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Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

I recently visited Philadelphia, PA for a hand crafted wholesale market to find new artists for my shop/gallery. One afternoon after we were finished at the market, we decided to walk to South Street since it was a beautiful 70 degree, sunny day. In February, 70 degrees? It was amazing! I have been to Philadelphia many times but had never been in this area of the city. We stumbled upon Philadelphia’s Magic Garden which was created by artist Isaiah Zagar.

There is a really good article (with more good photos) on the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation site if you’d like more information about the renaissance of this blighted area of Philadelphia. We weren’t able to tour the gardens as we hadn’t bought a ticket in advance and the tickets were all sold out. But there were amazing mosaics up and down the street and there is a map on their site where you can see more than 200 of Zagar’s public artworks. If you click on the little dots and blue stripes, you can see photos of those murals. There is a link to the full size photo at the bottom of the box that pops up. Here’s a couple of good ones from the Magic Gardens: photo from above, photo from the front.

There were lots of people out and about but it is really hard to describe the scope of these artworks.


They are beautiful and really eye catching.

Can you imagine being up at the top of this building working on this mosaic? And they were in really good condition. No damage or grafitti that I saw.

I took tons of photos to show my friend Deb Stika who does mosaics. (You can click on any of the photos to enlarge them and see the details a bit better.) I also put in a request to have her mosaic the front of my store. She said she would for a “small fee”.

So if you are in Philadelphia, this is a really great place to spend an afternoon, strolling down South Street and looking at all the art on display. Make sure to get your tickets in advance if you want to see the Magic Garden.

Don’t forget that it’s your last chance to sign up for the Free Motion Machine Stitching on Felt online class that starts March 17th. You don’t need any free motion stitching experience, the class begins with the basics. The registration closes tomorrow. Come join the fun!


More Mosaic Fun

More Mosaic Fun

Hi Everyone

Well by now I guess you know what I would have been doing this last week, yep more mosaic fun, I really love it

We did have one hiccup at the end of last week and that was another flood in the house, so with 5 of us and about 12  hours of mopping and cleaning there was no damage, with my floors and all at least this time we didn’t have to rip up carpet or  floor boards , just washing and steam cleaning after, huge mess but all clean now. This island ended up having about 64ml of water in one night and im sure about 50 of it landed in this house lol  alls well that ends well 🙂

So I didn’t get in as much mosaics finished as I had planned but I still finished one piece at least

This one is before grouting

before grouting

and after, sorry about the pics I should have taken them outside but this was just finished and still setting

after grouting

I should have had this one finished to but didn’t make it, it will be done in the next day or so


Im actually making these smaller panels to sell at our local craft market in a couple of weeks and really looking forward to it.  Its the first time I’ve been really excited about making things to sell so I cant wait to see how I go.  Having said that I received a nice surprise in the mail last week , a cheque from the Gallery as they sold one of my mixed media books so that made me very happy.

I also thought i’d show you a piece I did about 8 yrs ago for our friend. It was meant to be a table top but he absolutely refuse to get it dirty or put even 1 glass or cup on it, so its been hung on the wall in his garage in pride of place amongst his other footy memorabilia ever since lol  I don’t think I’ve even even shown this to my sibblings as being their team as well I think they’d hold me to ramsom for at least 3 more lol  All very one eyed supporters, including me 🙂

the pies

So I hope your all enjoying your week and lots and lots accomplished, Keep your fingers crossed for me that we get NO more torrential rain xo

My new blog is  and I hope to see you there xoxoxo

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