November 20, 2014

Smitten With These Mittens!


Yes, indeed, I'm smitten with these mittens!
Every handmade one of them is straight from Etsy.
Whether knitted, crocheted, felted or up-cycled from old sweaters,
they're here to warm hands and hearts!

(Click on the link below each to take you right to its Etsy shop.) 

November 17, 2014

Prince Ea's "Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?"

This artist's video rap is spot-on.
He addresses the electronics-crazed society that we've become.
It really hits home. Be convicted.

While we're at it, check out my post entitled
The Cell Phone Appendange.

November 14, 2014

Birds from the Opulent Nest

Absolutely opulent! 
These stylized birds have hatched from the "Opulent Nest" of Jennifer Lambein,
talented artist and designer from Cleveland, Ohio.

Surely each of these is the male of the species,
since their bold, ostentatious feathers are attracting lots of attention!

See more of The Opulent Nest on Etsy.
Here's Jennifer's website.
Not to mention, (but I will), her Facebook page.

Permission granted from Jennifer Lambein.

November 11, 2014

A Veterans Day Thank You

It is with extreme gratitude that we honor
our United States Veterans
today...and every day.

May God bless the men and women in the armed forces,
past, present and future.

"I thank my God every time I remember you."
Philippians 1:3

You can find the website for the 
United States Department of Veterans Affairs here.

November 10, 2014

The Cactus as Interpreted by Lina Cofan

 Whether monolithic or barrel-shaped, these ceramic cacti make a grand statement.
The artist? Lina Cofan, of Madrid, Spain.
She's drawn to sculpting the cactus because of its whimsical, yet stately form,
Amazing works of art in high-gloss greens add flair to contemporary decor.

 Here's Lina's blog.

Images shared with direct permission from Lina Cofan.

November 7, 2014

Rice ~ Let’s Go Shopping!

Founded in 1998, Rice is based in Denmark.
It's best known for handmade baskets, bright melamine tableware,
and hand-glazed ceramic pieces.
Their colorful, whimsical products encourage a lighthearted lifestyle,
whether we're entertaining or just having a bowl of cereal!

Care to join me as I browse through Rice?  Let's Go Shopping!

Speaking of whimsy, first I'll introduce you to this
>>>Paper Mache Flamingo Wall Hanging<<<
I think I'd hang a few scarves on her lovely curved neck!
Comes in your choice of 2 color combinations.

>>>Opaque American Glassware Bonbonniere<<<
Which, by the way, is a small, fancy dish for -you guessed it- bonbons!
Available in blue or green.

>>>Gnome Candles<<<
If you're a fan of the garden gnome, these candles will tickle your fancy!

>>>Sweet & Roomy Backpack<<<
Feminine functionality.
Available in a few prints. This one is called Sand Dutch Rose.

>>>Melamine Cups<<<
Very sturdy in great colors & patterns.

>>>Rectangular Melamine Plate in Small Dotty Print<<<
Charming, old fashioned, detailed. At your service!

>>>Set of 4 Retro Melamine Bowls with Lids<<<
I really, really like these.
Prepare, store, serve, take to a party.
These pastel colors are sherbety-sweet! 

>>>Square Blue Basket with Hand Embroidered Berries<<<
Oh, how I love the charm of berries!
As in cottage, lemonade, white picket fence charm.

>>>Hen Shaped Egg Cup<<<
Darling way to deliver your morning egg.
Comes in pink, yellow, mint and coral.

>>>Square Pillow with Andrea Rose Print<<<
Bright & bold!

>>>Round Rafia Mini Basket with Embroidery<<<
Darling on the dresser-top for rings and things!

Visit the Rice website & Facebook page!

One of the amazing thing about Rice is that they're really socially responsible.
Check out the "We Care" page on their site to see the good they do around the globe!

Here's a fun video to enjoy from the Rice website!

November 5, 2014

The Bascule Bridge of Mystic, CT (+Mystic Pizza)


For us, a point of interest and intrigue in Mystic, Connecticut was 
the bascule bridge that stretches across the Mystic River,
joining the two sides of Mystic.

It was so impressive to watch! "Bascule" is the French word for see-saw.
This drawbridge, built in 1922, has 2 counterweights made of concrete, weighing 285 tons each!







This photo gives you a good idea of the enormous size of these weights
in contrast to the size of the people passing under them.




When I've mentioned that we've vacationed in Mystic, CT,
I've been asked several times if there really is a "Mystic Pizza"
from the 1988 movie starring Julia Roberts. Yep, there sure is!



Other blog posts from our Connecticut vacation: