Hot Sam’s Antiques and Foto Park

Near Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, just off I-35N you will see the shark used as a prototype for the JAWS movie along with some other giant statues. If you exit and travel to Hot Sam’s Antiques and Foto Park in Lakeville, MN you will enjoy a unique sculpture park filled with unusual antiques and metal sculptures. … Read more »

World’s Largest Pecan

We veered off our route to visit Brunswick, Missouri. I have to go see anything that says it is the “World’s Largest” or the “World’s Smallest.” In this case, it was a giant pecan sculpture. Well worth the extra miles. Can you think of a world’s largest or smallest sculpture you could make that would… Read more »



I went to the WNDR Museum in Chicago with my friends, Gina and Ellen. The museum website describes it as the “intersection of art and technology.” The exhibits were super fun and creative. I posted videos on two of the exhibits: and Below is my friends and I in one of the exhibits. Under… Read more »

Vintage Hotel Signs

At the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument in Kearney, Nebraska stands a reproduction of an old sign from The Hammer Motel in Kearney, Nebraska. This weekend I went to the Des Moines Art Festival In Iowa and was delighted by Ed Pribyl’s colorful visions of vintage hotel signs.

Match Stick Museum

The Match Stick Museum in Gladbrook, Iowa is small but fun. The artist is Patrick Acton. His match stick art is in Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museums and is shown at the Iowa State Fair. This is a replica of the US Capitol which took 478,000 match sticks to make.

Tire Horse

This life-size horse made out of old tires was outside of a tire store. The dogs went crazy when we discovered a horse on our dog walk.


I saw this mandolin for sale in an antique store. I am not a musician, but it made me want to find out more about mandolins. This instrument is from Italy and brings to mind “Italian Restaurant Music.” But it can be found in many genres of music. For other examples, you can watch this… Read more »

German POWs in World War Two

My great-grandfather, Emil Otto Gravert, immigrated from Germany when he was a teenager. He worked at the Heinz factory in Muscatine, Iowa. During WWII, there was a German POW camp near Muscatine and the prisoners worked on the Heinz farm, planting, weeding, tending, and picking the tomatoes used to make ketchup. Since my grandfather spoke… Read more »

Beehive Hat

In celebration of Spring, I thought I would show you my photo of a beehive hat from the hat museum in Savannah, Georgia. I think it would be a fun art/school project to make a beehive hat.