Maslo Jewelry is the perfect reminder that simple shapes are just plain the best. Virginia-based designer Nicole Maslowski incorporates vintage findings, dead stock materials, vintage chains, costume jewelry, as well as gold, brass and silver into her works. And I can’t find one piece that wouldn’t fit seamlessly into my wardrobe. (via Wit & Delight)
With the presidential election only a few weeks away, this project seems especially timely. Branding the Presidents of the United States is an ongoing graphics project by Meg Jannott to push her own creativity and give all 44 presidents a branded identity. I’d say it’s going smashingly.
01/ I wish my cats wanted to play dress up with cardboard. They only want to eat it.
02/ Love the Cracked Up Colander!
03/ Amazing water-activated street art.
04/ Buuut… my heads would be way into this book of cat poems.
05/ Beautiful brass button covers.
06/ Ghettoblaster – a giant papercraft boombox with a car inside.
07/ Rothko in RICE.
08/ The New York Times has never looked so good.
09/ National Hero Registration Forms!
10/ Clever temporary tape picture frames.
Right off the bat there are a couple of pretty fantastic things about this recipe. First, it’s easy and delicious. (Duh.) Second, You can essentially use whatever vegetables or cheese you have on hand, or whichever you like best. Third, it’s just as delicious cold as it is hot. Versatility is a big selling point for any recipe that makes itself a regular in my kitchen, and this one definitely has it.
Fire Roasted Tomato + Veggie Orzo with Asiago
• 2 Tbsp butter
• 1 large minced shallot
• 3 cloves minced garlic
• 2 zucchini diced into matchsticks
• 1 C halved grape tomatoes
• 2 C uncooked orzo
• 1 (14.5 oz) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
• 3/4 cup grated Aiago cheese
Melt butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the minced shallots and garlic, sauté until fragrant. Then add the zucchini to the pan and continue to sauté until softened. In the meantime, cook the orzo according to the package or until al dente. Stir in the fire roasted diced tomatoes and heat through. Turn off heat and incorporate grape tomatoes and cheese. Lastly, toss in the orzo. And now you’re done and ready to serve four people.
When artists use their talents to give back I swear my heart grows three sizes. Hannah Rowlands is using hers to support Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and the animals who are there waiting for their forever homes. For £12 (about $19.50 US) Hannah will draw a custom portrait of your dog and donate £10 of the proceeds. She’s accepting order requests until December, the perfect gift for a dog lover! (via Creature Comforts)
Pantone, Apple, and neon. Three of my favorite things all rolled into one! These PANTONE UNIVERSE and Case Scenario iPhone 4S/4 cases came into my life at the exact moment I was starting my annual case replacement search. They’re a little thinner than previous ones I’ve owned, but that hasn’t compromised the safety of my phone and my clumsy ways one bit. In fact, I hardly notice it’s there which is nice. I snagged the neon pink for myself, and you can get your own Apple.com or an Apple retail store. Which is your favorite neon?
Loving this magnetic wallpaper by Sian Xeng! Beautifully whimsical illustrations along with quirky cute magnets make it perfect for a child’s room. Or maybe the kid at heart. (via More Design Please)
Macro photography is like a private investigator, revealing everything we take for granted or never knew about an object. Jen Altman’s Gem and Stone: Jewels of Earth, Sea, and Sky does just that with 50 different gems, from diamonds to petrified wood. The stones’ chemical makeups, metaphysical properties, and associated folklore accompanies each and every one. My coffee table just put this book on its’ Christmas list.