Iced cookies that look like beautiful embroidery

Nadia Ka of My Little Bakery decorates cookies to look like gorgeous old-fashioned embroidered designs. In addition to posting photos of her final designs, Nadia also shares really fascinating behind-the-scenes videos of her process on her Instagram:

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Just some of my favorite flowers 💜 #cookies #paintedcookies #lilaccookies #decoratedcookies #cookiedecorating #cookieart #springtime #instagood #instacute #video #instavideo #onestroke

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Step by step tutorial how to decorate Cross Stitch Rose Cookie on my YouTube (link in bio).❤️ Subscribe to see more videos❤️ . #cookiedecorating #mylittlebakery #cookieart #decoratedcookies #cookies #crossstitch #roses #icingcookies #cookielove #lacecookies #crossstichroses #video #videotutorial #instavideo #tutorial

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“Tipsy Talk with Saoirse Ronan” is the most Irish thing you’ll see today

Irish filmmaker Hazel Hayes sits down with Irish star Saoirse Ronan to chat about Brooklyn, Lady Bird, and what it’s like to leave the motherland. You can also enjoy Hayes’ hilarious, booze-infused conversation with director Taika Waititi:

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Enjoy this hypnotic video of Krispy Kreme doughnuts being made

INSIDER takes you inside the doughnut making process at a Krispy Kreme location in Burbank, California. It’s enough to make you want to order a whole bouquet of doughnuts.

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Podcast recommendation: Good Christian Fun

The only downside about one of my new favorite podcasts, Good Christian Fun, is that it’s a little hard to describe exactly what it is. It sounds like the kind of show that’s designed to proselytize to non-believers or to speak only to Christians, but neither of those are the case. Instead, the podcast features two funny people discussing Christian pop culture with a loving but still-critical eye. Hosts Kevin T. Porter (Gilmore Guys) and Caroline Ely grew up in Christian households and describe themselves as “tour guides through the weird and hilarious world of faith-based entertainment.” Each episode features the duo and a guest discussing a specific element of Christian pop culture, from movies like Kirk Cameron’s Fireproof to musicians like Steven Curtis Chapman.

Whether you’re a Christian familiar with the pop culture in question or someone like me who’s just curious about strange subcultures, there’s something to enjoy in Good Christian Fun. Porter and Ely both bring affection, empathetic points of view to the show. They’re curious and non-judgmental about the topic of faith, but they’re also more than happy to criticize the Christian culture they examine—both from an artistic standpoint and from a moral one. Ely, in particular, is interested in the way mainstream Christian culture treats women and the podcast is currently running a series focused on the (often problematic) notion of “Biblical womanhood.”

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Blast From The Past: GQ’s moving profile on Brendan Fraser’s career comeback

In a new article for GQ, writer Zach Baron profiles the late 1990s/early aughts superstar Brendan Fraser, who all but disappeared from the public eye over the past decade. It turns out a combination of personal, physical, and professional stress—including experiencing sexual harassment—caused Fraser to step away from the limelight almost entirely. But Fraser’s now making a career comeback as a prestige TV character actor, and this profile is an intimate, poignant look into his journey. Here’s an excerpt:

Movie stardom is a phenomenon even movie stars can’t reliably explain. Some executive or a director puts your face on a screen in a theater, and there’s something about your features or the way your parents raised you or the decade you happened to arrive in Hollywood, some ineffable thing that goes beyond acting that you have no conscious control over, and millions of people respond to it. Fraser was gentle and eager and apparently guileless, and we as a country decided that was something we wanted as frequently as he would provide it, and so he spent some of the best years of his life doing his best to do just that. [...]

The films, in addition to having diminishing returns, were causing a physical toll: He was a big man doing stunts, running around in front of green screens, going from set to set. His body began to fall apart. “By the time I did the third Mummy picture in China,” which was 2008, “I was put together with tape and ice—just, like, really nerdy and fetishy about ice packs.

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Warehouses that (sort of) aren’t in any country

The YouTube channel Half As Interesting digs into the weird jurisdictional exemptions of freeports—special economic zones that exist within countries but aren’t governed by the same laws. And it turns out freeports have a strange and unexpected connection to the world of fine art too. You can read more about freeports, the art world, and the uber rich in this 2013 article from The Economist:

The world’s rich are increasingly investing in expensive stuff, and “freeports” such as Luxembourg’s are becoming their repositories of choice. Their attractions are similar to those offered by offshore financial centres: security and confidentiality, not much scrutiny, the ability for owners to hide behind nominees, and an array of tax advantages. This special treatment is possible because goods in freeports are technically in transit, even if in reality the ports are used more and more as permanent homes for accumulated wealth. If anyone knows how to game the rules, it is the super-rich and their advisers.

The idea is to turn freeports into “places the end-customer wants to be seen in, the best alternative to owning your own museum,” says David Arendt, managing director of the Luxembourg freeport. The newest facilities are dotted with private showrooms, where art can be shown to potential buyers. To help expand its private-client business, Christie’s, an auction house, has leased space in Singapore’s freeport (which also houses a diamond exchange). The wealthy are increasingly using freeports as a place where they can rub shoulders and trade fine objects with each other.

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A gorgeous, delicious rainbow apple pie

Ann Reardon of the YouTube channel How To Cook That talks through her recipe for a “double rainbow unicorn apple pie.” Even if the dessert isn’t your jam, Reardon’s soothing voice is reason enough to watch her tutorial. Read the rest

Watch every Team USA gold medal win in less than two minutes

For those who didn’t get a chance to watch much of the Olympics this year, NBC Sports helpfully edited together all nine Team USA gold medal wins into one short video. You can also watch a slightly more extended look at how Team USA won its first ever gold medal in curling right here:

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What it’s like to ski an Olympic downhill course

This point-of-view footage from NBC Sports offers an exhilarating, terrifying glimpse into what it’s like to be an Olympic downhill skier. Read the rest

Watch cute babies try winter Olympic sports

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Black Panther director Ryan Coogler pens a touching thank you to fans

Following the unprecedented success of his film Black Panther, director Ryan Coogler shared this sweet thank-you letter via the Marvel Studios Twitter account:

The letter reads:

I am struggling to find the words to express my gratitude at this moment, but I will try. Filmmaking is a team sport. And our team was made up [of] amazing people from all over the world who believed in this story. Deep down we all hoped that people would come to see a film about a fictional country on the continent of Africa, made up of a cast of people of African descent.

Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this strong. It still humbles me to think that people care enough to spend their money and time watching our film. But to see people of all backgrounds wearing clothing that celebrates their heritage, taking pictures next to our posters with their friends and family, and sometimes dancing in the lobbies of theaters often moved me and my wife to tears.

For the people who bought out theaters, who posted on social about how lit the film would be, bragged about our awesome cast, picked out outfits to wear, and who stood in line in theaters all over the world, all before even seeing the film…

To the press who wrote about the film for folks who hadn’t yet seen it, and encouraged audiences to come out…

And to the young ones, who came out with their parents, with their mentors, and with their friends…

Thank you for giving our team of filmmakers the greatest gift: The opportunity to share this film, that we poured our hearts and souls into, with you.

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The existential horror of Logan Paul

Rightfully disdained for his callous behavior but still adored by millions of fans, YouTuber Logan Paul clearly inspires some very intense emotions in those who watch his channel. In this thoughtful 19-minute video, video essayist Big Joel takes an objective look at why that is by examining Paul’s evolving YouTube persona and the troubling, damaging path it’s taken.

For another smart critical take on Logan Paul, check out this video by Nathan Zed:

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10 things winter Olympians are tired of hearing

If you ever meet a winter Olympian, be sure not to open with one of these lines. But do check out how winter athletes train for the Olympics:

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A simple Sunday routine for a more productive life

Although the YouTube channel The Financial Diet usually offers financial advice, in this video host Chelsea Fagan talks through the Sunday routine that’s helped her become more productive despite her naturally lazy, type-B personality. Read the rest

This European city center has no street names

As part of his Amazing Places series, YouTuber Tom Scott explores how the Quadratestadt of Mannheim, Germany confounds modern computer mapping systems because it doesn’t name its streets.

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'Justice League Honest Trailer' doesn’t pull punches

DC’s Justice League movie was a bit of a mess, so Screen Junkies has plenty to make fun of in this new Honest Trailer—especially Henry Cavill’s weird CGI lip (thanks for that Paramount). Read the rest

Lovely, simple pet portraits

Using pencil drawings, watercolor, and ink, Serbian artist Endre Penovác creates gorgeous artwork, including an ongoing series featuring household pets. You can find Penovác’s work on his Instagram, his Facebook, and his website. His work is also for sale via Saatchi Art. Here are some of my favorite pet portraits:

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Eye contact #ink #painting by #endrepenovac #cat #blackcat #catsofinstagram #saatchi #art #gallery #contemporaryart #animal #pets #ペインティング #ネコ #インク @instagramjapan #instaart

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#endrepenovac #drawing #graphite #dachshund #dog #animal #animals #pet #home #saatchi #art #gallery #endre #penovac #artoftheday #instagram #пеновац @artsy @ratedmodernart

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Ink, 38x56 cm #painting #dogs #dogsofinstagram #endrepenovac #saatchi #art #gallery #penovac #endre #angry #watercolor #aquarelle #тушь #арт #пеновац #pintura #墨水 #繪畫 #ペインティング #インク #instaart #artforsale

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Ink & watercolor (28x38 cm) #painting #endrepenovac #ink #watercolor #aquarelle #saatchi #art #gallery #artforsale #animals #guineapig #pets #arts_help #endre #penovac #акварель #арт #пеновац #墨水 #绘画 #artoftheday #instagram @artsy

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My dog / Hungarian Puli #endrepenovac #pencil #drawing #dog #animals #pets #home #art #арт #художник #скетч #пеновац #saatchi #art #gallery #artist #artwork #arts_help #nature

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Meek 38x28 cm #ink #painting #indianink #blackandwhite #artwork #endrepenovac #saatchi #art #gallery #endre #penovac #artforsale #contemporaryart #watercolor #тушь #арт #пеновац #whitecat #catsofinstagram #instaart #hongkong #taiwan #ペインティング #绘画 #pintura @avant.arte

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