Modern Linen Quilt in Green and Red
Using improvisational piecing, I made this modern quilt using green linen, off-white cotton and a variety of red-hued linens. The “crushed” cotton gives the quilt an antique appearance, while the linen has a wonderful weight and drape. This is the perfect quilt for laying at the bottom of the… details »
Sunshine Yellow Button Ring
This ring of Sunshine was made with love and BUTTONS! details »
my lady purse
A useful little purse with a vintage twist, so elegant and … fresh at the same time, can you feel it? You can put your money and a credit card inside. details »
The DC area is blessed with scores of artists and designers who make beautiful things for your home and your wardrobe, but this week I wanted to focus on food craft. I wanted to find a source for fine, handcrafted edible goodies, and I hit the jackpot not fifteen minutes from where I live: a sweet shop called The Sugar Cube run by sisters Kim and Alyssa Theodore.
Growing up, Kim worked at her hometown chocolate shop, and fell in love with sweets at the tender age of thirteen. It was a love that would never diminish, even as she grew up and pursued a career in academics. Meanwhile, her sister Alyssa enjoyed a successful career in publishing, but had always nurtured a passion for gourmet foods and treats. After she felt she had enjoyed everything a non-foodie career could offer, she thought about turning that weekend fascination for food into something full time.
Both sisters knew that somehow, one day the two of them would turn their love of sweets into some kind of delicious joint venture. The Sugar Cube was born after a combination of strategic planning and serendipitous happenings came together, and the store opened in early 2007 in Old Town, Alexandria.
Right from the beginning, Kim and Alyssa knew they wanted to focus on independent producers of quality sweets. The Sugar Cube is all about chocolates, sweets, and fine confections that are well-made and beautifully presented. Classical approaches to candy making, innovative twists, and unique flavors are all welcome at The Sugar Cube.
Truffles are the most popular chocolate item in the store. The Sugar Cube’s artisan truffles, and all the gourmet confections, come from chocolatiers and candy makers from all over the country, using both traditional and innovative techniques. About twenty-five percent of the chocolate and candy vendors at the Sugar Cube are local, and both Alyssa and Kim are always looking for new talent.
There’s so much more to tempt any sweets-loving customer who wanders into The Sugar Cube. I was immediately drawn to the giant jars housing their custom-colored chocolate milkies. If you bought them at the supermarket, they’d be called M&Ms and would only come in six colors. At this little shop in Old Town, they are made by hand and come in twenty-five colors!
The collection also includes caramel based candies that are made in the store, familiar favorites like Jelly Belly jelly beans, nostalgic sweets like Moon Pies and Necco Wafers, and more than three dozen types of panned chocolates. Nearly anything you might want covered in chocolate is available at the Sugar Cube: almonds, raisins, toffees, gummy bears, and of course, the classic malt ball.
If you time your visit properly, you can take part in the store’s tasting series, which happens every Saturday afternoon. The sessions are free and rarely require reservations, and are used to introduce new products, flavors, or confectioners to customers. Additionally, there’s always a different sweet available for sample every day. When I visited, I had a taste of a white chocolate passion-panna cotta truffle. White chocolate ganache, buttermilk, and passion fruit-vanilla jam: I’m no food critic, but I can tell you that it was absolutely amazing and I’ve never had anything like it!
The Sugar Cube is located in Old Town, Alexandria at 210 North Lee Street. Drop by from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm Tuesdays through Fridays, or 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. You’ll have to refrain from handmade sweets on Mondays, I’m afraid. Check their calendar of events to participate in the tasting series.
Whether you’re celebrating this Valentine’s Day with your partner or with your friends, do yourself a favor and leave those pink and red outfits in the closet this year. Instead, wear something classic – a black and white dress – and you’ll be sure to stand out in the sea of lovebirds and perhaps even attract cupid’s arrow. This elegant color combination brings back memories of classic starlets, silent movies, and, of course, romance.
For those with modern tendencies, this black and white dress by elbling is simply stunning. With asymmetrical color blocks and sleeves as well as beautiful draping and a comfortable fit, this dress is both elegant and dramatic – a rare combination. Paired with a few brightly colored accessories, it is an instant classic that can be dressed up or down depending on your Valentine’s Day plans.
If you don’t mind showing off a little leg this Valentine’s Day, consider this gorgeous lace dress by LaBronz. The simple 60s-inspired cut compliments the drama of the lace, creating a classic and romantic look that is sure to catch the eye of your loved one or inspire envy in your friends. The short cut is offset by the 3/4 length sleeves and a simple round neckline, making it a classy choice for your night of romance.
Paired with colorful heels, this a-line dress by aliceanna features a full skirt that’s made to be twirled around the dance floor. The bold black and white fabric is both playful and whimsical while the H-strap back adds a touch of sophistication and romance. The thick black band will highlight the smallest part of your waist and ensure that you look good no matter if you’re dancing to swing or salsa.
The gorgeous photo featured at the top of this post was taken by Amelia Kay Photography.
Fluted ceramic little wren flower vase by little wren pottery
This fluted vase was handmade from white Devonshire stoneware clay. Its outwardly curving shape was created by working with my potters wheel, a throwing rib was used to skim the surface of this pot as it was being created to give a smooth finish.
The perfect necklace
This beauty is made from hand forged pieces linked together to make the perfect necklace.
Jasmine, Lilac and Freesia Hand Rolled Soap
This alluring soap is a blend of jasmine oil with just a touch of lilac and freesia to deepen and really bring out the scent of the jasmine. This is an all-natural, detergent free vegan soap made with organic ingredients. details »
With my five year wedding anniversary fast approaching I have been thinking about what fun it was to make registries. The excitement of a new life, new belongings and maybe a new place to call home. Even with all of these presents, building your life is always a work in progress. You find new objects you love more than the ones you already own, styles and aesthetics change. But there are some things which are timeless and Gleena is the perfect blend of classical and modern which will never get old.
The medley of white and blue is soothing. I love that the middle plate, being half blue and half white, brings the large plate and bowl together. Each piece has their own personality yet they are still a cohesive set.
It is in this set that you can best see where the artist draws her influence from. She grew up in Russia, summering in a country house surrounded by her grandmother’s gardens. She seems to handle these memories carefully as they are important to her. Asya displays detailed images on hand-shaped forms, showing that memories can change shape over time. I love the cheery yellow she chose. Makes for a great presentation.
These plates don’t need a special occasion. I would love to have these for everyday use. The sea inspired glaze adds a dash of color without overpowering the simple design. The typeset imprints make for a great detail.
This cup is my favorite out of all her work. The blend of color and form are just darling but the quote and stamped letter make this cup perfect. Sharing tea is most certainly a celebration, toast to something grand.
Asya does a great job of mixing her love of form and function with her passion for graphic design. This cup displays her happy union of numbers, letters, color and shape. I love her subtle introduction of color, it is never overpowering and always just right.
These bowls make for the perfect presentation. Asya makes even the simplest of pieces elegant with her attention to detail. She carefully adapts the form to better serve it’s function. In keeping these bowls white, she draws attention to her beloved form which were inspired by gourds found while traveling in French Guiana.
I think celebrating five years should call for an updated registry. My wedding was lots of fun and I would love to do it all again with Gleena’s shop at the top of my registry list. What would be on your list?