Elizabeth Olwen is one talented surface designer, but you can see that for yourself. Her bold, unapologetic patterns are inspired by beauty, nature, folklore, and romance – not a bad mix of influences! Her use of layered color makes each and every pattern seem to jump off the page, making her a fast favorite of mine.
Jeremy Rabus‘s Prismatic series reminds me of deconstructed gemstones. These small, geometric, colorful acrylic paintings are inspired by the small stones and their sharp angles. I love how the color palette of each piece strays from the expected monochromatic hues and opts for something more dramatic instead.
ORIGINAL PHOTO: Aaron Ruell
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01/ LEDscape, an installation of 1,200 IKEA floor lamps.
02/ Defrosting an entire cold storage building.
03/ The Home Office Beach!
04/ A study of butterfly wings.
05/ Meet Momo, like Where’s Waldo with an adorable dog.
06/ NeighBirds. Heh.
07/ A Visual Compendium of Guitars.
08/ Smorgasboard, an illustrated board game for foodies.
09/ Jeni’s cure-all, Influenza Sorbet!
10/ No big deal, just an espresso vending tricycle.
Donna Wilson can do now wrong, and her Fort Trays are the latest proof of that statement. The design is based on storybook medieval castles, the trays themselves are then made from laminated birch wood in Sweden. Three color choices offer a *POP* of color for these dreary winter months, great for displays and parties alike.
I love a good scientific print, don’t you? Maiden Voyage has taken on the task of showing us not only what a sailor is made of, but also the inner workings of a gentleman. Both prints were created using an old-school offset press method, making each one special and unique.
Stellar Baby might sounds like a shop that focuses on, well, babies. And it is to a large degree (you should definitely check out the wall art and onesies if you’re in the market). But you’d kick yourself if you bypassed it based solely on the name because Laurie also designs and silkscreens some amazing totes. The colorful geometric designs are my favorite, showing that totes as a trend are still going strong!
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I’m happy to report that the south has been experiencing some cold winter weather for a change! It’s inspired me to get out my recipe box and make a few changes to the potato soup my grandmother has been making for years. It’s painfully easy and is one of those extra special concoctions that actually tastes better as leftovers than it does the first day.
Cheesy Potato Soup
• 3 medium potatoes, diced with skins on
• 1/3 C diced celery
• 1 medium onion, diced
• 1 1/2 C water
• 2 chicken bouillon cubes
• 3/4 tsp salt
• 2 C milk (I used skim)
• 1 C sour cream (I used light)
• 1/2 tsp onion salt
• 1 Tbsp chives
• 1/4 tsp pepper
• 1 Tbsp flour
• 1 Tbsp parsley
• 2 C shredded Parmesan or Mozzarella cheese (or both!)
In a large pot combine potatoes, celery, onion, water, bouillon cubes, and 1/4 tsp salt. Bring to a boil and continue to cook for 20 minutes. Add one cup milk and bring back to a boil. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl whisk together sour cream, onion salt, chives, parsley, pepper, flour, 1/2 tsp salt, and remaining milk. Pour about 1/3 cup hot soup mix into the bowl and combine. Return to the pot and heat on low to thicken. Before serving add shredded cheese, stir until melted.
When someone finds a new way to translate the passage of time I’m inevitably intrigued. This concept – Period Clock – by artist Tamer Köşeli is just that, a minimalist approach to time that functions with the help of two rotating circles. A little tricky to read at first, but easy once you catch on. It even glows in the dark when the lights go out. (via The Fox Is Black)