Cauliflower Power

I went to Greenlight, my local book store, and discovered this Cauliflower Recipe Book.

I gasped as I saw it sitting on the shelf!

I have a deeeeeep love for all things cauliflower.

I mean DEEEEP!

As I started flipping through the pages, I swooned at all the beautiful photographs and abundance of cauliflower recipes. Be still my heart!

You know that feeling, when a book finds you? This was one of those angelic choirs coming down kinda moment. Alright, I know I am being dramatic.

I love you cauliflower.

The end.

The Art of Traditional Japanese Wood Joinery

Whoa, what a weirdly satisfying video: welcome to the world of Japanese wood joinery.

Praise Shadows

My friend Yng just recently opened an Art Gallery and Art Shop in Boston and I am thrilled for her!

I love the name of her company, Praise Shadows, which was apparently inspired by this book by Junichiro Tanizaki.

Today I was just perusing her online shop and yep, I am totally getting one of these baseball hats.

Good luck Yng. I am so excited for this new chapter in your life!

Creating Yourself

“Life isn’t about finding yourself.
Life is about creating yourself.”
— George Bernard Shaw

Shit Sandwich

“What’s your favorite flavor of shit sandwich?” What Manson means is that every single pursuit—no matter how wonderful and exciting and glamorous it may initially seem—comes with its own brand of shit sandwich, its own lousy side effects. As Manson writes with profound wisdom: “Everything sucks, some of the time.” You just have to decide what sort of suckage you’re willing to deal with. So the question is not so much “What are you passionate about?” The question is “What are you passionate enough about that you can endure the most disagreeable aspects of the work?” Manson explains it this way: “If you want to be a professional artist, but you aren’t willing to see your work rejected hundreds, if not thousands, of times, then you’re done before you start. If you want to be a hotshot court lawyer, but can’t stand the eighty-hour workweeks, then I’ve got bad news for you.” Because if you love and want something enough—whatever it is—then you don’t really mind eating the shit sandwich that comes with it.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert

From the wonderful book Big Magic. It’s like rocket fuel for any creatively minded human.

Link Pack

This Choir Choir Choir Crecording makes me miss my CreativeMornings choir. And being around humans. Gah!

– Need to restore faith in humanity? Read this thread.

– What a beautiful, minimal projector.

– I totally want an Ostrichpillow Heatbag Pillow

Questions for the Founder

– The to-do app I created together with FictiveKin turned 11 this week. Happy birthday, Teuxdeux.

– I personally think a custom Infinite Objects Video Print is the coolest gift of 2020.

– This made me laugh: Twelve surprising ways to use cauliflower.

– I thought this was a walking piece of popcorn. It’s not.

– I love perusing the products over on Present & Correct.

– “There are a few people who can succeed by throwing their tantrums on Instagram. … But the rest of the time, what we want from people is for them to be consistent, to be the best version of themselves that is possible in this moment.” Seth Godin on Design Matters

This puzzle made me giggle.

An embroidery phone case. Fun.

Lessons from 2020 to bring into 2021 from yung pueblo.

– Here’s a cool gift for your gardening / plant loving friend: Tool Roll and Apron by RT1 (They have so many cool giftable products!)

– Support Broadway singers and surprise a friend or family member with a Sing For Hope Gram.

Black-Owned Brooklyn is a digital publication spotlighting Black-owned, Brooklyn-based businesses and the people behind them.

Black Owned Bookstores in the United States

– My friend Anna figured out How to keep her front-loading washer moisture-free!

– Tender discipline: What if it didn’t matter how productive you were today?

This throw! A beauty!

– I want to fill my house with these felt storage bins. I have two and have to keep myself from buying more. I love them. I am a sucker for boxes.

How to Get Your To-Do List Done When You’re Always in Meetings

This pie chart rug! Swoon!

Tattly make fun gifts.

– A big thank you to Onsen for sponsoring my blog and RSS feed this week. Take 10% off at with code SWISSMISS. (I replaced all my towels at home with Onsen towels. I am a convert.)

This Question Stopped Me in My Tracks

If this question doesn’t make sense to you, read about the Five Love Languages.

Alive = Creative

“If you’re alive, you’re a creative person.”
– Elizabeth Gilbert

From the wonderful book Big Magic. It’s like rocket fuel for any creatively minded human.

Failure and Success Are Irrelevant

“What do you love doing so much that the words failure and success essentially become irrelevant?”
– Elizabeth Gilbert

From the wonderful book Big Magic. It’s like rocket fuel for any creatively minded human.



TeuxDeux Turns 11

Happy Birthday, TeuxDeux. Thank you for keeping me organized for 11 years straight.

(TeuxDeux is a to-do app I created in collaboration with FictiveKin. If you like checking things off, if you like simple lists, you will love TeuxDeux.)

Fight Your Fear Less

“It seems to me that the less I fight my fear, the less it fights back. If I can relax, fear relaxes, too.”
– Elizabeth Gilbert

From the wonderful book Big Magic. It’s like rocket fuel for every creatively minded human.

Grid Cube

What a lovely solid wood object – an old maths teaching aid which also makes a very nice paperweight or nerdful addition to your coffee table.

How to draw a floating / levitating cube

(via The Kid Should See This)

♥ / Minimal & Giftable

A big thank you to Onsen for sponsoring my blog and RSS feed this week.

Onsen married functionality with minimalism to craft a lightweight bath towel that dries like its job depended on it. The key to this obsessively designed towel isn’t what they added, but rather what they eliminated. Most towels go through a chemical bathing process so that they feel soft and fluffy, at least at first. Not Onsen. Instead of short-lived softness that washes away, Onsen relies on premium materials and traditional techniques to deliver a thirsty towel that only gets softer over time.

Exclusive: take 10% off at with code SWISSMISS.

(Psst… I have replaced all towels with Onsen towels in my house! LOVE them!)

(Interested in sponsoring a week of my RSS feed, learn more here.)

People’s Reactions Don’t Belong To You

“Recognizing that people’s reactions don’t belong to you is the only sane way to create. If people enjoy what you’ve created, terrific. If people ignore what you’ve created, too bad. If people misunderstand what you’ve created, don’t sweat it. And what if people absolutely hate what you’ve created? What if people attack you with savage vitriol, and insult your intelligence, and malign your motives, and drag your good name through the mud? Just smile sweetly and suggest – as politely as you possibly can – that they go make their own fucking art. Then stubbornly continue making yours.”
– Elizabeth Gilbert

From the wonderful book Big Magic. It’s like rocket fuel for every creatively minded human.

Why Humans Are Obsessed with Cats

(via Kottke)

“Ich will hier nur sitzen”

For my German speaking followers: I just remembered this gem from Loriot. So delightful. Weirdly appropriate for 2020.

Letters To A Young Poet

“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”
— Rainer Maria Rilke

(via James)

Peculiar Photographs

I thoroughly enjoy these peculiar photographs by @thundergirl_xtal.

Quieter Voices

“Hate is usually louder than love – in society and within ourselves. What will happen if we listen to the quieter voices?”
— Charles Eisenstein

Link Pack

– Great read: Nine Nonobvious Ways to Have Deeper Conversations (via Chris)

– WOW! Aerial Photo of Manhattan, Circa 1931

– This Tie Dye Mask Kit is most certainly a sign of our times.

– Love this: ‘It’s Like I’m Floating’: Skating New York Under Lockdown

Which one is you?

– I want to go here: Belgian design studio has created a circular track called Cycling Through The Trees as part of the cycling network in the province of Limburg.

– I love FREITAG’s Sweat-Yourself-Shop idea. I totally want to call in and customize my own bag. Fun.

– Dear NYC, Help Us Write A Love Letter To The City At The End Of This Difficult Year

– I’d wear these pommed rib slippers.

Little animal neck gaiters. Super cute.

-Hello there, you stunning home.

– I am liking this Cable Bin. I can’t stand cables being messy out in the open. In German we call it Kabelsalat aka Cable Salad.

From Instant Pot to Instagram: Critical Lessons in Startup Community Building

– The Year on TikTok: Top 100

– Need to get into the Christmas spirit? This playlist will help! (Thanks Kim!)

– Who doesn’t want a Personal Concrete Fireplace?

– I have recently been in a few situations where I didn’t feel comfortable to take off my mask to drink out of my Tumblr. This one by Simple Modern comes with a straw, witch makes it way easier to drink without taking off your mask. My friend Christina loves it. Wishlisted.

– I love these hanging mirrors by HAY.

– Whoa! Tattly is featured in Wirecutters 2020 Gift Guide. Thank you NYTimes!

342 remote jobs are currently featured on the CreativeMornings Job Board. One of them is Small Planet looking to hire a Creative Director.

– A big thank you to See Design Shop for sponsoring my blog and RSS feed this week. I love their heavy-weight cotton canvas pouches so much. I use them for cables, makeup,… and give them as gifts.

Reality Hand Bowl

Who knew a fruit bowl could make me laugh.

Gloves / Arm Warmers

These. Are. Cool.