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!
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
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
01/ Nineteen breathtaking patterns found on Earth’s surface.
02/ What I wouldn’t give for a closetful of these minimal triangle hangers!
03/ Loving these gold foiled invitations that avoid feeling overly precious.
04/ Twelve lessons on climate change architects can learn from New Orleans.
05/ Here’s that BBQ-inspired typeface you didn’t know you needed.
06/ The stunning, unexpected colors of Antarctica and its penguins.
07/ I love a good multitasking credenza!
08/ Legendary fairytale princesses have gone wild in these mug shots.
09/ Tips on bouncing back from design and DIY failures, because we’ve all been there.
10/ Are flavored ice cubes the new popsicle – same idea, different form? (And good in cocktails!)
This week on Design Crush:
This month’s music is here! Listen to Mixtape #37: In the Blackness of Magic.
Butts have never looked as good as they do in the paintings of Helena Wurzel.
An uncensored moving update on my slooow relocation to Pittsburgh.
Beautiful ceramics from Caroline Gomez for your home.
Notepads are my favorite.
Rikka Sormunen‘s super flat illustrations are so, so good.
Check out these 12 June DIYs to get your creative on.
Join me (and my pup Bebe!) for #Destination Summer’s Oklahoma City stop!
Then check out the simple summer picnic bites I put together for a little backyard get together.
Is Easter a big deal in your house? Growing up ours always involved a hidden basket (one year behind the Christmas tree that had yet to be taken down), plastic eggs hidden outside, and a big family dinner at my grandparents’ house. Now it mainly involves dinner at my moms and yes, baskets are still hidden! Check out these 17 projects and ideas to make your Easter Sunday extra special.
ROW 1:Easter Brunch Invitations + Stickers // DIY Floral Party Hats // Printable Easter Treat Bags ROW 2:Easter Bread // Easter Sticker Buckets // A Simple Easter Arrangement ROW 3:Paper Rabbit Bust // Easter Candy Bark ROW 4:Easter Ice-Cream Sandwich Treats // Bunny Ears Twist Wrap // Origami Easter Bunnies ROW 5:Paint Swatch Flowers // Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt // Happy Easter Egg Hunt Signs Kit ROW 6:Easter Egg Terrarium // Washi Tape Eggs // Printable Iron-On Bunny Bags
Possibilities: graduation party, engagement shindig, summer birthday
Possibilities: casual wedding, anniversary or engagement party
Possibilities: summer cookout, family reunion, shower
Possibilites: wedding, milestone birthday
PHOTO: Jennilee Marigomen
01. love these tie-on birthday crowns
02. I need some neon in my spring wardrobe
03. a little morbid, but some of us want to be modern even in death
04. I’m awful at making lunch, looking forward to trying some of these recipes
05. make a hanging gutter garden (then say that three times fast)
06. yeah, I could shack up in this treehouse
07. make your own Peeps + Cadbury Eggs (there’s even a deviled version!)
08. I like the idea of a skewer station next to the grill
09. cloud doughnuts
10. a brilliant paper record player invitation from Kelli Anderson
PS: Sign up for the mixtape swap!
At the end of the day minimalism is still my favorite style, as it will probably be up until the end of my life. Joke of tokketok captures it perfectly in every single piece she creates. (I’m crossing my fingers for the day I get to do a blind embossing project for a client!)
I’ve had the chance to befriend a lot of talented people thanks to this blog, one of which has been fellow OKC-dweller Kathleen Shannon. And, well, she’s amazing. Both as a designer and as a friend. (See that Design Crush logo up there? Yeah, she did it.) We happen to share a love of Wes Anderson movies, so when I heard she was designing a wedding invitation inspired by The Life Aquatic I started salivating at the idea. She’s lovely enough to allow me to share it with you first, right here right now. And because no one describes their work better than the artist, I give you the story behind the invitation suite in Kathleen’s own words.
Vanessa contacted me for custom wedding invitations after she stumbled across my portfolio on my blog. She and her fiance George met in Iraq working for the Department of State and love traveling. They are huge Wes Anderson fans, love maps, and giant squids. Sounds odd and quirky – so of course it was right up my alley. They had lots of fun requests – along with a giant squid on the invite they also wanted to include pi (you know, mathematical constant whose value is the ratio of any circle’s circumference to its diameter in Euclidean space), Par Avion written in Persian somewhere, and a map with important places to the couple highlighted. It’s not everyday you get requests like this from a bride and I was more than happy to oblige. Overall, Vanessa and George wanted the invite to spark a bit of curiosity in its recipients and I was up for the design challenge.
The Life Aquatic is one of my favorite movies of all time so I used that as my primary source of inspiration. I wanted the invitation typography to feel like opening credits and the RSVP tag to feel like a baggage claim tag. We utilized a limited color-palette of emerald and aqua with a few pops of orange. I managed to include all the requested elements without making the suite feel too cluttered – I think what we came away with was a layered and positively curious collection.
+ Hoping these Apple Nachos find my face soon.
+ Halloween dessert table, party of one!
+ Great article about chefs, their scars, and how they got them.
+ I love a good bow tie.
+ I automatically don’t like anyone who refuses this Halloween party invitation.
+ Pretty excited about these Pittsburgh tees.
+ Love this Halloween invitation download!
+ Helvetica + Cross-stitch = Awesome
+ A scratch-n-sniff print that smells like the moon!
+ This woman chronicled her life in fairground shooting gallery photos.
+ You should pick up a copy of Dick and Jane and Vampires for your favorite kiddo (or kiddo at heart).
+ I love these DIY flower bulb favors.
+ Yesterday I shared some out of the ordinary wedding rings over on Oh, hello friend.
+ I also answered a few questions for Annie at Poetic + Chic.
+ I’ve been wanting to paint some Mason jars, so this DIY is perfect timing!
+ Sad I didn’t think of this idea when I moved into my first apartment.
+ Every designer, actually every human, needs to read these words from Milton Glaser.
+ Wowed by these courtroom sketches.
+ Web designers rejoice and meet the Gridulator!
+ I can’t wait to pick up a copy of Baked’s second cookbook.
+ WANT: these Maple Candied Apples in my face.
+ One more reason I need to my ass to NYC: FoodParc.
+ Did you know you can visit illustrator Edward Gorey’s house?
+ Looking for a reason to make + wear a fall leaf mask.
Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. consistently blows my mind with her clever design ability and stunning hand-lettering skills. I’m not sure why it took me so long to skip across these DIY Cocktail Party Invitations she created for The Crafts Dept., but it’s time to find an excuse to hand some out. Love.