Cardamom 12 Ways

Cardamom is one of my favorite spices to bake with, I love the warmth and spice it exudes. But after doing some investigating it seems I’ve been selling my tastebuds short because you can use it in so many more ways than the oven. Here are twelve recipes I’d love to try featuring cardamom, including a few baked goods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Goran Konjevod

 

A background in math and computer science can actually translate quite well to the world of art. I give you Goran Konjevod‘s folded sculptures (aka origami). After years of folding according to other artist’s instructions, in 2005 he began creating his own.

I try to restrict myself to working with single uncut sheets of paper or other foldable material (such as copper), and for the most part use very simple “pureland” folds. Normally, this last restriction would imply that the resulting forms are flat. However, a real sheet of paper is always three-dimensional — even when unfolded — and its thickness brings about a much more obvious three-dimensionality when multiple layers are present.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

via Colossal

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Wall to Wall Be Gone

 

If you asked what my biggest interior design pet peeve is it wouldn’t be ceiling fans, it would be wall to wall carpeting. I despise the stuff with the fire of a thousand suns, which of course means it’s covering the majority of the floor on the second level of my house. So when Quick•Step flooring reached out to me about participating in their RoomUp Blogger Challenge it was a no brainer to say (and not scream) yes!

 

 

Aside from flat-out not liking wall to wall carpeting, most rooms upstairs weren’t an issue. The guest room door stays closed, the bonus room stays relatively pet-free, the bathroom is tiled, and my small office was floored with the leftover laminate from downstairs. But the master bedroom is a different story altogether, because that’s where my two elderly cats spend most of their day and I’ll say no more about it than that. The carpeting either had to be replaced (no!) or new flooring put down.

 

 

I requested four different flooring samples from Quick•Step‘s extensive collection, and once they arrived let the pieces sit on the floor in my bedroom for a few days before making a final decision. Pop over to Quick•Step Style to read more about which option I went with and to see more transformations from other bloggers participating in the RoomUP Challenge! I’m looking forward to revealing my full bedroom makeover with you next, and you can see a little sneak peek below.

I truly love this product and would love for you to love it, too. So make sure to enter the RoomUP Sweepstakes for a chance to win up to 500 sq ft of Quick•Step flooring to transform a space of your own!

 

 

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Frédéric Forest

 

Frédéric Forest‘s barely there line drawings are completely seductive in the most minimal of ways. The silhouettes remind me of the saying about leaving a little to the imagination. (A penny for your thoughts, they also look incredible as tattoos.)

 

 

 

 

 

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Rumpl

 

These Rumpl blankets use the very same materials used in sleeping bags and puffy jackets, so you know they’re super light and mega warm. They’re comfortable, durable, and tested in harsh environments (that means when you curl up with yours on the couch it’s not going to fall apart) and give off an ever so slightly ’80s vibe that I love.

 

 

 

 

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Print, Write, Mail – 24 Printable #Resistance Postcards

What better day to fight back than President’s Day? (Trick question, every day.)

I haven’t talked politics here because I haven’t had the words. If you follow Design Crush on any social media platforms you likely have a very good idea of my beliefs and thoughts on the current administration, it’s just been easier to put my thoughts and emotions into 140 character bursts than a post. It’s taken me over three months to get to this point and even now I feel fragmented. I was with her, I was emotionally and mentally devastated, I was sick to my stomach. I marched, I called, I wrote letters. And I needed my first ever political post here to be proactive, not just all of the above angst.

Last weekend I had a germ of an idea and acted on it, thirty minutes later I had emailed a few dozen artist and designer friends asking for their help. I wanted to create a post – this post – full of inspiring art in postcard form that you could download for free, print out at home (or wherever), and mail to every political representative you want to get in touch with. I can’t thank these friends of mine enough for making time in their already busy schedules to stand up for their beliefs and contribute to a project that I hope will be spread far and wide.

Each download has two postcard fronts per letter-sized page, you can download the universal postcard back here. It goes without saying that these are for personal use only, each artist and designer retains the copyright to their work.

 

Lisa Congdondownload here

‘Persistent’ is part of a series of artworks that illustrator Lisa Congdon is making in response to the new administration and posting on her Instagram feed. She has been struck by the perseverance, not only of Rep. Elizabeth Warren, but also by other women – both women in power and regular women who are resisting the new administration with fervor. Lisa was inspired by the imagery of a renaissance warrior in armor, which was the inspiration for this piece. The woman holds both a weapon and a dove, representing both the struggle and the fight for peace and inclusion.

 

Amy Turn Sharpdownload here

It’s our government. We get to resist.

 

Chris Piascikdownload here

I’m always drawing, it’s my way of thinking and reacting to the things around me. These days I can’t help but react to the insanity of the Trump administration and the GOP working hand-in-hand with him. So many outrageous things are happening daily, these are my attempts at bringing a bit of clarity to a blur of chaos.

Download additional postcard designs by Chris here.

 

Courtney Khaildownload here

“Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding” (Albert Einstein)

I attended a magnet school for most of my childhood. The student body was comprised of all different races, economic backgrounds, and sexualities, but instead of dividing us, our differences were celebrated. We were encouraged to embrace our unique stories and share our experiences with one another in order to become more well rounded, compassionate, and informed individuals. It was our diversity that strengthened us. When I sat down to create this painting, I knew that’s what I wanted to show. That despite how different each bloom is, each one is beautiful, strong, and worthy of being part of the overall bouquet. There is a lot of division is our country right now and I feel that all stems from a lack of understanding (which then breeds fear and hatred). So let’s fix that – let’s talk.

 

Dane Horvathdownload here

All of us, especially politicians, forget the simple concept of treating others like you would want to be treated.

 

Emily McDowelldownload here

I designed this “snowflake” badge – which is also being turned into a pin as I type this! – as a response to all the folks who use it as an insult. First of all, snowflakes are beautiful, and second, when millions of snowflakes get together, you end up with an avalanche, or a blizzard, or a deadly snow tornado, so WATCH OUT, you regressive, hateful shit-gibbons. I love this on a postcard, because I picture it as part of an avalanche of mail overwhelming the White House daily.

 

Everyday Balloonsdownload here

Persist – continue firmly or obstinately in an opinion or a course of action in spite of difficulty, opposition, or failure. An important word to keep in mind as we rally together to resist and stand up for what we believe is right. While it’s not an easy road, we must persist to make our voices heard.

 

Amy Garbarkdownload here

I have been actively writing postcards to our elected officials for the last several weeks as a way to engage and speak up about policies and Executive Orders that I do not agree with and/or that I think are harmful, hateful, or detrimental to humans and our planet.

It’s been a serious challenge to connect with some of our lawmakers and representatives. As constituents, our voices should be important to the elected officials who are representing us, but in many cases, this is not the situation.

From disconnected phone lines, full voicemail boxes, turned away mail, and lack of town hall meetings; it’s been difficult to access some elected officials to even have the opportunity to share one’s voice. In some cases, the only available way to communicate has been via fax. And yes, it is 2017.

These postcard designs reflect a general sentiment of: Please listen up: the people have something to say and we want you to hear it.

 

Genevieve Barbee-Turnerdownload here

 

Jaime Derringerdownload here

I created this piece to represent the frustration and chaos of our political climate, but I am hopeful. #resist

 

Kate Missdownload here

My quote is taken from a speech Obama gave way back when he was campaigning before the 2008 election. It’s still so relevant, especially now that so many of us feel like we’ve lost an adult in charge and dart our eyes around for someone. It’s us, guys! I’m so proud of the resistance movement in our country and how we’re all holding people accountable and standing side by side. When I was in college in the early 2000s in Seattle I went to many anti-war protests, and my friend Steve used to whisper as we took a deep breath and stepped out into the streets of oncoming traffic: “safety in numbers, safety in numbers” and I whisper that to myself a lot lately.

 

Kelly Bealldownload here

Even when there are blockades in the road and insufferable people running the government, it’s our job as patriots to fight back. To stand up for what we believe in and what this country stands for. To persist.

 

Kimberly Hall for So + Sodownload here

We started doing these as merit badges for adults (there’s a small collection up online now) and as we started putting together ideas for more we stumbled upon Kate Greenaway’s book about the meanings of flowers. We just found so many that seemed like messages we want to share, and the nasturtium (for patriotism) was so perfect for the struggles so many of us are going through right now, it felt like a way to connect with others that are feeling the same way. We’re really excited to get to share it even sooner than it can be ready in its embroidered form!

 

Leslie Fandrichdownload here

Beastess does not mess around. She channels her steely lioness heart with a mighty headdress and a wild attitude. She will not be deterred and while she can be intimidating, she is also wise and loyal.

 

Melanie Biehledownload here

Abstract cityscapes are one of my favorite things to paint. I decided to create a city of red, white, and blue because while we’re different in lots of ways, we’re all Americans. I hope it reminds the recipients of this postcard that no matter how they personally feel about the message on the back, that it is being sent to them from a fellow American. WE’RE the people… all of us. And we deserve our voices to be heard.

 

Melissa Morris Ivonedownload here

I’ve been looking to the Statue of Liberty as an icon for this era. She’s a strong, confident woman who welcomes the persecuted into this country. She represents the greatest parts of America. The parts that seem ignored by the current administration. I know if she could, she’d pick up a sign and lead us all in an attempt to remind this country of what she stands for.

 

Natalie Souddownload here

Creating these was definitely cathartic! I’m a fan of super bold color, and it felt especially suiting to pair slap-you-in-the-face hues with the bold statements I wanted the cards to make. Couldn’t resist throwing in a little humor, because these days, we all need some!

Download additional postcard designs by Natalie here.

 

Old Sweet Songdownload here

I’ve had to stop looking at the news and at Facebook constantly because it is so overwhelming. This terrible thing is happening! Oh wait, here’s another terrible thing! And another! There’s just so much to be outraged about it’s hard to know where to start.

 

Rachael Arnold Sagerdownload here

The United States is SO fragmented right now. I believe there’s strength in that passion – it means we care about our nation, our communities, friends, and families… but if we are going to heal from this divisiveness, we must hold our government accountable for their actions regarding the population they insist to represent. We might be fractured, but we aren’t broken; and we aren’t going away.

 

Rebecca Rothfus Harrelldownload here

It’s funny, when you said resistance postcard I immediately went to the WW2 resistance posters that had the sun rays on them. I did that part and assumed I’d make a cloud in the front. I tore blue paper and grey paper to look like a cloud but nothing seemed right. Then I cut an angled piece of grey paper and I thought “AH! it’s an abstract cloud but also like a WALL”. I am trying my best to project positivity but feeling very weighed down by reality.

 

Ryan McManusdownload here

Based on something called “dazzle camouflage” that the navy used to confuse and disrupt targeting systems: “Unlike other forms of camouflage, the intention of dazzle is not to conceal but to make it difficult to estimate a target’s range, speed, and heading.” Seemed an apropos metaphor for the movement. Keep ‘em guessing!! The other intended goal was to stand out dramatically in piles and piles of US Gov’t correspondence. I thought it would help these little missives get noticed. Third constraint was keeping the design B&W so the printing could be cheap/ubiquitous (though I bet it would work best on glossy stock).

 

Strawberrylunadownload here

Good communication is always a positive. However, good communication is a two-way process. In this time of engaged citizenry and heightened awareness of the role our elected officials play in millions of Americans everyday lives, I find myself frustrated with the lack of open channels of communication to my elected officials. And I know I’m not alone. Don’t give up! Keep making those calls.

 

Worker Birddownload here

In the midst of this shock and awe campaign of “governing” I feel that RESIST is my go to word to keep up my own fight against EVERYTHING that is happening. It’s an umbrella term that covers not normalizing this administration and its actions, not accepting the racism and xenophobia that runs rampant, not accepting the avoidance and/or silence of our elected officials, and trying to hinder the forward march of fascism.

As I carved the art I pulled prints at various stages to track my progress and to see what was actually happening on the block. In the end I scanned a few of the proofs and then layered them to create the final digital piece.

 

Rebecca Atwooddownload here

The past few months have left me heartbroken. I’ve struggled to find the words to share because there is so much emotion.  I realize I am privileged to feel heartbroken like this for the first time.  I like to look for the silver lining–that hopefully this time will spark more change and more love.  To me, so much of this comes down to putting ourselves in the place of others and trying to see the world a bit differently. This year, more than ever, I want to spread more love. It’s hard to open yourself up. To consider others needs–even if it’s something as simple as opening the door for someone or smiling at them. To stop a gut reaction to snap when that response has nothing to do with the other person. Let’s all try and send out more love.

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DIY Plexiglass Painting

 

My infamously non-functioning fireplace felt like it needed a little pizzazz after the holiday decor came down last month. I’ve left a strand of battery-powered mercury lights up for the rest of winter and a dozen prayer candles in the firebox, but it didn’t feel like enough. So then I relocated a plant (that I brought all the way home as a carry-on from Palm Springs!) to the hearth and that helped a little bit more. But then whole time I knew what would really perk it up would be art.

 

 

Plexiglass is one of my favorite surfaces to paint on, a little unusual I know. But you can’t beat the way the paint effortlessly glides around the surface and I love the way it feels so light, whether placed on the floor or hung on the wall with a large bulldog clamp.

 

 

Supplies

plexiglass (this piece measures 16 x 20″)
craft paint
palette or paper plate
large round brush
• water jar

 

 

I flipped through a few of my Pinterest boards for inspiration, and settled on an asymmetrical design using three colors – pale pink, soft grey, and olive green. After peeling off the protective film all plexiglass should have, I began in the southwest corner with the pink and worked my way up and out, making curved swoops with my brush and leaving plenty of space in between. Sort of spastic motions really. After the pink dried I went back in with the grey and did the same, filling in about half of the gaps and when that dried I filled in the rest with the green.

 

 

As always with our DIY projects, this is just a loose idea of what you could do with these materials. I love creating abstract art because it helps me get my emotions out, but maybe you like landscapes or portraits. Go with it.

(If you missed January’s project, check it out here.)

 

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Zoe Gilbertson

 

The title embroidery artist is just one slice of the creative pie when it comes to Zoe Gilbertson, albeit a delicious one. She creates her art by fusing the hand-stitched and digital worlds. The geometric nature of the canvas lends itself well to designs that evolve into pixels or stitches. Be sure and check out Zoe’s Instagram and shop, too!

 

 

 

 

 

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12 Non-Ugly Essential Oil Diffusers

I’ve used essential oils for a variety of things over the past few years, namely in an attempt to treat my barometric migraines. But this past Christmas I was gifted an ultrasonic diffuser (the first one below) and an entirely new world opened up to me. Diffusing essential oils is great for a couple of things – alleviating allergies, asthma, and sinusitis to start, as well as cleaning and treating the air. With five pets I’m also super conscious about how my home smells when you walk in the door, and a single diffuser can treat up to 1,200 square feet. A lot of diffusers are flat-out ugly, but when you find a good one that suits your home’s aesthetic it will blend in perfectly. And as I experiment with new essential oil “recipes” over the coming weeks – energizing, focusing, relaxing, etc – I’ll be making notes so I can share in an upcoming post. Any longtime users with tips or tricks to share?

 

1/ Cool Mist Woodgrain Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser  2/ Mini Portable Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser  3/ MOMA MUJI Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser  4/ Anjou Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser  5/ Puzhen 5-Sense Yun Aroma Diffuser  6/ QUOOZ Lull Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser  7/ Stadler Form Jasmine Aroma Diffuser  8/ Teo Essential Oil Diffuser  9/ URBST Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser  10/ Vida Aroma Diffuser  11/ Vitruvi White Stone Essential Oil Diffuser  12/ Bamboo Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser

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Chris Corridore

 

Chris Corridore‘s evolved style reveals a deep understanding of light, color, and composition. He expertly manipulates each in his favor throughout his in-depth portfolio. Chris’s illustration project entitled The Hunt is my favorite. In it he explores the infrastructures of different animal’s skulls through stark whites and blacks, turning them into abstract masterpieces reminiscent of Rorschach’s inkblots. He also says there’s a sequel in the process featuring underwater creatures, called The Dive – stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

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