minnesota love (free print downloads)

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

{minnesota nice}

     Living in South Africa (or anywhere that’s not your original home) you inevitably end up explaining where you’re from several times over. For P there’s a straightforward answer- he’s from Minnesota. He was born there, his paternal great grandfather even founded a city there, and his entire extended family is scattered between Minnesota and Wisconsin. For me it’s not SO simple, I can never bring myself to say that I’m only ‘from’ one place. While I spent 12 years of my young and formative years there I will never only be from Minnesota. I was born in India, my parents grew up in India, my extended family lives scattered across the globe, and I’ve lived in lots of cities that have made an equal or bigger impression on me.
     That’s why this week I’m working on a series of illustrations in Photoshop to print out and frame for a gallery wall in our living room. It will be different places that we’ve called home (both together and seperately) . For us that’s: Calcutta, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Madison, Boston, New York City, Berlin and finally Johannesburg. Stay tuned over this week and next for some free art downloads I’m making to represent each place. 
     I’m checking Minneapolis/St. Paul and their suburbs off the list first with 5 illustrations of Minnesota. Feel free to save, print, and use these images in your own home or on your macbook/iPad/iPhone backgrounds. 
     **These are small versions, if you would like the full size jpeg please click on any of the pics. for private use only, these images are NOT licensed for commercial use. Thank you. 
Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love
{minnesota: simple}
Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love
{simple, inverted}
Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love
{favorite famous minnesotans}
Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love
{favorite famous minnesotans, inverted}
 

DIY: Saffron Infused Gin, and label download

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

In a continuation of this week’s bar themeGabriel Boudier’s Saffron Gin is all the rage right now. It’s very pretty and it tastes delicious, but you can infuse your own too. (Warning, this is not as sweet as Boudier’s gin, but simply saffron infused gin):
You’ll need:
gin
a packet of saffron (they come in tiny packets because it’s is a relatively expensive and strong herb)
a mason jar
a coffee filter
a funnel
a bottle for your finished gin (or you can put it back in the original)
a label (optional, duh)
First disinfect your mason jar by boiling it in a pot of water for a few minutes. While that is going on, if you are using a bottle that’s not your original gin bottle, measure out how much gin you’re going to infuse. After the mason jar has cooled off and dried, pour the saffron on the bottom and the gin in on top of the saffron, put the lid on and shake it up. Store in a cool, dark cupboard for 3-4 days, shaking it at least twice a day. Print out your label and affix to the new bottle with either glue or transparent tape (do this before there’s gin in the bottle, it’s easier). When the gin is done, put your coffee filter into a funnel and pour the infused gin through it into it’s final storing place (this is obviously to strain out the saffron threads). Voila! You have a yummy, lovely bottle of gin. Next week I’ll show you a yummy cocktail to drink using your saffron infused gin.
 Unfortunately WP won’t let me upload Photoshop files. SO, below I have a generic jpeg for saffron infused gin (the aqua gin color compliments the mustard color of the saffron gin) as well as a jpeg for just the border. Click on the border download, then right click (or command click if you’re a Mac like me) on the picture and choose ‘Save Image As….’ to download the picture. Open it in Word and make your own label with your own fonts and your own colors and size. Tada!