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When Bugs On Your Walls are a Good Thing

Grow House Grow creates beautifully hand printed wallpapers featuring some unique imagery. This piece, part of the “Naturalist Collection” is inspired by Mary Ward, a scientist in the 1800s who became engrossed by both insects and microscopy.

While a whole room of this may be a bit much, I do encourage using this as a trim, perhaps in a room with white or spring green walls and black and green accents. It’s a way to pay tribute to science, feel springy, and potentially creep out your friends–all in one!

(And for those who want to go a little further on the creepy side, their red and black version feels delightfully morbid.)

Source: Boing Boing

Entertaining, Fun Food

Ticings: Printable Icing for Cupcakes!

Remember those “edible images” cakes you got from the grocery store? The ones that featured a picture of the birthday boy or girl, or maybe just their favorite cat? Well, get ready to re-live those moments, but in cupcake form.

Ticings are edible frosting sheets that may be used on cupcakes, mini cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and sheet cakes. Although I’m normally a fan of mounds of frosting on my cupcake, I could be persuaded to lay off for a cute design.

At the moment, Ticings only does custom designs for large orders, but with adorable options like dragon and sushi designs, I’m just fine ordering from their selection.

(And, you know, if you’re into this whole Twilight craze, they have something that would make the next midnight screening even sweeter.)

Fun Food, Libations

Bacon Mocha Latte, Anyone?

Torani, makers of flavored syrups used in coffee shops and bars everywhere, has a new flavor to add to the collection:


Bacon.

An extremely trendy flavor, bacon syrup can be used for many things. Although it may seem gross at first (Bacon coffee, really?), this syrup’s uses don’t need to stop at coffee and alcoholic beverages.

Consider putting a bit in a carbonera or marinara sauce for a low-fat (and vegetarian) option. Try adding just a hint into your dark chocolate brownie batter. Add a little bit to chocolate chip pancakes for a delicious alternative to pigs in a blanket.

And if you really want to try a bacon beverage, give this one a try (courtesy of Torani).

Bacon Bourbon Sour

INGREDIENTS
1 oz. Torani Bacon Syrup
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
2 oz. bourbon
3 inch bacon strip (garnish)

INSTRUCTIONS
Combine syrup, lemon juice and bourbon in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into an old-fashioned glass. Garnish by placing a small strip of cooked bacon across the rim of the glass.

Interested in trying the trendiest of all syrups? Find a distributor near you.

And while at Torani’s site, take a look at some of their other fun syrup flavors:
Cheesecake
Cupcake
Salted Caramel

Crafty Geek

Should You DIY?

DIY projects can be a relaxing and creative way to wind down after a day, or it can be a frustrating money pit. Who doesn’t have a hidden stash of unfinished projects in a closet or cupboard somewhere?

With the ability to customize and purchase almost anything online, DIY may not always be the practical option. So how can you tell if knitting that blanket or soldering that sculpture is going to be the best use of your time? Flow charts!


(Click for a larger image!)

Source: Craft-D

Geek Etiquette

TMI: Star Wars Baby Announcement

Now, I am all for using video as a way to creatively announce milestones to friends and family. But baby announcements are tricky. A couple must find a way to happily announce their new addition without making people think about them actually creating the baby.

This couple threw caution to the wind with their Star Wars themed baby announcement.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s hilarious and fun, but perhaps phrases like “Kick-Ass Sperm” and “Baby Hole” should not be used in videos sent to friends, family members, and co-workers. Next time, stick to a pastel card with Darth Vader saying, “I’m a father”.