Macro Droplets

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David Chambon has always had a passion for wildlife photography, and that passion shines through in his stunning series of dew-covered insects. For more amazing insect photography check out Tustel Ico’s insect series. You can also see more of David’s work on his website.

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Exactly How Bored Are You?

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Olga Kostina,a resident of  the Siberian taigahas, decided to decorate her home with 30,000 plastic bottle caps (yes, that number is correct). She Made this beautiful design over the course of several years.

The Siberian Taiga is an area known for its natural beauty, but also has a population density of only three people per square kilometre. Olga enjoys collecting the bottle caps as a hobby to pass time, and when she gets enough she starts to decorate. Using just a hammer and some nails, and inspiration from traditional macrame motifs, she creates the detailed patterns. Olga plans to continue until every wall of her home is covered in a colourful bottle cap mosaic.

That is pretty inventive 🙂 Olga has my heart!

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World’s Biggest Coffee Bean Mosaic

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This mosaic is called The Awakening and was created by Russian artist Arkady Kim. Over one million coffee beans were used in a variety of shades to cover a panel that weighed 397 pounds. It became the largest coffee bean mural and was exhibited in Moscow’s Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure.

 

DIY Mail Organizer

I don’t know about you, but when I come home I throw all of my mail on the counter inside the door. I think most people do that. It causes a lot of clutter though. So, I had to come up with a solution. I was wondering around Pat Catan’s the other day and found this wooden mail holder. There it is, the solution 🙂 I can do something with this!

I don’t know if you know this but you can stain wood with black tea. It will only make it a few shades darker but if that is all you are looking for then why by stain? No thank you. I’ll do it my way.

Things You Will Need:
Hot water
Mail holder
Tea bags (black tea)

Step 1:

Steep your tea bags in hot water for 2-3 minutes. You can use as many tea bags as you want. I didn’t have a large surface to cover so I used two.

*Make sure it is black tea.

Step 2:

Take one of your tea bags out of the water and carefully rub across the wood. You make have to go over it several times to get the tint that you want. Remember that the tea bag is very thin and will rip easily if you are too rough. Switch tea bags every now and then so that the one you were using can soak up the water and color.

Step 3:

Wring out your tea bag in those hard-to-reach areas to make sure everything is covered. You can see the difference in color immediately.

Step 4:

You could stop there if you wanted to. I wanted to add some more color so I got out my Mod Podge and scrapbook paper 🙂 I also took it outside and covered the mail holder with a sealant for extra protection. This step is optional though.

Yay! Happy crafting 🙂

A History Lesson… In Photography

Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) is greatest American documentary photographer, in my opinion. She is most well known for her photography from the great depression and the migrant workers. Each of these photographs of pre-WW2.

I am pretty sure this section in my history book (way back when) was the only chapter I actually read start to finish.  Her photography is lovely and so subtle. Each picture captures the emotion perfectly. It makes me feel like I am standing right in front of these people.

All images taken from The History Place

DIY Shirt Design

 

This is a pretty easy one. It only has two steps and is under $10. Everyone likes cheap crafts!

By the way, if you are looking for a tee shirt that is this yellow you are better off going to JoAnne’s or Micheal’s. I looked at 3 different department stores before I gave up and went to the craft store. Apparently, most people don’t prefer to wear bright yellow 😉 Ohh well, it is my new favorite gym shirt!

 

 

 

Things You Will Need:
Tee Shirt
Fabric pen
Cardboard

 

 

 

Step 1:

First, put some cardboard or thick paper inside the shirt to keep the ink from bleeding through to the other side. Then, pick a design or wording and begin drawing/writing.

 

 

Step 2:

Get out your iron, heat it up and slowly go over your design or lettering. The heat will set the ink from the fabric pen and you will be able to wear it immediately. It is always a good idea to wash it first though. 🙂 It wouldn’t be good if you (or the person you are making it for) is allergic to the ink.

 

 

 

Happy crafting!

 

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