swissmiss | Minimal WordPress Themes. Great list.
#1reasonwhy | Slog. This went down while I was visiting family and I mostly missed it other than seeing the hastag in Twitter. Here is what was going on.
A Whole Lotta Nothing: Listening to podcasts piecemeal: huffduffer & Instacast.
How to See If Your Photos Are Being Used On Another Site | Kevin & Amanda. Via Shutterbean.
The 12 Best Family-Friendly PC Video Games | Babble.
Cool Tools – Sonos. “Audio over the internet isn’t new, but it really is barely tolerable if it’s not coming out of good speakers with power behind them.” I listen to a lot of podcasts and streaming radio and my Jambox is great so far but I’m looking at more options.
The Video Games Women Make | MetaFilter. Great information here.
Trend alert: small internet publications. Links to great things that are going on.
24 ways: Colour Accessibility. Designing for the color blind.
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Gingerbread Block Project | Kitchen Table Scraps. Remember the fabulous gingerbread brownstone? This year Renee is organizing a gingerbread block project, to be displayed and benefiting City Harvest. You can join in!
BY HAND Gift Guides: BUILD. A story that led By Hand magazine to Lee Valley via an offline friend and then validated by Ron Swanson. Lee Valley is catalog store that I’ve loved since high school (which was, ahem, pre-internet shopping era).
A beer/bicycling guide to Portland here, Hop in the Saddle. Via Foodie Gift Guide: Part Deux | The Urban Grocer
Munchkin Munchies: Peppermint Stick Platter. I love this, but I suspect the whole platter would melt quickly in our humidity. I would have to seal it with something food safe and right about there it sounds like too much work.
Cool Tools – Guide to Gift Guides 2012. Lots of tools and gadgets things in the practical to awesome spectrum.
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Jonathan Gold quiz: Weights and measurements – latimes.com. The only question I got right was: “8) At Milliways, Douglas Adams’ restaurant at the end of the universe, the fabulous cost of the meal is what?” Via The Hairpin.
Sprinkle Bakes: Cinnamon Cider Sticks. These are basically mulling candy for your cider, I’m completely in love with them.
Roasted Rosemary Almonds – Shutterbean.
Joining the Biscuit Club « Tea & Cookies. The secrets to the perfect biscuit.
Xmas Wishlist, Non-Pappy Edition | Mash Notes. Which bourbon to buy when you cannot find Pappy Van Winkle, via The Morning News.
Washington Wine Battle: Columbia Crest vs. Chateau Ste. Michelle | Serious Eats: Drinks.
Lara Ferroni » Gingerbread Meringues.
The Baking Steel | Serious Eats. “The Baking Steel makes some of the finest indoor-oven pies you’ll ever make. It’s a quarter-inch-thick, 15-pound steel plate that you place in your oven in lieu of a pizza stone. Because of its superior thermal qualities (higher volumetric heat capacity, as well as higher conductivity than stone), you can cook pizzas faster than you’d be able to with a regular stone.”
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Cool Tools – A Pattern Language. File away for when I get to design my own home, or my own city.
Studio Neat — It Will Be Exhilarating. An e-book on passion and business and prototypes. Via Scott Andrew (that would be the boy I’m married to).
xkcd: Two Years.
5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Saying Yes — genuineMIX. Things to answer to sort out whether you actually want to take on a new project. I’m working my way through these right now.
Add a brake light switch to a bicycle brake lever, at Instructables.
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swissmiss | Knitting Clock.
He’s So Unusual | The Hairpin. Jane Marie interviews her uncle Patrick, who was Cyndi Lauper’s makeup person through all the crazy 80s years.
Our First Issue, By Hand Magazine. It’s here it’s here! I love everything inside, but most especially the pattern for the lattice cowl.
Talking with Maria Bamford About Stand-up, Her New Special, and Her Role in ‘Arrested Development’ | Splitsider.
Where can I get some American Chestnut seeds or seedlings? | Ask MetaFilter.
3D Printing Photo Booth Makes Tiny Replicas Instead Of Pictures – PSFK. Wow! Via Girls of a Certain Age.
Video: Excellent Footage Of Williamsburg Captured During Hurricane Sandy: Gothamist. The power station explosion is around 3:10. Interesting and scary.
Cool Tools – Rivet Spacer. “A rivet spacer was originally designed for evenly spacing rivets on aircraft, but it can be used for evenly spacing anything, from buttons on a sweater, to finish nails on those infernal Ikea drawers you are trying to put together nicely.”
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#ourtopsecret project revealed | Freshly Picked. A book! A Hip Handmade Holiday, I cannot wait to see it.
Faceted Vase DIY + Free Template, at Oh Happy Day.
How To: Make Washi Tape Magnets » Curbly.
Technique – Wheat Paste – How Did You Make This?.
swissmiss | Touchscreen Glove Kit. Have you tried any gloves meant for touch screens and found them, er, lacking? Me too, I’m ready to DIY this solution.
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The Top Five Secret Spaces in Seattle. Here is how to find those speakeasies.
Seattle Magazine | Our Favorite Hidden Restaurant Patios.
David Sedaris and the Lit Crawl That Wasn’t a Lit Crawl | Slog. I am out of town for the David Sedaris reading in Port Angeles that is linked to here and, well, darn. You should go.
New Food Truck Pod: Come on Seattle, Don’t Screw This Up – Voracious. We have a food truck pod! Weekly calendar can be found at their website: 2nd & Pike. Might I suggest checking out the Off The Rez truck if you happen to come across it? It’s my favorite.
BevMo is opening a store in Northgate! And if you happen to be free on Friday morning and finding yourself in need of some booze you might also get a gift bag (first 500 people get one).
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swissmiss | Pixel Ruler. Why did this not come into my life earlier?
Klein Bottle Openers | Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories.
General Store & Community Market | MARKET | west elm. I’m digging West Elm’s curated marketplace.
ThinkGeek :: Portal Cookie Cutters. I want these!
Introducing Mark and Graham at Apartment 34. Erin invites us to see Williams-Sonoma’s latest shop, that will fill your life with awesome monogrammed goods.
My New Hygge and West Wallpaper is HERE!, Lisa Congdon. I am absolutely loving this wallpaper and eyeing my house to see if it might fit somewhere.
Get Cabiria High End Plus Size Into Stores by Cabiria Style — Kickstarter. This campaign looks worth backing, I even fell for the very first dress they show on their Kickstarter page. I love that one of the extras is a coloring book.
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These are the books currently stacked up in my living room waiting for me to give them some more attention. Looks like I’m in for a lot of time in the kitchen! I’m putting two at the top here because they have events coming up soon (like, today soon):
The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perlman, Smitten Kitchen. This book is as beautiful as you are thinking it might be. Deb is here in Seattle right now! She’s at the Book Larder tonight, the main event is sold out but signing is open to the public later in the evening. Tomorrow, the 8th, she’s at the University Bookstore at 10 a.m.
Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats Without All the Junk This book is by Lara Ferroni, Cook and Eat, whom I had the pleasure of meeting when she lived here in Seattle (we miss you!). She has recipes for all our familiar favorites and each recipe includes instructions for gluten-free and vegan versions as well. Lara will be at the Book Larder here in Seattle on Nov. 13th.
Ok, now from the top down:
Bake It in a Cupcake: 50 Treats with a Surprise Inside by Megan Seling, Bake It in a Cake. You gotta make the pumpkin pie cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting. I mean, come on. Megan Seling also happens to be a music and food editor at Seattle’s weekly paper The Stranger.
Beer Craft: A Simple Guide to Making Great Beer by William Bostwick and Jessi Rymill. They go through all the information you need to brew whatever type of beer you’d like using your stovetop, and the graphical layout of the book makes everything very easy to take in.
The America’s Test Kitchen DIY Cookbook. Canning, pickling, making cheese, preserving meats (and yes, bacon), homemade snacks and brewing beer all with the how and why information that will allow you to make variations. I love this book.
Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet with Ada Calhoun. The history of what we wear and why we wear it, with tips on how to look your absolute best. The tone is conversational and filled with anecdotes. I wish this had been around when I was starting to study costume design in college.
Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round by Marisa McClellan. From jams and pickles to syrups, granolas and nut butters. Even chocolate cakes, vanilla extract and information on freezing in jars. The book includes stories from her childhood and the tone is very friendly.
Improv Sewing: A Freeform Approach to Creative Techniques; 101 Fast, Fun, and Fearless Projects: Dresses, Tunics, Scarves, Skirts, Accessories, Pillows, Curtains, and More by Nicole Blum and Debra Immergut. The projects in this book are lovely and not too intimidating. They include basic garment shapes and dozens of ways to adapt them as well as decorative and functional items for your house and yourself.
Cook’s Illustrated The Science of Good Cooking. Detailed information on the practical science behind food and cooking, including lots of recipes. This book is dense, packed with solutions to common cooking troubles and will become my go-to for when I have a question about why a recipe has me doing something that I need to understand.
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Melting Wicked Witch Cookies at Juniper Moon Fiber Farm.
Spider Pinata DIY at Oh Happy Day. That is one meaty looking spider.
Easy Last-Minute Costume Ideas For Adults | Celebrations with Design Mom. This video has a few simple ideas that are low-commitment but still fun.
Pumpktris, A Playable LED Lit Game of Tetris Inside of a Pumpkin, at Laughing Squid.
Secret Horror – The Morning News. Six horror movies you might not know about but are worth watching.
skulls at Design Crush. A post by yours truly.
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What books make the best audiobooks? | Ask MetaFilter.
Design Crush » Curious Vase. Three vases nestled inside each other, you have to break one to see what shape the next one is. Love it.
The True Spy Story Behind Argo – By Nate Jones | Foreign Policy. I read the Antonio J. Mendez book which tells the true story of the mission.
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