May 13, 2018

Mother's Day Appreciation

Loving, honoring, and appreciating motherhood!
The blessing of our mothers,
the blessing of being a mom.
Happy Mother's Day!

May 5, 2018

The Surreal Portraits of Giuseppe Arcimboldo

The surreal art of Giuseppe Arcimboldo amazes me!
Such wild imagination and creativity to come up with the 
many portraits he pieced together with flowers, fish, fruit...and such!
When I learned that Giuseppe was born in 1527, I was surprised to realize 
that these bizarre works of art were painted so long ago!
From a distance, we see a portrait; up close, we appreciate each element.
Fascinating, wouldn't you say?

above: Spring
below: Earth



The Seasons


The Water

The Winter

See more of Giuseppe's work here.

April 26, 2018

Kate Themel's Fabulous Fiber Art

Wowed by the fiber art creations of Kate Themel, I just had to share them!
Kate, who lives in Connecticut, asks, "Who needs paint?"
She prefers fabric as her artistic medium, and then adds 
machine stitching to achieve texture, depth, and detail.
Honey Bee, above, with a close up below, shows off her level of expertise.
Enjoy these fine examples of Kate's true talent and creativity!

Artifact: Telephone

Monarch and Milkweed

Honu World


Here's Kate's website!

Images used with direct permission from Kate Themel.

April 23, 2018

Collections: Vintage Buttons

Many of us have our mom's or grandmother's old buttons,
often stored in cookie tins or mason jars.
I have childhood memories playing with my Granny's stash,
 sifting them through my fingers
sorting by color or size, lining them up.
dazzled by the fancy ones!

Vintage buttons are very collectible, as you'll see
with the variety of groupings here.
Antique bits from the past made of glass, celluloid,
pearl, bakelite, metal, or wood; each is a tiny treasure.


Other posts in my "Collections" series:
A Show of Hands

April 12, 2018

Elizabeth Blackadder's Watercolor Blossoms

Lovely spring blossoms, perfectly captured 
in watercolors by Scottish artist Elizabeth Blackadder.
Tulips, poppies, irises.
Delicate, airy...beautiful!

“The earth laughs in flowers.” 
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

April 8, 2018

Megan Ivy Griffith's Fanciful Embroidered Dolls

The embroidered detail is exquisite.
The dolls are straight from the pages of folklore and fairy tales.
Welcome to the fanciful world of Megan Ivy Griffiths!
Llamas, lions, and rabbits join their human friends to bring smiles and warm hearts.
Inspired by bohemian style, Megan stitches with lighthearted whimsy.
 I'm just enamored with her sweet creations!

You can keep up with Megan here:

Images used with direct permission from Megan Ivy Griffiths.