CBD and Chill in Orlando

CBD and Chill in Orlando

You can Google CBD oil and be utterly buried in website after website touting the miracle tincture that’s said to cure pretty much anything. The amount of information out there is staggering and the research is pretty amazing really, assuming you have the time and fortitude to wade through it all.

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Get To Know: SUN SIGNS' Jeff Williams

Get To Know: SUN SIGNS' Jeff Williams

I headed over to St. Pete for St. Printersburg and the very first face I saw was that of Jeff Williams. His little sign painting info table was the cutest ever and he was so happy about being there and sharing his sign painting know how. I could not resist. I had to ask him…to be on the blog.

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Get To Know: Bethany Mikell

Get To Know: Bethany Mikell

I met Bethany Mikell at the Orlando Museum of Art and her fiber work is glorious. She weaves and creates sumptuous clothing and accessories that are both soft and statement-making. She’s up in Asheville right now, making some new moves and I hope they know what they’ve got. If they don’t, they will soon.

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Quilting Is Cool

Quilting Is Cool

I come from a family of makers. While I’ve gone through periods of my life where I’ve dabbled in painting and jewelry-making and sewing, I’ve not stuck with a handicraft the way some of my friends have. Quilting, it seems, is on everyone’s mind. Orlando has its own Modern Quilt Guild and members have won awards throughout the nation for their unique designs.

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Sneak Peek of Duane Michals: The Portraitist

Sneak Peek of Duane Michals: The Portraitist

I visited the Snap! Orlando space and their latest exhibition of Duane Michals: The Portraitist. If you haven’t yet visited Snap! it’s an experience you shouldn’t miss. The current show was curated by Linda Benedict-Jones, former Curator of Photography at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and current Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University teaching the History of Photography. This collection is the first comprehensive overview of unique portraits by this influential photographer.

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Florida Calcite at Gillespie Museum

Florida Calcite at Gillespie Museum

If you have a passion for the prehistoric, then the Gillespie Museum at Stetson University in DeLand should be on your list to visit. This teaching museum is celebrating its sixtieth year and has more to offer than ever. This year I decided to dig in (get it? Dig?! LOL) to Florida nature and our unofficial state mineral, calcite, made the list.

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A Visit To Cassia Fresh Farm

A Visit To Cassia Fresh Farm

It was a chilly afternoon, but the sun hitting the farm kept her ten acres warm. We had just stepped out from her garden, in which she was growing onions, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, bok choy, and more. The most interesting feature was the set of tomato vines hanging off of a frame at the back of the garden. 

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Schlumberger Jewels Bedazzle

Schlumberger Jewels Bedazzle

I got to experience one of the Gulf Coast’s best museums, was able to stand inches away from Guerrilla Girls, Monet, and Kara Walker and a wander through a divine little sculpture garden after tucking into yummy butter toast and a cup of hearty tomato basil bisque. There’s so much more to this museum than I ever imagined.

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Explore Historic 'Green Gables' and Melbourne, Florida

Explore Historic 'Green Gables' and Melbourne, Florida

If you haven't ventured south to Melbourne, Florida you need to put it on your day-trip list.  It's about an hour and a half south of Orlando on the Atlantic Coast and I was amazed by what I found there.  First, let's talk about a visit to Green Gables

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Big Cat Habitat in Sarasota, Florida

Big Cat Habitat in Sarasota, Florida

Have you been to the Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary in Sarasota, Florida? This large animal rescue organization provides a home for tigers, lions, monkeys and other exotic animals in need. I got a chance to visit this amazing organization with Clayton Rosaire. His mom, Kay, founded the place in 1987 and has been a cat-mom for years, educating the public on conservation and animal care.

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Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Florida

Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Florida

I used to live in Sarasota and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is one of my favorite places to wander.  Named for Marie Selby who lived on the property with her husband, William, for over 50 years.  She loved nature and when she passed in 1971, she left her home and gardens to the community "for the enjoyment of the general public." 

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Gallery: Morse Museum of Art

Gallery: Morse Museum of Art

EPISODE 8: When you first think of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s work, you probably think of his famous Tiffany lamps. But what many people don’t know, is Tiffany was also famous for his glass windows, jewelry, and overall artistic style. The Morse Museum of Art in Winter Park, showcases a wide variety of Tiffany’s work.

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