May 23, 2017

Strolling Down Elfreth's Alley in Philadelphia




Named for silversmith Jeremiah Elfreth, Philadelphia's Elfreth Alley is the 
oldest residential street in America, with houses built as early as 1720.
32 homes, originally inhabited by artisans and craftsmen, 
make up this charming neighborhood.
The architecture of that day is infatuating to see:
archways, marble stoops, lampposts, shutters, brickwork,
flowerboxes, transom windows, cobblestones.
What a rich presence of history!

Elfreth Alley became a National Historic Landmark in 1966.


















Here's their website.




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May 17, 2017

Knit or Crochet these Gorgeous Blankets with Patterns by Deborah O'Leary



For those who have crochet or knitting skills
(of whom I've seriously envious, by the way),
I've found a super place for you to order patterns!
You're gonna melt when you see these blankets by Deborah O'Leary.
Such gift-giving possibilities, whether for babies and children or for us grown-ups!
Pick up your hook or needles and be inspired!




Classy neutral.



Soft and cozy!



Dainty and delicate!



Darling granny square sheep!



Oh, this ruffle trim is just precious!



Perfect for a sweet little boy!



Many more of Deborah's patterns, (not just blankets!), are found here:




Images used with direct permission from Deborah O'Leary.

May 14, 2017

Mother's Day's Roots: Philadelphia



I snapped a photo of this sign in Philly, finding it really interesting
that Mother's Day had its beginnings in Philadelphia.

How blessed I've been to have had the influence of
not one, but two wonderful mothers!

Happy Mother's Day to all of you who have
been given the indescribable gift of motherhood!


"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, 
and comes down from the Father of lights, 
with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning."
James 1:17




May 12, 2017

The Origami of Physicist Robert Lang

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Math and physics meet art in an extremely amazing way!
Physicist Robert J. Lang uses his smarts
 to devise lots of super-cool origami objects.
The art of paper folding just got kicked up a few notches.






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You'll love seeing this video:



More at the Robert J. Lang Origami website!

May 9, 2017

Hats Off to Teachers!

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For National Teachers Appreciation Week,
I'm saying, "Hats Off to Teachers!"
Here's an artsy collection of quotes
 to let them know just how appreciated they are.
Thank a teacher today!

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May 4, 2017

Julia Peculiar's Fun Mixed Media Creations



Peculiar? Yes!
And also very creative, very colorful, and very, very cool!

Julia's handcrafted paper dolls, brooches & magnets are wonderful.
Her mixed media creations bring a touch of funky and a blast of fun!
Take a look at some of my faves~




This one is a bit "Tina Turner-esque," wouldn't you say? 



Romantic Victoriana!



Julia likes to make fanciful mermaids!
This one is articulated.



A bevy of mini butterfly shadowboxes!



This little gal is a sweet as sugar!



Where to see more of Julia Peculiar:




Images used with direct permission from Julia!


April 30, 2017

Exploring Philly with Philadelphia Sightseeing Tours



All aboard the big red double-decker bus to tour the City of Brotherly Love!
Did we sit up top with the sun on our faces and the wind in our hair?
You bet! Is there any other way?

Our day of exploration was courtesy of Philadelphia Sightseeing Tours!
This hop on/hop off bus with tour guide narration was really the way to go!

Join me and I'll show you some of the highlights!




We began at the Bourse, first of 27 stops.



Who can visit Philly without seeing the Liberty Bell?



Another grand Philadelphia landmark: Independence Hall.



Loved having my nieces & nephews join us that day!
We love the Bishop family!



Christ Church
(Read my post here.)



Christ Church Burial Ground
(Read my post here.)



The Friendship Gate into Chinatown



City Hall with a statue of William Penn at the top



The Franklin Institute



Joan of Arc



The Philadelphia Museum of Art



That famous Rocky statue - who can resist a photo shoot?



The sleek and stylish Art Deco front of Suburban Station



Ben Franklin organized America's first post office!
He was our first Postmaster General and had his face on our first stamp!



Here's the Philadelphia Sightseeing Tourswebsite.