February 28, 2018

A Fun Lunch in Florida at Ford's Garage

I guess you could say I'm a sucker for any themed restaurant.
This one - Ford's Garage - is at the top of my list!
Not just for the fantastic, it's-all-in-the-details decor,
but also for the primo food they offer!

Both outside and inside, the look is a retro automotive service station,
complete with vintage Ford cars, antique gas pumps, and racks of tires.
We highly recommend this fun eatery!

Above the copper-topped bar is a Ford automobile up on the lift.
Wheels are spinning and the headlights are shining.

A mosaic of pennies is behind the craft beer taps.

Juicy burgers grilled to perfection, topped with a branded bun,
with killer onion rings on the side!

Here's the optional European Pretzel Roll.

I decided to have a veggie burger and go no-bun with the "Low Carb-uretor!"
Switched the fries for the Sweet Potato Tots.

In the wash room -gotta love it!

There are several Ford's Garages in Florida,
as well as one in Dearborn, Michigan.

So long, Sunshine State!
We'll look forward to seeing you again soon!

February 21, 2018

The Magpie and The Wardrobe's Sweet Flower Fairies


Artist Sam McKechnie, of The Magpie and the Wardrobe, 
creates papier maché dolls that are just darling!  
Each collectible doll, actually a flutterby fairy, has a 
hand-painted face and a personality all her own.
Her body is crafted from antique French linen and then filled with fragrant lavender.
Each outfit is designed from vintage fabric, sequins, laces and antique flowers. 
I love all the sweet details!

Every fairy has a wand for spreading her special magic and delight!
Allow me to introduce you to several of these adorable fairies...




~Bride Rose~



~Miss Bird~

~Lady Jaune~

Check out Sam's amazing book!

Want more?

Images used with direct permission from Sam McKechnie.

February 17, 2018

Doors of the World & Christ's Message of Salvation


Doors have particular significance in Scripture.
Although each of these doors, with its own beautiful architecture,
 represents a different country, the message of Christ's offer 
of salvation through Him is universal and remains the same
for every country, 
in any language, 
to all people.

Contemplate each of these Bible verses,
take in the artistry of these doors from around the globe,
then consider:
Have you knocked?
Have you opened?
Have you entered?

 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; 
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; 
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."
Matthew 7:6-8

"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. 
If anyone hears my voice and opens the door
I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me."
Revelation 3:20

 "I am the door. 
If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, 
and will go in and out and find pasture."
John 10:9











February 12, 2018

Kay Leverton's Wonderful Scratchboard Designs

Kay Leverton, of Wales, creates her art using a medium called scratchboard.
If, like me, you aren't familiar with this, I'll explain.
 Using a sharp tool, or nib, a layer of india ink is scraped and scratched away, 
exposing the white clay surface underneath.
The resulting black and white image is detailed and dramatic.
Kay achieves fantastic texture, perspective and depth with her designs.

Find more of Kay's work here:

Images used with direct permission from Kay Leverton.

February 5, 2018

Frilly, Vintage Heart-Shaped Valentine Candy Boxes

Here's a lovely collection of vintage heart-shaped candy boxes-
those fanciful, romantic gifts that ladies hoped they'd be 
lucky enough to receive from their sweethearts on Valentine's Day.

They were bedecked with ruffled lace, pleated satin, and fluffy tulle,
then topped off with a big bow and a rose to boot.
Inside was a variety of chocolate confectioneries by 
companies such as Whitman's, Schrafft's, See's, or Brach's.

Whether traditional red, pink, or any sherbet-y pastel shade,
the more feminine, frou-frou, and frivolous, the better!

"Sometimes a girl's gotta have some chocolate!" 
-Carrie Underwood

“My mom always said life was like a box of chocolates. 
You never know what you're gonna get.”
-Forrest Gump

Check out these Valentine posts, too!

Hope your Valentine's Day is especially sweet!