Take a good look at these cacti portraits. Like real good . . . go ahead, zoom in super tight. A pretty high powered camera must have been used to capture all those details, right? Well, would you believe me if I told you these were paintings?? I know. Crazy. We’ve previously featured Kwang-Ho Lee‘s photo realistic paintings and continue to be blown away by his new work. I can’t over the way he’s able to depict the most minute details with a tip of a paintbrush. This is an artist who’s process I’d die to see. Amazing.
I’m a strong believer that gift presentation is as important as the gift itself. A thoughtfully wrapped gift can actually serve as two presents in one: the actual gift and the anticipation of discovery. So when eos challenged me with creating a DIY with their collection of Limited Edition holiday flavors, I was immediately inspired to make present toppers. My family loves eos lip balms and they’re something I’d normally stuff stockings with, but this year, I’m wrapping and disguising them as little gold sleigh bells as an extra surprise. With the help of crepe paper master Anandamayi Arnold, I’m pairing the lip balms with crepe paper mistletoes so that after the holidays, your friends and family can hang them up year after year. Pucker up!
If you’re one of the nearly half million followers of Ariele Alasko on Instagram, then you’re familiar with her woodworking talents. And if you don’t, allow me to introduce you. After studying sculpture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Ariele began working with wood as a hobby. Soon enough, the pastime became a full fledged career and today, she hand carves gorgeous sculptures and smooth surfaced spoons, brushes, boards and serving plates from maple, cedar, walnut and hazelnut wood. Her methods are painstakingly beautiful – just listen to the sounds of the carving. Mesmerizing, no? My favorite pieces are those using a traditional Japanese technique called Shou Sugi Ban, where the wood is charred black, scrubbed, buffed and then coated in wax. If only I can act quick enough to own one of her pieces. As soon as she updates her shop, her work sells out almost instantly. You can sign up here for updates . . . just make sure you don’t beat me to the punch, okay?
Happy Cyber Monday! How are we already nearing the end of November?! I say this every year, I’m well aware. Alas, today marks the start of my annual series of holiday gift guides, curated to make your holidays less stressful. First up: gifts for the girl that’s “impossible to shop for.” I know this person well since it’s what most of my friends and family use to describe me. What they don’t know is that I’m honestly quite simple to shop for! I love anything handmade, sentimental jewelry, tech gadgets and can’t live without beauty products. I’ve also never dissed a candle. See? Easy!