Print Edition: December

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Bayleaves Watercolor Canvas by The Savvy Heart // Bowl of Ferns by Stellaire Studio // F + V by Young American Creatives // Frame Two Flat by ALSO // Good Day by Moon Rabbit Press

 

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Good Vibes by Cat Coquillette // Indigo Lines by Sycamore Street Press // Inspirational Quote by Easy, Tiger // New York Rooftop by Idlewild Co. // Orange Sun by Honey & Bloom

 

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Rose Poster by Fine Little Day // Subtle Horizon by Georgia Paraschiv // This Print Wished You Would… by Laure Prouvost // Vintage Beer Photo by The Beer Book // We Are All Made of Stardust by Ban.do

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My Holiday Cards (+ an Artifact Uprising Giveaway)

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Every year I think I’m going to skip out on doing a photo card to send out for the holidays, but then I see a design that I just can’t stop thinking about and order them. This year was no different, thanks to Artifact Uprising‘s modern looks and beautiful sayings.

 

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After 8 1/2 years of Design Crush I figured now was a good time to do a card to send out to sponsors and PR folk who I work with on the regular. I really liked the idea of sharing a peek at my home and aesthetic for the photo, so you might recognize the shot on it from this month’s holiday mantle post.

 

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For my family and personal friends it was none other than my pup, Bebe, front and center! I snapped this photo of her last year before decorating, and paired with the sentiment it was a perfect match. (This is also the first year I’ve included my pets names on a card – the decision to makes me laugh!)

 

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I also toyed with the idea of New Year cards as I rushed to get the house decorated, gifts bought, and cards written out and in the mail. They’re such a great option for those of us who note December as the busiest month of the year both personally and work-wise. In fact, I’m already half planning on it for holiday season!

Now it’s your turn to win $150 to spend at Artifact Uprising! They have amazing cards and lots of other good stuff to personalize, so think outside the box. Good luck!
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Mega 2016 Planner + Calendar Roundup

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1/Geometry Planner  2/Gold Foil Any-Year Daily Planner  3/Color Pop Planner  4/Life Planner  5/Planner for Creative Passion Makers  6/2016 Planner  7/Weekly/Monthly Planner  8/Arches Weekly Planner  9/DAYZ 2016  10/Kalenderheft 2016

I hope you haven’t chosen your 2016 planner or calendar just yet, because today we’re sharing the best of the best! Twenty planners and sixty calendars right here, right now. The only problem? I want them all!

 

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11/Monthly Planner  12/Aurora Planner  13/Moment Planner (Large)  14/Marble Planner  15/24/7 Planner  16/Day Designer  17/B6 Weekly Planner  18/Wise Words 17-Month Planner  19/Purple Floral Year-Less Planner  20/Weekly Diary (Large)

 

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1/Brush Script Calendar  2/Great Musicians Calendar  3/A Moon a Month for 2016  4/2016 Coffee & Tea  5/2016 XL Wall Calendar  6/2016 Calendar  7/Stendig Calendar  8/2016 Letterpress Stump Calendar  9/2016 Typography Calendar  10/2016 Calendar Linen Tea Towel

 

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11/2016 Desk Calendar  12/2016 Calendar  13/Flora & Fauna 2016 Wall Calendar  14/2016 Moon Calendar  15/2016 Monthly Constellations Calendar  16/CMYK Color Swatch Calendar  17/2016 Fruit of the Month Calendar Kit  18/2016 Cocktails Calendar  19/2016 Calendar Tea Towel  20/2016 Seasonal Beer Pairings Calendar

 

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21/2016 Calendar  22/2016 Classic Cocktails Calendar  23/2016 Birthstone Letterpress Calendar  24/2016 Famous Poets Wall Calendar  25/2016 Desk Calendar  26/2016 MMXVI Letterpress Wall Calendar  27/2016 Marble Desktop Calendar  28/Perpetual Calendar  29/2016 Floral Calendar  30/Wall Calendar

 

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31/2016 Calendar Printable  32/2016 Stitch the Star Calendar Kit  33/2016 Interactions Wall Calendar  34/2016 Gem & Mineral Calendar  35/2016 Seasonal Moon Calendar  36/Frankie 2016 Wall Calendar  37/Amy Rice Art 2016 Calendar  38/Constellations Perpetual Calendar  39/Constellation Wall Calendar  40/Planet Coaster Calendar

 

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41/Flora Calendar 2016  42/Pattern & Post Card 2016 Calendar  43/2016 Wall Calendar  44/Metamorphosis 2016 Calendar  45/2016 Polygons Calendar  46/Botanical Calendar 2016  47/2016 Calendar Download  48/Gold Foil 2016 Calendar  49/2016 Watercolor Calendar  50/2016 Calendar

 

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51/Blush Wall Calendar  52/Edition #2 National Park 2016 Calendar  53/2016 Desk Calendar  54/2016 Mid-Century Modern Calendar  55/Whales 2016 Calendar  56/2016 Moon Calendar  57/2016 Calendar  58/2016 Constellation Calendar  59/2016 Calendar  60/2016 Wall Calendar

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Handmade Arcade 2015

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Hey, Pittsburgh! Tomorrow – December 5th, from 11am to 7pm – is Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair. Handmade Arcade brings together innovative crafters and progressive do-it-yourself designers at David L. Lawrence Convention Center to sell their handmade, locally produced, and offbeat wares just in time for the holidays.

Kara Reid created 2015’s branding art, seen above.

The process started with a basic wooden platform, painted black to boost the appearance of the typography. Almost 900 nails were used around the center logo and outside frame to create the best surface for the string. Once the existing HA logo was stenciled and painted onto the center of platform, the string was strung. Each letter was then lightly stenciled onto the surface, then re-painted twice to enhance the appearance of the typography.

 

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This year’s show features 160+ crafters, designers, and makers from all around Pittsburgh,
the tri-state area, and the country. Some of my favorites that should not be missed – everyday balloons, Worker Bird, girls can tell, Stak Ceramics, strawberryluna, Alternate Histories, Commonwealth Press, Garbella, Make Believe, and so many more will be there slinging their wares.

 

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Admission is free and includes the Hands-on Handmade area. It features a variety of drop-in, short, and day-long interactive programs – including craft demonstrations, mini-tutorials, make-and-take activities, craft competitions, and art installations – all designed to bridge the gap between consumers and creators. I got a sneak peek of this year’s activities and can’t wait to make my own.

 

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Handmade Arcade will also be launching its inaugural print publication, Things Making Things: A DIY Coloring Book, featuring original commissioned artwork by ten Pittsburgh-based artists and Handmade Arcade vendors. Inside you’ll meet their imaginative creatures who are all crafting, making, and designing things – from robots screen-printing to spiders painting – and ready for you to create an artwork of your own.

Hope to see you Saturday!

 

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Photos by Joey Kennedy

PS: Due to the high demand for our 2015 Early Birdie Passes (which are now sold out) we are opening up a limited amount of Early Birdie Shopping Passes for a reduced fee of $10. These passes do not come with the goody bags. Passes will not be mailed, your name will be placed on the Early Birdie will-call list. Please print out your Pay-Pal receipt to ensure entrance and bring it with you to Handmade Arcade December 5th for 10AM entry.

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Favorite Books to Give

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Books are one of my favorite things to give and receive throughout the year, so what better time to share some of my favorites than now? Most are design, interiors, or food related because when it comes down to it those are the subjects I like to share most with others. (You never would have guessed that, right?!)

 

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The Kinfolk Home // See San Francisco // The 52 Lists Project // Bright Bazaar

 

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Food52 Baking // The Year of Cozy // The Sugar Hit // Whip It Up

 

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Sage Living // 100 Years of Color // Outside the Box // The Forest Feast

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Justine Khamara

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Melbourne, Australia-based artist Justine Khamara is a master of digital manipulation. Khamara hand-cuts photographs, then reorganizes and pastes them into other configurations. Sometimes pasted, sometimes woven, always interesting.

 

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Warm Winter Wardrobe

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Brushed Angora Beanie // Limitless Cuff Beanie // Quilted Denim Baseball Hat

I’m ready for layers, aren’t you? A few weeks ago I bought my first new winter coat in seven years (fair thee well, sturdy black peacoat!) and the coziest white knit hat. Now to add a new pair of gloves or mittens and a few sweaters to my winter wardrobe…

 

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Reason Woodsman Plaid Pompom Hat // Zigzag Patterned Beanie // Between the Lines Ribbed Beanie

 

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Ariana Infinity Scarf // BDG Vertical Stripe Oversized Blanket Scarf // Chinchero Scarf

 

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Multi Stripe Blanket Scarf // Navy Holiday Scarf // Plaid News Fringe Scarf

 

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Crewneck Wool-Blend Sweater // Eden Oversized Mohair Sweater // Snap Turtleneck Sweater

 

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Textured Graphic Pullover // Manuoka Wool Sweater // The Cashmere Cropped Crew

 

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Anden Parka // ASOS Coat with 70s Collar // Boiled Wool Sweater Coat

 

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Oversized Parka // Quilted Jacket // Stadium Cloth Cocoon Coat

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Stefania Fersini

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What at first glance looks like crumpled pages that have been ripped from fashion magazines are actually painstakingly painted pieces by Stefania Fersini. Each oil piece shows off the models as life-sized, inviting us to explore our own personal relationships with real life and the polished media.

 

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A Minimal Mantel

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My holiday decor game plan goes something like this:

  1. Work around what you already have.
  2. Stay true to your style.
  3. Don’t do a lot of rearranging.

 

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It’s a plan of action that’s served me well in the past, but when Pier 1 challenged me to do a mantle refresh I knew it was time to try something new. Their holiday collection revolves around several styles this season, a little something for everyone, and it was fun to pull from a few to create a look that was 100% me.

 

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The starting point was this amazing Peacock Ombre Wreath. My tree is full of jewel-toned ornaments, mostly in different variations of pinks and reds, so this piece on the other side of the room just made sense. It’s colorful and saturated and a great focal point to build my mantel off of.

 

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Christmas is all about sparkle, so anything I did wouldn’t be complete with some sort of lights. I fell for these Ornament String Lights in a heartbeat. The ten shimmery ornaments are handblown and have a mercury glass finish, something that’s always been one of my holiday staples. I stretched a strand along the mantle and tucked about half into the lower part of the wreath. It ended up feeling very abstract and modern, which I love! And they’re operated by a battery pack, a total bonus.

 

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To add some extra height I pulled in the Glitter Ice Pine Tree Set. They’re such a great touch with those silvery bases, but manage not to compete with the brilliance of the wreath. Decorating with threes is something I always do – in this case the tallest of the three trees was offset on one side by the middle and smallest sized. My mid-century rocking bird is the only piece I left from the usual mantle setup because it just added something special.

 

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The last touch was a pair of LED Birch Tree Pillars that tie in nicely with the all-encompassing tree theme I ended up with. They have two settings – one for a steady light and one that flickers like a real candle! I’ve been turning them on every evening and the yellow tone of the lights is just so warming.

 

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Frank Chimero

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I’ve followed and been a fan of Frank Chimero ever since first joining Twitter waaaaaaay back in 2009. It’s been a blast to watch his career as a designer/illustrator/writer evolve and I always look forward to what’s next. The latest is Frank’s Colorfield series, available as prints. And if you’re a designer I highly recommended picking up a copy of his book, The Shape of Design.

 

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