01/ Beautifully colorful bowerbird nests built to attract a hot mate.
02/ Stamp Yo Face!
03/ Reflect: Convicts’ Letter to Their Younger Selves.
04/ Stark, kinetic animal sculptures by Ben Foster.
05/ A sea of floating sailboats by Jacob Hashimoto.
06/ Stylish paper dresses made by a 4-year-old and her mom.
07/ One Day Young captures mothers and their day old babies.
08/ Frozen fashion by Riitta Päiväläinen.
09/ Iconic personalities all tatted up in Shopped Tattoos.
10/ The Message is Medium Rare – 52 weeks of burgers!
This week on Design Crush:
Have you entered our $1,000 Drake General Store Au Courant: Curated Classics Giveaway?
I’ll be teaching a class on growing your readership during Blogging 201: The Business of Blogging later this month – hope to see you there!
The Made-Up Words Project never fails to make me giggle.
Country Road‘s homegoods are anything but country.
I made a prettttty big announcement – I’m making the move!
Check out what’s on my spring fever wishlist.
A beautiful photo-documentary about shelter pets, Why We Rescue.
The most comforting of comforting foods – macaroni and cheese 10 ways!
Aliza Rizell‘s work explores the area where photography and watercolor can meet.
Rescue pets are just the best, and I say so from personal experience. All five of my pets – three cats and two dogs – are rescues. One from a farm in Arkansas, one from a sealed crate in a parking lot, one from an acquaintance who was fostering a stray, one from the shelter, and one from the aftermath of last May’s tornadoes here in Oklahoma.
Theron Humphrey ( of Maddie the Coonhound fame) partnered up with Purina One on a year-long documentary series entitled Why We Rescue to tell the stories of how shelter pets make our lives better. He hit all fifty states with the goal of sharing just how amazing, devoted, and happy shelter pets are and why you should consider adopting one the next time you’re looking for a furry companion. Three out of four people looking to adopt a pet don’t even consider it an option, and perceptions need drastically changed. Check out the site for an adoption story from each state, see Theron’s incredible photography, and listen to the beautiful relationships these pets have with their owners.
Completely brilliant and oh so fun, The Made-Up Words Project is the brainchild of illustrator Rinee Shah. The goal is to collect and catalog made-up words used among friends and family. I can completely vouch for the above growing up in western Pennsylvania, except that we pronounced it guh-chies instead of goh-chies!
01/ Will It Beard, a blog featuring photos of a guy’s beard with household objects in it.
02/ Totally impractical, yet hilarious ice glasses.
03/ One artist is celebrating the Chinese New Year by creating art from makeup.
04/ Oil paintings of old film stills make up Image-Animal.
05/ Etienne Lavie replaced ads and billboards in Paris with reproductions of famous art.
06/ Joseph Barbaccia creates intricate art with thinly rolled pieces of polymer clay!
07/ Do Your Park, humiliating magnets to put on sloppily parked vehicles.
08/ Check out people playfully hiding in topiary trees in Miradors.
09/ Ultraviolet Beauties, unique ultraviolet photos that reveal beauty within flaws.
10/ They’re called Nuzzles and they’re warming huts in Toronto!
This week on Design Crush:
Download these last minute watercolor valentines (psst… today’s the big day!).
Tips&Tricks: Winter Remedies has you covered for health and skin.
Our latest favorite Cheesy Cauliflower Soup recipe!
These 1.5.2 Ray Long and Large Boards are showstoppers when it comes to entertaining.
Fallen captures decay at its most beautiful.
12 printable valentines for today or to squirrel away for next year!
Representations – are they drawings or real life objects? You decide.
Loving my canvas FOTOSTRAP!
I like big storage baskets and I cannot lie.
I love the idea of a group of objects representing a singular event or moment in time. Matt Jensen’s 31 Winter Walks is a collection of photographs, each one showing the physical result of the experience through groupings of sticks and ephemera found along the way of each excursion.
I have a mega design crush on Brooklyn-based artist Rebecca Atwood, and if possible it just got bigger. Her use of traditional textile techniques and hand painting makes my heart go pitter patter and both are on full display in the new Rebecca Atwood and Calypso St. Barth collaboration. Four unique designs with reversible details are now available online and in stores. The white canvas, subtle metallics, and soft sea greens and blues will bright up your winter and still feel fresh and vibrant when summer rolls around! You can read more about the process on Rebecca’s blog.
If you follow Design Crush on Instagram – @designcrush – you’ve probably noticed a handwritten quote popping up every day since January 1st. I started writing down my favorite words in a journal sometime in the late 90s, so when I was brainstorming ideas for my first full-fledged 365 project last December it was the natural choice. If you’d like to follow along and maybe find a little inspiration in the process please do!
The Hope Bird collection is a limited edition collaboration between designer Jaime Hayon and Design-Apart. Each one of the fifteen cheeky ceramic birds is absolutely identical in shape and size, but hand-painted in a unique design using gold and black. The entire collection is a representation of hope and an optimistic future.
(via Design Milk)
01/ After Christmas, discarded Christmas trees.
02/ The 124 United States that could have been (fascinating to the geography nerd).
03/ These miniature models of artists in their studios are incredible.
04/ A polka-dot bomber from World War II.
05/ I might steal a few of Woody Guthrie’s resolutions from 1942!
06/ Frozen in a Bubble makes me want to grab some bubbles and head outside.
07/ Swing Rest is just begging for a nap.
08/ Jack the Australian cattle dog balances the 12 days of Christmas!
09/ Animal Lace is one of the prettiest examples of 3D printing I’ve seen yet.
10/ Room-sized collages of colorful cups and paper.
This week (and last week) on Design Crush:
I Love the World, a killer graphic series of cities the designer has visited.
My (imaginary) New Year’s Eve party went off without a hitch!
The best mortar and pestles from Tahir Mahmood.
This textile series – Still – shows off nature at her best.
We hope you had a very merry Christmas and a happy start to 2014!
We reviewed the best of 2013 in food + cocktails, DIYs, art, style, house + home, and paper goods.
Some of Cross Street‘s art will definitely decorate our walls in 2014.
A peek at my Insta December.
We crushed on the abstract paintings of Emily Gherard.
Fourteen notebooks to help you plan everything big in the new year!
Beautiful pixelated floral screen prints from Elizabeth Corkery.
01/ A placemat set that features engineering blueprints for different foods.
02/ Bookhive is an interactive library display full of 400 “moving” books!
03/ Transfer, a project where partially painted hands blend into the landscape.
04/ A printable Letter to Santa if anyone in your house still needs to write theirs.
05/ In Variable Face a 22-year-old hides behind ordinary objects in a beautiful way.
06/ A quirky outdoor embroidery project that I looove!
07/ A beautiful photo series of the Texas tradition of homecoming mums entitled Mum.
08/ It’s late for holiday cards, but here are 14 cards to wish someone a Happy New Year!
09/ This marks 24 years of Sweden’s Ice Hotel and it’s inspired by Frankenstein.
10/ Create your own (virtual) snowflakes!
This week on Design Crush:
Have a listen to this month’s Mix #31: Everybody’s Got a Secret to Hide.
The December edition of eight art prints I can’t get out of my head.
This Cranberry Eggnog Bread is just the thing for Christmas morning!
Ten of my favorite December DIYs.
You’re invited to my (imaginary) holiday appetizer party!
Incredible hyper-real paintings of poorly wrapped packages by Yrjö Edelmann.
The only party clutch you’re ever need.
Our last round – part 7 – of holiday card covering.
The biggest giveaway we’ve ever hosted – $500 worth of dinnerware from Mud Australia!!!