Angry Birds Macaroons

28th November 2012

These macaroons are way too cool not to share! I just wish I liked the taste of them more.

Mexican macaroon connoisseurs Theurel & Thomas are still one of my most favourite websites in the world, but it’s only because the macaroons look so colourful and pretty!

(via Neatorama)

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Koalas To The Max

9th November 2012

I don’t want to give any of it away, so all I’ll say is please go and visit koalastothemax.com.

I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Happy Friday!

Castagram

18th October 2012

Ohmygoodness, ohmygoodness!

I’ve just discovered Castagram, a site that lets you create customised iPhone and iPad cases with your Instagram photos.

Eek! Where to begin?

Christmas Wishlist #5

(via swissmiss)

Tent. Check.

4th October 2012

Origami: The Tent by Charlie Carretti on Society6.

Heading up to Rocking The Daisies in 6 hours. Yeehar!

Ampersandle

1st October 2012

This limited edition Ampersandle print, illustrated by Ben Grib is lovely.

I like the Gameboy and the asparagus.

You can pre-order one from Essie Letterpress here.

Pendant Love

19th September 2012

I’ve got a bit of a thing for hanging pendant lights at the moment. If we had our own place, I’d hang one on either side of the bed.

Top:
Muuto
Designed by Mattias Ståhlbom for entrepo.

Bottom:
Neon Green Pendant Light
Designed by EarthSeaWarrior at Esty.

I heart Eggs

3rd August 2012

Anyone that knows me, knows how much I love eggs … like really love eggs, alot. Eating them makes me happy and Huevos Rancheros are my favourite.

I don’t usually put recipes on BTN, but as I was checking out Livestrong this morning and got distracted (and inspired) by some egg recipes, I thought I would share … and also because it’s Friday and eggs are always best on the weekend!

Baked Eggs
Crack two eggs in a small, ovenproof ramekin. Top with finely chopped vegetables and a splash of milk. Bake until whites are set but yolks are still runny enough for dipping. Enjoy with wholemeal toasted soldiers.
(via Livestrong)

Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a new one for me and even though they look like bad 80s canapés, I bet they taste amazing.

6 eggs, hard boiled, peeled
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp yellow mustard
3/4 tsp white wine vinegar
salt, pepper, paprika

Cut eggs in half. Arrange egg whites cut side up on a serving plate and put the yolks in a small mixing bowl. Mash yolks and mix in mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, salt, pepper. Spoon mixture into each egg white half, dividing evenly. Sprinkle eggs with smoked paprika if desired. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
(via PinchMySalt)

Shakshuka

Not only does this Israeli recipe have an awesome name, I haven’t tried it before either! 2 egg firsts for me today!

2 eggs
1 tsp oil
1/4 chopped red onion
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
1-2 tablespoons garlic pesto (or just use some crushed garlic + basil)
coriander 

Heat the oil, add onions and saute. Add tomatoes, pesto and simmer for a few minutes. Make two indentations in the sauce and carefully break the eggs into them. Cover and cook for a few minutes till the egg whites are cooked through, but the yolks are still soft.
(via MangoTomato)

The awesome still life shots at the top are by photographer Annabelle Breakey. She takes the most beautiful photographs of food and you can check out more of her work here.

I’m going to make Deviled Eggs and Shakshuka this weekend. Yay!

Hope you all have a happy and egg-citing weekend.

*Sorry, couldn’t help myself*

Google Doodle Olympics

1st August 2012

Google + Doodle + Olympics = \(^_^)/

Twenty6 Magazine {Issue F}

17th July 2012

My favourite online magazine Twenty6 has just launched Issue F.

From Femme Fatale to Feathers & Folklore, their latest offering doesn’t disappoint with quirky colours, gorgeous beauty, sexy fashion and beautiful design.

Check out the entire Issue F here.

Rain

10th July 2012

Hello!

After a week of intense work, I’ve finally had a break in the design clouds … it’s just too bad about the real ones.

It’s been raining non-stop since we got home (except for the 5 minutes when I snapped Lion’s Head the other day) so here are some colourful raindrops to wash away the gloom.

Wearelucky.

27th June 2012

Wearelucky could quite possibly be the coolest (and craziest) thing I’ve ever heard of.

Wearelucky was started by a guy who came into (a lot) of money, who decided that instead of spending it on a Virgin Galactic space flight, he would give away £1000 each, to a selection of people to spend on something good.

I’m super curious about the anonymous founder because his story was written in Cape Town (I think he must be a photographer), but he seems to be travelling all over the place – from Mumbai to Bermuda – finding Lucky people to give the money too.

“Wearelucky will pass luck and responsibility to others and record the outcome in a series of photographs. Recipients will be carefully selected and offered £1,000 (or equivalent). The only criteria is that the money must be spent on something good. Recipients must be willing to share their stories and agree for their ideas to be documented on www.we-are-lucky.com

What a great story (and I love their letterpressed invite cards, beautiful!)

(Thanks Flo)

s[edition]

13th June 2012

s[edition] is an interesting concept. Digital art by contemporary artists that’s affordable.

Once you purchase a piece, like I Promise to Love You by Tracy Emin, you’ll receive a Certificate of Authenticity, a full HD video and a high-res still image of the work.

They have a lot of big name artists including Damien Hirst, Shepard Fairey, Wim Wenders and the Chapman Brothers and most of the work is available for around £50 to £100.

(via goop)

Pictoplasma | Character Compendium

22nd May 2012

Hooray! Pictoplasma have finally released their new book Character Compendium

A limited run with 384 pages featuring 900 colourful characters, designed by over 200 artists. I’ve added this to my book wishlist!

8-bit Skull

21st May 2012

I love looking through Minieco. I’m always inspired by the cute things Kate comes up with and amazed that she’s a full time mum as well – wow.

Last month I wrote about her 8-bit heart card and this month she’s gone one better with these little 8-bit skull popup cards. I love them and want to send one to everyone I know!

Download the skull template here, but if you want the whole shebang (space invaders and envelopes too!) go here.

The Burning House

14th May 2012

I’m super excited my collection is finally on The Burning House. Hooray! I found the website ages ago and had it on my teuxdeux list since then.

“If your house was burning, what would you take with you? It’s a conflict between what’s practical, valuable and sentimental. What you would take reflects your interests, background and priorities. Think of it as an interview condensed into one question.”

I love it.

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

10th May 2012

This week we’ve been watching Jamie’s Food Revolution with a vengeance.

I’ve always had a little bit of a crush on Jamie Oliver. When I was a student he taught me to cook from a recipe book and after eating at Fifteen once (which was amazing) and Jamie’s Italian every time we go back to London, I can only gush about how amazing I think he is. Not to mention the gorgeous photography in his books, generally awesome design on his site and amazing branding in all his shops and restaurants… (that’s coming from the designer in me!)

The really cool thing about him though, is how passionate he is about food. He truly believes that people can be saved through cooking, and because he is so passionate and inspiring I tend to agree with him.

I know the series is already fairly old, but the reason I’m writing about it is because the very first Food Revolution Day is in a week’s time and perhaps you guys want to get involved.

“Food Revolution Day on 19 May is a chance for people who love food to come together to share information, talents and resources; to pass on their knowledge and highlight the world’s food issues. It’s about connecting with your community through events at schools, restaurants, local businesses, dinner parties and farmers’ markets. We want to inspire change in people’s food habits and to promote the mission for better food and education for everyone.”

 

They Draw & Travel

4th May 2012

I gave a little squeal when I found They Draw & Travel. The maps are all so cool.

They Draw & Travel was created by brother and sister design team Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell, after they started They Draw & Cook, one of the largest illustrated cooking sites online.

When they saw how passionate people were becoming about illustrating food, they decided that the same kind of creativity and passion could be applied to people’s favourite places and travelling.

I am particularly in love with the map of Victoria (my home state!) and Endangered Reptiles of Madagascar by Nate. I think they’re amazing.

Sneak Peek

26th April 2012

I’ve always been a massive Peeping Tom. I absolutely love looking through people’s windows when I’m walking down the street to see what their front rooms look like and it usually ends with Si dragging me away. These days there are so many awesome sites that let me spy into people’s homes and lives and get up close and personal with everything from the bathroom to the bedroom sheets – all from the comfort of my own computer. Yay!

Here’s a few of my favourite sites for awesome home inspiration.

Slanted Mansion
“A deep interest in emerging and established creatives and inspiration arriving from other non-styled, creative interior blogs and books…”

we-are-awesome-spaces
This is how the creatives roll in Cape Town.

The Glow
Can these woman be any more stylish? Wow.

DesignSponge
Cute, quirky and colourful sneak peaking.

Alice Stirling Design
The posts are a little few and far between, but when they do come they’re always awesome.

(How amazing is the tablecloth in the image above?)

Beautiful Data

17th April 2012

I just spent the last half hour watching 2 TED talks about data.

About how we can look at data in a more human way and how it can be illustrated in a way so that it becomes beautiful and therefore easier to understand.

Make Data More Human by Jer Thorp is fascinating – I especially loved his reference to the original Apple logo. David McCandless’s talk on The Beauty of Data Visualisation and the visual language of information and sight is also amazing, although the Billion Dollar o’meter shown at the start of his talk is a little terrifying.

For more beautiful data check out Information is Beautiful by David McCandless.

Moo Luxe

5th April 2012

Oooooo! I’m so excited I finally have the chance to get some Moo Luxe Business Cards printed for a friend.

A streak of colour running through the fabric of every card and 600gsm of sweetness. Yay! Stay tuned!

 

Paper | FiftyThree

4th April 2012

Paper looks like a great little app for drawing, sketching and writing and I love how you can create Moleskin style sketchbooks to keep your drawings organised.

Designed by FiftyThree, a collective of 5 guys making “beautiful, practical, meaningful stuff” they have a very pretty website as well.

Matt Setchell Creative

30th March 2012

My oh-so-talented friend Mr Matt Setchell has just launched his new site and I love it.

Super slick and sexy, Matt Setchell Creative is a boutique creative agency based in London, working with the likes of asos.com and Harrods.

He also happens to be Creative Director and founder of über-cool online magazine, Twenty6. Need I say more?

PS. The Matt Setchell ‘M’ logo is a BringMeJoy design! Woop!

Docracy

28th March 2012

My super helpful husband pointed me towards Docracy this morning. It’s a cool little site that will come in handy for anyone needing an easy solution when despairing over job contracts.

Have a look at the Freelance Bundle that includes documents for Copyright, Web Design, NDAs and Print Design amongst others that can be edited and used with clients.

This Wild Idea

14th March 2012

This Wild Idea is a photography project by Theron Humphrey, a photographer from Georgia who’s now on Day 226 of his 365 Day drive around America.

Using photography as a way of connecting with people, Humphrey began a year long trip with the aim of meeting 1 new person every day and telling their story.

His photographs are beautiful, solem and tell the stories of these people exquisitely.

Also worth checking out is his very cool blog Maddie On Things.