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 🙂