Cinnamon Roll Cake

Let me preface this by saying that I very much dislike cooking and baking. I never do it unless it is necessary. For some reason, I felt the urge to bake the other day and found this recipe and decided to give it a shot. This is probably the best cake I have ever had. I am not a big fan of cake either so you know this has to be good.  It is really easy to make so that is an extra bonus!

 

CAKE

  • 3 c. flour
  • 1/4 tsp.salt
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 c. milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 c. butter, melted

TOPPING

  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon

Mix everything together except for the butter. Slowly stir in the melted butter and pour into a greased 9×13 pan. For the topping, mix all the ingredients together until well combined. Drop evenly over the batter and swirl with a knife. Bake at 350 for 28-32 minutes.

GLAZE

  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 5 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

While warm drizzle the glaze over the cake.

DIY Rock Coaster

This is probably the easiest, fastest DIY project I’ve completed thus far. These are an easy way to add a natural element to your home. I chose to make coasters specifically for my coffee/tea cups so mine are a bit smaller; however, size can be changed to accommodate tea pots, coffee pots, etc. Keep in the mind that the glue will melt if it gets too hot.

Things You Will Need:

Felt

Pebbles (Walmart in the candle section)

Hot melt glue

Step 1:

Cut your felt in a circular shape (it doesn’t have to be perfect). I measured mine to be slightly larger than the base of a standard coffee mug.

Step 2:

Arrange your pebbles on the felt until you are comfortable with the layout. Try to use flat rocks for the best results. This may also be a good time to test whether or not a cup will balance on the rocks you’ve chosen.

Step 3:

Hot melt glue your rocks to the felt.

Voila! You have a coaster.

The Book Surgeon

A combination of Art & Books… Two of my favorite things. <3

Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Brian Dettmer carves one page at a time. Nothing inside the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, or dictionaries is relocated or implanted, only removed.

Dettmer manipulates the pages and spines to form the shape of his sculptures. He also folds, bends, rolls, and stacks multiple books to create completely original sculptural forms.

“My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception,” he says.

“The richness and depth of the book is universally respected yet often undiscovered as the monopoly of the form and relevance of the information fades over time. The book’s intended function has decreased and the form remains linear in a non-linear world. By altering physical forms of information and shifting preconceived functions, new and unexpected roles emerge.”

Dettmer is originally from Chicago, where he studied at Columbia College. He currently lives and works in Atlanta, GA.

Want some more?

Visit his website
Brian’s Flickr
Interview with Brian

Cracked Beauty (DIY)

 

I like to bring my artistic skill to my nails. This is one of my favorite things to do because it can be messy and it still looks fun!

 

 

Things You Will Need:

Nail Polish

*A variety of bright colors

*Black crackle

*Clear

 

 

 

Step 1:

Paint small portions of your nails with each color of nail polish you have chosen. The more it looks like a toddler got ahold of your nail polish the better.

 

 

 

Step 2:

Once your colorful layer has dried, apply a generous amount of black crackle nail polish.

 

 

 

 

Step 3:

Add a layer of clear polish and you should have a shiny, colorful array of cracked beauty.

 

 

AMAZING Hand and Body Paintings

Guido Daniele has worked as a hyper-realistic illustrator, co-operating with editing and advertising companies, innovating with airbrush and testing out various painting techniques. In 1990, he developed a body painting technique, and his work has been used in advertising images and commercials, as well as fashion events and exhibitions.

***Check out Design Fetish for more fun stuff!

 

Smoke Art in Bottles

Artist Jim Dingilian’s series of works feature several glass bottles displaying monochrome landscapes. What separates Dingilian’s “paintings” from other works, other than his unique curved canvases, is his technique—he paints with candle smoke. After laying a coat of soot on the lining of the bottles, the artist wipes and etches away with skewers and needles to construct the meticulously defined landscapes. The tedious task requires steady hands and the utmost patience.Interestingly, the artist’s chosen environments are areas that the specific bottle may be found in. Dingilian says, “The miniature scenes I depict are of locations on the edge of suburbia which seem mysterious or even slightly menacing despite their commonplace nature. The bottles add to the implied narratives of transgression. When found by the sides of roads or in the weeds near the edges of parking lots, empty liquor bottles are artifacts of consumption, delight, or dread. As art objects, they become hourglasses of sorts, their drained interiors now inhabited by dim memories.”

Dingilian’s artistically crafted bottles are currently on display at two exhibition spaces. They can be viewed as part of the group series entitled Swept Away: Dust, Ashes, and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design at The Museum of Arts at The Museum of Arts and Design in New York until August 12, 2012 and at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut, under the exhibit title Subtractive Images, until June 10, 2012.



Images via McKenzie Fine Art
via [Neatorama]Info/source directly from My Modern Metropolis

DIY Layered Candle

 

I have a bunch of candles sitting around my house that I don’t use anymore. I know a lot of people who also have this problem, so I thought this DIY project would benefit many. Today, I am going to make a layered candle using my various candles. This project takes a good bit of time so I recommend either making several at a time so you don’t get bored too quickly or finding some patience. It is worth it in the end though, i promise!

 

Recommendations:

*I HIGHLY recommend that you use an oven mitt for this. The tongs are wonderful but being able to use your hand for support is even better.
*Wear shoes or slippers. I did not do this (not even socks) and hot water dripped on my toes a few times. Not a fun time.

 

Things You Will Need:

Water

tongs

Old candles

A glass jar

Candle wick

A pot to boil water

A stove (obviously)

Oven mitt (optional but highly recommended)

 

 

Step 1:

Pour some water (maybe 1/4 of the way full) into a pot and bring it to a boil.

 

 

 

Step 2:

Using your tongs, carefully place one of your used candle jars into the boiling water. Let it sit for a bit. It will probably take between 30 seconds to a minute to start melting. While you are doing this you can place your wick into the jar. (Candle making tutorials have told me that it is necessary to glue the bottom of the wick to the jar but I have found that this is not necessary and long as you prop it against something that isn’t going to move.)

 

 

 

Step 3:

Using your tongs (and preferably your oven mitt), lift the jar out of the boiling water and slowly (and very carefully) pour a portion of the melted wax into the empty glass jar. You are going to have to let the wax settle. This can take quite a while depending on how much wax you are using. Put another used candle into the boiling water to begin the melting process again.

 

 

 

Step 4:

Very lightly poke the wax to make sure it doesn’t give. If it does, wait. Once the wax is solid again use your tongs to pick up the jar that is sitting in the boiling water and slowly and carefully pour the wax on top of the first layer. Again, wait until this layer dries.

 

 

 

Step 5:

Repeat the process until you have something that looks like this. When you are finished and the top layer has dried, cut the wick to about 1/2″ – 3/4″ above the wax.

 

 

Tah Daaahhhh! You have officially recycled your used candles into a brand new layered candle that you would have paid upwards of $20 for. AND you should have paid about $5 for materials. I bought all of my materials (glass jar and soy candle wicks) at Michael’s for $5. It was pretty exciting.

 

Happy layering! 🙂