November 28, 2017

Industrial & Upcycled ~ Lamps from the Attic

Please pardon the glare, but I must show you these ingenious lamps 
that have been re-imagined and re-purposed from old junk 
that could easily have been your attic!

Vintage pieces that have done their time have moved on to bigger and better things.
Through the creativity and talents of Edna & Allen Danielsen, 
and the magic of electricity, time-worn items have received  new careers as lamps.

The Danielsen's business, Lamps from the Attic, is based in Mount Joy, PA.
Created with an industrial vibe, either lit from within or topped with an Edison bulb,
each nostalgic lamp has its own personality. They say, "Every lamp has a story."
Such a perfect conversation piece!

Always up for a challenge, Edna & Allen are also happy to consider
turning your own personal keepsake into a lamp.

My daughter and I spent a leisurely Saturday afternoon 
shopping in fabulous downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
One of our favorite spots is BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, a hodgepodge of
handcrafted and vintage shops tucked down an intriguing alleyway.

Inside, it was totally "illuminating" to find Lamps from the Attic's shop!

Gauges, gizmos, and gears.
We recognized the pitcher from a blender and a vintage candy thermometer.

Antique toys make fun lamps like these~

An vintage chrome hairdryer and a coffee pot.

 Here we see a carburetor, a gauge, and a rotary lawn mower blade.

A rusty tractor seat takes on a new purpose.

A buoy and the stock of an old gun.

BUiLDiNG CHARACTER is at 342 N Queen St, Lancaster, PA.
Check out their website.

You may be interested to read this post I wrote:

More from Lamps from the Attic here~

November 25, 2017

Touring the Number 9 Coal Mine & Museum in Lansford, PA

Since we both had grandfathers and uncles who had worked in the coal mines of PA,
by husband and I planned a trip to tour the No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum.
It's located in Lansford, in the "coal region" situated north of the Pocono Mountains.
Coal was mined here from 1857 until 1972, at which time the mine claimed 
the title of the longest running anthracite coal mine in the world.
In it's heyday, the mine produced 90,000 tons of coal each year.

The Number 9 Mine became a tourist attraction in 2002.
A museum of interesting artifacts and photos was added
to help preserve the history and the culture of the coal mines.

Ready to enter the mouth of the mine in the side of the mountain.

We rode this train on rails 1,600 feet deep into the mine.

Very dark, damp and chilly. Temperatures average 50 degrees year round.

This old mine cart can hold 8 tons of coal.

Our thoughts were on our ancestors, knowing they'd spent time in mines
similar poor working conditions, health risks, and dangers.
Anyone who had ancestors who worked in the mines should take this tour 
or a similar one to really get the feel for what they experienced on a
daily basis. It gave us a new appreciation and respect for those men.

This multi-lingual warning sign was in the museum.
Our Czechoslovakian, Polish, and Italian heritages were represented.

In time periods with no electric lighting, this miner's cap 
was not for protection, but for the purpose of holding a light source.

A hand-painted mural with "The Coal Miner's Prayer." 
(Close up below.)

A memorial to those in the mining industry...

...engraved with this Scripture:

"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;
and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying,
neither shall there be any more pain:
for the former things are passed away."
Revelation 21:4

Here's the Number 9 Coal Mine & Museum's website.

In memory of those before us who earned a living in the coal mines of Pennsylvania: 
John, George, Andy, John, Giulio, Marion and Carl.

November 22, 2017

Psalms of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving- a special day to 
give thanks to the One who 
gave us life,
gives us love,
gave His All.

November 19, 2017

Seeds of Faith's Christian Scripture Art - For Men

Savannah Hernandez, of Riverside, California, 
sells Christian art through her business, Seeds of Faith.
She "plants God's Word one print at a time,"
and offers them as digital downloads and on mugs as well.

Although there are many examples of her work that I could show you,
I've decided to feature selections that are geared more toward the guys.
So often Scripture art is fussy and flowery. Lovely, yes, but often too feminine.
Here are my favorites that are more suitable for men's homes or offices.
Consider these, too, for any decor that's less frilly and more tailored.

Here's where you can find Seeds of Faith~

Images used with direct permission from Savannah Hernandez.

November 15, 2017

Play with Clay- Robin Nidelcheff’s Gorgeous Pottery

It was a pleasure to have met Robin Nidelcheff of Play with Clay
at Jim Thorpe's Fall Foliage Festival this year!
Robin presses real leaves into her clay creations to achieve
spectacular, woodsy results that put you right in touch with nature!

These striking blue and aqua pieces have a seashore vibe.

 Here's the Play with Clay website!

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November 13, 2017

The Shoe that Grows- Perfect for Children in Developing Countries!

So many kids across the globe, about 30 million of them, don't have shoes.
They're susceptible to injury, parasites, and soil-transmitted diseases.
The problem is, even when they're given shoes, they quickly outgrow them.
Here's a solution: The Shoe That Grows.
Adjustable to 5 sizes, they can grow with the child and will last for years!
Constructed from compressed rubber that's similar to the tires on your car,
they're rugged, sturdy, and easy to keep clean.

Such an awesome idea, right?
Watch this informative video to hear more:

There are several ways to get involved:
make a donation, hold a fundraiser, or help distribute the shoes.

Learn all about it on The Show That Grows website!

November 11, 2017

Appreciating US Veterans

Recognizing our US Veterans who have served this country.
Thank you for preserving and defending our freedoms!

Two great quotes from two great presidents:

November 8, 2017

Warm, Cozy Mittens- Upcycled by Second Season

During our recent day at the Fall Foliage Festival in Jim Thorpe, PA,
I met Susan Wise and her fabulous upcycled mittens!
Her business, Second Season, is all about giving new purpose to old sweaters.

Most of us know the song, "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music, right?
Well, it came right to mind when I saw all of these "...warm woolen mittens!"

Each pair is meticulously crafted from a gently-used sweater, then lined with fleece.
Just perfect to keep your hands toasty during cold winters!

Susan can also create "Memory Mittens" from a sweater you may have
that once belonged to a loved one. Such a nice keepsake to use and treasure!

Here's the Second Season
Website and Facebook page.