Berry baby hat

This is made with remnants of wool from two other projects. It’s supposed to look like a berry — an alien berry like a koomatka, perhaps.



Stag and doe

This is one of my favourite prints: two dappled deer. It seems to me that the artist used all the colours of a tabby cat.

A stag stands by while a doe rets on the ground. Both are dappled with white

Koson — Stag and Recumbent Doe

Strange snow globes

The artists Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz produced a series of snow globes entitled “Travellers,” then photographed them.

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Children’s room design

Who wouldn’t like a room like this?

The room seemed to be atop a hill, with a blue sky broken by the occasional puffy cloud overhead, a changing landscape stretching out in all directions, and a green carpet underfoot to remind one of grass. One half expected a fresh breeze on one’s face. To the north stood a city on a bay, its boats suggesting a location considerably further east than London: Shanghai, perhaps? Then came a tropical beach, with coconut palms and birds too exotic even for Nature. Farmland came to the south, more French than English, with a small, Tuscan-looking hill town in the distance. That gave way to jungle, with monkeys and a sharp-eyed parrot watching over the child’s cot. Everything looked real enough to walk to.

—Laurie R. King, The Language of Bees

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Doodlebean—cute art

This site is for the author’s whimsical art: Doodlebean.

The artist has her main site at Jill Kolva.

Lawren Harris painting sells for three million dollars

a tall, bare tree-stump, silhouetted by the sun, with a background of sun-rays, clouds, and calm water

The Old Stump, Lake Superior --by Lawren Harris

This one painting, oil on wood, sold for $3.5 million at auction in Toronto.

I guess the Group of Seven is out of my price range. Perhaps I should look at the Beaver Hall Nine, a group of female artists who painted impressionist works around the same time.

Moroccan wedding blankets

These beautiful blankets are vintage hand-woven, traditional wedding blankets from Morocco.

All blankets were made in homes and are thought to be instilled with “baraka.” Baraka is a positive power with many meanings in Morocco, and is a source of creative inspiration. In the case of carpets and weavings, the religious faith of the weaver and her belief in the supernatural are inextricably connected with the objects she produces. The loom itself remains the ultimate symbol of magical protection. It is looked upon as a living thing and is treated as such. If the weaver takes care in remembering the number and combination of threads to produce a design, the finished textile will be imbued with talismanic power and contain baraka, acting as a “power shield” against the evil eye.

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