i love these creative uses of lights by interior designer jan eleni!
i’m just a fan of string and rope lights in general- i like leaving them up all year round, because they add such a nice soft, warm light. now i’m tempted to put a big cluster of them on my wall or ceiling…
at first glance, these look like really pretty ceramic vases, right? take a closer look…
these vases are crafted by german artist markus linnenbrink out of recycled objects (recognize that gatorade bottle now?) and colorful resins.
you can buy these pieces at artware editions in manhattan. but i’m wondering how hard this would be to do yourself? i mean mine probably wouldn’t look as pretty as his, but still…it seems doable, right? you can buy natural resins online or at art supply stores, and mix them with oil paints to get a glossy finish like these. there are probably lots of other cool ways to decorate them though – if you think of any other ideas let me know!
i picked today’s featured band for a few reasons- their new album came out today, they’re playing at SXSW, and they also happen to have a show in philly tomorrow night!
they are the morning benders, a san francisco band who make sunny melodic pop music reminiscent of the beach boys. the album, big echo, was produced by grizzly bear bassist chris taylor, who helped give the songs a sort of fuzzy, vinyl-like sound. i really like the song “excuses” – check it out below!
the morning benders have a few shows during sxsw – you can find the full list of shows on their myspace page, here. and if you’re in the philly area, you can check them out at johnny brenda’s tomorrow night!
our lazy daisy floral jumpsuit made an appearance on cocorosa’s blog today!
she says, “i simply couldn’t resist the free people throwback romper. i love the bohemian vibe and it’s so easy and comfortable to wear… i could totally visualize myself standing between meadows and wildflowers…… hmmmmmm summer…..”
i love how she’s paired it with a vintage blouse underneath and platform shoes. she looks like she stepped right out of the seventies!
sarah, a long time member of the free people family, used to work with us here at the home office as an accessories designer, but more recently she has launched her own line of jewelry. she has a shop in philadelphia called adorn, and her work has won several awards and has been featured in juried shows and exhibitions. we are so excited to welcome her back as a featured jewelry designer!
a lover of nature, sarah was introduced to metalworking and lapidary (the process of taking raw materials like stones, minerals and gemstones and transforming them into decorative items) while living in arizona. she loves crystals and minerals and creating simple settings that showcase the natural beauty of the stones, as well as combining materials like glass, silver and stones in unique ways. the result is a small-scale wearable sculpture that is earthy and bohemian, but modern and fashionable. the use of raw, earthy materials, stones, feathers and dream catchers make her jewelry a perfect fit for the natural, free-spirited girl. sarah appreciates the preciousness of jewelry, and most of her pieces are one-of-a-kind, making them even more special.
sarah also draws inspiration from everything around her and everything she does, including fashion, travel, music, her family and friends – we are inspired by her and all that she has become!
check out sarah’s jewelry featured throughout the march catalog, and on our website.
i love these mendhi-inspired spiced cookies! they’re so pretty i almost wouldn’t want to eat them though…
the story behind these cookies is really cute too – they’re from the blog sprinkle bakes, and the blogger made them for a friend who was going through a rough time. she wanted to make something with a personal touch, so she decorated the cookies with mendhi designs – something she and her friend had always been really interested in. plus, the designs themselves have meanings so you can pick a design symbolic of peace or luck as an added touch.
if you happen to have a hand shaped cookie cutter, that’s great, but i think it’s even cooler that you can trace your own hand :)
after rolling the dough a little thinner, lay the template on the dough and cut around it with a sharp knife. transfer hands to parchment lined cookie sheet. with the back of your knife make lines between the fingers, being careful not to cut all the way through (so they don’t break off).
after baking the cookies (instructions below), you’re ready for embellishment! use a fine-tipped artist’s brush and a little brown/black gel food coloring.
3 ½ cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
¾ cup (packed) dark brown sugar
½ cup molasses
1 large egg
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- blend ingredients together in large bowl, using electric mixer. gather dough into ball, divide in half. form each half into a ball and flatten into a disk.
- preheat oven to 350 degrees
- line baking sheets with parchment paper
- roll out dough between two sheets of waxed paper to about ¼ inch thickness. cut out cookies and transfer to baking sheets, spacing one inch apart
- bake one sheet at a time until cookies are firm on top and slightly darker around edges, taking up to 12 minutes. cool completely on rack.
we’ve posted some of marcelo gomes’s work on the blog before- his photos are breathtaking. he emailed me recently and told me about his new book, taciturn heart, so i took the opportunity to ask him some questions for the blog!
i was born in brazil, but i’ve been living in the u.s. on and off since i’m 15 years old.
when and how did you get started in photography?
i started shooting very casually when i first moved to new york, around 2003. i worked at a magazine called index here in new york, and i got my first camera then, just for fun.
where do you draw inspiration for your work?
more and more i find that inspiration comes from colors and music, both these things make me want to pick up the camera!
who are your personal favorite photographers/artists?
i love gerhard richter, donald judd, dan flavin, roy andersson, caetano veloso, there are so many…
if you weren’t a photographer, what would you do?
i think if i weren’t a photographer i would be a filmmaker (which could happen anyway) or a windsurfer dude…
what are some of your other hobbies?
music is a very big part of my life, even though i can’t really play any instruments (yet).
taciturn heart, published by hassla books, can be purchased here.