Grandma’s Glossy Chocolate Frosting (& Velvet Crumb Cake)!

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Featured Artist: Julie Ford Oliver!

Pomegranate Pair by Julie Ford Oliver 8×6″ Oil

Julie Ford Oliver. I think this is such a sweet painting. Pomegranates. Simple, but not… love the light and the abstract quality to it! Continue reading “Featured Artist: Julie Ford Oliver!”

Peace by Joe Fidler

Peace by Joe Fidler

Years ago (1992) my dad (Joe Fidler) made this wonderful Christmas card and sent it to us. I love the simplicity and the coolness of it! It’s a treasure that we have framed and have hanging all year long. Continue reading “Peace by Joe Fidler”

28 people move to Charleston, SC every day…

Remember when the bridge to Mount Pleasant, SC – from Charleston used to be two bridges. One newer (heading into Mt. Pleasant) and one very old bridge with two narrow lanes that was build around the beginning of time – the safety rating on that bridge was a ‘1’. Meaning not so safe. It was remarkable how quickly the old bridge was taken down and the new bridge built. Fascinating really. The new bridge (officially called the “Arthur Ravenel Jr.”) doesn’t feel like a bridge, it’s more like an eight lane highway across the water. Crazy!

Charleston, South Carolina. We are growing at such a fast pace it’s hard to keep up. Years ago all the apartment buildings were turned into condos and sold. All these years later there is an upsurge in the building of apartments. Large communities, very upscale, but… It seems like every time we go downtown or across the bridge to Mt. Pleasant, there is another complex being built. Are there enough people to fill them all? I would think the builders have done their homework. Last time I read about how many people move to Charleston from all over the country, we were at 17 people per DAY. Well, I just checked to see if it’s still at 17 people, and this is what I found from Charleston Regional Development Alliance:

As of 2017, the Charleston SC Metro Area population is 775,831, growing at 3X the U.S. population average. With 28 people moving here a day, Charleston has moved up another spot to be the 74thlargest U.S. metro by population.

😳😳 Wow… OK, well, times do change, we just need to keep up with them in other ways (roads, water, sewer, drainage, etc.). I learn something new every day writing this blog… Note, I am in favor of anyone who wants to move to Charleston – I am not originally from here. I moved here from Michigan back in 1989… However, I do think the city (and surrounding areas) need to be wary of overbuilding and changing the dynamics of what makes it such a great place to live.

Catch you back here tomorrow!


Featured Artist: Kathleen Coy!

The Thinker by Kathleen Coy 9×12″ Oil

Kathleen Coy. What an incredible artist. I first noticed her work when I was scrolling through Instagram. The painting was of a greyhound – graceful and stunning! Continue reading “Featured Artist: Kathleen Coy!”

The Duval Houseplan by Allison Ramsey!

The Duval House Plan by Allison Ramsey Architects

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Featured Artist: Ryan Cannon!

Reatreat by Ryan Cannon 32×40″ Oil

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