Have you ever walked into a hotel or casino and became mesmerized by a beautiful blown glass sculpture in front of you? Well, it happened to me on three separate occasions at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, the Borgata in Atlantic City, and the Atlantis Hotel on Paradise Island. Being the curious person I am, I decided to research further. Dale Chihuly is the man behind these gorgeous installations. He has spent his life creating beautiful glass masterpieces. With two studios and a hundred glass blowing artists, Dale is now being commissioned by international clients in Dubai, Cancun, and Japan to create massive sculptures. You can see more of his incredible work here.
Below are the three sculptures that I have been lucky enough to see in person.
The Bellagio Hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada
the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey
the Atlantis Hotel and Casino on Paradise Island, Bahamas
I will always have a soft spot in my heart for winter weddings, but this one just melted it. Photographed by the AMAZING Alison Conklin and held at the German Society of Philadelphia - Jess and Rob's wedding had it ALL! The German feast, bride and groom cake topper, flowers and table decor, and the hand crochet shawls by the mother of the bride are just some of the many beautiful touches that made this wedding sought after by many wedding publications. Pick up a copy of Brides Philadelphia today to get the complete list of vendors and DIY projects.
Eclatante and Beautiful Blooms put together a wonderful party yesterday, the second Inspirations event (here is the first event hosted at our studio), and we were proud to be a part of the festivities once again. The purpose of this event was for each bride to find their own personal style. At our table, the brides were shown five different invitation styles and asked to pick which one was their favorite. After careful explanation, their personal style was revealed...
I woke up on the wrong side of the bed and knew it. When I left my house this morning, I stepped in three puddles and almost dropped my umbrella. It's Monday, my feet are soaked, and my coffee cup isn't large enough. Luckily, a little rainy day research has turned my day around. Hopefully these bright and fun rainy day items will inspire you to get out of your funk too.
My husband and I scored a free dresser from his mom (it was her dresser growing up) a few months ago and we had high hopes to beautify the fifty-year old piece of furniture. So this weekend, the first free weekend in a while, we decided to get our hands dirty. A little online research led me to this photo for inspiration.
These are the before pictures. Notice the stickers... they were not the easiest to get off!
Stripping the paint took three hours. Much longer than we had expected!
Next on the to do list... sanding! Sanding done! On to priming...
Then we stained the top.
Waiting for the paint to dry was torture! But in the meantime, shopping therapy helped cure the pain. Here I am putting on the finishing touches.
With a touch of sunshine...
I can't wait to put it in the dining room. How does it look?
Ah, my sister's bridal shower is on Saturday and while I'm very excited about seeing family and friends, I'm not excited about all the last minute running around I have to do! The theme of the party is a whimsy "Alice in Wonderland" garden tea party. We are having each of the guests bring an antique teacup and saucer for Maliya, my sister, to start a collection of her own. The teacup I picked out looks very much like the bottom one in the stack.
As part of the garden theme, I decided to make cute, little "bug" tea cakes as favors for the guests. I used this backyard bug pan from the martha stewart collection.
After six hours of baking with an awesome lemon poppy seed recipe, here's the finished product. They were just brushed with a yummy lemon glaze.
I have to send out a huge thank you to my husband for helping me with all the baking. Kudos, Brian, you rock! I'll post the pictures from the shower next week!
I was on a hunt yesterday for cool type. I wasn't looking for your typical font. I was searching for type that makes you say "wow" and I stumbled upon a couple of great illustrators!
This animal alphabet is great! The colors are perfect for the old-fashioned feel of the illustrations. I'm especially in love with the "t"! I found this poster on Jeanie & Jewell's blog.
The ornate details of each letter is what attracted me to this alphabet by illustrator, Jessica Hische.
During my time at Drexel, I was lucky enough to study under John Langdon, whose work and ambigrams became main-stream because of The DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons. I knew how special John's work was and was thrilled when it became so popular. You can check out more of his amazing work here!