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24 Valentine’s Day Gifts, Projects + Recipes

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ROW 1: DIY Felt Treat Boxes // The Getaway Duffle Bag // Easy Homemade Valentine’s Chocolates    ROW 2: Queen of Hearts Neon Pink Heart Vase // Graham Cracker Conversation Hearts // Golden Protective Hand Ring    ROW 3: Anatomical Human Heart Cookie Cutter // Gold Heart Print // Heart Wreath No. 1    ROW 4: Courage, Dear Heart Print // All You Need is Love Handcut Paper Art // I’m Yours 100% Screen Printed Poster

 

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ROW 1: Dip-Dyed Valentine’s Day Bags // Lip Donuts // Love is the Best Medicine Tea Towel    ROW 2: Valentine’s Day Polish Chandelier // Dear Valentine Stud Earrings // DIY Sequin Marquee Heart    ROW 3: DIY String Words Wall Hanging // DIY Valentine Award // Organic Heart Shaped Peppermint Patties    ROW 4: DIY Valentine’s Day Branch Tree // Conversation Heart Cookies + Printable Box // No-Sew Valentine Treat Bag

Jan
29

Laurel Canyon Dreaming

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Gems, minerals, rocks… all have been revered for centuries, and are now being regaled once more. I only own one, a big peach hued crystal cluster that once belonged to by step-grandma that I’ve admired for as long as I can remember. But I love the idea of more, maybe just not resting on surfaces everywhere in my home.

That’s where Laurel Canyon Dreaming and their artwork comes into play. Each archival print is inspired by the canyons and hills of Los Angeles. Molly, the artist behind it all, uses her own original paintings, collages, and drawings as starting points or bases work off of rare antique prints that she’s been collecting for years.

 

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Antique Rock Art // Agate Print // Gem and Crystal Canvas Print // Mineral Specimen Print //
Vertical Circular Constellation Map Trio

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Jan
22

January Marketplace Refresh

January is the perfect time to take a look at life and maybe make a few changes. I’m not talking huge life altering things, more like tiny refreshes with a focus on increased quality in life and home. I’ve updated The Marketplace with plenty of new goods to make your January refresh a reality. Plenty of new home goods, art, and more – here are just a few of my favorite pieces.

 

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The Family of Things: Woodland and The Family of Things: Polar can add a bit of magic to your walls. A colorful geometric pillow cover packs a punch of color for your living room or bedroom. This navy dot cotton scarf is a great piece to layer with to keep out the chill. Use this cork bowl in the kitchen to corral all of that lovely citrus bounty. The understated Nebula Bangle will work hard all winter, then transition with your wardrobe to spring. Don’t forget about your skin – use this detox body oil in your bath and on your body. Make your time in the kitchen happier with this sweet hand block printed tea towel.

See all of or makers and their goods over on The Marketplace!

Jan
21

14 Valentines

How is it possible that Valentine’s Day is only two weeks away??? It’s the one holiday that sneaks up on me every single year. While I’m currently playing the singles game I still love to pull together something sweet for friends and loved ones – because who says that Valentine’s Day has to be purely about hearts-coming-out-of-your-eyes love? Here are fourteen valentines for you to share with both your lovah and your loved ones.

 

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Dictionarty Card by Easy, Tiger // Let’s Make Out by Little Arrow Studio // Happy Valentine’s Day by LH Calligraphy // Love You More by Richie Design // Main Squeeze by Hello! Lucky

 

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Mouth On Mouth by Near Modern Disaster // Nostalgic Calligraphy Set by Lindsey Bee // Ombre Love by Anemone Letterpress // Love by In Haus Press // Peach Scratch Card by Perfectly Put Together

 

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You Make My Heart Beat Faster by Happy Cactus Designs // V.Day Meh by Farewell Paperie // Love is for Fools by Ladyfingers Letterpress // You hate pants and so do I by Sad Shop

Jan
14

Framebridge

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I have a confession to make. I’m a legitimate print hoarder.

I’d guess I own around forty pieces of varying shapes and sizes, but only about half are actually framed. As someone who likes to change up the art in her home frequently this presents a little bit of a problem, and if you visit you’ll often find pieces hung by metal clips/pants hanger/washi tape.

 

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Because I’m such a portrasti-framer (Can that please be a thing?) I’ve become very excited about affordable online framing. And one in particular, Framebridge. Basically you visit their site, then input the size of your piece and choose a frame style and a mat if you’d like one. Framebridge calculates the cost and then gives you the option of receiving a tube or flat mailing supplies or using your own. They email you the free shipping label to print and affix and you’re set. You can also send them a file you wish to have printed and framed.

 

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A few weeks later your art shows up back at your house and ready to hang! I’ve used a similar service in the past that I was not nearly as impressed with. Framebridge‘s attention to detail and protective packaging had me smiling from ear to ear. Each frame comes with a bracket and nail to assure an all-around quality experience (and eliminates the need to dig through your own things to track one down).

 

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These are two screen printed posters by Jordan Grace Owens that I’ve owned for just over a year, previously victims of the aforementioned pant hanger treatment. I chose a simple thin natural wood frame – the Marin – for both pieces so as not to detract from the art, and I also opted for no mat. The end result is just what I envisioned, two pops of color to welcome guests into my home in the entryway.

 

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Try Framebridge for yourself before January 29th and receive 15% off any order with the code DESIGNCRUSH!

This post is sponsored by Framebridge. I received product and compensation in exchange for my thoughts of the experience. All words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Design Crush going!

Jan
10

Happy Weekend

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01/ Graham McGeorge captures owls perfectly camouflaged within trees.
02/ The 12 most popular New Year’s Resolutions turned into posters by Viktor Hertz.
03/ Memo Bank is both piggy bank and memo pad.
04/ Warby Parker’s Make Your Own Annual Report does just that.
05/ A conceptual iTunes redesign by Brye Kobayashi.
06/ Would you dare to use a transparent canoe?
07/ Jurassic Sweet is a series of half-dinosaur, half-treat creatures.
08/ A giant balloon shaped like an old man’s head was flown over Japan.
09/ The Belty is self-adjusting (think Thanksgiving) and nags you about your weight.
10/ A breathtaking snowstorm in the Grand Canyon.

This week on Design Crush:
Eight crush-worthy prints to mix up this month.
So impressed with Makrbox, a Pacific Northwest-filled subscription box.
Beautiful illustrations from Amyisla McCombie.
I teamed up with Target to make my entry winter-ready.
Dark and lovely work from Nina Torr (aka Andy Wyeth).
I’d love to fill my wrists with these painted leather Mixed Doubles bracelets.
Morgana Wallace captures fantastical characters in layers of paper.
Add some color to your space with Mod Pieces.
Work from the mysterious Olivier Umecker.

Design Crush elsewhere:
January is the perfect time to clean out your kitchen linens and invest in some new ones.
It might be cold outside, but your home can be downright tropical indoors.

Jan
05

Print Edition: January

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We Love Your Work by Wasted Rita // Bouquet by Alexandra Dzh //
Home is Where the Pants Aren’t by Jenna Kutcher // Let Me Entertain You by Variety Show

 

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I Love October by Mateja Kovač // Single Ladies by Draw Me a Song //
Botanicals No. 1 by Mia Carameros // Girl with Glasses by Lindsay Letters

Jan
01

Twenty Fifteen

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Tasting Stars print by Danielle Kroll

Sayonara 2014, aloha 2015! Last year was full of much success on both personal and business levels, but it was also filled with turmoil and challenge. Some good, some bad. I’m looking forward to grabbing the new year with everything I have and squeezing every last drop of potential out of its 365 days. Here’s to a good one!

Dec
22

Day Designer

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It’s that time of the year when I wax on about how much Whitney English’s Day Designer has changed my workflow and basically my life. I’m on my third year for 2015, and can honestly say I’ve never felt like my time is being used more efficiently or that I’ve been more organized. (And trust me, those are no small words.)

 

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I’ve been using a paper planner since I was in high school, so I’ve seen my share of layouts and designs. And what I love most about the Day Designer is that Whitney was looking for a better way to manage her days and created a solution instead of waiting for something perfect to come along. There are a few pieces that won’t be a fit for every user, like the business planning section in the front and a few sections on each daily page, but they’re easy to overlook if you don’t need them.

 

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That said, the Day Designer is brilliantly put together for the small business owner and freelancer. My favorite element is the split day schedule of an hourly timeline and a checklist. I also highly rely on the Due block at the top of each page and the big picture monthly calendar that starts each section for trip and project planning.

 

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I just finished flipping through 2014 and can’t believe everything that I somehow managed to accomplish. I can hardly wait to see what’s in store for the new year!

Dec
17

2015 Calendars, Part 7

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Typodarium 2015 by Slanted // 2015 Botanical Calendar by Stationery Bakery //
2015 Calendar of Silly Holidays by Dirty Bandits // 2015 Lunar Calendar by The Far Woods

 

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2015 Linear Calendar by unfiber // 2015 Typography Calendar by Studio Hinrichs //
Calendar To-Do list Pad 2015 by Ryan McGinness // The Circular Calendar 2015

 

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Color Swatch Calendar 2015 by Vonfreyhold // Moon Fig 1 2015 Calendar by Hammerpress //
Perforated Calendar 2015 by HAY // Vertical Calendar by MAKE Collaboration

Part 1 // Part 2 // Part 3 // Part 4 // Part 5 // Part 6