Yule Log 2.014: A Yule Log for the Digital Age

Each year, I look for­ward to the holiday-specific projects that put a unique spin on the clas­sics, like Yule Log 2.014. Now in its sec­ond sea­son, this series of short films are cre­ated by illus­tra­tors, ani­ma­tors, direc­tors, and coders to bring the tra­di­tional Yule Log into the dig­i­tal age.

There are a ton of them that are avail­able for view on the Yule Log site. Here are some of my favorites!

Victoria Borges’ Colorfully Macabre Illustrations

Victoria Borges

Vienna-based illus­tra­tor Vic­to­ria Borges’ work isn’t afraid to get macabre. Just look at the image above! It’s both a col­or­ful, flo­ral explo­sion and a detached a head and expres­sion. Other illus­tra­tions have sim­i­lar ele­ments, and I like the push and pull of exu­ber­ance and dark­ness. It’s a reflec­tion of life — times of joy punc­tu­ated by some sadness.

Do you use Behance? I love it — it’s easy to fol­low around cre­atives in illus­tra­tion, graphic design, sculp­ture, and more. It’s how I found Victoria’s illus­tra­tions.

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Stylish Ladies on Porcelain Brooches by Minini

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Minini (Min Lee) is an illus­tra­tor and ceramic artist whose work focuses on the char­ac­ter design of young, fash­ion­able ladies. Her delight sub­jects don styl­ish bobs, cool hair acces­sories, and rosy cheeks.

I really like her brooches and wish that she’d restock her Etsy shop with them ‘em. I’d love to pin one to sweater!

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Júlia Sardà’s Lively, Vintage-Inspired Illustrations

Júlia Sardà

Júlia Sardà is a pro­lific Barcelona-based free­lance illus­tra­tor who focuses her energy on sto­ries. Mary Pop­pins, Oliver Twist, and Alice in Won­der­land are a few of the tales that she’s painted. It’s clear, through her style, that she’s inspired by illus­tra­tions from the mid­dle of the 20th cen­tury. They have a vintage-feel that mim­ics the shapes and char­ac­ter design of that era.

I’ve cho­sen a smat­ter­ing of Júlia’s work, but there’s a lot I didn’t include. Fol­low her on Tum­blr or Face­book for more! (H/T Per­rin)

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Elsa Mora’s Exquisite Cut Paper “Winter Wonderland”

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With Christ­mas only a week away, it feels very appro­pri­ate to share this mag­nif­i­cent cut-paper cre­ation by Elsa Mora. I somewhat-recently shared her amaz­ing Gar­den of Books, and she’s back with another intricately-detailed piece. This one is titled Win­ter Won­der­land which fea­tures the cross sec­tion of a house that’s all decked out for the hol­i­days. There are so many lovely things in this work, and I’m always in awe that Elsa over­looks noth­ing. Even the lamp­shade has a tiny pat­tern on it!

Win­ter Won­der­land is cur­rently on dis­play at the MoMA Design Store until the end of the year. So, if you’re local to NYC, stop by and check it out (and tell me how it looks in person!).

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Adorably Fuzzy Llamas & Librarians by Cat Rabbit Plush

cat rabbitIf you are a reg­u­lar reader of this blog, then you’re prob­a­bly already famil­iar with the work of Cat Rab­bit. I’ve fea­tured a cou­ple of her plushes before, but I real­ize I’ve never ded­i­cated an entire post to them!

I trea­sured my stuff ani­mals as a kid. Even now, some­where in a stor­age unit in south­ern Utah, they are tucked away in plas­tic bins (wait­ing for me?). As an adult, I love look­ing at plush char­ac­ters, espe­cially ones with per­son­al­ity like these. The Melbourne-based tex­tile artist designs and hand­crafts each fig­ure, and they have wire in their limbs for posing.

Cat Rab­bit has a pop­u­lar shop on Etsy. But, if you’re look­ing to order one of her adorable cre­ations, you’ll have to wait. She’s tak­ing a break for the hol­i­days and will be back on Jan­u­ary 3!

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Everything Nice: Lucie Sheridan & Carrot Cupcakes

This tea towel is very well loved!

This tea towel is very well loved!

I’m back in the kitchen with the sec­ond install­ment of Every­thing Nice fea­tur­ing To Dry ForBeast in Show, and illus­tra­tor Lucie Sheri­dan. If you missed my inau­gural post, check it out here.

For this project, I chose 3 illus­tra­tors whose work I admired, and then I asked them what their favorite baked good was. Through­out the course of Every­thing Nice, I’ll make their sweet treat and show you how to do it, too. Plus, you’ll see their work in action.

When I emailed Lucie Sheri­dan about what her favorite baked good was, she gave me a list! It included Nigella’s Guin­ness choco­late cake. Although I am par­tial to choco­late, I ulti­mately decided on car­rot cup­cakes, and I am so glad I did. Cou­pled with cream cheese frost­ing, these things are deli­cious. My boyfriend and I skipped din­ner one night and only ate these cup­cakes, because you know, #adults.

I used Lucie’s Cock­apoo tea towel while bak­ing. It was extremely help­ful, not to men­tion super cute.

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Lucie’s tea towel design before all the bak­ing, wash­ing, and drying.

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So, there are two recipes here. One for the car­rot cup­cakes and another for the frost­ing. Both don’t require a lot of active time — the most time con­sum­ing thing is grat­ing the car­rots, but even then it goes pretty quickly. I own a stand mixer, so if you have one, def­i­nitely use it.

And, one last thing. I for­got to buy cup­cake lin­ers. This was a fail on my part. Although I prop­erly greased the tin, it was nearly impos­si­ble to take the cup­cakes out with­out ruin­ing their bottoms.

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Take 5 Car­rot Cupcakes 

Active time: 30 min­utes | Total time: 1 hour
Makes 14 cup­cakes (I made 12)
Source: Food & Wine

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tea­spoons cinnamon
  • 1 tea­spoon bak­ing soda
  • 1/2 tea­spoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tea­spoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups finely shred­ded car­rots (from about 6 medium carrots)

1. Pre­heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahren­heit and line muf­fin tin with paper lin­ers. Grease the lin­ers with veg­etable oil.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the cin­na­mon, bak­ing soda, and salt.

3. In a large bowl, with the help of an elec­tric mixer, beat the eggs and canola oil. Alter­na­tively, if you have a stand mixer, mix ‘em in there. Grad­u­ally beat in the sugar and a medium-high speed until thick, about 3 min­utes. Add the vanilla.

4. Fold the dry ingre­di­ents into the sugar mix­ture using a rub­ber spat­ula. Once com­bined, fold in the carrots.

5. Spoon the bat­ter into the muf­fin tins and bake for 25 to 30 min­utes (mine took 25), until a tooth­pick inserted in the cen­ter comes out clean.

6. Let the tin cool slightly then trans­fer the cup­cakes to the freezer. This will make them eas­ier to frost.

7. Time to dec­o­rate! I used a pip­ing tool and then spread the frost­ing with an off-set spat­ula. But, a but­ter knife will also do the trick.

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Cream Cheese Frosting

Total time: 15 min­utes
Makes 1 1/2 cups
Source: Food & Wine

  • 4 table­spoons unsalted but­ter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 tea­spoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups con­fec­tion­ers’ sugar (8 ounces)

1. In the bowl of an elec­tric mixer, beat the but­ter with the cream cheese until smooth.

2. Add in the vanilla and con­fec­tion­ers’ sugar and beat at a high speed until fluffy.

Take a look at that fuzzy photobomb in the back.

Take a look at that fuzzy pho­to­bomb in the back.

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Heads up! To Dry For/Beast in Show pro­vided me with Lucie’s tea towel, but the words, pic­tures, and opin­ions are all my own.

A Lightbulb as a Tail: Ceramics by Il Sung Na

Il Sung Na

See that guy? I bought him at MICA’s Art Mar­ket this past week­end! Il Sung Na crafted these adorable crea­tures that have a prac­ti­cal pur­pose. They hold tea lights, light­bulbs, paint­brushes and more. I love the col­or­ing and the char­ac­ter design. Like, the light­bulb out of a figure’s butt? How amus­ing and clever!

I saw all of these guys on Insta­gram prior to vis­it­ing the Art Mar­ket. I was on a mis­sion to snag one for myself.

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Friday Roundup: Tattooed People, Illustrated

I’ve cer­tainly men­tioned this before, but I am a fan of tat­toos; and, I enjoy see­ing them etched into acharacter’s imag­i­nary skin. Think about it — in an illus­tra­tion, get­ting a inked doesn’t hurt. No one is going to look at you funny or judge you harshly. Total free­dom! Just like the week­end. See ya Mon­day, folks.