December 15, 2017

Catherine Rowe's Christmas Illustrations

Catherine Rowe, of the UK, is a talented artist and illustrator.
Her Christmas card illustrations caught my eye~
colorful birds -pheasants have always been a favorite of mine-
stylized with mistletoe, pine cones and evergreen sprigs.

Catherine was commissioned by the Isle of Man Post Office to design a set of stamps.

Pretty holiday patterns!

Find Catherine Rowe's art here:

December 12, 2017

Dazzling Poinsettia Varieties of Longwood Gardens

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania is the home of the fabulous Longwood Gardens.
Folks come from near and far to take in the lush landscaping,
botanical gardens, and artistically arranged flowers and plants.

Each season of the year has a theme to feature what happens to be in bloom.
However, the Christmas display, "A Longwood Christmas," is in a league of its own.
It's truly over-the-top spectacular!

The crowning glory of the holiday is, without a doubt, the poinsettia.
Which is your favorite: red, white, or pink?
The traditionalist in me is tempted to choose red,
but after seeing so many unusual varieties today,
the choice has become anything but simple!

We decided that the vivid "Luv U Hot Pink" was our favorite!

My past blog features on Longwood Gardens:

December 6, 2017

Mele Kalikimaka to you!

You may have heard the song "Mele Kalikimaka," 
played throughout the month of December.
It's the Hawaiian Christmas Song, and the title words mean "Merry Christmas."
Written in 1947 by Honolulu-born Robert Alexander Anderson,
it has very upbeat lyrics with a happy, catchy tune.
Although the song has been recorded by many artists including
Bette Midler, Jimmy Buffett, Train, and even the Chipmunks,
I love the retro, 1950 rendition by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters.
Enjoy this YouTube video, featuring scenes from Christmas in Hawaii!

December 1, 2017

A Vintage Christmas - In the Pink!


Not your traditional red and green here;
these vintage Christmas illustrations embrace the color pink!
Rosy hues give a confectionery twist to delightful, retro designs!

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~