August 19, 2017

A Great Time Kayaking at Ayers Creek Adventures in Berlin, Maryland

Without a doubt, a high point of my summer was kayaking at Ayers Creek Adventures!
What a joy to leave my cares behind and paddle into a world of stress-free serenity!
We all need a regular dose of nature, and Ayers Creek provides the very best.

Located in Berlin, MD, which is very close to Ocean City and Assateague Island, 
Ayers Creek Adventures is owned and operated by Suzy & Steven Taylor.
Each has extensive experience, plus a deep knowledge of and a love for the environment.
They're passionate about sharing the scenic beauty of the creek!

They offer guided eco tours, sunrise and sunset tours,
full moon paddles, and lots of special events throughout the season.
In addition to kayaks, canoes and Stand Up Paddle Boards can be rented. 

The Taylors have a chocolate lab puppy named Finnegan,
who is as friendly as can be, and awfully cute, too!

Suzy and I ventured out in a tandem kayak.

Ah, now this is the life! The still, tranquil, beauty of nature!
We saw a blue heron, and got to watch 2 bald eagles circling peacefully above, 
until an osprey, defending his turf, started pestering them!
Sue says she often sees kingfishers, a favorite of mine.

Suzy enjoys providing interesting facts about the creek, its flora and fauna.
Marsh hibiscus, also called marsh mallows, grow wild along the shore.
The marshmallows we roast originated from this plant!

Sue pulled up one of her crab pots to show me some Maryland blue crabs!

Another shot of Finn, just because he stole my heart.

I really encourage you to add this to your list of places to go!

Contact Info:
Ayers Creek Adventures
8628 Grey Fox Lane
Berlin, MD 21811

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August 14, 2017

Fabulous Trompe L'oeil Cakes by Laura Loukaides

Wow! You have to look very closely to realize that this pizza is not a pizza!
It's really a cake, created by award-winning cake artist Laura Loukaides.
Laura, of the UK, is self-taught! How's that for inspiring? 
She's made several cakes that are excellent examples of trompe l'oeil,
representing any part of a meal but the luscious desserts they actually are!

View more of Laura's work here:

August 5, 2017

Making the World Mobile with Mobility Carts!

This post is about a non-profit organization called Mobility Worldwide, 
specifically, their affiliate in Stow, Ohio, with which I am very familiar.

Mobility Worldwide is a faith-based group of volunteers who devotes
their time, talents and resources to build and distribute Mobility Carts.
These hand-cranked, three-wheeled carts are given freely,
along with the Good News of Jesus Christ,
to leg-disabled men, women and children in developing countries.
Their disabilities may have resulted from birth defects, disease,
or injury -very often from land mine accidents.

I'm featuring this moving video that really gives 
a great example of what they're all about.
Please take a look~

Your prayer support is welcomed and appreciated.
You can make any size donation to Mobility OH-Stow on their website.

A gift of $300 sponsors a cart in honor of, or in memory of, a loved one.
A decal similar to this one will be placed on the cart!

Here are links to my previous posts about Mobility OH-Stow:

The PET Brings Mobility and the Love of Christ to Developing Countries
PET® Carts Head to the GAiN® Distribution Center
Touring the Global Aid Network Logistics Center

Elsewhere on the WEB:


August 2, 2017

Custom Wedding & Baby Embroidery Hoop Art by Bug & Bean Stitching

Wouldn't a custom embroidery hoop like this one make a 
fantastic, thoughtful gift for a loved one's baby daughter? 
Sure to become a treasured keepsake, these hoops are stitched 
by Marley of Bug & Bean Stitching in Minnesota.
I say look no further for the perfect, memorable gift! 

Other ideal reasons to gift one of these is for an engagement or wedding.

Add a personal touch by requesting that the embroidery copy the
pattern and typography of the couple's wedding invitation.

See more Bug & Bean on Etsy and Instagram.

Images used with direct permission from Marley of Bug & Bean Stitching.

August 1, 2017

Frank Lloyd Wright's Amazing Fallingwater

A high point of my recent trip to western Pennsylvania was a tour of
Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater.
Built in 1937 for the Kaufmann family, the home is situated over a waterfall,
melding the structure and its furnishings with the idyllic mountain setting.
Cantilevers and terraces are only two of its highly recognizable design features.

I wish I could have taken photos of the interior, but photography was not permitted.
Please put this unique landmark on your bucket list; you'll be totally infatuated!

"The concept at the heart of the Fallingwater experience-
the vision of an architecture embedded in the landscape-
evokes a powerful, spiritual connection to the natural world."
-Edgar Kaufmann, Jr.

Enjoy this 4-minute video from YouTube by Frank Carmi.
You'll like its peaceful piano accompaniment.

Learn more at the Fallingwater website.

July 25, 2017

Laura Garcia Serventi's Green Thumb: Paintings of Plants

These paintings caught my eye and I knew I had to share them-
potted plants, tropical foliage, succulents and cacti.
Fresh, lush, back-to-nature, airy, healthy!
Laura Garcia Serventi, of Art and People, 
paints with artistic talent and a true green thumb!

Laura draws inspiration from memories of the tiled patios 
and potted gardens in her hometown of Buenos Aries, Argentina.
She studied painting there and then moved to Italy to study photography.
She currently calls Brooklyn, New York home.

After seeing these, you just may be inspired to up your house plant game.

Lots more of Laura's work here:

Images used with direct permission from Laura Garcia Serventi.

July 22, 2017

Tiny Polymer Clay Sculptures by Svetlana Pavlova

Ukrainian Svetlana Pavlova is self-taught artist.
Her specialty? Polymer clay miniatures.
Teeny, tiny works of art that are so realistic, you'll do a double-take!

Inspired by her children, she turned her hobby into a business,
calling it Sweet Mini Doll House.

Take a look at these amazing mini sculptures!

Much more of Svetlana's work here: