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.

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The pictures above are from Refinery 29, which pointed out recently that a lot of menswear has been leaning toward the floral and pastel lately. I knew they were right as soon as I read it, since it brought to mind a different picture that I saw on Style Salvage about a month ago and saved…
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Honestly, I like the trend! I’ve always liked men in any pastel color, and though I’m not sure about the shoes, I’ve liked all the floral styles I’ve seen on men as well.
But what I want to know is what you guys think! Do you like the pastel/floral menswear trend? Is the floral thing too much for you or the men you know? Do you love it?

Jadam -Jun 30, 2009, 11:18AM
I think it works fine as a button up under a jacket. Otherwise it is a bit much. No on the shoes and that hat.
Jimbo -Apr 04, 2009, 6:52PM
Trend????.... what are you talking about!?!? Guys have been wearing floral prints for years. Their isn't one guy I know that dosn't own a hawain shirt.

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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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i miss you

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Don’t you love this stamp ring by Colleen Baran? It’s so sweet! Why don’t I ever think of this stuff?
Via Noquedanblogs.com.

yttr -Mar 31, 2009, 11:08AM
genius.

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pillow blanket

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This pillow blanket by Joon & Jung looks so so comfortable. It makes me want to sleep just looking at it! It’s a neat idea too, sewing together many pillows. What do you think?
Via.

brenda -Mar 31, 2009, 3:09PM
That is perfect! I can use it when I watch movies and I want to lay on the floor
emilie -Mar 31, 2009, 2:13AM
i could take a SERIOUS nap with that blanket! so cozy looking!

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gourmet amigurumi

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I recently saw these cuddly crochet pals by GourmetAmigurumi and I can’t get over the little details! I love their expressions and clothing and even their little eyes! Definitely check out GourmetAmigurumi’s blog, as she posts lots of her work in progress which is cool to see, as well as patterns and tips!
Via.

Storage Blackley -Sep 29, 2010, 3:35AM
Great comment, love the design of the site too.
Stevie -Mar 30, 2009, 9:13PM
These things are cool, but I'm not too sure I'd be eager to cuddle up with one of them!

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color bins

Today the sweater designers are using some of their color scrap bins, and they have them laying out and looking very tempting! They are sorted by color, and have the feel of a very pretty mess! I’m quite inspired…

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Bella -Apr 03, 2009, 9:45PM
we make our socks out of these scraps...into regenerated cotton. Do you guys send all scraps back to a yarn company to be resused?
morgan -Mar 30, 2009, 11:04PM
I would love to get my hands on that! I agree they are tempting, I feel so many creations coming out of those bins. This blog is so inspiring :)

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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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soft + tough

What do you guys think of these studded ballet slippers from Bona Drag? I saw them on Ma Frangine and I’ve been thinking about them ever since! I love the mix of boy and girl style. How about you?

stacy -Sep 24, 2009, 11:52AM
These ballet slippers are really cute with the studs. I would wear them!
Arielle -Mar 31, 2009, 5:56PM
Katie i want these!!!!

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