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06

Pot Cradle

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After years and years of lamenting my black thumb things have finally begun to turn around. I have about fifteen plants of varying sizes thriving in my home right now, and I’m quickly running out of horizontal real estate. That’s where the Pot Cradle would be a huge help. More modern than a macrame holder, these little bags would also help eliminate spills during watering (at which I’m basically a pro).

 

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Jul
06

Print Edition: July

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Watermelon by Lu West Studio // Figure No.1 by Steven Beckly // Black Folk Circle by Yellowlion // Leather Tools Taxonomy by Mandy Mohler Photography // This Ain’t My First Time At the Rodeo by Baron von Fancy

 

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National Parks from Schoolhouse Electric // Rock Hand by Strawberry Moth // Sea Green Ocean by Tricia McKellar // Spring by Boyoun Kim // The Anatomy of a Cactus by Rachel Ignotofsky

 

Jul
03

Happy Weekend

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01/ Notifly lets you know about a scheduled meeting by blowing a bubble!
02/ Get CallerID for your front door with Peeple‘s wireless camera.
03/ A handy chart sharing how long fresh produce will last once you buy it.
04/ This year’s Serpentine Pavilion honors the London Underground with a secret corridor.
05/ The Mason Watch is like is basically a sculpture for your wrist.
06/ Stefaan De Croock (aka Strook) uses discarded doors to create giant street murals.
07/ Gum, not just chewing these days – check out Maurizio Savini‘s sculptures.
08/ Meet Mr. Head, a vacuum cleaner turned artist.
09/ Jon Alameda throws the tiniest 1-inch scale miniature pottery.
10/ A Philadelphia church was transformed thanks to lots of paracord and Aaron Asis.

This week on Design Crush:
Mixed media photo and sketch collages by Joe Rudko.
I’ll be dreaming of these Weekend Sunbeds all summer long.
Colorful, geometric asphalt jewelry from The Good Machinery.
Make your own footwear with Pikkpack.
Stunning pastel female portraiture by Hsiao-Ron Cheng.
I’d love to fill my kitchen with pieces from Fringe and Fettle Ceramics.
Incredibly realistic watercolor hands from the brush of Martha Ossowska Persson.
Loving the pins and prints coming out of The BlkSmith Co.
The blueberry upside-down cake I’ll be making until the little guys run out.

Jul
03

Blueberry Upside-Down Cake

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I must be a masochist at heart, because my desire to bake strikes at the most inopportune time of year. Summer. What could possibly make me want to turn on the oven when the temperature rises? Only all of the fruit at the farmer’s market. This week I found myself with the burden of two pounds of luscious blueberries that I knew would ripen before I could eat them all. I took a basic upside-down cake recipe and used a full two cups of blueberries, basically putting the fruit to cake ratio at a solid 1:1. (I’ll add my ingredient substitutions in parentheses that helped make this a bit more diabetic friendly.)

 

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Ingredients:
• 3/4 C melted butter, divided
• 1/3 C brown sugar
• 2 C blueberries, fresh or frozen
• 1 Tbsp lemon juice
• 3/4 C granulated sugar (1/4 C + 2 Tbsp Truvia)
• 1 egg
• 1 tsp vanilla
• 1 1/3 C all-purpose flour
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 3/4 C milk

Set oven to 350º. In 9-inch square cake pan, combine 1/4 cup melted butter and brown sugar. Distribute over bottom, then spread blueberries evenly over top. Sprinkle with lemon juice.

With a mixer cream remaining butter. Gradually add the sugar and beat until light. Add in egg and vanilla. Sift or mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk to creamed mixture. Spread batter evenly over blueberry layer. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool 10 minutes in pan, then turn out cake onto a large flat plate.

Serve warm with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Serves 6-9.

 

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Jul
02

The BlkSmith Co.

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David M. Smith is the self-described nostalgic romantic behind San Francisco’s The BlkSmith Co. Getting his hands dirty and creating things that will outlast him are both goals, while his mantra is Live fast, die often. When not designing identities, lettering, and illustrations David can be found making patches, pins, prints, and more.

 

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Jul
02

Martha Ossowska Persson

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If you’re an artist, or if you’ve ever talked to one about their craft, you’ve likely encountered the complaint of just how difficult human hands can be to depict. But you’ve probably never met up with Martha Ossowska Persson. She has flat-out mastered the creation of watercolor hands in every pose imaginable, taking them right out of ordinary to the extraordinary.

 

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Jul
01

Fringe and Fettle Ceramics

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Joanna Buyert is the potter behind Fringe and Fettle Ceramics, though she admits it took quite awhile to settle on one artistic discipline as a focus. After a lifetime of creating and making, Joanna went with pottery because of its endless possibilities. I love her simple functional pieces that are sure to make daily activities involving them much more pleasant.

 

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Jul
01

Hsiao-Ron Cheng

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I feel like Hsiao-Ron Cheng has nailed the girls of summer look. Her digital portraits with their washed out pastel tones remind me of all things sun-bleached, and I really can’t get enough of them. If you need your own check out her shop and add to your print collection.

 

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Jun
30

Pikkpack

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Pikkpack is leather footwear that you assemble yourself. There are only 3 pieces of material – the sole, the upper, and the shoelaces. And because the wearer is involved in the making the shoes can be shipped in lighter, smaller packages using less material and conserving natural resources. Pikkpack just launched a rubber soled version and the ability to customize your pair with color.

 

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Jun
30

The Good Machinery

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I’ve been obsessing over every single piece of jewelry from The Good Machinery for the past week. Each piece in the asphalt collection is unique in color and pattern, which is the result of the free form mixing of resins, pigments, and additives. Everything is lightweight and basically unbreakable and my goodness, those colors. (Also, SALE ALERT! A bunch of pieces are on big time sale right.)

 

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