blogwatch: where we’ve been clicking this week

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Fans of M.C. Escher should go nuts for this optical illusion shelving system, at BoingBoing.

If you’re wanting to try your hand at canning preserves, but are afraid of the huge time and equipment investment, The Kitchn’s got you covered with a tutorial on small batch preserving. Wish we could have seen this before our first canning effort last year — 12 cups of blackberry jam that never set down the drain!

As you may know, we’re fans of the wonders of duct tape here at Shelteriffic. Over at the LOL-inducing Badder Homes and Gardens, see a new use for that tacky-magic: a creepy portrait made of duct tape.

These Dark and Stormy cupcakes feature everything you love about the cocktail (rum and ginger beer) mixed into a pastry. Brilliant — at Coconut & Lime.

Are Shanghai’s cloned flowers creating the equivalent of a “botanical Jurassic Park”? Looks like they might be, over at BLDGBLOG.

Planning a summer wedding and STILL without your invites? Well, CasaSugar’s got you covered with their roundup of letterpress wedding invitiations.

Over at Shelterpop, we read news that Beyonce is expanding her empire to include bed linens. According to the snippet, she’s a “fan of pintucking”. So are we!

From our partners

I love my book on small-batch preserving, which is called Well Preserved, by Mary Anne Dragan. It’s a gem with lots of amazing recipes for preserves including chutneys, ketchups, relishes, sauces- I love the cherry-raspberry dessert sauce spirited with Grand Marnier…FYI for your future- don’t dump jam that doesn’t set! It’s great on pancakes, ice cream, sweet breads, and more…just stick it in your freezer or can it even though it hasn’t set. Enjoy your summer of fresh produce!

ellobie

I need to thank y’all for introducing me to Badder Homes & Gardens, it’s right after Shelterrific on my daily clicklist. And oh, how I wish we could have afforded letterpress invites! We ended up doing a combo of WeddingPaperDivas & Envelopements. The compliments are still pouring in & the invites were pretty inexpensive!