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Mar 18, 2011

Amazing Urban Quilts by Amy Ahlstrom

The care and technique that goes into a handmade quilt is second to none, but the aesthetic often leans towards the floral and traditional...

Not so with the "urban quilts" of Amy Ahlstrom, which are hyper-modern and bold examples of fiber art. "Drawing upon her background as a graphic designer and comix illustrator, Amy digitally photographs the visual details of cities—street art, signs, and architectural details—and collages these images via computer into quilt designs. The resulting quilts, crafted of raw silk and cotton, are tactile visual postcards of urban environments. "

Amy's artist statement says:

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Mar 18, 2011

Eerily Beautiful Mug Shots from 1920s Australia

The above image is a mugshot of a criminal on the day of his arrest. And the story that accompanies it is classic… read more

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Mar 17, 2011

A Brief History of Title Design

created at: 03/17/2011

Like a lot of creative-minded folks, I like films. A lot. And, like most of my kin, I try to watch carefully about the filmmaking as much as a care about the story or whether or not I'm simply "entertained." And, who's in a movie isn't nearly as exciting as how that info is presented.

One of my favorite new blogs, The Art of the Title Sequence, has assembled an awesome reel of the best of title design throughout the centuries, from early "talkies" through master Saul Bass and the best of recent films.

I've watched this guy three times already. I love how some just need mentioned because they're so iconic (Anatomy of a Murder, Saturday Night Fever), and some are explored a little deeper, such as the final Enter the Void, which is a must-see that's on Netflix streaming right now

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Mar 17, 2011

"A Knitted Wonderland" Yarn Bombing at Blanton Museum

In honor of SXSW festival, street fiber artist KnittaPlease has installed a sanctioned yarn bombing of the Blanton Museum in Austin.

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Mar 17, 2011

A Visual Compendium of Notable Haircuts in Popular Music

created at: 03/17/2011

There are plenty of rock and roll haircut silhouettes that most would be able to identify: Aladdin Sane-era Bowie, the thirty-year bowlcut of Johnny Ramone, the octopus braids of Coolio. But, the latest offering of Pop Chart Labs invites you to go a bit… read more

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Mar 17, 2011

How To: Make Homemade Nutella

Everyone who loves Nutella can tell you the story of the first time they tasted it. While some of us may have grown up eating this chocolate-y, nutty spread, many sought it out after reading about it, seeing it in a recipe, or with the help of some tastebud loving friend. Me? I first tried it in a restaurant when I was in college, warmed into a ganache-y type thing as a dipping sauce for sopapillas. If only it were a bit more… read more

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Mar 16, 2011

If You Watch It Backwards...

If You Watch It Backwards is the latest single-subject Tumblr blog which details the plot lines of movies and television shows in reverse.

Such as these gems:

If you watch The Exorcist backwards it’s about a girl who’s very sick until she eats some pea soup and finally gets better.

If you watch Toy Story 3 backwards, it’s a tragedy about a gang of toys who go through hell just so they can wind up in a home where they are neglected.

If you watch Harry Potter backwards, it’s about a young wizard who gets sent into witness protection after aread more

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Mar 16, 2011

Seriously Bizarre Family Photos

I'm not much into passing along photos of people who aren't necessarily attractive, or who might have had less-than-timeless hair in the 80s, or where one or two of the subjects get caught their not-so-great expressions. Those things are nobody's fault, and people should not be made to feel bad about themselves online.

However...this collection is something entirely different. The majority of these family photos aren't fascinating because of the folks in them, but because they're...well, a bizarre idea for a family photo.

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Mar 16, 2011

How To: Fold a Shamrock from a Dollar Bill

Just so you know, it's really, really hard to find a St. Patrick's Day themed how-to project that's not 1) for kids 2) super cheesy or 3) for kids and super cheesy. 

But, this easy Shamrock dollar bill is kinda fun. I say fold a couple of fives and use them to pay for your green beers tomorrow. Not that you would actually buy green beers. Cause that's… read more

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Mar 16, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: March 16, 2011

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

created at: 03/16/2011

Kuhl Design Guild installs a twisty slide inside a home

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Mar 15, 2011

Anatomy of a Cupcake

The cupcake craze may be over, but tasty snacks and clever concepts will never get… read more

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Mar 15, 2011

How To: Make Homemade Milk Liqueur

When I first saw this recipe on @Leethal's tweet, I was a bit shocked, thinking "you can leave milk out for three weeks, mixed with bacteria and yeast-loving sugar, and still drink it?" I mean, I've made some overnight cultured creams and yogurts, but this seemed wild.

And then I thought about it a bit more, and realized that the vodka, even in equal parts to the nutrient rich, germ happy milk and sugar, must be bacteriostatic enough to prevent anything from growing in there. (You like that? Bacteriostatic? See?! I paid attention in high… read more

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Mar 15, 2011

366 (Emily Dickinson's Miraculous Year)

created at: 12/01/2010

Spencer Finch's installation 366 is "based on the year 1862, Emily Dickinson's annus mirabilis, when she wrote an amazing 366 poems in 365 days. It is a real-time memorial to that year, which burns for exactly one year. The sculpture is comprised of 366 individual candles arranged in linear sequence, each of which burns for 24 hours. The color of each candle matches a color mentioned in the corresponding poem; poems in which no color is mentioned are made out of natural paraffin." 

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Mar 15, 2011

Beard Madness: A Facial Hair Bracket

It's March, and that means folks all over who know little about sports and are never otherwise into "gaming" are filling out their college basketball brackets, slowly eeking one team down the stairsteps to victory.

Illustrator Grant Snider created his take on a seasonal bracket, "Beard Madness", in which the final sixteen all-time facial hair masters battle it out for best beard. This year, there's the absurdist children's entertainer roundup of Raffi vs. Shell Silverstein, the wizardry of Dumbledore vs. Gandolf, Marx v. Darwin, and, my favorite, Fidel Castro vs. the winner of Osama bin Laden against a… read more

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Mar 14, 2011

Breakfast Club

Breakfast still lifes...

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Mar 14, 2011

How To: Make a Seed Bomb

Spring keeps hinting it's going to show up around my house: the sun will say hello for a hour or two, the birds will test out their morning songs before disappearing, and I haven't seen one of those awful, gross and gray snow piles in the last few days. I'm looking out the window, and I can almost hear that suite from Peer Gynt that they always played in Bugs Bunny cartoons.

Sounds likes it to drop a… read more

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Mar 14, 2011

Essential Cookbooks for the Serious Home Chef

Over the weekend, I rode by bike over to the secondhand book store. I often get in trouble here, since it's even more tough not to overload on goodies when they're much less expensive [and recycled, I tell myself!], so when I go by bike, I know I'm limited to just the few that can fit on my wheel rack.

I decided to live dangerously, and hung out a bit in the Food and Wine section (this and the Art/Design aisle are serious tempters for me), and noticed one thing:

There are a $%*load of cookbooks out there.

Sure, I know folks have different types of expectations when it comes to food, and even if you're not good at it, nearly everyone prepares some sort of food for themselves.

But, oh my, the genericness and redundancy of so many of these was overwhelming...I escaped a potentially credit-crushing trip with two very lucky finds (why anyone would sell these back is a mystery) - David Chang's Momofuku cookbook and Anthony Bourdain's The Nasty Bits. I've checked out Chang's tomb several times from the library, and it's never gotten old, so finding it for $7.99 was pretty amazing. I'm headed to my local Asian market in a few hours… read more

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Mar 14, 2011

Sad Etsy Boyfriends

 

The situation is easy to imagine...some young, talented crafter decides to have a go at selling some of her handmade wares, and starts whipping up knit caps en masse. She finishes each piece, then realizes that hats look good on heads, not tables, and so must enlist the help of her man. He's no model, of course, but he loves her, and is willing to cooperate, however hesitantly (as so many of my own lovely friends have leant theirs hands [literally] to step-by-step photos).

And thus: Sad Etsy… read more

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Mar 14, 2011

ManMade Giveaway: Win One of Two Craftsman Impact Drivers

created at: 03/13/2011

This week, I'm excited to be giving away two impact drivers from Craftsman! I've been playing with both of these models for the past few weeks, and have been plenty impressed.

created at: 03/13/2011

A powerful cordless drill/driver is an essential tool for basically everyone, and this latest generation of dedicated drivers compliment them perfectly. They're more lightweight than a drill, and are able to focus all their power on the torque needed to drive fasteners, rather than sharing it with another function like drilling holes. Plus, it's great to have two tools so you don't have to keep switching out bits. Your drill bit or counter sink can stay… read more

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Mar 11, 2011

How To: Make This Amazing Geometric Mobile from an Old Phone Book

Yeah, buddy...Check out this super cool "himmeli" mobile my friend Elizabeth Abernathy [the brains behind Nuno mag] created using an upcycled, out-of-date phone book. (Right, it's out of date cause its a phone book. Got it.)

Elizabeth notes that hillemi are "Finnish mobiles (for the lack of a better descriptor) traditionally made of rye straw and hung over the table to insure a good (rye)read more

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