Dec
16

Creating a Holiday Candy Buffet

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It’s holiday party season – are you organizing one this year? I’ve been having a few friends over here and there, which I much prefer to one grand shindig. More quality time to talk and just hang out at the speed I prefer. I wanted to pull together a little takeaway for each gathering and came up with this candy buffet in my dining room as a sweet treat to end the evening.

 

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I used the metallic tones I tend to gravitate towards during the holidays as a starting point. Lots of glass jars of different sizes, small porcelain bowls, gem-cut mercury glass bowls, a metal hammered gold bowl, and a few pieces that I already had tucked away round out the spread nicely.

 

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Layering different heights adds visual interest that pulls you right through the buffet as you gather your goodies on the go. I stuck to a palette of silver, blue, red, and green candy and was sure to include lots of different types – chocolate, fruit flavored, chewy, hard – lots of different textures and flavors to satisfy even the choosiest visitor!

 

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The main focal point is a group of three paper trees I made a few years ago, a sweet white ceramic stag head, and several tea lights in small mason jars to add lots of sparkle and shine to the surface. A flocked wreath hanging in the overhead in the window added some extra holiday spirit.

 

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Of course we couldn’t forget the most iconic Christmas classics – candy canes and peppermints. Miniature candy canes are perfect for adding to a cup of hot chocolate. Use one as a stir until it dissolves for a twist on the old standby.

 

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The buffet is easy to replenish as things run out between get togethers and looks pretty enough when not in use. Hope your holiday season is stress-free and sweet!

Shop the buffet: Ceramic Stag Head // Small Gold Metal Hammered Serving Bowl // 18″ Flocked Wreath with Blue Ornaments // Assorted Porcelain Dip Bowls // Silver Mercury Glass Cereal Bowl // Small Frosted Gold Mason Jar // Medium Frosted Silver Mason Jar // Medium Frosted Gold Mason Jar

 

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Dec
10

25 Cookie Swap Recipes

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My Grandma turned 90 this year and has finally agreed to relinquish cookie making duties to me this Christmas. (She’ll still be making her famous-among-hundreds nut rolls, however.) I’ve done a few cookie swaps over the years, and I have to admit they make the cookie task much more interesting. I love trying other peoples’ tried and true family recipes, and I love the variety that comes with a good ‘ol fashioned swap. Do you have a go-to?

 

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Gingerbread Cookies

Mint Slice Cookies

Frosted Spiced Persimmon Cookies with Cranberries and Walnuts

Nutella and Hazelnut Palmiers

 

Frosted Eggnog Cookies

 

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Orange Ricotta Cookies

Peppermint Butter Cookies

Whipped Shortbread with Molasses Glaze

Brown Sugar Cookies

 

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Rum and Eggnog Cookies

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies with Vanilla Salt

Cherry Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

 

Cranberry Marzipan Cookies

 

Cherry Marzipan Cookies

Gingerbread Donut Cookies

Chai Cookies

French Toast Sugar Cookies

Flourless Hot Cocoa Cookies

 

PUMPKIN PIE COOKIES

Pumpkin Pie Cookies

Citrus Sugar Cookies

Brownie Cookies Dipped in Chocolate and Pretzels

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

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Dec
05

Happy Weekend

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01/ Go minimals this December with a nativity set of wooden blocks.
02/ Spy on classic authors’ American homes on Google Maps.
03/ Here’s what a tattoo looks like really, really close up.
04/ Move over ugly Christmas sweaters, it’s time for the ugly Christmas suit.
05/ The plans for Pier 55, a floating park over the Hudson River, look beautiful.
06/ Food Ministry’s Cake in a Can… for cake eating emergencies.
07/ Gumhead is a sculpture in Vancouver made to be covered in chewing gum.
08/ Dried scotch turns into interstellar landscapes in Vanishing Spirits.
09/ Stephen Orlando captured the motions of kayaking and canoeing in light paintings.
10/ Need some alone time? Meet the Nutshell.

This week on Design Crush:
Are you following along with 24 Merry Days? Twenty-four bloggers are doing giveaways for 24 days this month.
Drake General Store x Design Crush is giving away a cherry-picked prize pack worth a whopping $1,000!
Check out eight art prints I’ve got my eye on this month.
Crushing on the ceramic work of RedRaven Studios.
Time to start fresh with some clean stockings this Christmas?
The wall hangings of artist Heather Levine are stunning.
More holiday cards, just in case you have yet to pick yours out!
This monthly art subscription – Papirmass – is perfect for the art lover on your list.
Showstopping hand-painted wallpaper from Voutsa.
2015 calendars, part 5 to get you ready for January!
Sharing the last room on the first floor of my home, the kitchen.
A bevy of drinks for holiday entertaining and coping – Happy Alcoholidays!

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Shiny brass accents are where it’s at!

Dec
01

Drake General Store x Design Crush Giveaway

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Drake General Store is a traditional hotel gift shop, a classic general store, a flea market stand, and a museum shop all rolled into one. They have the biggest and best Canadian pride and love supporting homegrown artists and designers, making them a perfect match for Design Crush and our sensibilities.

Please tell me you took 1.5 seconds to read that graphic, because we’re giving away a $1,000 prize pack! Drake General Store is my favorite shop north of the U.S. border and I’m pumped to be partnering with them for the second December in a row to give you all a HUGE something awesome. I’ve cherry picked my favorite pieces from their classic, modern goods that are a mix of sensible (socks, throws, kitchen pieces) and not so sensible (tarot cards, incense, wind chime) and everything in between.

 

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Metsa Birch Box Set ($40) // Gold Screw Studs ($24) // Cross Enamelware Stockholm Measuring Cup ($29) // Cross Enamelware Copenhagen Side Dish ($29) // Oval Marble + Wood Cheeseboard ($68) // Ladies & Gentlemen Aura Bell Chime ($135) // Held In Common Snowflake Socks ($14) // Cozy Ceramic Camp Mug, set of 4 ($48) // 3 Mast Brothers Chocolate Bars ($33) // Shared History Macho Man + Elizabeth Robes ($128) // Arborist Long Janes, trees ($29) // Blackbird Incense ($34) // Public Supply Notebooks ($15) // Arborist Getaway Blanket ($29) // Arborist Getaway Pack ($29) // Wild Unknown Tarot Card Deck ($45) // Wild Unknown Tarot Guide Book ($24) // Engraved Keychain ($15) // Hockey Thermos ($38) // Earth Coasters ($42) // Pinch Pot with Spoon ($28) // East Coast Throw Blanket ($99) // Oslo Bowls ($39)

I KNOW! So many well designed pieces and so many little luxuries to help get you through winter. You could either go the Happy Holidays to Me! route and keep it all for yourself or the My Shopping is Done! route and dive up your winnings as gifts for everyone on your list. Either way it’s a win. (But if you do spy something you’d like to gift know that Drake General Store has worldwide flat rate shipping!)

Enter here to win!

Nov
14

Happy Weekend

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01/ Flowers and People, Cannot Be Controlled but Live Together burst into bloom as you approach.
02/ Microscopic photos of vinyl record grooves are completely fascinating.
03/ This crazy colorful street installation in Limerick City, Ireland is No. 27 – A Nod to Ed Ruscha.
04/ The nineteen windmills of Kinderdijk serve a big purpose.
05/ Cats + Humans + Contemporary Dance = Dancing with Cats.
06/ Madison Square Park is getting a gorgeous gold foliage-inspired canopy, Fata Morgana.
07/ 3D printing is helping to create tangible, touchable memories for the visually impaired.
08/ Love Sriracha? Then you definitely need the keychain-ready Sriracha2Go!
09/ Driftwood Dinosaurs aren’t exactly fossils, but they are realistic recreations.
10/ Create your own DIY geometric paper animal sculptures with the help of Paperwolf.

This week on Design Crush:
Enter to win $100 to spend at Lulu & Georgia, and get a sneak peek at part of my kitchen!
Put these 12 November DIYs on your must-make list asap.
The prettiest handmade porcelain pieces from Self Press.
Crushing on the hand-painted pillows from the makers at bunglo.
Lovely papier mache pieces from Rachel Ibarra.
You’re invited to Thanksgiving! (At least in my imagination.)
Tips on making dessert count and my go-t0 recipe for Dense Bittersweet Chocolate Cake.
2015 Calendars: Part 2 is up!
For the love of cats – how do you treat your pets extra special during the holidays?

Design Crush elsewhere:
Ways to make a small bath feel spacious.

Oct
31

Happy Weekend

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01/ Sculpture achieved through the build up of foam in Schauminsel.
02/ If I Had Known My Mother Back Then puts a daughter in her mother’s childhood photos.
03/ A giant birdsnest in which to relax and find new ideas, four your home naturally.
04/ Crazy hyperrealistic cat latte foam art!
05/ Visit Belgium and check out all five EYE locations that give you a view of the city.
06/ Fonts in the form of candy, thanks to EAT ME.
07/ Dangerous Popsicles are shaped like cacti and deadly pathogens.
08/ bottleLoft frees up valuable fridge space by magnetically elevating glass bottled beverages.
09/ Lichtgrenze rebuilds the Berlin wall in a display of 8,o00 glowing orbs.
10/ Live art, all thanks to ants.

This week on Design Crush:
Inky blue teapot art from Na Kim, perfect for the season.
Pretty bone china ring necklaces make up the Hula collection.
Dreamy, melancholy paintings by Kristen Vestgard.
Jack of all trades Molly M Designs create a little of everything.
Lovely traditional-meets-modern quilts by Lindsay Stead.
Heirloom quality table dressing suites from Huddleson Linens.
Neon candy-hued geometric art by Jennifer Sanchez.
Crushing on all of The Sleep Shop‘s feminine pajamas.
Angelo Monterat creates with smoke from birthday candles!

Design Crush elsewhere:
Quirky, whimsical illustrations from Depeapa.

Oct
17

Happy Weekend

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01/ Brilliant use of temporary tattoos to help you remember your schedule at music festivals!
02/ The Tumbuk2 x Blue Bottle Travel Kit is for the most discerning coffee snob, er drinker.
03/ Amancay’s Diner in Brooklyn has a spin the bottle table!
04/ These delicate sculptures are made from… human hair.
05/ The sweetest animal family portraits.
06/ Beautiful sculptures created out of iridescent dichroic glass.
07/ Emulsifier is a glass sculpture that displays four different images, depending on the viewing angle.
08/ In honor of the 150th anniversary of the first climb, hikers lit up a path on the Matterhorn.
09/ The Eiffel Tower has a spiffy new glass floor – would you dare?
10/ Autumn (and other things) captured from above by Kacper Kowalski.

This week on Design Crush:
Airplane window paintings by Jim Darling that are sure to incite wanderlust.
The best 12 October DIYs to keep those creative juices flowing all month long.
Colorful, layered, evolving paintings by Kostadina Nacheva.
Beautiful jewelry from betsy & ii to add a little something to your fall wardrobe.
The whimsical illustrations of Diana Sudyka are magic.
Twenty-two things to make the countdown to Halloween that much better!
Glitchy, and somewhat creepy, portraits from Harding Meyer.
Here are 11 mugs to help ease you into cooler weather and warmer beverages.
Crazy Dr. Suess-ian paper pulp sculptures from Adam Frezza and Terri Chiao.

Oct
15

Countdown to Halloween

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Nope, not Christmas – autumn, October, and Halloween. October 31st has long been a big deal in my family, from great aunts and uncles creating haunted houses in their basements to massive trick or treating, it’s given me some of my best memories. This year feels a bit out of whack since I’m still trying to get my house together post move and figuring out where the movers put everything (and yes, where I put everything while unpacking). I have pumpkins and mums decorating my front porch and a few favorite spooky pieces indoors, but the majority is in the basement. I’m hoping to dig a few more decorations out before hundreds of trick or treaters descend on my neighborhood (from the realtor’s lips to my ears) the night of the 31st. But if you’re more together than I am here are twenty-two of Halloween best ideas for you to tackle!

 

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ROW 1: Pop-Up Table Runner // Black and White Anatomical Printables // DIY Ghostly Mirror Images
ROW 2: Printable Trick or Treat Color Block Labels + Box Template // Straw Spider Web Wreath
ROW 3: DIY Halloween Invitations // DIY Halloween Silhouette Pitcher // Black Cocktail Rimming Sugar
ROW 4: Paper Star Lantern with Spider Web Cutouts // Set of 5 Halloween Cards // DIY Printable Trick-or-Treat Bag Labels

 

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ROW 1: Skeleton Hand Card // DIY Monster Candy Box // Gooey Monster Eye Cookies    ROW 2: Printable Halloween Party Invitations // Haunted Doll House    ROW 3: Vanilla Bean Skull Cake // Poison Toffee Apples // Printable Vintage Halloween Banner    ROW 4: Skull-Shaped Japanese Sugar //  // DIY Skull Planter

Oct
03

Happy Weekend

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01/ A behind-the-scene’s look at the Crayola factory.
02/ Krispy Kreme’s UK division made a box of 2,400 donuts.
03/ Why not park your keychain in a mini garage?
04/ Help the homeless by buying a font made with their handwriting.
05/ A smart necklace that’s like a locket for the 21st century.
06/ Three cheers for net neutrality! Support it with this enamel pin.
07/ Ten modern tea pots and kettles for fall.
08/ Show off your photos with this affordable smartphone projector.
09/ A colorful, modern chess set that can be used in a multitude of ways.
10/ The Planets is a 12-part animated short film about an alien solar system.

This week on Design Crush:
Modern wooden jewelry from BOUND.
One of my favorite breakfast/dessert hybrids – the Spiced Apple + Granola Parfait.
Risque textile art from Sally Hewett.
Checking in on a personal note for September.
House of Cardboard is exactly what it sounds like.
Fun, modern dog collars from K9 Couture Co.
Creepy India ink forests by Pablo S. Herrero.
Beautifully clean home goods from Ladies & Gentlemen Studio.
Furthering my fall scarf obsession with Dealtry.

Sep
19

Happy Weekend

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01/ Buddhist-inspired collages that are constructed from old computer parts.
02/ This giant mural is made from 1,700 color organized product packages.
03/ An artist who paints with different colors of ICE CREAM!
04/ Is Sochi a ghost town less than a year post-Olympics?
05/ Dita Pepe imagines how her life would be with dozens of male partners.
06/ Huge log piles turn into art with a little creative stacking.
07/ Turns out clouds are just as beautiful to look at from space as Earth.
08/ Only the most delicious billboard ever – it’s made of cake!
09/ This photographer captures dads at One Direction concerts. Hilarious.
10/ A flower pot that can be rolled to follow the sun.

This week on Design Crush:
Hoyz Rings are inspired by Jewish wedding rings.
Pretty colorful and graphic scarves for fall from No Ocean.
Take a peek at 10 September DIYs I can’t stop thinking about.
One spoon a day for a year, it’s happening in Daily Spoon!

Design Crush elsewhere:
Neutral in the Room, Color on the Floor