The Kintsugi Kit

 

That feeling in your gut when you break something that’s immensely important to you is nearly indescribable. Your stomach clenches, your blood runs cold, your heart breaks a little with it.

But have you head of kintsugi? The ancient Japanese art of kintsugi, which means golden joinery, is all about turning ugly breaks into beautiful fixes. Proposing that repair can make things better than they were when new. You can put it into practice yourself with this kintsugi kit that uses gold dust mixed with an adhesive.

 

 

 

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20 Halloween Cocktails

Whether you’re having a spirited party this weekend and are on the hunt for a few signature drinks or just want some autumnal libations to unwind with at the end of the day, you’re sure to find more than a few with potential below. Cheers!

 

Apple Cider Margarita // Apple Cider Mojito

 

Autumn Apple Bourbon Fizz // Autumn Gin & Tonic with Apple & Blackberry

 

Blueberry, Dark Cherry, and Calvados Cocktail // Dark and Stormy in the Pumpkin Patch

 

Dark Matter Cocktail // Fig Honey Thyme Prosecco Smash

 

Frankenpunch // Haunted Graveyard Cocktail

 

Poisoned Apple Cider Cocktail // Red Apple Cider Sangria

 

Smoke and Bramble Cocktail // Spiced Plum, Fig & Kombucha Cocktail

 

Spiked Pumpkin Pie Punch // Spooky Halloween Batch Cocktails

 

Tamarind Apple Cider Fall Margarita // The Whiskey Jack

 

Vanilla Bean Fall Punch // Witches Brew Cocktail

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It’s Pumpkin Decorating Time

Have you carved your jack o’ lanterns already or are you waiting for the weekend? Ours probably won’t be done until a few days before Halloween, and I suspect they’ll be old school with faces. If that’s not your plan – maybe you’re looking for something a little more outside the box – check out these clever ideas for decorating your gourds!

 

DIY Block Printing Inspired Pumpkins by Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

DIY Halloween Candy Bowl Pumpkin by Martha Stewart

 

DIY Lettered Pumpkin by Lisa Troy

 

DIY Macrame Pumpkin Planter by A Kailo Chic Life

 

DIY Mini Playhouse Pumpkins by A Beautiful Mess

 

DIY No-Carve Terrazzo Inspired-Pumpkins by Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

DIY No-Carve Painted Pumpkins by Think Make Share

 

DIY Yayoi Kusama Inspired Pumpkin by Handmade Charlotte

 

DIY Rainbow Pumpkins by The House That Lars Built

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Plant Sticks

 

It’s that time of year where a few plants I’ve brought in from the cold will rebel and give up the ghost – right now all bets are on a potted palm and a snake plant calling it a day. That means I’m paying extra attention to the health of all the others, and trying to prep them for winter as best I can. These solid brass plant sticks are a beautiful way to give them a little extra support where needed. They come as a set of three shapes and heights from 7- to 11-inches.

 

 

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Pumpkin Seeds Two Ways

 

I’ve always wanted to try roasting my own pumpkin seeds and finally made it happen. We usually carve a few jack o’ lanterns, so there were more than enough seeds to go around and I was able to experiment with a few different flavor profiles – savory and sweet.

 

 

Sweet Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

• 2 C pumpkin seeds from a fresh pumpkin
• 2 tsp melted butter or olive oil
• 3 Tbsp maple syrup
• sea salt to taste

Preheat oven to 350°F. Rinse pumpkin seeds in a strainer, removing any remaining pulp by hand. Pat dry. Mix with melted butter or olive oil in a bowl before adding maple syrup and sea salt. Spread seeds evenly on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown and crisp, stirring once. Cool completely before serving.

 

 

Savory Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

• 2 C pumpkin seeds from a fresh pumpkin
• 2 tsp melted butter or olive oil
• 1 tsp Italian seasoning
• sea salt to taste

Preheat oven to 350°F. Rinse pumpkin seeds in a strainer, removing any remaining pulp by hand. Pat dry. Mix with melted butter or olive oil in a bowl before adding Italian seasoning and sea salt. Spread seeds evenly on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown and crisp, stirring once. Cool completely before serving.

 

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Six Exceptional Light Sources

Circuit Chandlier is a two-dimensionally structured pendant with the ambiance of a chandelier inspired by the graphic expression of circuit boards. Andréason & Leibel partnered in this project with Csaba Humenyik of Humi, glass producer of custom made chemistry glass products.

 

Painterly Spectrum Resin Table Lamp brings colors and their associations into a space as an object. It’s made of epoxy resin that’s cast on the surface of parchment paper onto which different colored strokes are applied using latex paint. When it’s lit the light source makes abstract associations visible in a transient way.

 

Sun Lights is a series of lamps created by the exploration of the displacement of light. Inspired by sun-gazing, the muted light provides a warm glow with a color gradient similar to dawn and sunset. The like-absorbing acrylate, in combination with the dimmable LED illumination, provides subtle mood lighting, in which the reflection of the material creates depth. Available in a variety of color options.

 

Little Sun Diamond Outdoor Lamp features a crystalline faceted lens and is inspired by nature. This pocket-sized, featherweight, solar-powered LED lamp was conceived to bring clean, affordable light to 1.1 billion people living worldwide without electricity in off-grid areas. For those without electricity, it’s a clean, steadfast alternative to dangerous and polluting forms of light like kerosene lanterns. Every lamp sold delivers one Little Sun to an African community without electricity at a locally affordable price. Five hours of sunlight charging produces five hours of power.

 

Walter Table Light has a unique 1960s feel inspired by space age design, with a striking combination of either satin brass or satin copper and a choice of opal or anthracite glass shades. The lights are available in two sizes and they have an integral dimmer on the base.

 

The Voie light series is the result of an investigation into the manipulation of light-paths. Having chosen neon, the base creates an interception on the path the light follows through the marble base. Subtle nuances and the uniqueness of each block of stone are highlighted when lit-up.

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IKO IKO Hangers

 

Now that’s it’s almost time to start layering up again, it’s also time to think about where to put all of those layers when you’re not wearing them. If you’re lucky enough to have a coat closet or the like, check out these steel IKO IKO Hangers! They’re technically designed as shirt/dress, pant, and towel hangers, but I’d rather show them off.

 

 

 

 

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Smokestack Fireplace and Grill

 

The Smokestack Fireplace and Grill is crafted in Holland from corten steel, and while already weather-resistant this tough material will continue to corrode over time to create a sustainable protective layer. Its industrial style is a great fit for outdoor spaces as is the design’s functionality that allows the fireplace to act as a grill with the addition of a stainless steel grate.

 

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Noodles 12 Ways

Autumn showed up right on time this past weekend, and I’m so ready to dive back into comfort foods! Noodles in any form always fall under that category, so these twelve variations are all in good company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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