April 30, 2017

Exploring Philly with Philadelphia Sightseeing Tours

All aboard the big red double-decker bus to tour the City of Brotherly Love!
Did we sit up top with the sun on our faces and the wind in our hair?
You bet! Is there any other way?

Our day of exploration was courtesy of Philadelphia Sightseeing Tours!
This hop on/hop off bus with tour guide narration was really the way to go!

Join me and I'll show you some of the highlights!

We began at the Bourse, first of 27 stops.

Who can visit Philly without seeing the Liberty Bell?

Another grand Philadelphia landmark: Independence Hall.

Loved having my nieces & nephews join us that day!
We love the Bishop family!

Christ Church
(Read my post here.)

Christ Church Burial Ground
(Read my post here.)

The Friendship Gate into Chinatown

City Hall with a statue of William Penn at the top

The Franklin Institute

Joan of Arc

The Philadelphia Museum of Art

That famous Rocky statue - who can resist a photo shoot?

The sleek and stylish Art Deco front of Suburban Station

Ben Franklin organized America's first post office!
He was our first Postmaster General and had his face on our first stamp!

Here's the Philadelphia Sightseeing Tourswebsite.

April 17, 2017

Chloe Giordano's Sweet Freehand Embroidery Art

Chloe Giordano, of Oxford, England, does spectacular freehand embroidery.
Her lovely birds and animals are brilliantly shaded to look so realistic!
Each is surrounded with sweet details like blossoms and butterflies.
She sells her original works as well as prints and greeting cards.
Here are a few of Chloe's stitchery creations~

Where to find more of Chloe's work:

Images used with direct permission from Chloe Giordano.

April 13, 2017

Easter Greetings!


"Jesus has overcome,
and the grave is overwhelmed.
The victory is won.
He has risen from the dead!"
-Chris Tomlin

As we celebrate the joyous Resurrection of our Lord Jesus,
may you and your family be blessed with His love!

April 10, 2017

The Lovely Cottages and Gardens of Lucy Grossmith

I'm lovin' these delightful paintings by Lucy Grossmith of Heart-to-Art!
They're light and fresh and airy! Every detail is a pleasant surprise.
Her gardens, cottages and landscapes embrace the seasons
and emit a peaceful mood of contentment.
Enjoy Lucy's lovely works of art!

Visit Lucy's website to see more!

Images used with direct permission from Lucy Grossmith.

April 7, 2017

Vintage Travel Posters ~ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Whether by train, plane, or bus, as these vintage travel posters advertise,
(or even by car!), each and every American history buff should travel to
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania!
Its many historical attractions, including Independence Hall,
the Constitution Center, the Betsy Ross House, and the Liberty Bell,
draw folks in from across the country to find out just why Philly is known as
"The Cradle of Liberty" and "The Birthplace of America!"

And yes, I'll admit I'm partial to this great city
in my very own neck of the woods.
Come visit Philadelphia and see for yourself! 

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You might be interested in my other posts on Vintage Travel Posters:
and also

Stay tuned! I'll soon be publishing some Philadelphia
tourism posts as I venture into the city!

April 5, 2017

Handcrafted Blankets & Pillows by Fish Eye Sisters

Jen Manuell, of Fish Eye Sisters, has a good thing going.
The color combinations in her camp blankets are so striking! 
Based in Canada, Jen hand-dyes the wool fabric she uses.
Can't you just feel the cozy warmth?

I was so bowled over by Jen's crafty lineage, I had to share this portion of her bio:
(emphasis mine)

"Jen comes from a long line of talented craftspeople and artisans – 
on both sides of her family. A fourth generation fine craft fibre artist, 
Jen's paternal great-grandfather was a tailor in England, and 
maternal great-grandmother a rug hooker and handspinner
her Nanna smocked dresses for her as a girl, and 
her Gramma (Muriel R. Smith) was a rug hooker and painter
Jen's mother (Mary Manuell) is best known for her handspinning and weaving."

Now, that's an impressive group of ancestors 
from whom she draws talent & inspiration!

Jen knits, sews, quilts, does rug hooking, embroidery, beading, and applique work.
Hats off to you, Jen! You're a multi-talented artist with tons of creativity!

The blanket above is called Georgian Bay.
I'm excited to show off my favorite Fish Eye Sisters' creations!

Harvest Time

Driftwood & Sand

Black Beauty

In addition, Jen makes fabulous pillows,...

Half and Half, Construction Paper II

Elaine's Steps

...and table mats.

Golden Glow

Where to find Fish Eye Sisters:

Images used with direct permission from Jen.