumpkins Challenge two years in a row.
It's no surprise that he is also a master at sand sculpting.

Ray has been referred to as the best pumpkin carver in the world!
Check out these photos. I'm sure you'll agree!

Ok, it's time to carve our pumpkins! Talk about a tough act to follow!

You can explore his website at http://villafanestudios.com/

October 25, 2012

Space Shuttle Endeavor

Recently, the retired Space Shuttle Endeavor was transported from 
Los Angeles Airport through the town of Inglewood, CA, 
to its new home at the California Science Center.
It took 3 days to cover this 12 mile trail.

Can you imaging seeing that monstrosity ride through your neighborhood? 
Never to be forgotten. 
The shuttle is being stored in a pavilion as it waits 
for the completion of the Center's permanent exhibit.

Enjoy this terrific time-lapse video, 
courtesy of Bryan Chan, of the Los Angeles Times:


October 24, 2012

Peddler’s Village

One of my top favorite places to visit is Peddler’s Village! It’s located in the picturesque countryside of Bucks County, PA, in Lahaska. It isn't merely a place to shop; it’s an adventure, an experience! 
Quaint little shops are set along gorgeously landscaped gardens and pathways. Such a delightful place to stroll and explore, with each corner turned more charming than the next!
You'll also find delectable restaurants and the lovely Golden Plough Inn. Seasonal events include the Strawberry Festival, the Quilt Competition and Display, and the popular Scarecrow Competition.
Learn more at their website: http://www.peddlersvillage.com.
I’d like to share some photos with you! Let me know what you think!
Perfect outing for my hubby and me!
Apricot Lane Boutique

Cottage-like architecture.
A brick pathway invites you to more shops!
Vivid colors at Journey's Spirited Gifts
The enchanting gazebo is a favorite of mine! 

October 22, 2012

As My Paisley World Turns...

I'm always finding myself attracted to art,
interested in the ways that folks express themselves,
be it through painting, graphic arts, sculpture, stitching, architecture, or design.
And so on.
I'm inspired by such ingenuity and imagination!
So this has been my starting place.

To give you an idea of what "My Paisley World" is all about, 
here are some categories that I'll be exploring:

Kim Seybert Table Runner

Americana   ~  Interesting Americans, Places, Things. History. Culture.

Appreciating Art and Handmade Craft   ~ Creativity at its best!

Baubles, Bangles, Bows  ~  Who doesn't love the frou-frous of life?

Celebrations  ~  Holidays, Entertaining, Decorating, Gifting.

Design, Fashion, Style  ~  Interesting tidbits. Trends, Classics.

Foodie Features  ~  Aah, yes. Savoring great recipes. Interesting edibles.

Let's Give Back!  ~ We're so blessed. Let's share our resources, time & talent.

Lovin' Life  ~ Feel-good stories & experiences. Enjoy each day!

Memory Lane  ~  Reminiscing through the past. Vintage. Retro.

Which of these pique your interest?
What have you always been curious about?
Any favorites within these categories that would be fun to investigate?

October 21, 2012

Blogging at My Paisley World

Not long after I began to read & enjoy a few blogs,
thoughts and  ideas that I wanted to share kept coming to mind.
The gears started to turn and "My Paisley World" became a reality!

Zebedee Linocut Prints

 It all stemmed from my need to slow down,
to take a step back, and to learn to appreciate all the little things around me. 
Wouldn't you agree that these little things often turn out to be the big things?

Here is a list of words (verbs, really) that illustrate my plan to do just this:

I invite you to join me as I share what's on my mind and in my heart.
I want to know what you think, and how you can relate.

Let's each set a goal toward a more peaceful, relaxed, contented ME!