I stopped doing quick links post and instead, I put more links on my Facebook page or share links on Twitter. I will continue to do it but I think that I should highlight some of the top stories on my editorial page (i.e. my blog). Let’s see how it goes before I declare the revival of that column. For now, I wish to share three design ideas that you could use this summer for entertaining.
+ Since the thermometer raises today to a new high, it seems like a good idea to make your own ice pops. Monica of La Famiglia was inspired by the artisanal pops in NY and LA when she decided to make her own Raspberry-Basil Ice Pops. I want some!
+ Selena of Simply Selena assembled those gift packets for Teacher Appreciation week. They are awesome. It would be easy to repurpose her concept by changing a few items to convert it either into a way to serve beverage and utensils at a picnic or to become a country picnic favor that your guests could savor on their way back home. The possibilities are endless. Via Party Perfect
+ It may be too warm today for having the classic martini but when you see something that good, you need to pass the information along. Sunday Suppers designed a stylish make your own Martini bar station for a rustic Italian event. As always, they shared the best places in New York city to reproduce their signature look. You can apply the same principle to serve a more summery drink like a margarita or a Tom Collins.
You know how I like kitchen gadgets that simplify my life and are easy to clean. I pick my big mandolin slicer when I need julienne strips but I would prefer a hand held option for when I only need to slice one carrot. I found this julienne slicer that seems to do a good job on Elena Pantry.
Another option is the Kuhn Rikon Julienne Peeler with Blade Protector, which costs less ($15 USD vs. $22.99).
+ Via Elena Pantry
Russian designer Natalia Ponomareva invented the cutest tea bag on Earth. I like the refinement of the triangular cloth tea bags but her origami tea bags are second to none. Sadly, this is only a prototype. Her tea bags received good press from many bloggers around the World.
I wish I will be able to serve those to my friends pretty soon. Imagine the Wow factor at the dining table when they see the bird gradually taking shape as they infuse their tea.
I discovered it originally on Inspire Inspire, the awesome blog of a London girl called Naomi. It is not the last time you hear me referring to her finds.
+ Natalia Ponomareva
+ Via Inspire Inspire, Sub-studio design blog, Packaging UQAM
This is one of the best Ikea hack I have seen. It was an idea of Andy from Show and Tell. His project involved laser cut performed on the acacia wood caps to write the words salty and sweet. I like that typographic style.
+ Celeber Spice Jars $7.99 USD for pack of 2
+ via Show and Tell
It is unusual to bring flea market furniture and old TV sets in a wild forest for a picnic. This is part of the charm. Do not be afraid to put objects in an unexpected context. It can be as simple as that to spice up a party theme. These fabulous pictures were taken by photographer Roland Bello. You can see more inspiring food and lifestyle pictures on his Web site.
+ photos by Roland Bello
+ via English Muse
If you want to get new furniture at Design Within Reach, now is the time. The DWR semiannual sale is running until October 13th, 2009. You can save 15% on many items. Plus all orders of $1000 or more gets free shipping across continental United States. The Farm Table (on sale at $1615) sits 8 comfortably. Families will appreciate the 2 convenient drawers for storage of utensils, linens or cookbooks.
+ Via DWR
You may have recognized the style of Bea from La Tartine Gourmande. She shared her recipe for Mussels in Saffron Broth in her Boston Globe’s column today. I like that fact that she replaced the typical French Fries with parsnips and yellow carrots oven fries.
+ Mussels in Saffron Broth recipe on Boston Globe
+ Photo via La Tartine Gourmande
If you up for the challenge, you could try to compose the best superfood (meaning high phytonutrient content) sandwich. Anne’s Food is having a contest. Anyone can participate. She thought of a price for her non-Swedish readers.
+ More on Anne’s Food
Sarah Collier referred to The Dotted Line as a vintage piece than meets digital. I love it! Sarah sells her art as 5 x7 ” print on etsy. This full time high school counselor, part time artist also finds the time to write an art blog called The Charm School Dropout.
+ The Dotted Line print $15 USD
+ Via PoppyTalk
Fruits and Passion is having a sale in Canada and the United States. A range of customer’s favorite products is reduced to $15, until quantities last. Plus, you will receive Cucina Fragrant Kitchen Spray 100 ml Sanguinelli Orange and Fennel free with purchase of $45 ($60 if shopping in USA) or more before taxes. About the free Cucina Fragrant Spray, their sale alert email mentioned two more scents. Inquiry since I do not know which offer is valid.
+ Images from Fruits and Passion
UK potter Linda Bloomfield creates simple shapes with tactile satin mat glazes and subtly colored interiors. I like her style. Her tableware collection is sold through many art galleries and retailers across Britain. Lucky for us, the US-based retailer Hygge & West, which ships to Canada in top of the Unites States, carries her line.
+ Images via Linda Bloomfield