jen sievers made these cool desktops for us this week! they’re painted over perspex and have really interesting textures. to make these patterns she actually paints in reverse, starting with the finishing touches first and then layers on top of each stroke, creating a backwards pattern. these are such unique desktops and in the happiest color palette. we hope you appreciate her process as much as we do! you can check out more of her work in her shop and download these desktops below!
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we have another gorgeous DIY project by alyssa hoppe that we are excited to share with ya. we talk a lot around here about how to make affordable art, and this is a perfect way…pressed flowers. let’s learn how!
With so many flowers in full bloom right now, I can’t help but gather stems while I am out walking. I love drying and pressing these flowers to frame or use for other fun projects but instead of continuing to fill up all my books in my house, I thought I would make a DIY flower press and share how to make it! – Alyssa
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
• 2 pieces of wood
• 4 bolts, wing nuts, and washers (home depot)
• blank newsprint paper
• flowers for pressing
• drill and drill bit
• Start by lining up your two pieces of wood and drill a hole on all four corners 1/2 inch in for the bolts.
• Slip your bolts in to make sure the whole is loose enough for the wood to slide up and down.
• Take your cardboard and newsprint and cut off the corners of each side so that there will be room for the bolts once inside the press.
• Layer the cardboard and newsprint together five sheets of newsprint to one sheet of cardboard. You can create as many layers as you want depending on how many flowers you want to press.
• Then place your flowers you want to press in between the layers of newsprint.
• Once all of your flowers are placed, slip the stack of cardboard and newsprint between the wood and tighten the wing nuts.
• Make sure to press firmly on the wood while tightening the bolts so that the flowers are really pressed.
Let the flowers dry for ten days and then carefully pull the newsprint layers off to reveal your beautiful stems! Frame them for an affordable and beautiful piece of art in your home…
and don’t forget about this DIY dried floral room spray right here.
project by: alyssa leanne hoppe
photography by: nicole moser
never met a taco i didn’t like and this steak version with homemade corn tortillas, chimichurri and onion cucumber slaw are no exception. we used flank steak which is a relatively inexpensive cut of meat and ivan made homemade tortillas which really took things up a level. i wanted to eat the whole batch with butter and hot sauce, yum!
• for the meat: we started by marinating our meat in a mixture of soy sauce, olive oil, fresh garlic and orange juice. this was an impromptu marinade we created with what we had in the kitchen but i do recommend adding some type of citrus to your marinade. the acid helps to tenderize the meat and i think it makes a noticeable difference. you can let it marinate for 2-24 hours. for cooking – heat a lightly oiled skillet ( we used a cast iron) on medium high heat. generously salt and pepper both sides of the meat. once the pan is heated through lay the beef in the pan and let cook for about 3 minutes one each side. cooking time depends on your meat thickness!
• for the tortillas:
• 2 cups corn masa
• 1 1/2 cups water
• 2 teaspoons sea salt
• half a small lime squeezed
in a medium bowl mix together the corn masa with the water. stir until there are no more lumps. we then added sea salt and lime juice to the mixture. divide the masa into small balls using the palms of your hands about the size of golf balls. we used a tortilla press which are very inexpensive and can be found at any hispanic grocery store or most national stores such as Target. have parchment paper on each side of the press and press down firmly one masa ball at a time. place onto a skillet or nonstick pan on medium to high heat (no cooking oil is needed!). cook for about 30 seconds on each side or until golden brown. set tortillas aside covered with cloth or a paper towel. the whole process from start to finish takes less than 10 minutes and makes tortillas that are far better than the ones at the market. plus you’ll be surprised at how many preservatives the store bought have!
• for the chimichurri:
• 2 bunches of parsley
• 2 garlic cloves
• 3 tablespoons of olive oil
• 1 small lemon squeezed
• salt and pepper to taste
• chili flakes to taste
wash and de-stem the parsley. place the parsley, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and chili flakes in a food processor. pulse until ingredients incorporate well together or until the parsley is well chopped. ( a blender will also work just as well but will have a smoother texture).
• for the cucumber and red onion slaw:
• quarter of a red onion
• 1 cucumber
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano
• half a lemon squeezed
• 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
using a julian cutter, slice the cucumber and red onion into thin slices. place in medium sized bowl and mix with 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, 1 teaspoon dried oregano and half a lemon squeezed. salt and pepper to taste.
place all of the ingredients on your taco, garnish with the grated queso cotija and top with a squeeze of lime!
styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis
photos by: ivan solis
i go in phases of getting personal on this blog. to me, part of creativity and even my job is very connected to how i’m feeling and what i’m going through. so if you’re not into the mushy stuff, feel free to scroll on past to the other pretty pictures. today i’m going to be talking about patterns in our lives, and our core issues that cause them…
posted all about the first part of our tokyo trip right here…and then our overnight trip on the train to kyoto here. and this is part TWO of tokyo! let’s do it…
as i said before, we stayed in meguro at the claska hotel. this was my favorite suite there…the beautiful retro minimal decor was so lovely. and the whole room was in the same warm tones which i really appreciated. above you will see jen performing sia’s “chandelier” for my snapchat haha. also, that’s the traditional breakfast they offer in the lobby which i liked (but they also have american style food if you wanted to switch it up)
after we got home from kyoto it was nice to come back here, relax and then go out for a nice meal. we had dinner at seriously the best sushi i’ve had in my life. it was just the four of us and the chef made each bite special. natalie even cried when he was cutting the cucumber because it truly was like watching art. it was probably top 3 meals of my life. the sushi was like butter and the care that went into the food was truly moving. you’ve seen this doc, right? similar experience to that.
one of my favorite places visually was yukamo suryo. it’s out of the way some, but it was so gorgeous. we made a reservation early in the week and had breakfast there our last full day. it really gave me the same feelings i had when visiting coqui coqui in tulum (see here) it felt tranquil, well thought out, chic, and fancy but not over the top. i think the meal was about $30 and that paid for about a 1.5 hour intimate breakfast experience of different teas and traditional food and dessert. i loved the details in the space the most. the bathroom sink was even amazing.
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