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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.

May
23

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01/ Check out Cover Blubber, a stretchy, reusable airtight food wrap.
02/ Two anonymous art students illustrate motivational quotes on a chalkboard.
03/ No need to worry about cloudy night skies with MOON.
04/ Glacier Skywalk is a glass-floored walkway that hangs over the Canadian Rockies.
05/ These ice books are studded with local seeds and released into rivers.
06/ A guy spent years covering his Volkswagen Beetle in thousands of pieces of wood.
07/ Donate frequent flyer miles to The Extra Mile and people in need can see terminally ill loved ones.
08/ Would you stay in a hotel set up in once abandoned caves?
09/ The Beer Foamer creates the perfect foam to enhance flavor and looks good doing it.
10/ Design legend Massimo Vignelli is very sick and requesting your letters.

This week on Design Crush:
I’m all in when it comes to Yolanda Sanchez‘s paintings.
Work your creative juices with these 10 May DIYs.
Dreamy, beachy summer artscapes from Anna Topuriya.
Amping up school design with some modern classroom style!
Marc Aspinall has mid-century style nailed down.
I demand you make this Coconut French Toast with Strawberry Sauce this weekend.
BIG NEWS! Design Crush The Marketplace is open for business!
Just putting this summer wish list out there for the universe.
I shared how I remix grocery store flower arrangements.

May
14

Tips&Tricks: Travel

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I usually look forward to traveling, but in this day and age it can be tricky. So many regulations, so much security – and that’s just in the U.S. Going abroad or taking a serious road trip is an entirely different story. With summer just around the corner and so many vacations on the horizon, I pulled together some tips and tricks that you’ll want to remember for years to come.

 

Tips for traveling with a toddler.

Tips for traveling on a shoestring budget.

Tips for surviving extremely long flights… in economy.

Five tips to help you survive a road trip.

How to fight jet lag.

The best packing tips and tricks.

Learn about the best time to book travel.

The 8 things you never pack but should.

How to affordably stay connected abroad.

Fifteen tips for first time cruise-goers.

Dealing with money while traveling.

Apr
22

Craftcation in Retrospect

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at Craftcation in Ventura, California. I’d met one of the organizers – Nicole Stevenson – over the course of several other conferences and was flattered when she asked me to sit on panels about advanced social media and keeping track of your time.

 

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Kelly of Studio DIY was kind enough to play driver to Brittni of Paper & Stitch and myself after picking us up at LAX. It was a fast trip up to Ventura – fueled by Cadbury Mini Eggs – where we were welcomed by a hotel full of washi taped walls and tons of fun little details.

 

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There were three definite highlights of the trip for me, the first was seeing Brittni work her magic for a floral accessories workshop she was teaching. Riding in the car with buckets of flowers, then seeing them in her room for a few days confirmed my belief that they do a mind good.

 

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Second was a crazy craft libation tour I went on Thursday afternoon. (That’s the cool thing about Craftcation, it’s not all about crafting but rather making in all of its forms.) About thirty of us piled into a shuttle and were driven around Ventura, stopping at four different spots – Ventura Limoncello Company, Surf Brewery, Plan B Wine Cellars, and Ventiki. I’d say it was a success based on the fact that the shuttle got louder after each location.

 

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Lastly, Friday night ten of us headed out for a dinner which didn’t go quite as planned but was a blast nonetheless. I got to spend some much needed time with friend and keynote speaker Lisa Congdon and met two other amazing ladies in the process. After exploring a little of the downtown area we hung out at the Busy Bee Cafe, eating the requisite fare and drinking.

 

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My two panels were held back-to-back that Friday on the top floor – that view! I’m always nervous speaking to a crowd full of non-bloggers when it comes to social media, but I think the crowd in attendance got something out of it. And I think i was able to inject a dose of reality to the time management panel with my off-kilter methods. At least I made them laugh!

Saturday morning Kelly, Brittni, and Brittany of The House That Lars Built (As an aside, Kelly and I and Brittni and Brittany were assigned rooms together. Hilarity ensued.) headed back to L.A. and said goodbye to the sleepy town of Ventura. My soul was happy.

 

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Feb
07

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01/ Cityscapes created from what else – DOTS.
02/ Golden Hour shots from around the world.
03/ ToastyMUG keeps your hands warm while you enjoy a hot beverage.
04/ Beautifully cut sea stacks in Ireland.
05/ Olaf Breuning’s colorful snow looks so happy!
06/ Intersections is an ornately carved wooden cube that projects beautiful shadows.
07/ Because even Cupid needs brand guidelines.
08/ Would you wear type-inspired eyeglasses? (I would.)
09/ Incredible stained glass murals enhance a botanical garden, check out out Cosmovitral.
10/ Rob Ford valentines. Not just for Torontonians.

This week on Design Crush:
Crushing on the one-of-a-kind home accessories of We Make Things.
Twenty-seven Happy Hearts Day Gifts and Treats for you and your loved ones.
Matthew Picton‘s paper cities are something to behold.
These Giant Cloud Cushions have me dreaming of spring.
Flora and fauna team up again in Faunascape.
Last chance to order a rad Valentine! Check out our Valentines – Part 3.
If creativity and community are your thing I hope you’ll join me at Craftcation 2014!
Tattooed beauties and dapper gents courtesy of Emily Winfield Martin.
Ten delicious tacos to spice up your February (and every other month of the year).
Eight art prints making my heart go pitter-patter.

Dec
20

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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!!!

Dec
13

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01/ Be a card-carrying feminist. It’s legit!
02/ Ten ways to dress up plain glass bulb ornaments.
03/ Master pancake artist Nathan Shields (it’s a thing) made reindeer pancakes!
04/ Still mourning in mourning? Here’s Breaking Bad’s wardrobe colors documented by season.
05/ A carpet “woven” out of plastic watches!
06/ Eggnog six ways.
07/ Check out the NYC Taxi Driver 2014 Beefcake Calendar. You know you want to.
08/ Simon Beck walked all day to create these huge snow patterns.
09/ These Romanian salt mines were transformed into and underground museum!
10/ Virtual yule logs re-imagined by artists from around the world.

This week on Design Crush:
A mega-roundup of homemade sweet treats, savory bites, and spirits to give or enjoy yourself.
Twenty-seven gift tags to put the icing on the proverbial gift cake.
Twenty more holiday cards to spread the cheer in part 5 and part 6.
Gifting with Pickwick & Weller‘s super soft tees (and a great discount!).
A bevy of DIY holiday gifts for everyone on your list.
Intricate paper-cut art from Molly McGrath.
Ornaments galore!
Our final roundup for 2014 Calendars – Part 6.
Will you be making an appearance at my (imaginary) Christmas?
Incredible photo manipulated tree trunks from Sally Lundburg.
My favorite candles for chilly winter nights.

Aug
30

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01/ Prices is a series of art made from, you guessed it, price tags!
02/ Students learn anatomy by painting a live body.
03/ Museum quality specimens of popular breakfast cereals.
04/ Overlapped photography reveals similarities between fathers + sons.
05/ Love these drawings with a fingerprint-like patterns.
06/ Street garbage gets turned into quirky characters.
07/ Japan’s summertime firework festivals are gorgeous.
08/ Billowing clouds of colorful smoke.
09/ A ballerina performing en point in knife shoes!
10/ Beautiful aerial photos of Poland’s lakes across the seasons.

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Tips&Tricks: Kitchen
The Guest Room // The Paint
Defne Tesal
The Guest Room // The Lighting
Feel Good Wednesdays
The Guest Room // The Art
The Guest Room // The Wallpaper
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The Guest Room // The Bedding
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Aug
09

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01/ Cut back during meals with this crazy dinnerware set.
02/ For one week in June ABSOLUT turned a block in Williamburg into a giant white canvas!
03/ Embrace bird-friendly architecture with the Bird Brick.
04/ Rockaway Beach’s recently opened Playland Motel is a must-visit.
05/ Graft Tableware, biodegradable utensils that look like vegetables.
06/ Heather Hansen creates art using her own kinetic energy and pigment.
07/ Imaginary Factories inside your favorite devices and appliances!
08/ A Sailing Ship Kite – just what the doctor ordered.
09/ Lightbulbs adorned with cityscapes.
10/ Olga Gladysheva captured some great shots of polar bears mid-water ballet!

This week on Design Crush:
Still Indoor Activities vs Sparkling Outdoor Soireets (and a Sweepstakes!)
Expanding Your Audience (Take my class August 13th!)
Jaime Derringer
Blanket Up
Eve Sand
Willow Knows
Nathalie Boutté
Native Union CLIC Wooden
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Jul
19

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01/ Wonderbread bust sculptures of famous people by Milena Korolczuk.
02/ Oh, no big deal. It’s just the Rugrats Grown Up.
03/ Movie barcodes made from compressing film frames.
04/ Air rifle BB taxidermy by Courtney Timmermans.
05/ One couple, Every Subway Station in Manhattan.
06/ This heat wave even has ceramics melting!
07/ Beautiful driftwood sculptures by Jeffro Uitto.
08/ The Game of Life is going life-sized on the island of Yoron, Japan.
09/ 40-foot dragon skull built on a beach in England to promote GoT.
10/ Monster skin rugs!

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July DIYs
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Simple Cleaning Tools
Tabletop Ceramics
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Yogurt Parfaits
Astrology + Phrenology
12 Summer Dresses to Get You Through