Later this summer a dear friend of mine is getting married at the historical Greenbrier, a landmark hotel I’ve been dying to visit since . . . well, since she got engaged. Nestled in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia, the resort was first built in 1778 and then revived after World War II when iconic interior decorator, Dorothy Draper, gave it a much needed makeover. Infused with her signature use of black and white tiles, Baroque plasterwork, oversized prints, and bold colors, the 682 room resort is still recognized as one of Dorothy’s most famous designs. I can’t wait to witness the Greenbrier in all its vibrant and luxurious glory!
Inspired by the sacred architecture and patterns found along the Silk Road, spanning from Northern China to Turkey, Alice Cicolini incorporates the ancient shapes, rich colors, and traditional motifs into her jewelry collection. Her use of rare and nearly extinct techniques, like Kundan and Meenakari, employed by skilled artisans is a large part of her allure and success. Meenakari, for example, is an antiquated method of carving an intricate design into either gold or silver and then filling it with enamel. Alice Cicolini’s jewelry is truly a magical combination of artistry and craftsmanship at the highest level.
Believe it or not, what look like photographs of microscopic moss or trees laid against a snowy landscape are actually aerial shots of dried up, spiny rivers in Baja California, Mexico. The images, taken by photographer Adriana Franco for National Geographic, capture nature’s most wondrous beauty.
While perusing Pinterest one evening, I came across an intriguing tutorial on the wonderful art of needle felting. I had to learn more – especially after realizing it entailed repeatedly stabbing a needle up and down into a piece of fabric or sweater. A satisfying stress reliever that results in something wearable? Sign me up. And now that I can officially call myself a needle felting maven (and nerd), trust me when I say that you’re going to have a blast with this technique. So grab your supplies and let’s get started on a pair of heart shaped elbow patches!