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Irina { Mishutka Design Studio }
Maryland, USA
An artist and a designer inspired by Victorian crafts
Interests: music, design, victoriana, victorian ephemera and textiles, reading, crafts, antiques, creating, antiques' restoration, needlework
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I've been wanting to bake something special for Halloween, and I came across the most adorable cupcake wrappers at Joanne's. They are black with orange bats and say "Bite me" in an indearing vampirish script. I couldn't pass the black spiderweb wrappers, either. Clearly, cupcakes were the way to go! And here they are, in their spooky beauty, ready for Halloween! If you are inspired to make these, below is the recipe for you to enjoy. The recipe is for low-glycemic cupcakes; regular substitutes are indicated in parenthesis. Happy Halloween! Chocolate Cupcakes 1 cup palm sugar (or regular sugar) 1... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2011 at Mishutka Design Studio
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The world has lost a great visionary, but he continues to be an inspiration to all of us that seek innovation, perfection and success. In his own words, Steve Jobs expressed his philosophy of death elegantly: “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2011 at Mishutka Design Studio
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Harshness vanished. A sudden softness has replaced the meadows' wintry grey. Little rivulets of water changed their singing accents. Tendernesses, hesitantly, reach toward the earth from space, and country lanes are showing these unexpected subtle risings that find expression in the empty trees. — Rainer Maria Rilke Cold winter storms are now a fading memory Of frozen patterns on a crystal window Breaking in the colors of blooms... Crocuses, forsythia and helleborus in my garden. And a little bunny on the lawn! Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2011 at Mishutka Design Studio
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A delightful new book published last November in Hamburg, Germany, showcases Victorian angel scraps in artistic collages. Antique scraps used in these collages are part of a well-known collection in Denmark. Werner Bokelberg, a prominent German photographer whose work includes numerous celebrity photos and covers for Stern magazine, is the driving force behind this creative adventure. "An angel walks through the room. No-one saw it. And yet we have all been seeing them ever since they left Heaven and came down to earth — the angels of our imagination shaped by tradition over millennia, clothed in our desires and longings.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2011 at Mishutka Design Studio
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Chocolate and cocoa have been around for a long time, but cocoa powder as we know it appeared only in the early 1800s. Dutch chocolate makers Casparus and C.J. van Houten (father and son) developed a process for separating cocoa butter from cocoa powder. C.J. van Houten then found a way to neutralize cocoa’s high acidity by bathing cocoa beans in an alkaline solution. This resulting cocoa, now called Dutch-process cocoa, is mild in taste and more chocolate-brown in color than lighter, red-hued natural cocoa. King Arthur Flour, one of my favorite companies for baking goodies, now has four different... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2011 at Mishutka Design Studio
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Yep, I noticed today is February 1st... but I never promised to post my Christmas pictures on time ;-) We has a gorgeous, shapely blue spruce this year, and we covered it with pretty much every ornament we had in the box! Some cherished mercury glass antiques from the 1930s were prominently displayed next to cute bears... Better later than never! Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2011 at Mishutka Design Studio
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I was in Ireland for the first time in my life this summer, and it was an amazing trip. I found Ireland to be peaceful and laid back, beautiful with a quiet northern beauty, and full of fascinating places and landscapes to discover. There was one big disappointment that made me really sad. Finding traditional Irish crafts proved to be elusive. Many of the stores listed in our guidebook went out of business, likely because of the economy. But I was on a mission, and so I found a few truly unique things. I want to share the work of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2011 at Mishutka Design Studio
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Have you ever heard of an orchestrion? Probably not. Neither did I, until I had a chance to listen to Pat Metheny, a renowned jazz guitarist, perform at the Baltimore's Hippodrome Theater with his Orchestrion project. Pat's concept of what he calls "orchestrionics" has its roots in Victorian times. In the late 1800s and early 1900s the so-called "player pianos" (pianos that played mechanically by moving perforated rolls of paper through a mechanism that moved the piano keys) were at the height of their popularity. The same mechanical principles were later applied to a whole range of orchestral instruments, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2010 at Mishutka Design Studio
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I love pens. I have more pens than I can possibly ever need need, but I just can't resist playing with the shapes, colors, and scents — they make writing so much fun! So, not surprisingly, when I was on vacation in Japan about a year ago, I was lost for hours at the stationery store. They had more cool pens, fabulous color pencils, amazing handmade paper, decorative tape, notebooks, and other "stuff" than I could ever imagine. I wanted to get it all... and had to restrain myself to buying only some. Ever since I wished there was a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2010 at Mishutka Design Studio
Below are some favorites from Etsy crafters: "The Mosiac Artist's Bible of Techniques" by Teresa Mills; "Genuine Origami" by Jun Maekawa; "Printing by Hand" by Lena Corwin; "Alabama Studio Style" by Natalie Chanin.
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I am fascinated by antique dolls. It all started when I saw them on eBay and on Antiques Road Show. Antique bisque dolls were works of art, even though they were created to be toys. The painstaking work that went into every one of them is evident today in many doll museums. I didn't know that Rothenburg ob der Tauber had a doll museum. I noticed the sign when we were walking around, and, well, I simply had to come back in the morning to see its treasures. This private museum was founded by Katharina Engels in 1984, and features... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2010 at Mishutka Design Studio
Thanks, Katie! Many more are coming ;-)
I think so ;-) I've been thinking about writing a reference book. Perhaps someone knows a publisher I should approach? Thanks!
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This morning I was looking through a stack of my favorite craft books, and thought: "There must be so many other beautiful books out there that I don't even know about—embroidery, lace, knitting, scrapbooking, you name it..." Yes! You name it—what are your favorites? These are some of mine: "Embroidered Bags & Purses" by Sally Millner, full of fabulous small embroidery projects; "Sewing Edges & Corners: Decorative Techniques for Your Home and Wardrobe" by Linda Lee, a must-have for anyone who sews; "The Embroiderer's Handbook: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide to Creative Stitches and Versatile Techniques" by Margie Bauer, the only... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2010 at Mishutka Design Studio