It’s fantastic when a holiday falls on a Friday or Monday for a grand ol’ three day weekend. Yesterday I took this rosé sangria to a get together at a friend’s house and today I’m making these mini blueberry galette stars to take along to a pool party. I hope your day is something special, no matter what you’re up to. See you tomorrow with regularly scheduled programming!Posted In fourth of july, holidays, living, make it
“Le Paradis D’Elaine” | Elaine Irwin by Francois Halard for Elle France 1996
IT’S FINALLY HERE.
The unofficial start of summer! I’ll be taking the day to hang with friends while silently thanking all of the men and women who have sacrificed their lives to protect our country. I hope you have something fun planned and remember the reason for the day as well.Posted In holidays, living
This year Easter is going to be exceptionally low-key in my family. One person will be out of town at the NCAA basketball tournament, a few people just moved into a new house and are still getting settled, and yet a few others have to work. Some holidays are just like that, and this is one of them. I’ll still be dyeing eggs Saturday as usual and maybe even making a batch of hot cross buns for the first time ever! Love these twenty ideas for fun DIYs and egg decorating below.
ROW 1: Chocolate Dipped Cadbury Mini Egg Blondies // DIY Bunny Boxes ROW 2: DIY Copper Wire Easter Baskets // DIY Easter Bunny Cactus Planter // Crazy Peep Milkshakes ROW 3: DIY Faceted Easter Egg Place Card Holders // Foliage Easter Eggs // DIY Giant Origami Bunnies ROW 4: Painterly Pink and Gold Easter Eggs // DIY Woven Paper Basket // Tropical Leaf Easter Eggs ROW 5: Marbled Indigo Eggs // Easter Bread // Easter Egg Cream ROW 6: Giant Knit Bunny // Marbled Easter Eggs Using Food Coloring // Miffy Chocolate Cookies ROW 7: Paint Splattered Easter Eggs // Printable Easter Cones // Wood Grain Fold Art Flower Easter EggsPosted In downloads, easter, entertaining, food, holidays, kids, living, make it, recipes, round up, series
This roundup turned out to be a little haphazard. I’ve been bookmarking things here and there since early January and didn’t realize just how much I’d pulled together to share. So if you’re looking for the right gift for your sweetheart, a tasty cocktail or sweets recipe, free printables, or any number of other things… well, there are 80-some of them willing and waiting below!
ROW 1: Instax Heart Glitter Frame // Beary Favor Bags DIY + Free Printables ROW 2: Heart of Glass Mug // DIY Heart Drink Stirrers // Cherub’s Cup Cocktail ROW 3: Custom Leather Banner Keychain // Valentine’s Day Cocktail // I Heart You Fill-In Books ROW 4: Love Sux Conversation Heart Pin // Be Mine Heart // DIY Watercolour Heart Cookies
ROW 1: Raspberry Mousse Meringue Hearts // Big Time Love // Many Moons Card ROW 2: By Your Side Card // Bisous // Let’s French ROW 3: Heart Sing // I Really Like You // DIY Confetti Treat Box and Printable ROW 4: DIY Eucalyptus Heart Wreath // My Anchor // Always & Forever
ROW 1: Forever Card // I Love You Card // Beautiful Smile Card ROW 2: You Repulse Me the Least // Ombre Heart Blank Folding Card // Venn Diagram Love Card ROW 3: You’re the One // Smitten Gold Foil Card // The Heart Cleansing Sponge ROW 4: Printable Valentines // Bananas for Your Art Print // 5 Minute Paper Bag Valentines
ROW 1: Lou Lou Heart Hipster // Readymade Be Mine Neon Sign // DIY Conversation Heart Cookies ROW 2: DIY Love Tokens // DIY Flair Valentines // Heart Shaped Cookies ROW 3: Printable Gift Wrap // DIY Colorful Paper Fortune Cookies // Tattly Heart Set ROW 4: DIY Etched Heart Flair Pins // Heart Cake Knife // Big Love Ice Cream Bowl & Spoon
ROW 1: Strawberry Heart Hand Pies // Red Velvet Melting Moments // DIY Heart Manicure ROW 2: The Underpinning // DIY Envelope Liners // Red Velvet Sundaes ROW 3: DIY Valentine’s Day Bath Bomb // I Love You Copper Foil Card // I Love You the Most Card ROW 4: Crazy Love // Lucky for Us // Raspberry Chocolate Cups
ROW 1: Heart Bun Tool Kit // DIY Hand Holding Hearts Pop Up Valentines // Red Velvet Popcorn ROW 2: Heart Drink Stirrers // Sun Printed Heart Valentines // DIY XOXO Valentines Painted Planter ROW 3: Printable Valentine’s Day Postcards // DIY Mini Bouquets // Love Card ROW 4: DIY Breakfast in Bed Tray // DIY Square Lollipops // XO Valentine
ROW 1: Beaming // DIY Envelope Wraps // DIY Gold Heart Garland ROW 2: Single and Psyched Patch // The Pink Lady Cocktail // Crochet Heart Garland ROW 3: Printable Rap Lyric Valentines Cards // H’Eye There Printable Valentines // Melted Chocolates with Edible Gold Foil ROW 4: DIY Mini Eclairs // Printable Valentine’s Day Posters // Heart Eye Emoji Patterned Cake RollPosted In cards, cocktails, create, food, holidays, living, make it, paper goods, recipes, round up, series, style, valentine's day, wear it
I’m taking the day off to celebrate Orthodox Christmas with my Mom’s side of the family, like every January 7th. We’ll be back tomorrow with some regularly scheduled programing. Merry Christmas to those of celebrating along with me!Posted In christmas, create, holidays, illustration, living
I wasn’t planning on showing up here before Monday, but like a lot of you I’m feeling introspective with the new year upon us. (Happy 2016!) I stopped making resolutions years ago – the guilt and disappointment are a bit too much when I fail – but this year I’ve settled on a few intentions. (Resolutions by another name? Most likely.) And just like writing them down on a Post-It and sticking that note to the fridge, sharing them here holds some accountability for me.
Take better care of myself. Since turning 36 in November I’ve realized this really is the only body and the only life I’ve got. I plan on making big efforts to get my diabetes even further under control, as well as continuing with my daily regiment of vitamins and eating well. Hoping to get more physical activity into the mix as well. (Ugh.)
Work on that whole work/life balance thing. I’ve been struggling with this since taking Design Crush full-time four years ago, and have yet to find a decent balance between the two. My hopes are to spend more time with friends and family, as well as open myself up more to relationships. (Because honestly, I just haven’t made the time or effort. And I’m not getting any younger.)
Try at least one new recipe a month. I’ve fallen into a kitchen rut. Since my diabetes diagnosis back in 2014 I’ve had to relearn my eating habits and cooking hasn’t been nearly as pleasurable. I’m starting small with one new recipe a month, and hoping I fall in love with the process again and more on to one new recipe a week.
So there you have it. What are your intentions for 2016?Posted In behind the scenes, holidays, living, my life, new years
Photo: Kelly Beall
Before I cut out for a week and a half of family and presents and way too many cookies, I want to wish you all a happy holiday season. No matter which of them you choose to celebrate. Without you Design Crush would cease to exist and I would cease to have the job I was made for. I’ll be taking my first break from the site in over 2 1/2 years through the new year and I’m looking forward to coming back rejuvenated and full of inspiration in 2016!Posted In christmas, holidays, living
I can hardly believe Christmas is a week from today! The holidays always seem to sneak up on me, but the unusually warm weather we’ve been experiencing here on the east coast has really thrown everyone for a loop. It’s been more of a challenge than usual to get into the spirit, but I’m doing my best. I’ve also been thinking about the brunch my family will be sitting down to Christmas Day and what it might include – and you’re invited.
ROW 1: Buffalo Plaid Stocking // Choose Joy Banner // Felt Ball Wreath ROW 2: Metal Cap String Lights // Nomad Candle // Painted Tin Merry Christmas Sign ROW 3: Paper Top Star // Poplar Cone Tree // Porcelain Cityscape ROW 4: Selenite Fireplace Logs // Teak and Brass Tree Stand // Wooden Tree
ROW 1: 3-Piece Marble Trivet Set // Abbesses Plates in Green // Cotton Tablecloth ROW 2: Heathered Napkins // Iridescent Serving Utensils // Kinto Dew Glass Tumbler ROW 3: Lily Pad Tray // Maple Wood Kitchen Utensil Set // Marble & Wood Cheese Boards ROW 4: Marble Ceramic Dinner Plate // Ombre Bottlebrush Trees // Painted Concrete Candleholders
ROW 1: Black Tea and Cardamom Cake // Blood Orange Buttermilk Upside-Down Cake // Bourbon-Cherry and Almond Dutch Baby ROW 2: Browned Butter Sweet Potato Squares // Caramelized Banana Bread with Gingersnap Butter // Cranberry Curd Tart ROW 3: Eggnog Custard Oatmeal Brûlée // Make Ahead Orange Clove Rolls // Orange Pomegranate Scones ROW 4: Ricotta Goat Cheese Polenta Bake // Roasted Broccolini, Bacon, and Caramelized Shallot Quiche // Salt Crusted Potatoes
Posted In christmas, cocktails, entertaining, food, holidays, living, recipes