amazing eclairs

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These colorful eclairs are from the super-fancy Parisian shop Fauchon! I would be interested to eat one with frosting looking like peas and carrots, though it might be a shame to destroy such a carefully made confection!
Via here and here.

Madeline -Jul 07, 2009, 10:09AM
Yum!! Those look amazing!

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julia

This beautiful necklace was designed by Marc Newson for Boucheron. It’s called the Julia Necklace, and that’s what I like the most about it – it’s design was inspired by the Julia sets of fractals discovered by Gaston Julia in the early 1900′s. Below, a picture of a Julia fractal. (Via.)

Exquisite!
Via The Moment.

Annaliese -Mar 24, 2010, 6:25PM
wow! both are amazing and so beautiful in their intricacy

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julian callos

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These fun illustrations by Julian Callos make me happy! My favorite is at the top – I wish my camera did that! Check out Julian’s blog and Tumblr!
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Helen31Quinn -Jul 24, 2010, 9:09AM
If you're in a not good position and have got no money to move out from that point, you will need to take the business loans. Just because it should help you definitely. I take consolidation loans every time I need and feel OK because of this.

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cal patch

meet cal patch! cal worked for free people many moons ago, and has since become a super-successful artist/crafter.
we asked her a few questions about what she’s up to, and what keeps her business – hodge podge – going…and about her little awesome chihuahua, gertie.
1) what exactly do you do?
well, i have been self-employed for the last ten years and that has meant a number of different kinds of work all relating to my love of making clothes. currently i design and hand-make every piece of my line, *hodge podge*, which i sell online, in person at artists’ markets and craft fairs, and in a few boutiques in new york and tokyo. i also teach sewing, crochet, patternmaking and other textile crafts at various locations around nyc and my new home in the catskills. i design projects for magazines like Sew Stylish and Crochet Today, and websites like Craft Stylish. I also just finished writing a book on making your own sewing patterns, which will be out in september. i am also working as a farm-hand and learning how to be a farmer!

2) what’s your favorite thing about what you do?
i love that i have the freedom to do anything i want to do, which translates into making all kinds of things, and that every piece is one of a kind so i never have to make the same thing twice. and i can make my own rules like never using the color black! my label is called *hodge podge* because it includes everything from crochet hats and linen tunics to dog sweaters and carriers, and it changes all the time…

3) what inspires you the most?
i am actually very inspired by function and practicality. i like to make pieces that are special but can be worn every day, not saved for a special occasion. i want them to be sturdy and last for hundreds of years, not disposable. i don’t work in seasons, i just make what i need in my own life and it seems to work for othe people’s lives too!
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4) what’s the most beautiful place/thing you’ve seen in the past month?
i recently moved two hours north of the city to the catskills, and every day i am amazed by the surrounding beauty! i had been rather deprived of nature for the past 18 years living in nyc, so i am really attuned to the changes happening every week, like what is blooming or ready to harvest, or how high the river is. the other day i drove over the mountain on my way home, just after a flash rainstorm, and the sun was shining and little impromptu streams and waterfalls were pouring over the rocks alongside the road. it was so beautiful i got tears in my eyes!
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5) tell us a funny story about gert.
about a month ago when i was selling my goods at renegade craft fair, lots of people were picnicking in the park behind my booth. every time i looked back there, i’d see gertie attending a different picnic, or sitting on someone’s belly while they sunbathed. nobody seemed to mind because she’s not really interested in food, she just likes to visit. it was cracking me up!
if you want to learn more, check out cal’s blog and etsy sites!

cal -Jul 09, 2013, 9:13PM
hi! i was wanting to pin this, but what happened to the photos?

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pennies on the floor

I love this clever floor! It’s all tiled with pennies! I bet it shines in the light very appealingly too! See it in person at The Standard Grill in the Standard Hotel in New York City!
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Laura Hall -Jul 28, 2009, 4:14PM
This is so cool! It reminds me of the Cildo Meireles work "Mission/Missions (How to build a Cathedral)" and since you enjoyed this pennies floor I thought you might dig the Meireles too. Pic here of the whole thing, though it's so gorgeous in person, it really does feel like a holy/reverent area with the lighting and intimacy: http://austin.about.com/od/museums/ig/BlantonMuseum/Meireles-Blanton-Exhibit-.htm And here's me touching it! It was in London so all the coins were pence, not pennies: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lhall/3188138613/ A shot of the bones opposite the coins: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lhall/3188140679/in/photostream/

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pop!

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Richard Heeks takes these beautiful photos of soap bubbles. I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to capture the bubbles at just the right moment! Check out his Flickr stream – he a lot of really arresting shots!
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PAPERFASHION -Jul 08, 2009, 10:02PM
these pictures are gorgeous!!!

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This is a couple days late, but it’s so cool! Delicious candy fireworks! Enjoy!

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katie vernon

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How cute are these illustrations by Katie Vernon?! She has many prints for sale in her Etsy Shop; I may have to give that hedgehog at the top a home! Check out her website too – many more sweet pieces!
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Today is the USA’s Independence Day – it’s our 233rd birthday! Hooray! I hope everyone is out enjoying themselves and eating yummy food and getting ready for awesome fireworks celebrations like the ones above! I’m off to get ready and try to get my own pictures of fireworks!
xo

Ashley -Jul 04, 2009, 3:31PM
Happy 4th of July! I always try to take pictures of the fireworks but they never come out as good as those pics you posted!

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mizue hirano

Mizue Hirano‘s work is so light and simple! I love it! Check out her site for more.
Via Design is Mine.

net forest

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This thing looks so fun! This “net forest” was designed by Tezuka Architects for the Hakone Open-Air Museum in Japan. Supporting the creation is 500 wooden logs, and they were put together with traditional interlocking architecture instead of using metal. If I ever get to Japan, I am checking it out!
Via Spoon&Tamago.

-Aug 26, 2010, 5:41PM
if i ever go to japan im going there!

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heike weber

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These cool installations are by Heike Weber! I’d take one in my living room any day!
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