Everything Grows with Love

 

If you follow Design Crush on Instagram you may have noticed our on-going quote project, where I’ve hand-written one a day for the past several years. Quotes are something that I’ve collected, first written in a journal and then on Pinterest board, since junior high school because when someone is able to capture a thought or feeling that I haven’t been able to put into words myself I like to hang onto it.

 

 

If you’re also into the smart words of others, you’re likely to enjoy Everything Grows with Love as much as me. This squat little book from Workman Publishing is edited by the co-founders and creative directors of Flow Magazine, Irene Smit and Astrid Van der Hulst. If you’re not familiar with the wonderful-ness that is Flow, it’s a magazine that celebrates creativity, imperfection, and life’s little pleasures.

 

 

Similarly, the pages of Everything Grows with Love are full of hand-lettered and illustrated graphics by twenty contributing artists covering musings on life, love, and friendship. The affirmations, motivational sayings, and quotes will remind you to appreciate the small moments, be present, think happy, and appreciate the people around you.

 

 

Valentine’s Day is known for being *the* day for romantic love, but it’s also the perfect day for reminding others just how much they mean to you. Everything Grows with Love makes a great little gift or alternative to a traditional card. It’s a book you’ll want to keep around and return to whenever you need a smile or a bit of inspiration in your day.

 

 

Take out your favorite pages to frame or hang on the fridge. Mail one off to your long distance BFF. Or play Secret Saint Valentine and drop a few copies in the mailboxes of unsuspecting neighbors. Everything Grows with Love is just one of those gift that’s good to have handy for birthdays, engagements, or just someone who just needs a little pick me up.

 

 

This post sponsored by Workman Publishing. All words and opinions are my own, as always. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Design Crush creating fresh content!

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36 Valentine’s Day Goodies

Heart Pin + Post // Cashmere Eye Mask // Heart Sparkler // Golden Heart Napkins

 

Hearts Glazed Stoneware Mug Set of 2 // DIY Bath Salts // Kisses Boxers // Be Your Own Valentine Print

 

Capiz Heart Wall Hanging // Valentine Lip Plates // Love is Always the Answer Silkscreen Print // Heart Ravioli Stamp

 

Smiling Heart Plates // I Like You Like I Like My Coffee Mug // Printable Paintbrush Valentines // Foil Heart Sleep Tee

 

Printable Texty Valentines // Lucite Love Studs // Velvet Lips Throw Pillow // White Marble Heart Cheese Board

 

Kocostar Rose Lip Mask // Amor Brooch // Boca Mug Lips // Heartbeat Necklace So In Love

 

Heart of Hearts Necklace + Earrings Set // Puffy Lips Stickers // Giant Heart Confetti // Open-Hearted Scarf

 

Embroidered Legging Set // High Neck Lace Sweatshirt // Hoya Heart & Ezra Planter // Tootsie Pop Cherry Valentines

 

DIY Heart Sleeve Sweatshirt // DIY XOXO Banner // DIY Pipe Cleaner Valentine’s Day Wreath // DIY Painted Valentine’s Day Treat Bags

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28 Valentine’s Day Cards

I Guess // Optical Valentine // Rev Me Up // Valentine’s Heart

 

Meowentine // Keyhole // Hey There Lover // Just Want to Like You Forever

 

Uncomfortable Convos // Completely in Love // Valentine’s Day Pattern // Heart Eyes

 

Cold Black Heart // Commercial Holidays // Moon and Stars // Te Amo Mucho

 

Life with You is Egg-cellent // You and Me Forever and Ever // King of My Heart // Please Be Mine Valentine

 

Matches // I Love Life with You // Hottest One // Heart Boom

 

I Like Like You // Valentine’s Day Picnic // Valentine’s Day Foliage // Oh, Hi Valentine

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36 Pieces of Underthings

 

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, but whether you want to be sexy for yourself for someone else is your own business. I’m just here to supply some of the ammo with 36 pieces of beautiful lingerie that are appropriate for both business time and Business Time.

 

Sheer Mesh Bodysuit // Annette Lace Triangle Bra // Arabella Underwire Bra

 

Be Mine Applique Underwire Bra // Clara Tanga // Can’t Be Tamed Soft Bra

 

Clo Intimo Racerback Bra // Dream of Me High Waisted Undie // Else Rumi Bodysuit

 

Golden Coast Underwire Bra // High Waist Black Lace Underwear // Jamie Undie

 

Lace Bodysuit // Lace Bralette // Lou Lou Heart Hipster

 

Lace Trim Racer Back Bralette // Mandee Mesh Molded Cup Bralette // Lula Underwire Bra

 

My Only Sunshine Applique Bralette // Mesh Hipster // Nina Laser-Cut Lace-Back Thong

 

Noemi Illusion Bra // Pink Velour Mississippi Bra // Please Me High-Neck Bralette

 

Plunging Underwire Bra // Sadie Fil Coupé Cotton Pajama Set // Rose Embroidered Kimono Robe

 

Serena Applique Bra // Showstopper Boyshort Briefs // Saha Strappy Seamless Bra

 

Smooth Bikini // The Deep-V Bralette // To the Limit Shortie

 

Valencia Lace Longline Bra // Whisper Crop Bra // Vixen High-Waisted Hipster

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New Year’s Day Black-Eyed Peas + The Best Cornbread

 

I know I said I wouldn’t be back until after the new year, but I couldn’t let it slip by without sharing this recipe! My mom makes a big pot of black-eyed peas and a piping hot pan of cornbread every New Year’s Day. Superstition has it that eating a bowl will bring you luck in the coming year, and I’m not one to mess with that kind of science! This dish is one she has stored in the recipe box of her mind and has never been shared before, so this is *kind of* a big deal. It’s also very versatile. Add more beans, leave out the sauerkraut, cut back on the meat? All totally doable. We like to place a piece of cornbread in the bottom of a bowl and cover it with the beans before digging in. Here’s to a fantastic 2018!

 

 

New Year’s Day Black-Eyed Peas
• 1 bag dried black-eyed peas, soaked overnight in a large pot of cold water
• 1 large sweet yellow onion
• 4 cloves of garlic, minced
• 2-3 large ham hocks
• 1 ring of Polish Kielbasa or Polish Sausage, sliced into 1-inch quartered pieces
• 1 ham steak, fried and cut into small 1/2-inch pieces
• 12 oz sauerkraut, drained
• red pepper to taste

Drain peas and rinse well, removing any bad ones. Combine black-eyed peas, onion, garlic, ham hocks, Kielbasa, and ham steak in a very large stock pot, then fill with water to cover. Set on low heat, stirring occasionally. Mixture will thicken as it cooks. Cook until black-eyed peas are tender and ham hocks are cooked through and falling apart. Remove ham hocks from pot and remove meat from bones, then add meat back to the pea mixture. Discard scraps and add sauerkraut and red pepper to taste. Cook for additional 15 minutes. Total cook time varies, but is usually in the three to four hour range.

 

The Best Cornbread
• 1 C butter, softened
• 2 – 8 oz cans corn, drained
• 2 – 8 oz cans creamed corn
• 4 eggs, lightly beaten
• 2 C shredded sharp cheddar cheese
• 2 – 8.5 oz boxes Jiffy cornbread mix

Preheat oven to 350º. In a large bowl stir together all ingredients until blended (do not beat with mixer). Pour into a greased and floured 9” x 13” cake pan. Bake one hour or until the top is lightly browned. Enjoy!

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Merry Christmas To You and Yours

Lianne Nixon

With the exception of one post next week, I’m closing up shop until January! Wishing you all a fantastic end of the year, no matter what holiday(s) you’re celebrating or not celebrating. I hope you’re surrounded by warmth and comfort and love and know that it means the world that you allow Design Crush to be the tiniest part of your life.

xo,
Kelly

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Get Your New Year’s Eve Outfit in Check

If you’re someone who looks forward to doing it up big for New Year’s Eve, well, I know you’re already thinking about your outfit. While I try to get away with wearing pajamas to my friend’s party, you’ll be painting the town red in satin, sequins, and tulle and shuffling down sidewalks in shoes that are not at all winter weather appropriate… and I salute you. It wasn’t so long ago that I did the same, it’s just that these days I prefer not to fight the crowds on super busy nights out. What I do like is picking out what I might wear if I were braving it out there, and sharing all of those sweet finds (and SALES!) with you.

 

Cleopatra Embellished Stiletto Heels (available in black and rose gold) // Drapey Sequin Skirt // 
Flared Cuff Striped Sequin Dress

 

Formal Pants with Side Frill // Gianna Sandals // Gisele Pleated Dress

 

Hanky Hem Tulle Skirt // Holly Textured Dress (available in red and black, on sale) // Iridescent Sequin Shoulder Pad Midi Dress

 

Jenny Wrap Mini Dress (available in black and yellow) // Luisana Dress // Metal Headband

 

Odelle Heels (available in black, yellow, and pink) // Oil Slick Pleated Mini Skirt (on sale) // Ombred Sequined Dress

 

High Waisted Sequin Leggings (on sale) // Pleated 2 in 1 Midi Dress (on sale) // Plissé-Lurex Dress (on sale)

 

Point D’esprit Fit And Flare Midi Dress (available in navy, peach, and red, 40% off) // Pointed High Heels // Ruby Sequin Mini Dress

 

Sequined Palette Midi Skirt // Spaghetti-Strap Dress in Star Tulle (on sale) // Stars in Her Eyes Anklet

 

The Essential Jumpsuit (available in black and ivory) // Sequin Dress // Tulle Midi Prom Skirt

 

Tulle Midi Skirt // Walter Velvet Midi Dress (available in green and mustard) // Wrap Jumpsuit with Self Belt

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DIY Christmas Decor Roundup

1/ DIY Wintery Garlands with Citrus Peels
2/ DIY Braided Rope & Ribbon Wreath
3/ DIY Colorful Christmas Village
4/ DIY Colorful Wood Christmas Trees
5/ DIY Cozy House-Shaped Luminaries
6/ DIY Eucalyptus Garland Christmas Card Display
7/ DIY Felt Foliage Party Garland
8/ DIY Festive Mini Banners
9/ DIY Foraged Diamond Garland
10/ DIY Giant Paper Holly Garland

 

11/ DIY Gingerbread Gift Tags
12/ DIY Gingerbread Village Centerpiece
13/ DIY Hanging Eucalyptus Wreath Centerpiece
14/ DIY Hanging Holiday Lanterns
15/ DIY Holly Berry Surprise Ball
16/ DIY Letters to Santa Mailbox
17/ DIY Minimal Christmas Village
18/ DIY Modern Christmas Terrarium
19/ DIY Painted Bead & Brass Garland
20/ DIY Painted Block Garland

 

21/ DIY Paper Holiday Houses
22/ DIY Paper Magnolia Leaf Garland
23/ DIY Paper Poinsettia Flowers
24/ DIY Festive Pom Pom Garland
25/ DIY Reindeer Gift Box
26/ DIY Sequin Christmas Tree
27/ DIY Stocking Hanger Box
28/ DIY String Lights Garland
29/ DIY Swedish Candle Wreath
30/ DIY Tin Bell Garland

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20 Alternative Christmas Trees

Some Decembers an actual tree just isn’t feasible. Maybe you’ll be gone most of the month and it doesn’t seem worth the trouble. Maybe your place is on the small side and space is at a premium. Maybe money is tight and every dollar is going toward your bills. No matter the case there are plenty of options for making your home holiday ready! Have a look at the twenty options below for inspiration and DIY projects that think outside the tree. (Sorry, I had to.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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