October 20, 2014

The Bright & Bold Sculptures of Zim & Zou

Lucie & Thibault are French artists who create
outrageously detailed sculptures just bursting with color!

Although they often use paper,
several of the pieces shown here have been made from
the rich textures of leather.

Take a peek into the exotic world of Zim & Zou!

See more Zim & Zou on their
website and Facebook page.

Images used with direct permission from the artists.

October 18, 2014

Retro Planet ~ Let’s Go Shopping!

The next post in my "Let's Go Shopping" series leads us to Retro Planet!
It features super cool retro gifts, plus furniture and home decor as well.

Above: Crosley's replica of a 50's payphone is a real touch tone phone!
How fun would that be to use? A real conversation piece. $99

Below: These beverage glasses, replicas of the Franciscan "Starburst" 
pattern, would lend a futuristic flair to your kitchen! $30

A desk lamp like this one would be a stylish addition to any desk. $120
By Draper. Also available as a floor lamp.

How about this incredibly cute owl cookie jar? $35

A steel outdoor chair by Griffith, also in green, white or red. $77

Oh, it's Gumby & Pokey! 2 1/2 " set of 2. $7

A metal sign for a classic diner look! $50

The ever-popular American icon, the Kit Kat Clock!
Yep. Its pendulum tail and eyes move back and forth. $50

Let's go shopping at Retro Planet!
Here's the link to their website.

October 17, 2014

Amy Hamilton Illustration

I am totally intrigued by the illustrations of Amy Hamilton.
Natural and rustic.
She captures her subjects amid drips, smudges and splatters.
And the results are captivating.

Amy's out of Ontario, Canada.
You can see more of her work on
her website, on Facebook
and on Society6.

Images used with direct permission from Amy Hamilton.

October 14, 2014

The PET Brings Mobility & the Love of Christ to Developing Countries


A highlight, and certainly the most meaningful experience
of my recent week-long trip to Ohio,
was a tour of the PET Project manufacturing facility in Stow.

PET stands for Personal Energy Transportation.
These hand-cranked carts offer the gift of mobility to people
who have had to live their lives struggling to get from place to place,
often by crawling through dirt, mud and stones.
Some can't walk due to birth defects or diseases such as polio,
and some have lost limbs in accidents -often from landmines.

The PET Project is a faith-based, non-profit organization,
 run by volunteers, who, most often are retirees.

PETs are given to people in developing countries to share the love of Christ.
They offer a new lease on life, one with new-found hope and dignity.


Although I can show you the photos I took, and tell you about my tour,
nothing pulls it all together like watching this moving video, Mercy in Motion.
It's from a feature by KOMU's Sarah Hill, which illustrates and explains
the heart-wrenching need that the PET Project addresses.

Vince and Jim in the Stow, Ohio workshop.


There are 23 production sites in the United States, and 1 in Zambia.
These partner with 49 distributors, including World Vision and Samaritan's Purse.
In 20 years, over 46,000 PETs have been given throughout 100 countries.
Estimated world need for PETs: 10 million.



Nick doing some touch-up painting.



Templates are ready to guide volunteers through each step of the building process.



The day I visited, a template was being prepared for an updated seat cushion,
an improved design made after studying pressure points for comfort.


Sue cuts the marine-quality vinyl.


Julie at work on the sewing machine.




Would you like to make a donation
or to find out how you can get involved?
Visit these websites for more information:
PET OH-Stow on Facebook
PET International


October 10, 2014

Hand-Stitched Portraits by Cayce Zavaglia

I am wowed by these hand-stitched portraits by Cayce Zavaglia!
I truly did a double-take when I saw them, thinking they were paintings at first,
but then realizing they were works of embroidery!
By watching her Vimeo, I learned that her goal is exactly that.

Watch it for yourself, then view a few more images below
to appreciate with me these life-like portraits and Cayce's intriguing process!

Here's Cayce's website.

Direct permission granted by Cayce Zavaglia.

October 8, 2014

An Overnight in Charming Lakeside Chautauqua, OH


Lakeside Chautauqua, Ohio is situated on the southern shore of Lake Erie.
Back in 1873, a group of Methodist preachers came to this idyllic locale,
 set up some benches and pitched their tents,
and "raised the praise" in what later became Lakeside Chatauqua.

Initially purposed to train Sunday School teachers,
it expanded to become a summertime family resort.
The idea of a Chautauqua is a retreat setting that combines worship and Bible study
with intellectual, creative and cultural enrichment, peaceful relaxation,
plus fun, recreational activities, which at Lakeside, includes fishing, boating and swimming.

What a perfect location to do all of the above!
If this quaint little town filled with charming cottages and shops isn't enough,
there's the gorgeous setting on beautiful Lake Erie!

Our visit was during the off-season, so most of the shops were closed
and everything was still and quiet. Perfect for a restful retreat.
Enjoy the photos I took of a memorable stay!

First things first: lunch.
We stopped for quiche and salad at Ooh La La...


...then gelato for dessert.
How about pistachio, peanut butter cup and coconut almond fudge?
A well-worth-it spluge!







The Hotel Lakeside was built in 1875.
It's a National Historical Landmark.


Loved sharing the experience with my niece, Julie and sister, Lee!


Although many of the flowers were past their prime,
the begonias were still gorgeous!


There's something so serene about gazing out onto water!
That's Kelleys Island out there in the distance, one of the Lake Erie Islands.


The lovely Lakeside pavilion.


The next morning exchanged brilliant blue skies for gray.
Attempting to make the most of it, we scuttled out onto the dock.


A nice view of Hotel Lakeside.


Along with the overcast sky, you can get a feel for the weather by
noticing the choppy water...and my windblown hairdo!


The rain caused us to head back, but not before
having silly fun chasing the seagulls!


Read all about Lakeside Chatauqua on their website.
They're also on Facebook.