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Posts from October 2015.

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4 Skillshare Classes You Need To Check Out

October 16th  •  Posted in Tech

4 Skillshare Classes You Need To Check Out

As I’ve already mentioned in my latest monthly favourites post, I’ve only recently made the switch to Skillshare‘s premium membership, and I’ve been in love with it ever since! Skillshare is just the perfect place to go where I want to learn something new or different. Especially on the desig front, there’re so many creatives and awesome teachers ready teach you a new skill from zero. And I don’t know about you, but to me learning and trying my hands at something new is always so fun! Thanks to a couple of Skillshare classes I’ve found my way into the beautiful world of calligraphy, which is something I’ve always wanted to give a try to.

I’ve tried and tested a few too many classes since purchasing my premium membership, and I thought it could be nice to gather up four of my favourites. You should really check these ones out!

Adam Whitcroft’s Icon Design – This one, I’ve really loved. Adam Whitcroft is an amazing teacher and makes something I’ve always thought to be so difficult, actually look very simple. Icon design is something I’ve always wanted to give a whirl at: designing websites on a daily basic, I often feel the need to have an icon set of my own, something personal and different from any other. This class will guide you through the process of putting together a cohesive icon set using Illustrator and Photoshop, and in the end you’ll be left with a beautiful, handcrafted set ready to appear on the web!

Jamie Bartlett’s Dry-Ink: Smart Texturing In Photoshop – This class is pretty quick but so very smart and useful. I love to learn new Photoshop tricks, and a dry-ink texture, let’s be honest, always comes handy and looks lovely on texts. This class is very intuitive and easy to follow, great for beginners too!

Bryn Chernoff’s Calligraphy I – If you want to try your hands at calligraphy once in your lifetime but can’t really take part of any of those so-aesthetically-pleasing classes with tea and cupcakes served alongside, you should totally give this class a try. You’ll be guide through the whole process of picking your calligraphy tool, start writing for the first time and finally learn how to write small paragraphs and phrases. In less than 2 hours! With worksheets too! You can’t really go better than this.

Belinda Love Lee’s Digitize Your Own Calligraphy – Following her on social media, I was very excited when this class came out. I loved taking a sneak peek at her design process. This class is great for learning how to quickly digitize your own calligraphy and a little bit more about paper and letterpress, which has always sounded so appealing to me.

Any other fans of Skillshare? What about your favourite classes? x

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Autumnal Potatoes + Pumpkin Soup

October 7th  •  Posted in Recipe

Potatoes + Pumpkin Soup

With the days becoming shorter and chillier, I’ve started craving proper autumnal food since a couple of weeks, sentence that generally stands for ‘soups’. Last year I’ve shared the recipe for one of my favourites soups (Autumnal Potatoes + Onions Soup), but as a lover of all things pumpkin, I couldn’t help but come up with a lovely variation that feels even more autumnal! This soup is tasty and somewhat of sweet too, but extremely delicious and cozy: creamy thanks to the potatoes, with a sweet hint of the pumpkin and carrots and a touch of onion.

Even just the smell of the onions pan-frying in the butter while making this pumpkin soup, reminds me of all things autumnal! I hope you give this one a try now that the weather is becoming cold and our bellies require something hot and tasty!

Potatoes + Pumpkin Soup

Potatoes + Pumpkin Soup

Autumnal Potatoes + Pumpkin Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Serving Size: 2-3 Serves

Autumnal Potatoes + Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 300g pumpkin
  • 4 medium potatoes
  • 1 or 2 carrots
  • 4 cups boiling vegetable stock
  • 200ml milk
  • Pepper + Salt to taste
  • Parsley and freshly made bread croutons to top

Instructions

1 :: Start by roughly slicing and chopping the onion. Place the butter into a large saucepan and melt it over a low heat. Then add the onions and pan-fry them util they turn out slightly golden.

2 :: Chop the potatoes into big cubes; do the same with the carrots and pumpkin, carefully removing all the skins. Add them all into the saucepan and pan-fry them for 10 minutes.

3 :: Then start adding the vegetable stock one cup at a time, leaving around 15 minutes between every addition. Remember to stir the vegetables along the way, and add the stock as soon as the previous addition has almost completely evaporated.

4 :: It should take around 50/55 minutes for the pumpkin and potatoes to soften. Make sure in the end you still have some residues of water in the saucepan (to make your soup liquid-y), then add the milk and stir nicely.

5 :: Remove from heat and use an immersion blender to smooth it out and blend everything. Persist if you like your soups to be completely smooth, or just give it a rough blend if you like little vegetables cubes to be still around.

6 :: Add pepper and salt to taste. Serve and top with parsley and freshly baked croutons.

http://www.miel-cafe.com/2015/10/autumnal-potatoes-pumpkin-soup.html

Potatoes + Pumpkin Soup

Potatoes + Pumpkin Soup

Let me know if you plan to give this recipe a try and what’s your favourite autumnal food! x

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October Calendar | Free Printable

October 3rd  •  Posted in Design

October Calendar | Free Printable

October Calendar | Free Printable

Even if always a bit late, I’m actually enjoying putting together this little calendars every month! This time I’ve decided to feature my own calligraphy in my October calendar – and I love it even more! Hope you like it too! Find the free download below and, if you need another reason to subscribe to the newsletter, we have some excited news coming your way super soon! 😉

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