August 26, 2015

Natalie Wargin’s Gorgeous, Bold Watercolors

Natalie Wargin finds inspiration for her watercolors
as she explores the beautiful Hudson River Valley of her New York home.

She's a multi-faceted artist, expressing her creative talents through
embroidery, paper mache, sewing, and quilting, in addition to painting.

I'm really drawn to her bold colors and to the way she fills her frames with life!
She adds sweet surprises like the grasshopper above,
and the honey bees or frogs below.
Enjoy the watercolor world of Natalie Wargin!

A cascade of berry blue.

A tiny country church on the hillside watches over this hen house.

Wonderful jack-in-the-pulpit!
(Thinking of you, Pat!)

Husband, ever watchful and protective of his wife in camouflage.

See more of Natalie's art here:

Images used with direct permission from Natalie Wargin.

August 24, 2015

Visiting the Wilbur Chocolate Company in Lititz, PA


We rounded off a terrific day of shopping at lunching in Lititz, PA
with a visit to the Wilbur Chocolate Company!
Home of the famous Wilbur Buds®,
this candy store and museum is located at 48 N. Broad Street.

We did the self-guided tour of the museum.
How interesting to see antique candy-making tools -
oversize copper bowls, paddles, ladles
and most of all, the old chocolate molds.
Wilbur has been making chocolate since 1884!







Now, on to the candy shop!


Oh-so creamy and delicious!
Be sure not to leave Lititz without some!


Oh my chocolaty-goodness!
Get ready for free samples!


Sigh...bulk bags of buds.
My undoing.



Go to the Wilbur website
to learn lots more about their chocolate
and the history of their company.

If you can't make it to Lititz, you can order online!

They're also on Facebook.


August 21, 2015

Christian Hymn Art by Little Things Studio

I was so happy to see this lovely art by Kate Whitley of Little Things Studio!
Kate, from Nashville, TN, uses the lyrics from well-known Christian hymns.
She prints them out with her stellar typography,
and then doodles and sketches all around to create
wonderful, eye-catching wall art and calendars!

Kate has also done Scripture verses like this one~

...and quotes like these~

See more from Little Things Studio here:

Images used with direct permission from Kate Whitley.

August 19, 2015

Curated Color: Sunshine Yellow

Bringing together several items in celebration of yellow!
Bright, optimistic, cheerful, uplifting, enthusiastic.

"Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot,
others transform a yellow spot into the sun."
-Pablo Picasso

Here's to yellow in the wonderful world of art!

(above - Gustav Klimt)


Vincent Van Gogh

Michele Maule

Claudia Casal


Alphonse Mucha

 Antique yellow ware.


Jennifer Lommers

Amedeo Modigliani

It's About Time

Dale Chihuly

August 17, 2015

Litographs - Shirts with Text from Classic Books


T-shirts (or posters or totes) printed with a large illustration 
and covered with text from your favorite literature!
That's the fun and fabulous idea behind Litographs!
Genres from which to choose:
American or British literature, nonfiction, mystery, and more.

A great way to show off your favorite book, 
or to wow a book-lover with a unique gift.

I've held the titles of these shirts until the end.
See if you can name them based on their graphics.
Bonus points if you know the authors!




Some have graphics on the back as well. Like this one~





OK, let's see how you fared.

1. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
2. The Iliad by Homer
3. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
4. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
5. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
6. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

You can find Litographs here:

August 14, 2015

Kimmy McHarrie’s Marvelous Mosaics


I am a big fan of mosaics.
I have such an appreciation for the talent and time required for this art form.
I can't imagine the scope of the steps involved and 
how tedious it must be to perfectly place each individual piece.
Patience. Concentration. Passion.

Today I'm featuring the work of Kimmy McHarrie,
who studied traditional mosaic art in Ravenna, Italy, 
home of the famed Byzantine mosaics.
Kimmy uses Venetian glass, marble, glass, stone, shell and terracotta.
Her website, Kimmy McHarrie: Artworks in Glass and Stone,
features a portfolio sectioned into Land, Sea and Sky, the sources of her inspiration.
Take a look at these beautiful mosaics!








See more of Kimmy's work here.

Images used with direct permission from Kimmy McHarrie.