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.
I’m on a scarf kick so far this fall, and my latest of note are by Dealtry. Floral textile designer Helen Dealtry tells a bit about the inspiration behind each scarf’s design. Each one is painted in her Brooklyn studio, then woven in a mix of modal and cashmere and digitally printed in India. (She also has a rather fantastic Instagram feed if you’re into that kind of thing.)
(found via Pattern Pulp)
I first took notice of Ladies & Gentlemen Studio after seeing their modern wind chimes, but when I dug a little deeper I realized that was only a tiny part of their clean aesthetic and offerings. The Seattle-based design studio is an ever-evolving set of ideas and experiments in small objects, home decor goods, jewelry, to furniture, lighting, and beyond. Here are some of my favorites.
(via Design Milk)
I couldn’t come up with a more appropriate body of work to feature for the start of my favorite month if I tried. While Pablo S. Herrero is best known for his large scale murals, I’m smitten with his work on India ink on paper. The dark and stormy forests he creates are deep enough to suck you right in and keep you there for a bit.
(via The Jealous Curator)
K9 Couture Co. is a small, locally owned company I was introduced to shortly before leaving Oklahoma City. Crystal Young is the dog collar creator, as well as a veterinary tech, with a passion for animals. (A girl after my own heart!) She borrowed her mother-in-law’s sewing machine, taught herself how to use it, and K9 Couture Co. was born. Everything is chosen and made by Crystal herself. The collars are especially comfortable for your pup with a dose of style for you.
Zoey Taylor and David Connelly – also known as Dosshaus – are the creators behind House of Cardboard, which is exactly what it sounds like. Cardboard, paint, and glue are the only things comprising everything from Zoey’s outfit (she’s the model) to the furniture to the more detailed pieces. If you’re a bit obsessed with the intricacies I totally get it, because I’m right there with you.
Making : pile after pile of broken down cardboard packing boxes
Cooking : I’ve been on a breakfast sandwich kick (apple English muffin + egg + cheddar)
Drinking : (diet) lemonade
Reading : The Book of Life, the third book in the All Souls Trilogy
Wanting : fall to slow down already
Looking : for the perfect dining room table and chairs
Playing : old mixtapes
Deciding : whether I need to make another trip to Lowes today
Wishing : that this house could set itself up
Enjoying : reacquainting myself with my hometown
Waiting : to put up Halloween decorations for another week
Liking : the sight of the changing leaves
Wondering : how long it will take for this town to feel like home once again
Loving : all the help my family has been offering up as I get settled in
Pondering : how best to set up my office
Considering : when and where to buy this year’s pumpkins
Watching : Parenthood
Hoping : the headache I woke up with goes away soon
Marveling : at how much I love the local farmer’s market!
Needing : to go grocery shopping
Smelling : Bebe, who is laying next to me and desperately needs bathed
Wearing : my hoodie, constantly
Following : college football like whoa (Boomer Sooner!)
Wanting : a cheeseburger for lunch
Noticing : how the grass seems to grow slower here
Knowing : that I need to have a few electrical outlets upgraded asap
Thinking : about what to pack for the beach next weekend
Feeling : overwhelmed
Admiring : people who seem to juggle it all seamlessly
Sorting : through everything I’ve unpacked, trying to find its place here
Buying : washer, dryer, dishwasher, etc.
Getting : tired of spending money
Bookmarking : more articles than I have time to read, mainly about haunted stuff
Disliking : the slow process of setting up house
Opening : bills, bills, BILLS
Feeling : anticipation
Sally Hewett creates these very minimal, very NSFW embroidered textile pieces of male and female erogenous zones that I’m openly enamored with. In the hands of another artist this type of project could easily go awry, but Sally manages to give it a sweet and charming undertone that doesn’t go unnoticed.
I can’t even tell you just how fantastic it feels to get back into the kitchen after months of packing and feeling so out of sorts during the move. But it feels so, so good. This recipe for Spiced Apple + Granola Parfaits are actually the first thing I’ve made in my new kitchen. They couldn’t be easier to pull together at a moment’s notice, and make a great stand-in for breakfast if I say so myself. Ahem. Hop over to Wayfair for the full (super-easy) recipe.