September 30, 2017

Fabulous Seafood at Somers Point, New Jersey's Crab Trap Restaurant

In Somers Point, NJ, just before you cross over the 9th St. Bridge into Ocean City,
is The Crab Trap Restaurant, a terrific place to eat fresh seafood!
Since I'm a true fan of crab cakes, their sign pulled me right in.

 Their dinner menu was full of wonderful possibilities.
Also consider the 3 p.m.-5 p.m. twilight menu. 😉

The crispy crab cakes with chardonnay cream sauce were fantastic!

The "Second Mate" broiled combination platter was divine!

 No other word but decadent!

You might enjoy sitting out by the water at their deck bar!

2 Broadway
Somers Point, NJ

Highly recommended by this food critic at My Paisley World!

You may also be interested to read this post:
Memories of September in Ocean City, New Jersey

September 25, 2017

Lovely Hand-lettered Scripture by Makewells

Megan Wells, of Yankeetown, Florida, adds fanciful illustrations 
to her beautifully hand-lettered quotes, hymn lyrics, and scripture verses.
I'm showing off the results here - I think you'll love them as much as I do!

More of Megan's work, 
and her shop, Makewells, 
can be seen here~

Images used with direct permission from Megan Wells.

September 22, 2017

Incredibly Realistic Glass Berries

Berries. One of my very favorite things.
Succulent, juicy, red raspberries!
No, these aren't real, but they sure look real, don't they?
They're made of sculpted glass. Amazing, right?
I came across them in Beth Johnson's Etsy shop, GlassBerries.

Here's a great story:
As Beth worked to perfect her sculpting technique, and was finally satisfied,
she strung a few raspberries and wore them as a necklace. 
When some one asked her how she kept the berries from staining her shirt, 
she knew that she'd achieved her goal of creating a lifelike berry!

Beth also uses her glass berries to make fabulous jewelry!

Visit the GlassBerries shop on Etsy.

Images used with direct permission from Elizabeth Johnson.

September 18, 2017

Jazz Up Your Wheelchair with Izzy Wheels!


Ailbhe Keane is a graphic designer based in Dublin, Ireland.
Her sister Izzy, who has Spina Bifida, inspired her to create a way 
to dress up a wheelchair with art. So began Izzy Wheels!
These changeable wheel covers come in a wide variety 
of patterns to reflect personality and add pizzazz!
Their tag line is, "If you can't stand up, stand out!"
What a great way to provide self-expression while at the same time
breaking down the stigma of wheelchairs!

 Other artists have illustrated the wheel covers as well.
This lovely one was done by Jane Newland.

Izzy Wheels has already won several awards.

Watch this Insider video to see Izzy Wheels in action!

Even more info here:

September 15, 2017

A Great Day at the Doylestown, PA Arts Festival

A perfect September afternoon to head to Doylestown, 
the county seat of beautiful Bucks County, PA, for its annual Arts Festival!
We took our time browsing through the canopies of 160 talented artisans.
Creativity was definitely in the air!

I met James Maloney, of One Man's Trash, who creates clever 
Pennsylvania-proud pieces of art by recycling old license plates.  
His new bride of just two weeks was there too. (Aaah...true love.)

Very cool succulents and cacti by Bucks County Flowers and Things.

Creative belt buckles artistically displayed in vintage sewing cabinet drawers.

Ron Andress, The Happy Potter

Brian Toseland's beautiful hand-blown glass pumpkins!

Sardine Upcycled Clothing

Nichols Pottery features a "Civil War Cup," which is hardier than the average mug.
With confederate soldiers often needing to melt down their tin cups for bullets,
North Carolina potters made mugs generous enough to hold stew, as well as coffee.

The festivities included the Bucks County Classic pro cycling event.
It was a thrill to see the high-speed racers streak by as they circled through the town!
Enthusiastic fans cheered them on with whistles and cow bells!

I encourage you to attend the next Doylestown Arts Festival 
for a wonderful day of handcrafted treasure hunting!

Colleen and I had a most enjoyable time!