August 30, 2018

A Fun Stop at the PEZ Visitor Center - Orange, CT

On our way to a weekend in Connecticut, we bumped into
a perfect example of one of those "off the beaten path" attractions:
The PEZ Visitor Center in Orange, CT!
We couldn't resist taking a slight detour to pop in and check it out!

Some fun facts:

PEZ candy was first created in 1927 in Vienna Austria.
They were originally round, but were shortly thereafter
changed to the brick shape that we know so well.

The first PEZ flavor was peppermint, and that's where the candy got its name.
"Pffefferminz" is the German word for peppermint;
they took the first letter P, an E from the middle, and the last letter Z

There are only 2 PEZ manufacturing locations in the world.
One is in Orange, CT, the other in Traun, Austria.
Every year they ship 5 billion candies & 70 million dispensers to 90 countries!

Since we grew up with PEZ, and our children grew up with PEZ,
we had a blast looking at all the memorabilia.
Here are some of our favorites~

Appreciating my nurse friends~ 
Mare, Lee, Kendall, Paula, Cris, Tara, Joanne, Darlene...

Just for "pun"...

 By the way, the Star Wars Collectors Set was introduced in 2005.
It was the first of many PEZ limited edition sets.
Here are a few of them~

...and on a more serious -and patriotic- note~

Shout out to the alma mater.

So, yes, I am truly famous!

Enjoy this YouTube video!

Such a fun place to visit!
35 Prindle Hill Rd, Orange, CT 

August 25, 2018

The Artistic Whimsy of Mia Charro

The fresh, fantastic art of Mia Charro!

Mia is an artist from Amorebieta, Spain who loves 
walking through the woods and practicing yoga.
Her art is inspired by nature, fairy tales, and magic!
I love how she crowns each bird or animal with a wreath of blooms!
Happy, whimsical, fun!

My fave---You know I love her glasses!

Much more of Mia's art here:

Images used with direct permission from Mia Charro.

August 23, 2018

Appreciating the Moon

Our moon~ bright, brilliant, luminous.
It never ceases to draw us, to infatuate us.

Enjoy these images and quotes,
then a few of my very own lunar jewelry creations!

I See the Moon
~author unknown

I see the moon
and the moon sees me.
God bless the moon 
and God bless me.
When I see the moon
and the stars so bright,
I thank the Lord
for day and night.

“It is a beautiful and delightful sight to behold the body of the Moon.” 
― Galileo Galilei

“Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.” 
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Lord of the Rings

"When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,

what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?
You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor."
Psalm 8: 3-5

"I never really thought about how, when I look at the moon, 
it’s the same moon as Shakespeare and Marie Antoinette 
and George Washington and Cleopatra looked at. 
-Susan Beth Pfeffer

“Do not swear by the moon, for she changes constantly. 
then your love would also change.” 
― William ShakespeareRomeo and Juliet

“The moon is friend for the lonesome to talk to.”
-Carl Sandburg 

“Go slowly, my lovely moon, go slowly.” 
-Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

"Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise him in the heights above.
Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars."
Psalm 148:1-3


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