July 30, 2015

A Fun Afternoon at The Oval in Philadelphia


Join me for an afternoon at The Oval, a fun pop-up park in Philly! 
At what is known as Eakins Oval, it's located 
in the middle the Benjamin Franklin Parkway,
smack dab in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum.

Covering 8 acres, its asphalt surface has been splashed with color,
a design called "Summer Kaleidoscope,"
courtesy of Jessie Unterhalter, Katey Truhn 
and the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
The design includes giant game boards for chess and checkers,
along with room for a beanbag toss, Jenga, ping pong & Connect Four.
There's also a sandbox and a water sprinkler feature.

Plenty of picnic tables are waiting for hungry folks 
to sit down and enjoy some yummy food truck fare.

A stage is set up for bands and movie nights.
There's a schedule with loads of planned activities.

You'll also see The Oval's Beer Garden, 
an outdoor hangout with inviting conversation niches.
Festive string lights and stacked Japanese lanterns hang above.

This is a seasonal park, so plan to visit soon!



Music by DARK was the terrific band who entertained us that day.
Find them on Facebook.




The Pie-Stand food truck.
Here they are on Facebook.


How about a cherry cheesecake pie, please?


The pop-up plastic crate decor of the beer garden
even has lounge chairs on which to recline and relax.
Design and plantings brought to you by Gale Nurseries, Inc.




July 28, 2015

Curated Color: Navy Blue

Oh, the many expressions of blue!
I'm blue in the face from talking about them.
As every blue-blood knows, a blue print is necessary.
And every once in a blue moon,
one finds a blue-ribbon collection of true blue examples
of the color blue.

Enjoy this edition of Curated Color,
this time celebrating navy blue!

Arnim Schulz



Taroni Silk


Also view these Curated Color posts:
Warm Brown

July 26, 2015

Jim Bachor’s Marvelous Mosaic Potholes

Jim Bachor has brought loveliness to the streets of 
Chicago by filling in dreary pot holes with mosaic art!
Whether it's darling bouquets of flowers or yummy ice cream treats,
his work is surely bringing smiles to many!
Taking things from one extreme to the other, he spreads hope by
showing folks that something beautiful can be made from nothing.
A silver lining to that dark cloud.
An unexpected touch of something pretty to brighten the day.

Lots more mosaics on Jim's website
and Facebook page.

Images used with direct permission from Jim Bachor.

July 23, 2015

Natural Elements Pottery by Christy Knox


I will admit it; handmade pottery is my weakness.
Can't get enough of it.
So, this booth at the Penn State Artsfest drew me in like no other:
Natural Elements Pottery by Christy Knox.

Oh, the textures she creates!
Leaves, fern fronds, blossoms.
Muted shades in great combinations.
Color-blocking brings interest.
Unique shapes and special details.

Christy is one talented potter.
Sharing my photos with you - I'm sure you'll agree!




View Christy's website here.


The Penn State Artsfest website can be found here.


July 21, 2015

Fabulous Vintage Prints by Victorian Wall Art

Voytek, of Poland, digitally enhances vintage illustrations
and makes affordable prints available to us
through his Etsy shop, Victorian Wall Art.
He's inspired by antique lithographs and 
the works of famous naturalists.

I love the soft, rich tones.
They'd add a touch of class to any decor.
Here are some examples of what Voytek has to offer~

Here's where you can find more Victorian Wall Art.

Images used with direct permission from Voytek.