“Brandywine Flower Walk” – Original Quilt Design

A summery bright colored quilts using Kaffe Fasset flowery fabrics in shades of pink and yellow.

Quilt Inspiration – Here in the Brandywine Valley, I am surrounded by some of the county’s most beautiful public gardens. With this quilt I am celebrating the lazy hot days of late summer when the flowers are at their peak bloom.

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My Holiday Article for Travel World International Magazine

My recent article on keeping up one of our holiday traditions at Longwood Gardens.

In my recent article for Travel World International Magazine I share how our family will be able to continue one family tradition this year at Longwood Gardens in the Brandywine Valley of southeastern Pennsylvania: Continuing a Family Tradition at Longwood Gardens

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Rose

Photo Inspirations

Photo Location – Chicago skyline at dusk.

Home is where the heart is. I grew up in Chicago and though I have been away now for over 25 years, it still feels like home every time I go back. At the same time, our current house, where we have lived for the past 25 years, is just as much my home. For the first time in many years, we are not traveling over Thanksgiving. We are staying at home and staying safe and that is something I am quite thankful for at this time. What are you thankful for today?

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Rose

Oh My! There is So Much To Do On a Chicago 4 Day Itinerary

Here is a list of my 25 top things to do on a Chicago 4 day itinerary (though I suggest spending more time in my favorite city if you can).

Frank Sinatra said it best when he sang “My Kind of town Chicago is”. If you are planning a first trip to the “Windy City”, there are a wide range of sights and things to do in Chicago for all interests. Here is my list of top 25 Chicago attractions in my favorite city.

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Photo Inspirations

Photo Location – Women’s Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington DC.

This is my favorite memorial around the Washington DC Tidal Basin. It touches me as a woman and a mother like no other sculpture does. Let’s not forget the many women and nurses that should also be remembered and celebrated on this Veteran’s Day.

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Rose

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The Best Chicago Street Art – Finding Murals, Sculptures and Other Public Art in the Windy City

The best Chicago street art comes in many forms – and it is free.

Growing up in Chicago I used to spend my teenage summers hanging out along the lakeshore, biking swimming and sunning. Sometimes I would spend my day at one of the many sandy beaches, but more often than not, I would just bike the length of the rocks along the lakefront. Those large limestone blocks were put in place in the early part of the 20th century to prevent erosion but they eventually became a canvas for local want-to-be artists who covered them with cans of spray paint and multi colored paint brushes. This was the Chicago street art of my youth.

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A Day Trip From Cleveland: Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Other Local Sights

A visit to Cuyahoga Valley National Park is an easy day trip from Cleveland, Ohio.

One of my travel goals is to visit all of the National Parks in the US. As I continued my Midwest road trip through Ohio, I was happy to add another stamp in my National Park Passport. My short stop in Cleveland gave me a quick taste of this revitalized city. But most important, the day trip from Cleveland to Cuyahoga Valley National Park let me add another checkmark in the visited column of my National Parks list.

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Discovering Artistic Indianapolis – My Favorite Things to Do in Indy

Not long ago I took a road trip down memory lane with a tour around the Midwest. As I was doing research on what to do and see during a stop in Indy, the list of places to visit in Indianapolis became quite long. Since I only had two days, I decided to experience artistic Indianapolis, of which there were quite a number of choices.

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