The King's Speech
LEGO pro and film fan Alex Eylar has combined his love to recreate scenes from each of the 2011 Academy Award nominees for Best Picture.
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Six months ago, I left my then-current career to pursue creative work full-time. In doing so, I realized I probably needed an actual space beyond my couch to stay organized, and keep track of various projects, etc. So, for the last few months, I gave the spare bedroom in my house a 100% overhaul to become a functional craft studio and office.
Like a tour? Of course!… read more
A few weeks ago, we spied this awesome list of fun stuff to do with your microwave. This morning, we're back with an equally cool list of my all-time favorite plug-in kitchen appliance, the toaster… read more
I'll admit it. I'll probably never tire of seeing interesting information conveyed via good design. I mean, what kind of hater wouldn't wanna learn something and appreciate good layout and typography skills?
Designer Tom Muller created the "Coenfographic" a labor of love that details the actors and characters of the films of Joel and Ethan… read more
I never had a real doughnut until I was eight or so.
Well, I guess by real, I mean "fresh, and from a bakery." See, my earliest doughnut memories involve 1) either those awful powdered sugary things that come in the re-sealable bag, or 2) those things my parents would cook in the crock pot..which actually had to be some sort of deeper fryer, but it lived in the lazy susan, and I wasn't allowed to touch it, so it was all the same to… read more
My buddy Kirsten spied the incredible home of Martin and Jenny in the Möllevången neighborhood in Malmö, Sweden.… read more
Gourmet cakester Lilli Vanilli is creating super-realistic edible heart cakes that are available for purchase to send to your Valentine this… read more
It's Workspace month on Curbly.com, so I've been doing tons of research into home offices studios, and all the desks, desks, desk, desks!
And I've learned something: sitting at a desk is really bad for you. It's bad for your health, bad for your posture, bad for your emotional wellness, bad for your muscles, and bad for your bones.
Rather, it is more ideal to be lying down flat (which brings along other implications), or preferably, standing up. As a person who makes his living online, I knew I needed to start changing my habits now if I didn't want them to affect me in the long run.
Thankfully, I came up with a no-cost solution that allows me to maintain a traditional desk with standing options. And by no-cost, I mean free. And… read more
I'm a huge fan of street art, but I do understand the arguments that liken some of it to vandalism. Not the impromptu installations of sculptures, or even yarn graffiti, but no matter how awesome, spray paint can do damage. And most graffiti isn't really art at all, just immature tagging that can leave permanent and unattractive results.
So they idea of impromptu public art that doesn't actually hurt anything? Well, that's just about as good as it gets.
BUFFDiss is a street artist who creates his works on walls, floors, and public spaces, but works exclusively in masking tape, allowing his pieces to be… read more
I remember the first decidedly modern home I ever visited. Certainly, there were none in my hometown or among my family or parent's friends, so when we stepped into what I now know to be an Eichler-alike ranch in the Smokey Mountains, I was totally blown away. "This looks like the Jetsons!" I remarked, and while I have no idea who those people were, at age 6, I started to develop a taste for modernism.
The home of this mystery couple, who were someone my parents knew that had just recently moved, sported this amazing large floating shelf, which served as both storage and a room divider. So, from the very beginning, floating shelves =… read more
Last week, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Altitude Design Summit in Salt Lake City, and was fortunate to attend a workshop by Alma and Mike of Ollibird. They're amazing artists who are superwhizzes with digital tools, and who've dedicated themselves to teaching others how to tackle creative software like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
I learned a ton from their workshop, and even purchased their how-to books, which, for me, beat anything I've seen from big publishing companies.
Recently, they created this super-helpful overview of five simple tips to make your I-tried-but-couldn't-really-pull-it-off photos… read more
The cookie is typically a rustic goodie. There are fancy pastry chefs who create works of art out of pulled sugar, gels, and ring molds, but the cookie typically maintains a more rustic appeal.
Until… read more
Like it or not, yes, you need to own a suit. And a coat to wear over it. And some shiny shoes to… read more
I have a bit of a conundrum: I'm really uncomfortable with guns. I only shot one once, when I was 23, at a friend's farm. With all the proper safety precautions, he taught me a bit about shooting clay pigeons, launched one into the air, and I actually hit it.
And that was enough. I never want to shoot, or even touch, a gun again.
And yet, I love to throw, fling, and launch stuff at my friends.… read more
Your kid is sick; your wife has a late meeting; the two-hundred dollars in groceries you bought last weekend was ephemeral. Enter: spaghetti aglio e olio. Spaghetti with garlic and olive oil. Sounds almost pointlessly simple, but if you make it right, it's deceptively good. Fast, easy, and you always have the ingredients on hand. Here's how:
ManMade Spaghetti Aglio e Olio
Can't believe I never thought of this myself. I spent years buzzing my own hair (and asking for help on the neckline) before I finally consented to going to a barber like a grown-up. But that's for another… read more
Brian started out with a red vintage suitcase very similar to the one Chris used in Make It! Secondhand Chic:
But he ended up with a very different result!
A couple of 1x4s for reinforcement and some stylish cone-shaped legs give this dogged old suitcase a new leash on life (sorry):
Over the last few months, I've seen several sets of super cool lights created from plumbing parts at always reliable sites like Design Milk and Boing Boing. In the midst of redoing my own office, I realized I needed a desk lamp to shed a little extra light on smaller tasks. I went to the office supply and home furnishing stores, but I couldn't find anything that'd work. So, I recalled the pipe fitting lamp I'd seen, and decided to make my own.… read more