Summer is finally upon us, and whatever your plans this year, we've got a few things to make your days a whole lot cooler (no promises on colder).
Maker Mondays is our series where we talk to the makers and artists we work with about their awesome stuff, ask them about their creative lives, and maybe get a little silly (but not TOO silly, we promise).
First up, Elyse Harlow of You Can Stitch It!
How did you first get into embroidery?
Do you do any other kinds of stitching/sewing?
What do your kids think of embroidery/sewing?
What about your workspace—do you have a special place where you work?
Let’s talk about creativity. What do you find inspiring? Where does your creativity come from?
Last one—I know you love The Office. If you had to describe yourself as one of the characters from the show, who would you be?
You can follow Elyse on Instagram (@elyseharlow). You can also find her embroidery tutorials there in her story highights.
Landmark Lore is a series on the LCM blog where we tell you the stories behind all those landmarks in our photos. Ever wondered why Dallas is so obsessed with Pegasus? Or why there’s a robot in the middle of downtown? Wonder no more! We’ll also tell you where you can see the real thing. See the full listing of landmarks here.
By far, the landmark we get asked about most often is the red Pegasus.
“What’s with Dallas and the Exxon Mobil logo?”
Well, no offense to Exxon Mobil, but we had it first. Here’s the story:
The original red neon Pegasus sat atop the Magnolia Hotel—then the city’s tallest “skyscraper” at 29 stories—starting in 1934. It was put there by the Magnolia Oil Company, built for them by a local sign maker called Texlite, and it was rumored you could see it as far as 75 miles away from the city.
When Magnolia Oil was bought by Mobil (later Exxon Mobil) in 1959, they adopted the logo for their own but maintained an agreement with the city of Dallas to continue to use it as a symbol for the city. The original Pegasus remained on top of the Magnolia until 1999, when it had to be taken down due to structural problems. After raising $600,000 for a replacement, a new version was placed atop the building and lit on January 1, 2000 and the original was hidden away in a storage shed.
Over ten years later, the developers of the Omni Hotel went in search of the old Pegasus. It was eventually found in a city-owned shed in White Rock Lake, and local artist Tony Collins Art worked with art conservators van Enter Studio to restore the structure to its original glory.
Today, you can find the original structure in the plaza in front of the Omni Dallas Hotel. It’s a definite must-see for any visitor to Dallas, and of course locals. You can also still see the second Pegasus shining above the Magnolia Hotel.
Read more about the history and restoration of the Pegasus at these links: