Francine In Retirement
Seeing Life Through Photography


I was on the road again this weekend.  My first stop was at Spruce Forest Artisan Village located at Penn Alps, just east of Grantsville, MD.

Spruce Forest Artisan Village offered us a truly unique opportunity to interact with working craft artists inside their log cabin studios.

The restored log and plank buildings, nestled under towering spruce trees, provides a peaceful and contemplative setting for artisan studios, craft galleries, historic museums, a one room schoolhouse, and Stanton’s Mill.

Spruce Forest Artisan Village, a non-profit arts center, and its parent organization Penn Alps Restaurant and Craft Shop were founded in the late 1950’s to support and encourage participation in historic preservation and mountain crafts.

Take a tour with me through the below video of this inspiring place.


We each have a gift that we were given.  We have this gift not so much for our own sake as for the sake of others.  We are like an apple tree that produces fruit not for its own consumption but for the consumption of others.  Your gift is given so you can bless others.  If you have the gift of teaching, you have it so others will be taught.  If even one gifted person fails to function, they deprive others who may need it to function well.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

James 1:17




  1. Wonderful to see such skilled artisans at work.

  2. “Your Gifts are not your own” = that paragraph is pure brilliance! Thank you for reminding us it’s our duty to pass along the knowledge so that others can light their candles!

  3. Beautiful this traditional work!!

  4. This would be such a fascinating place to visit, Francine. Thank you for taking us along.

  5. What a wonderful way of living! Thank you Francine for showing us!

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