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.:

November 25, 2016

Paisley Beading ~ November 2016

Take a look at the latest Paisley Beading collage.
My handcrafted jewelry is sold on Etsy!

November 23, 2016

A Thanksgiving Greeting

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. 
Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. 
Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse. 
-Henry Van Dyke

With appreciation to our Lord for ALL He has provided,
I wish you and those you love a
Happy Thanksgiving!
My love, Lu

"Be thankful unto Him,
and bless His name,
for the Lord is good."
Psalm 100:4,5

Enjoy this post:
A (VIntage) Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner

November 21, 2016

Cute Crocheted Christmas Trees by Fancy Knittles

Irene, who lives in the UK, was once an architect.
Now she crochets darling miniature lovlies,
among them these adorable Christmas trees!
Perfect to stand alone, as part of a tiny display,
or to hang as an ornament on your Christmas tree!
Enjoy these tiny trees by Fancy Knittles!

God bless America!

Not to mention...

You simply must see Irene's tiny dolls!
Find Fancy Knittles here:

Images used with direct permission from Irene.

November 18, 2016

Fantastic Group Hug Quilts

These amazing quilts are made by Samantha Nguyen of Group Hug Quilts.
Don't you just love that name?
It perfectly describes the feeling a handmade quilt gives you~
like you're being embraced in a huge, loving hug!

These two, in particular, are contemporary and sleek.
I could easily see either one in a man's bedroom
since they have masculine, hold-the-frills style.

Sammi also creates adorable baby quilts.
Turtles, chipmunks...she works lots of animals into her projects.
Did somebody say adorable?

And here's a humpback whale wall hanging!
Very cool.

Where to find Group Hug Quilts:

Images used with direct permission from Samantha Nguyen.

November 16, 2016

It's Time for the Great American Smoke-out!

Hey, you out there!
The time has come to give up smoking.
Quit for your children.
Quit for your grandchildren.
Quit for yourself.
You CAN do it!

November 14, 2016

Creations in Nature: Spectacular Land Art Designed from Stones, Leaves & Shells

Oh, how these meticulously arranged collections of stones, shells and leaves
show off the beauty of nature and the creativity of artist Dietmar Voorwold!

There's nothing random or happenstance here;
everything is perfectly chosen to be perfectly symmetrical, perfectly balanced,
perfectly colored, shaped or sized - all to create stunning works of art!

I find a sense of calm in the orderly patterns combined with natural elements.
Very zen. Mesmerizing, aren't they?
Enjoy the beauty of these Creations in Nature!

This last one with the stacked stone ovals is my favorite!
Which one is yours?

Much more here:

Images used with direct permission from Dietmar Voorwold.