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.

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 Nothing inside the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, or dictionaries is relocated or implanted, only removed.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!