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Bitmoji, Youmoji

People either love emojis or hate them. I personally do not like the animated ones that dance around when they are attached to an email. I find them very obnoxious. As we also know, attaching emojis to emails is not proper etiquette. However, sending them in text messages is something that we have all become quite accustom to. To date, there are 100s to choose from. read on

Two Great Art Forms

“Winemaking and filmmaking are two great art forms … In both cases you have to start with top notch raw materials—whether it’s the land or a script.” — Francis Ford Coppola

So many people are drawn to wine labels. After recently visiting Sonoma & Napa Valley in California, I joined that club. However, a fancy label doesn’t mean an over-the-top wine, so one should choose wisely!

The Francis Ford Coppola Winery was one of my favorites. It produces a series of wines—and labels—that are very unique.
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I am one of Edgar Artis’ 400,000 followers on Instagram. His work is so incredible, I wanted to share him some more! Artis is an Armenian fashion illustrator. He uses everyday household objects and food items to create the most amazing fashion sketches of gorgeous dresses. Each and every creation will wow you. When I say everyday household objects, I am referring to items such as burnt matchsticks, spoons, butter and pomegranate seeds just to name a few. He also makes cut-outs of dresses and uses everyday scenes as the patterning or image on the dress. 

Follow him on Instagram or check out this quick story to see more of his gorgeous work.

Paper and Pencil

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Stephen Wiltshire is an autistic British architectural artist, known for painting landscapes from memory—after seeing it just once. Born in London, as a child Stephen was mute and really didn’t relate to other people. His very first words were “paper” and “pencil” just like Picasso and he didn’t fully speak until the age of nine. Prior to that he communicated with the world through drawing. read on

The River Building at Grace Farm

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Once you see the River Building, you will know why it was given that name. It is the main building located at Grace Farms in New Canaan, Connecticut. Approximately 77 acres of the former horse farm has been retained as open meadows, woods, wetlands and ponds. The building was designed to make the architecture become part of the landscape and not feel like a building. It flows down on a slope of land (a change in grade of 43 feet) and forms pond-like spaces where it bends.The building is made of glass, concrete, steel and wood. The whole roof’s structure is one single piece, and it twists and turns like a rolling river. read on

200,000 Corks

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For two years, artist Scott James Gundersen collected corks. Drawing on recycling, along with his love for mosaics and for drinking red wine, Gundersen used those collected corks to create his first wine cork portrait in 2009. Since then, he has used over 200,000 corks to create portraits for private collections and corporate clients around the globe. read on

What Happens to the Coins You Wish Upon?

Trevi Fountain, Rome, Lazio, Italy, Europe

Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy || Image from Travel and Leisure

I recently read an article in Travel and Leisure magazine about what happens to the money thrown into fountains. After reading it, I asked my husband to guess how much money is tossed into the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy on a weekly basis. His guess was $5,000. He was shocked when I said, “Guess again…. Higher!” Thousands of people visit the fountain every day. It is customary to make a wish with your back towards the fountain and toss a coin over your left shoulder. My husband was very surprised when I told him the dollar amount: $15,000 or higher per week, depending on the travel season. That is almost $1 million a year!

Every day, the Catholic charity, Caritas, spends an hour sweeping up all the coins in the fountain. In 2008, they opened a low-cost grocery store with the money that was collected. Interestingly, the Trevi Fountain is the only fountain that needs to be cleaned on a daily basis. Other famous fountains may do their coin sweep every few months.

There is a lake at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas that collects about $12,000 a year. There, they use a giant vacuum to remove the coins from the bottom of the lake. Then, the money is placed in a cement mixer with towels to clean the coins. The Bellagio donates the money it collects to nonprofit organizations like Habitat for Humanity.

I found this interesting, too: the fountain at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City, where you are not supposed toss coins into the fountain, collects about $3,400 a year. One of the largest fountains in the world is in Chicago—Buckingham Fountain—it only makes about $200 a year.

So when in Rome, make a wish and help someone in need!

Floating Dock

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Back in October, when we were in Boston visiting our daughter, I noticed an odd looking object on the side of the former Hancock Tower as we strolled down Newbury Street. It looked like a man on a floating dock. It made no sense at all why it was there and what it represented. I actually “Googled” it to see what I could find out, but no information was available at the time. So this past weekend while walking down Newbury Street with my daughter again, she said to me, “Oh, that picture on the Hancock Tower was done by some famous street artist.” So, I snapped a few pictures, and did some more research. read on

History on Paper

Television commercials, as we all know, are produced and paid for by an organization or company to promote and sell what is associated with their organization. Unfortunately, in this day and age with all the fancy technology that everyone can get their hands on, most of these very expensive commercials can be totally fast forwarded through. Overlooked! Never seen! Everyone wants to get right to the program.

While watching the Alabama vs Clemson game, Honda had a commercial that really wowed my family and me. We actually stopped and watched it all the way through. Each of us commented that it was a great commercial. Entitled “Paper,” Honda led the viewer through the history of the company and its products with thousands of hand-drawn illustrations filmed in stop-motion. The commercial was created by RPA.

This is a commercial you may actually rewind to watch again instead of fast-forwarding through!

A Pencil Obsession

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Some people rely on the good old #2 that we all had to use (and still use today) on standardized tests in school. Personally, I prefer a mechanical one with 0.7mm lead, but it’s still a pencil! Not a pen or a marker, or a keyboard.

I stumbled upon a neat little story about a new shop located in the Lower East Side of New York City called C. W. Pencil Enterprise, that specializes in nothing but pencils. It brought back many childhood memories of writing, drawing and sharpening my #2s. Everyone is so attached to their cell phones these days, it is nice to pick up a pencil and write a note to someone—or yourself—instead of typing it into the “Notes” app on your phone or sending a text message. A pencil really is a useful, handy object, so if you are in the area, be sure to check out the C. W. Pencil Enterprise pencil shop.

Photo by Ryan Segedi

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