Dressed in sheepskin coats and hats, locals in Nuanquan China celebrate the Lantern Festival each year by flinging molten iron at a wall to create beautiful showers of sparks. The tradition reportedly started 4 or 500 years ago when a blacksmith was too poor to buy fireworks to celebrate the festival. A little dangerous, but so so beautiful! Check it out!
Via Neatorama.

nautilus house

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This amazing house was designed by Senosiain Arquitectos for a couple in Mexico City after they decided they wanted a house that looked like a snail shell! They now live there with their children. I can’t even imagine what it must be like to live in a house like that! I especially love the rainbow glass front window. For more detailed information about the house, and some more incredible pictures, see this page on DVICE.

Pretom -Apr 06, 2009, 3:17PM
That is so gorgeous ! thank you !
carin -Apr 01, 2009, 12:09PM
what an intruiging home. love it!

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cassette tape scarf

So, the sweet cassette tape art above has been around the internet enough lately that I’m pretty confident you guys have all seen it…
(If you haven’t, or haven’t had your fill, check out this page, which has a variety of the pieces, some of which you might not have seen.)
But look at this other cassette art I came across today…
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A cassette tape scarf – pretty interesting right? I don’t know how long it would last being worn, but shoot, I’d wear it!
I wonder what we’ll do next with tapes!?

Gi at Pashmina Shawl -Oct 26, 2010, 12:47PM
Omg. That is so cool! A lot of time must have been spent on that.
Courtney -Jul 28, 2009, 10:36PM
I LOVE this concept. Especially the scarf. Just saw some handmade leggings on LookBook that remind me of this chunky knit look. Maybe not so functional, but awesome nonetheless.

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Peep making!

It’s almost time for Easter, which means it’s time to eat Peeps! Yum!
The Chicago Tribune has a neat slideshow of the Peeps factory that I enjoyed – you can check it out here. See a few of the shots below! (I found the cool swordfighting Peeps picture here.)

Peeps without sugar-coating look a little bit scary!
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Yum…

lj -Mar 31, 2009, 5:51PM
I love this!!!!!!!

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early emoticons?

I came across these on Made you Look. Neat, right? I can’t decide if I think they are legitimately from the 70′s or not. Perhaps! Either way, I like them, and that they’re “films.” A tiny drop more of information at Made You Look.

K @ Blog Goggles -Apr 01, 2009, 1:23AM
Haha I highly doubt it. Did emoticons even exist back then? But they're pretty great.

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a small world

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The author of Mission Mission spotted this little installation attached to the wall of the building across the street from her/his apartment. I love it – I’d like to imagine some little person actually does live in there! See more pictures here.

Peps -Apr 04, 2009, 6:52PM
Oh man! I've actually seen this before! It was too cute! It also made me think about Basil- The Great Mouse Detective (Walt Disney).

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I’m crazy about these images by Carlo Van De Roer, aren’t they fabulous!? I’d love to have a giant mural of one for a wall in my living room. The feeling of these pictures is like another world!
Via Beautiful/Decay.

shiraz fuman

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I just spent way too long looking at everything on Shiraz Fuman’s site and Flickr feed. Her stuff is so awesome – I love the style and how it’s a little bit surreal!
Via Meathaus.

The Tilted Tulip -Mar 27, 2009, 1:36PM
I love the rabbit marching band! Good find!

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I am so inspired by this beautiful crochet blanket from the ladies of The Purl Bee. I love the idea to just make one giant Granny Square as a blanket. The colors are gorgeous too! But the best part is that they have a really good tutorial for making Granny Squares! Now I just need to graduate to making giant Granny Squares.

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One of our former design team employees, Michelle, recently dug up our Art Director Doub’s glove project from many years ago, and posted it on her blog! You can see it above, it’s pretty fabulous – I couldn’t resist sharing it with you guys as well!
Here’s a little note from Doub about where the inspiration for this project came from:
Well what became fascinating for me when I started the glove project was how elaborately detailed each pair of gloves were. And with each glove it’s delicate little details really dictated each design. I had become obsessed with gloves and was scouring the city for them mainly for the strange need to cut one of the pair up into a silhouette. I still have such an appreciation for the amazing craftsmanship and design of gloves.
It really is a very inspiring project! And speaking of inspiration, our friend Michelle’s blog is called Inspiration Resource, and aptly so! You should definitely check it out if you feel so inclined…

Elsita -Mar 26, 2009, 10:49PM
This is so great! Elsita :)
Megan -Mar 26, 2009, 3:16PM
These are so cute and interesting, did Doub sew up the little garments?

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I am totally amazed by this piece by Lynette Andreasen! She found an antique silver platter and embroidered an outline of an old image of her father’s family onto it. When I first saw the top picture, I thought it was embroidered leather and that it was very cool – so you can imagine my reaction when I found it was a silver platter – even cooler! Check out Lynette’s pictures too; she has an interesting little artist’s statement there.

Chloe C. -Mar 25, 2009, 9:37PM
wow. Thanks again, FP girl. You keep on bringin' it. Love, Chloe C.

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time

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I really like this set by graphic designer David Marsh! Agree?
Via Design Dig.

Leslie -Mar 25, 2009, 5:15PM
soo cool! perfect way 2 describe wut I'm doing... wasting time ;)
ilse -Mar 25, 2009, 10:08AM
Almost a movie ;) I like it!

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