July 30, 2016

Crocheted Treasures by Little Conkers

I'm tickled to show you these cute hand-crocheted
treasures by Little Conkers in the UK!
Not only does Clare make and sell her creations, but she also 
puts together kits and patterns for those of you who are ready to DIY!

Snails, ducklings, fruits & veggies, birds, mushrooms, gourds,
hearts, sunflowers, eggs, rainbows, pinecones..and on and on!
All adorable, plus eco-friendly with a priority on
sustainable materials that make the earth smile!

You can find more Little Conkers here:

Images used with direct permission from Clare.

July 28, 2016

Snapshots of Disney World's Animal Kingdom

Sharing an assortment of my snapshots from our terrific time 
at Animal Kingdom while on our 2016 vacation to Walt Disney World!

Above: The beautiful Tree of Life stands central in Animal Kingdom.
(Stay tuned for a post dedicated solely to the tree!)

Below: This amazing textile art banner decorates the exterior of
Africa's Harambe Theater, location of one of my favorite attractions-
The Festival of the Lion King! It's not to be missed! 
I could watch those Tumble Monkeys all day!

Tried the Yak & Yeti Restaurant this time.
The seared miso salmon was over the top!

My mango pie dessert was fantastic!
(Thanks for that tip, Joanne.)

We got up close and personal with this ostrich
on the Kilimanjaro Safari ride.

It really is Tough to be a Bug!

Stilt walkers join a high-energy dance party for the Discovery Island Carnivale!

As far as themed resorts go, the Animal Kingdom Lodge is detailed perfection!
Wow-factor = these Jambo House bird lamps, topped with ostrich egg globes!

My three.

Giraffes are fascinating to watch!

This sculpture is an African ijele mask!

Vacation buddies.

July 26, 2016

Scripture Art by Lens of Light Photography

Carli Milacci's passion for travel has taken her to beautiful countries 
around the globe such as Italy, Switzerland and Israel.
Among her favorite destinations within the US are Wyoming, and Alaska.
She's had many unique opportunities to take gorgeous photos, 
and has decided to use her talent for photography to bring glory to God.

Carli bases the creation of her wall art on Deuteronomy 6:5-9, 
which instructs us to always keep God's Word on our minds, 
placing it "on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." 
The artistic addition of Scripture to her photos encourages us to do just that. 
She hopes her art will help us to "be reminded of God's promises, 
meditate on His goodness, and rejoice in all that 
He has given to us and done for us in Christ Jesus."

Carli accepts special orders; if you have a favorite Bible verse
she'd be happy to add it to any of her photographs!
She also offers any of her pieces translated into Spanish.

Carli is offering a 15% discount to my readers!
Use coupon code MyPaisleyWorld15.

Find more Lens of Light Photography here:

Images used with direct permission from Carli Milacci.

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: