Friday, January 20, 2012

Different: Illustrations by Johan Thornkvist

Stuck at home on a Friday night! Snowed in sucks :(

But I did find this fabulous Swedish illustrator that I want to share! 

His name is Johan Thornkvist and what he does is place whimsical little cities and people that he illustrates into real life photographs. Drawing a literal fine line between fantasy and reality. I also really love the muted soothing colors he uses. There is an interview that Leivos posted translated in English that gives a little bit more of his perspective:

Here is his website where you can buy shirts and prints and see more of his work:

And heres some of my hard to choose, because they're all so unique!

What do you think?! 

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Til next time! xodani

Monday, January 16, 2012

DIY: Nice Ice

Okay, so I gotta throw this out there...I'm totally addicted to Pinterest. I can't help it...there's just so many great things on there that lead to other great things that lead to other great things and so on. If you don't know what it is, it's basically just online pinboards where you can save pictures of things you like or bookmark diy projects you want to do at some point (once you ever get your butt off the computer!!)

That being said, I stumbled upon this super cute diy idea. Edible flowers in ice. 
Anyone who knows me and my drinks, I pretty much can't drink anything without ice in it, unless of course its a hot drink...which in that case I'll probably put ice in it anyway just because I have a constant fear of tongue burning. 
I've never actually tried this, but its definitely on my list of things to do. Basically all you do is get an icecube tray (one that makes larger cubes preferably), put a bottom layer of water and freeze that, then layer the flower on that then make the second layer of ice, and voila! floral icecubes.  I don't think you can get anymore feminine and pretty than that. Would be great for a spring time party. Make sure you use EDIBLE  flowers...don't want you getting sick trying this.

Here's a link to the most inexpensive ones I could find. I'm sure theres other places that carry them for around this price or less.

So of course after finding that I got curious about what other fun icy diy ideas I could find. Came up with a nice list!

1. Rainbow Cubes
This is easy...just add food coloring or koolaid( if you want a little flavor kick) to your cubes, then add your favorite drink. I think vodka and sprite would be way yum with the koolaid. Get even more creative and add your favorite lemonade, cranberry juice, orange juice, or other favorite juice instead of water to gradually add flavor as the cubes melt!

2. Fruit and Mint Cubes

Just add your favorite fruit or herbs like mint or lavender. Would taste great in lemonade or iced tea! Using a cupcake pan instead of an icecube tray would make the ice last longer and would be good for a pitcher or punch bowl.

3. Coffee and cocoa cubes

Use frozen chocolate milk cubes and add milk or even more chocolate milk to make a dessert drink. Doing this will make your drink cold, yum, and won't water it down!

The same concept goes for iced coffee. If you make your cubes out of coffee, your coffee won't get watered down when the ice melts.

Well that's all I've got in the ice realm. Any other ideas you have feel free to share in my comments! And if you like DIY and Different, don't forget to follow my blog!


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

DIY&Different: Cake thats NOT cake! :o

**WARNING..the word "Cute" may appear more than necessary in this blog entry, don't mind my lack of adjectives when it comes to cutesy food stuff...see there it is...**

Who doesn't love cake or cupcakes?! I kinda have a thing for food driven products that aren't food, because they are usually just so darn cute. 

I came across a really cool editorial the other day by Fred Lebaine for Wad Magazine

In the editorial perfume bottles were used to look like cakes. 
Here's my faves.

Just love that!! heres a few cake themed products that I just love and had to share.

For all the sewing cupcake lovers out there!

Cupcake Candles by Sweet Love Candles
Those are CANDLES! What?! 

These can be cool :)

Other "baked" goods made of eco-friendly felt can be found in this shop! SO CUTE! ;)

This shop has some of the most realistic sweets shaped soaps I've ever seen...will definitely wanna check it out!

And of course gotta rep myself ;)...made this Chocolate Cupcake Rhinestone Frame Necklace  awhile ago and is still available in my Danielle Christine Jewelry Storenvy Shop

Modeled Photo by Vincent Glielmi

I could probably go on for days finding cute cake shaped handmade lovelies. Totally craving some sweets now. Have a good day! And Please follow my blog if you love DIY and Different!


P.S. Gotta leave you with some FASHION CUPCAKES...for foody fashionistas!

Fashion Cupcakes by Therese Aldgard

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

DIY: Jewelry Inspiration Board

Happy 2012 Everyone! New Year means lots of new things!

Wanted to give a quick jewelry update. I just posted a few necklaces on my etsy site.

What I really wanted to share was my "inspiration board" that I made. I wanted to show a small glimpse of the chaos that is my mind and what goes through my head when I make something. Just for fun :) And then the finished products. Hope you like!

And heres just a couple more photos that I couldn't fit in there, but are also pretty cool. I'm not quite sure of all the sources, because most of these I found just browsing diferent sites and also on tumblr.

And heres what I made:

And thats all I have for today! Til next time! Hope you're inspired!