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01/ Addicted to Glamour shows us a different view of the fashion industry.
02/ The Swirl Faucet creates an amazing pattern and saves on water usage.
03/ Take a walk on this meandering green suspended balcony path.
04/ Would you wear a Crayon dress if it were made by a famous designer?
05/ The B&O Play bluetooth speaker looks made for summer entertaining.
06/ I really love this – eco-friendly burial pods will turn loved ones into trees.
07/ Photographer/dancer Mickael Jou leaps through everyday life situations.
08/ Barbara Wildenboer turns old books into papercut masterpieces.
09/ A Japanese island where cats outnumber humans six to one. (Let’s go now.)
10/ I’d love to ride Sky Bike through the Andean Cloud Forest!

This week on Design Crush:
Eight new pieces of art to mix up your wall game in Print Edition: March.
Maker & Mineral‘s screen-printed pouches make me want to organize my bag.
Caroline Larsen does oil paintings like you’ve never seen before.
Backyard workspace inspiration for the outdoor office space I hope to create.
I’d open my mail way faster if it looked anything like Do Not Open.
Meet your go-to modern jewelry shop – Adorn Milk.
Completely inspired by the work of Hiroyuki Izutsu.
Check out Woven Pear for the best patterned socks!

Design Crush elsewhere:
I love matching the perfect rug + room when decorating.
I talked to Martha Stewart about empowering yourself and growing your business.
The Marketplace is carrying an exclusive print from Duealberi! Grab yours.

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01/ See how women’s ideal body types have changed over 3,000 years.
02/ Artists + designers have added happiness to the walls of the Royal London Children’s Hospital.
03/ Keith Anderson has been having his son’s drawings tattooed on himself for 7 years.
04/ Andrew Fladeboe captures the hardest working dogs in the world on film in The Shephard’s Realm.
05/ Mini Cities pare down famous locales to their most iconic settings.
06/ Could the Popcorn Monsoon make even me like popcorn?
07/ Wish I’d thought of this one – famous artworks recreated with Pantone swatches by Nick Smith.
08/ Love these coffee stain motorcycle drawings by Carter Asmann.
09/ Can a drone ambulance save lives faster?
10/ I’ve finally found where I’ll be retiring – Zao Fox Village!

This week on Design Crush:
Every desk could use the presence of The Tipsy Writer.
I’m taking part in Texas Style Council 2015 next month in Austin – join me?
Patrik Svensson associates the famous with a telling visual element in their name.
Have you downloaded our Much Love to You printable by Colore’ Grace?
Richard Johnson‘s ice hut photographs manage to make the cold look good!
Check out Design Crush’s 2015 Survey results, if you’re a stats nerd like me.
I’m reminded of how much I love the moon thanks to Jim Nickelson.
Anxious to try these pretty products from Vice & Velvet.
If you’ve waited until the last possible minute, here are 16 last minute printable valentines to download.

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01/ A mirrored teacup that reflects its patterned saucer perfectly.
02/ This Shanghai speakeasy is only accessible through a vintage Coke machine!
03/ Zsanett Szirmay converts folk embroidery patterns into paper scores for music boxes.
04/ Tattly Does Good by by connecting artists with not-for-profit organizations.
05/ The Runbell helps runners clear a path on the go.
06/ Invisible Boyfriend can help you fake a rebound relationship.
07/ No Vacancy captures abandoned hotels from around the world.
08/ What’s painting with drones like exactly?
09/ A collection of glamorous pin-ups of your favorite television characters.
10/ Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew creates holographic portraits painted on layers of fabric and netting.

This week on Design Crush:
We fell short last week and had to push links to Happy Monday!
High contrast, flash-heavy photography from Benoit Paille.
Well constructed leather goods to corral your technology from This Is Ground.
Beautiful firework-like flower arrangements from Sarah Illenberger.
Flat-out obsessed with the terra cotta cookware from TERRA.COTTO.
Laurel Canyon Dreaming captures the best side of natural specimens for your walls.
Check out these 24 Valentine’s Day gifts, projects + recipes!
The evolution of a snowy, evolving town from the brush of Lars Daniel Rehn.

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The most show-stopping lighting types for your bathroom.

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01/ Flowers and People, Cannot Be Controlled but Live Together burst into bloom as you approach.
02/ Microscopic photos of vinyl record grooves are completely fascinating.
03/ This crazy colorful street installation in Limerick City, Ireland is No. 27 – A Nod to Ed Ruscha.
04/ The nineteen windmills of Kinderdijk serve a big purpose.
05/ Cats + Humans + Contemporary Dance = Dancing with Cats.
06/ Madison Square Park is getting a gorgeous gold foliage-inspired canopy, Fata Morgana.
07/ 3D printing is helping to create tangible, touchable memories for the visually impaired.
08/ Love Sriracha? Then you definitely need the keychain-ready Sriracha2Go!
09/ Driftwood Dinosaurs aren’t exactly fossils, but they are realistic recreations.
10/ Create your own DIY geometric paper animal sculptures with the help of Paperwolf.

This week on Design Crush:
Enter to win $100 to spend at Lulu & Georgia, and get a sneak peek at part of my kitchen!
Put these 12 November DIYs on your must-make list asap.
The prettiest handmade porcelain pieces from Self Press.
Crushing on the hand-painted pillows from the makers at bunglo.
Lovely papier mache pieces from Rachel Ibarra.
You’re invited to Thanksgiving! (At least in my imagination.)
Tips on making dessert count and my go-t0 recipe for Dense Bittersweet Chocolate Cake.
2015 Calendars: Part 2 is up!
For the love of cats – how do you treat your pets extra special during the holidays?

Design Crush elsewhere:
Ways to make a small bath feel spacious.

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Happy Weekend

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01/ Brilliant use of temporary tattoos to help you remember your schedule at music festivals!
02/ The Tumbuk2 x Blue Bottle Travel Kit is for the most discerning coffee snob, er drinker.
03/ Amancay’s Diner in Brooklyn has a spin the bottle table!
04/ These delicate sculptures are made from… human hair.
05/ The sweetest animal family portraits.
06/ Beautiful sculptures created out of iridescent dichroic glass.
07/ Emulsifier is a glass sculpture that displays four different images, depending on the viewing angle.
08/ In honor of the 150th anniversary of the first climb, hikers lit up a path on the Matterhorn.
09/ The Eiffel Tower has a spiffy new glass floor – would you dare?
10/ Autumn (and other things) captured from above by Kacper Kowalski.

This week on Design Crush:
Airplane window paintings by Jim Darling that are sure to incite wanderlust.
The best 12 October DIYs to keep those creative juices flowing all month long.
Colorful, layered, evolving paintings by Kostadina Nacheva.
Beautiful jewelry from betsy & ii to add a little something to your fall wardrobe.
The whimsical illustrations of Diana Sudyka are magic.
Twenty-two things to make the countdown to Halloween that much better!
Glitchy, and somewhat creepy, portraits from Harding Meyer.
Here are 11 mugs to help ease you into cooler weather and warmer beverages.
Crazy Dr. Suess-ian paper pulp sculptures from Adam Frezza and Terri Chiao.

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01/ Check out Cover Blubber, a stretchy, reusable airtight food wrap.
02/ Two anonymous art students illustrate motivational quotes on a chalkboard.
03/ No need to worry about cloudy night skies with MOON.
04/ Glacier Skywalk is a glass-floored walkway that hangs over the Canadian Rockies.
05/ These ice books are studded with local seeds and released into rivers.
06/ A guy spent years covering his Volkswagen Beetle in thousands of pieces of wood.
07/ Donate frequent flyer miles to The Extra Mile and people in need can see terminally ill loved ones.
08/ Would you stay in a hotel set up in once abandoned caves?
09/ The Beer Foamer creates the perfect foam to enhance flavor and looks good doing it.
10/ Design legend Massimo Vignelli is very sick and requesting your letters.

This week on Design Crush:
I’m all in when it comes to Yolanda Sanchez‘s paintings.
Work your creative juices with these 10 May DIYs.
Dreamy, beachy summer artscapes from Anna Topuriya.
Amping up school design with some modern classroom style!
Marc Aspinall has mid-century style nailed down.
I demand you make this Coconut French Toast with Strawberry Sauce this weekend.
BIG NEWS! Design Crush The Marketplace is open for business!
Just putting this summer wish list out there for the universe.
I shared how I remix grocery store flower arrangements.

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Tips&Tricks: Travel

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I usually look forward to traveling, but in this day and age it can be tricky. So many regulations, so much security – and that’s just in the U.S. Going abroad or taking a serious road trip is an entirely different story. With summer just around the corner and so many vacations on the horizon, I pulled together some tips and tricks that you’ll want to remember for years to come.

 

Tips for traveling with a toddler.

Tips for traveling on a shoestring budget.

Tips for surviving extremely long flights… in economy.

Five tips to help you survive a road trip.

How to fight jet lag.

The best packing tips and tricks.

Learn about the best time to book travel.

The 8 things you never pack but should.

How to affordably stay connected abroad.

Fifteen tips for first time cruise-goers.

Dealing with money while traveling.

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Craftcation in Retrospect

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at Craftcation in Ventura, California. I’d met one of the organizers – Nicole Stevenson – over the course of several other conferences and was flattered when she asked me to sit on panels about advanced social media and keeping track of your time.

 

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Kelly of Studio DIY was kind enough to play driver to Brittni of Paper & Stitch and myself after picking us up at LAX. It was a fast trip up to Ventura – fueled by Cadbury Mini Eggs – where we were welcomed by a hotel full of washi taped walls and tons of fun little details.

 

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There were three definite highlights of the trip for me, the first was seeing Brittni work her magic for a floral accessories workshop she was teaching. Riding in the car with buckets of flowers, then seeing them in her room for a few days confirmed my belief that they do a mind good.

 

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Second was a crazy craft libation tour I went on Thursday afternoon. (That’s the cool thing about Craftcation, it’s not all about crafting but rather making in all of its forms.) About thirty of us piled into a shuttle and were driven around Ventura, stopping at four different spots – Ventura Limoncello Company, Surf Brewery, Plan B Wine Cellars, and Ventiki. I’d say it was a success based on the fact that the shuttle got louder after each location.

 

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Lastly, Friday night ten of us headed out for a dinner which didn’t go quite as planned but was a blast nonetheless. I got to spend some much needed time with friend and keynote speaker Lisa Congdon and met two other amazing ladies in the process. After exploring a little of the downtown area we hung out at the Busy Bee Cafe, eating the requisite fare and drinking.

 

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My two panels were held back-to-back that Friday on the top floor – that view! I’m always nervous speaking to a crowd full of non-bloggers when it comes to social media, but I think the crowd in attendance got something out of it. And I think i was able to inject a dose of reality to the time management panel with my off-kilter methods. At least I made them laugh!

Saturday morning Kelly, Brittni, and Brittany of The House That Lars Built (As an aside, Kelly and I and Brittni and Brittany were assigned rooms together. Hilarity ensued.) headed back to L.A. and said goodbye to the sleepy town of Ventura. My soul was happy.

 

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Happy Weekend

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01/ Cityscapes created from what else – DOTS.
02/ Golden Hour shots from around the world.
03/ ToastyMUG keeps your hands warm while you enjoy a hot beverage.
04/ Beautifully cut sea stacks in Ireland.
05/ Olaf Breuning’s colorful snow looks so happy!
06/ Intersections is an ornately carved wooden cube that projects beautiful shadows.
07/ Because even Cupid needs brand guidelines.
08/ Would you wear type-inspired eyeglasses? (I would.)
09/ Incredible stained glass murals enhance a botanical garden, check out out Cosmovitral.
10/ Rob Ford valentines. Not just for Torontonians.

This week on Design Crush:
Crushing on the one-of-a-kind home accessories of We Make Things.
Twenty-seven Happy Hearts Day Gifts and Treats for you and your loved ones.
Matthew Picton‘s paper cities are something to behold.
These Giant Cloud Cushions have me dreaming of spring.
Flora and fauna team up again in Faunascape.
Last chance to order a rad Valentine! Check out our Valentines – Part 3.
If creativity and community are your thing I hope you’ll join me at Craftcation 2014!
Tattooed beauties and dapper gents courtesy of Emily Winfield Martin.
Ten delicious tacos to spice up your February (and every other month of the year).
Eight art prints making my heart go pitter-patter.

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01/ A placemat set that features engineering blueprints for different foods.
02/ Bookhive is an interactive library display full of 400 “moving” books!
03/ Transfer, a project where partially painted hands blend into the landscape.
04/ A printable Letter to Santa if anyone in your house still needs to write theirs.
05/ In Variable Face a 22-year-old hides behind ordinary objects in a beautiful way.
06/ A quirky outdoor embroidery project that I looove!
07/ A beautiful photo series of the Texas tradition of homecoming mums entitled Mum.
08/ It’s late for holiday cards, but here are 14 cards to wish someone a Happy New Year!
09/ This marks 24 years of Sweden’s Ice Hotel and it’s inspired by Frankenstein.
10/ Create your own (virtual) snowflakes!

This week on Design Crush:
Have a listen to this month’s Mix #31: Everybody’s Got a Secret to Hide.
The December edition of eight art prints I can’t get out of my head.
This Cranberry Eggnog Bread is just the thing for Christmas morning!
Ten of my favorite December DIYs.
You’re invited to my (imaginary) holiday appetizer party!
Incredible hyper-real paintings of poorly wrapped packages by Yrjö Edelmann.
The only party clutch you’re ever need.
Our last round – part 7 – of holiday card covering.
The biggest giveaway we’ve ever hosted – $500 worth of dinnerware from Mud Australia!!!

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