hey everyone! we held two social media workshops in our studio last weekend, and i was really happy with how they turned out. everyone had awesome questions and it really felt like we were all involved in a big conversation to help each other’s businesses. in this two hour workshop you will learn how to use pinterest, instagram, twitter and facebook for your blog or brand. i put together a ton of visual examples, stats and did a presentation on how i shoot and edit for instagram.
the next round of classes was announced yesterday to the mailing list and the new dates are half filled. go grab your spot right here. (there’s still a couple spots in the mixology workshops too!)
the perfect combination: delicious treats from donut snob (you have to try them, seriously) and a caffeine fix from handsome coffee roasters while everyone chatted before and after the workshop. hope to see you at the next session! -bri
(photos by designlovefest & bottom photo by justine dorsey)
beci orpin is a designer-illustrator based in melbourne, australia. she has been working freelance for over 10 years. beci regularly exhibits her artwork and is also about to open up a housewares shop in may. today she’s sharing a few of her pattern designs for your desktop…
take your pick from 5 designs!
CLICK THROUGH TO DOWNLOAD ALL OF THE PATTERN WALLPAPERS…
cheese is really the best thing to keep in the fridge for impromptu afternoon guests. it’s easy to mix with things you already have around your house and turn into appetizers or a meal. leslie is going to show us two simple recipes using cheese, that can be easily recreated in your own kitchen. personally, i love anything with a brie and prosciutto combo. check out more cheese recipes over here!
Open Faced Sandwich with Brie, Prosciutto, Caramelized Onion, & Arugula
yield: 2 servings
• 8oz. Brie round Président® Cheese, baked
• 1/2 red onion, sliced thin
• 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
• 1/2 loaf artisan bread
• 6 slices prosciutto
• 1 cup arugula
• 4 leaves fresh basil, optional
• Salt & Pepper, to taste
how to make it:
• Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with tin foil and place Brie in center of pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Let it rest for a couple minutes before cutting. Cut into thick slices.
• Thinly slice onion. In a large sauté pan over medium heat, cook 4-5 minutes (or until just tender) with brown sugar.
• Slice bread into thick slices. Layer on prosciutto, caramelized onion, arugula, basil (optional), and baked Brie slices. Salt and Pepper to taste.
and, how cute are these stuffed cherry tomatoes?
Cheese Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
yield: 24-30 pieces
• 30 cherry tomatoes
• 1 container 5.2oz Président® Gourmet Cheese Herbs de Provence
• Sprigs of fresh Thyme, Oregano, Savory, Rosemary; optional as garnish
• 30 pieces hard salami, thick sliced (optional)
how to make it:
• Slice tops off of tomatoes. Scoop out the inside using a very small spoon. Stuff the cheese into tomatoes. Serve with a slice of salami and a dusting of fresh herbs (optional).
If you’d like to enter to win $50 worth of your own Président cheese, visit the brand’s new website, ArtOfCheese.com.
(recipe + photos by leslie grow for designlovefest– want more food posts? go here! this post was sponsored by President Cheese, all opinions are my own)
ellen van dusen founded dusen dusen, a line of gorgeous basics driven by the prints she creates from scratch each season. her inspiration is drawn from far-flung and unexpected places, like mid-century resort architecture, italian industrial design, scandinavian textiles, google maps and handwriting, but all of her production is done in the USA. remember this fruity tee dress i wore in my hair tutorial post?
for today’s giveaway, one winner (open to international!) will receive a $250 store credit to her shop.
aren’t these prints so much fun? they make such a statement.
CLICK THROUGH TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY…
make some of these pretty wooden vases for your plants or flowers. i love the look of these!
what you’ ll need:
• 40 craft sticks
• 4 square dowels (3/16×3/16”), each 6 ½” long
• acrylic paint: white and teal
• water for diluting paint
• sharp scissors or jigsaw
• blue tape if using jigsaw
• sponge brush
• rectangular glass vase (6”long x 4”wide x 6”high) available at JoAnn • fabrics
• measuring stick
how to make them:
• Cut craft sticks into these lengths: 18: 3” long, 20: 4 ¾” long, 2: 2 ¼” long
• If you’re using the jigsaw to cut the sticks, you can bundle them in stacks of 9 or 10, mark the length with blue tape, and cut through the whole stack at once. If you’re using scissors, measure, mark and cut each stick individually.
• Line up two of the 6 ½” wood dowels so that they are about 2 ¾” apart and attach nine of the 3” sticks. Glue the top and bottom sticks first to keep dowels aligned.
• Repeat with second pair of dowels and group of nine 3” sticks so that you have two sides.
• Connect the two sides with nine 4 ¾” sticks. Again, glue the top and bottom sticks first to hold structure in place. Repeat on opposite side.
• On the top of the vase, glue two 4 ¾” sticks on two sides and then glue the two 2 ¼” sticks underneath them by reaching in through bottom of structure.
• Sand corners by hand or with a hand sander to even out the rough edges.
• Paint a gradient from white to teal by adding increasing amounts of teal to the white. Top of vase is 100% white and bottom is 100% teal. Dilute the paint slightly with water so that it is more transparent and the wood grain remains visible.
• Slide vase over the glass vessel and fill with water and foliage.
project by: bramble workshop for designlovefest
photos by: brittany wood
more DIY projects here