Stay-At-Home Mom Makes Creative Lunches For Her Kids, Becomes Internet Star

Anyone who takes care of kids, especially their parents, knows just how hard it can sometimes be to get kids to eat right. When Malaysian mommy Samantha Lee came up with playful story-themed bento lunchboxes to get her kids to eat right, she had no idea they would also catapult her to internet fame. [Read more…]

Lee began making the creative story- and pop culture-inspired lunches in 2008, when pregnant with her second daughter. As her considerable talent developed, so did her following – she now has more than 310,000 followers on Instagram, where she posts her designs. Even more impressive is that she is totally self-taught – she has never taken culinary courses, relying instead on cooking shows and her own imagination.

She says that, while her kids love how cute and creative the food is, they have no problem eating it. Instead, they like to make up stories about their food as they feast.

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Artist Creates Amazing Insect Sculptures Using Nothing But Old Car Parts and Scrap Metal

There’s a lot of amazing recycled art out there, but French artist Edouard Martinet stands out with his unique, recognizable style and pain-staking perfectionism and attention to detail. The insects and other critters that he crafts from spare parts look like fantastic creatures out of an alternate retro universe.

Martinet collects old spare parts at flea markets and car part sales. He then assembles these parts into beautiful insects and other animals. His pieces can take anywhere from a month to seventeen years – he is obsessed with finding just the right part for his wonderful creations. What’s more, he does not solder his art the way that many other recycled-material artists do – he finds parts that fit perfectly or near-perfectly and mostly uses screws to link them together. [Read more…]

Martinet is careful about the aesthetics of the parts he chooses as well. Most of them seem to be from older or even antique vehicles/appliances. They give off the unmistakable cool of 1950s cars or motorcycles that couldn’t be achieved if he used just any old parts.

As amazing as Martinet’s work is, he’s not the only talented master of recycled parts – check out Susan Beatrice’s work with old watch parts, Christopher Locke’s brass-instrument iPhone amplifiers, and the steampunk interior design at Truth Cafe.

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This Wooden Box Can Turn A Simple Room Into An Architectural Masterpiece

U.S.-based artist Anila Quayyum Agha has created a stunningly intricate piece of installation art that can make even the simplest room look like an architectural masterpiece.

Her installation work, entitled “Intersections,” consists of a large suspended cube made of wooden panels laser-cut with intricate geometric patterns. A lightbulb in the center illuminates the structure from within and casts its shadows on the walls around it. [Read more…]

Agha, who was born and raised in Pakistan, says that the patterns on the wooden panels emulate the patterns found found at Alhambra, a palace and fortress in southern Spain that traded hands many times between the Spanish and the Moors. She characterized the Alhambra as a place “at the intersection of history, culture and art and […] a place where Islamic and Western discourses met and co-existed in harmony and served as a testament to the symbiosis of difference.”

According to her statement, the goal of the work is to explore “the binaries of public and private, light and shadow, and static and dynamic. This installation project relies on the purity and inner symmetry of geometric design, the interpretation of the cast shadows and the viewer’s presence with in a public space.”

Source: anilaagha.squarespace.com | see.me | Facebook | (via: twistedsifter)

There’s Also A Similar Chandelier From Hilden & Diaz That Can Turn Your Room Into A Forest

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Imaginative Makeup Art by Tal Peleg

Most of us are familiar with makeup application as an everyday thing that women (and sometimes men) do to enhance their appearance. Professional Israeli makeup artist Tal Peleg, however, has elevated this everyday ritual into an art form. [Read more…]

Her eye makeup designs go far beyond a simple touch-up – each is a miniature work of art in its own right. Some look like they might be a bit uncomfortable to wear, but others might go well with certain fancy outfits. Peleg, who went to school for makeup, uses her own creative vision as well as the model’s own eye lashes and brows to create her creative and cute paintings.

Peleg is not the only one who makes art out of makeup – Svenja Schmitt and Sandra Holmbom also have their own unique and unexpected twists on the art of makeup.

Source: talp.cp.il | facebook | deviantart (via: mymodernmet)

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This Is How A Single Drop Of Seawater Looks Magnified 25 Times

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As if you needed another reason not to drink sea water! David Liittschwager, an accomplished award-winning photographer who has created numerous marine wildlife photos for National Geographic, has created an image showing the microfauna that exists inside a single drop of seawater! By magnifying the water 25 times, he showed that the salty taste of seawater isn’t just salt – there are bacteria, worms, fish eggs, crab larva, diatoms, and a whole host of other creepy crawlies all fighting for a place on your tongue. Dive-shield.us has a more accurate breakdown of the critters in this awesome shot. (via)

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Creepy Tableware by Ronit Baranga

Israeili artist Ronit Baranga (born in 1973) uses clay and porcelain to craft some really disturbing tableware that would probably instantly make you lose your appetite.

Already known for her strange sculptures, Baranga applied her creepy creativity to the kitchen, putting realistic mouths and fingers on dishes and cups. [Read more…]

“I would like that anyone who sees my work feels something – what they feel is not relevant to me, as long as they feel. I hope that the emerging feelings will cause the viewers to think about the ideas behind my work… The combination of ceramic cups with ceramic fingers represent an idea in which the still creates a will of its own, enabling a cup to decide whether to stay or leave the situation it is in,” [1] says the artist.

Website: ronitbaranga.com

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Photographer Follows His Girlfriend Around The World

In his photo series “Follow Me To”, Russian photographer Murad Osmann is taking the viewer on an intimate journey together with his girlfriend who’s leading him around the world. The pose is almost the same in every picture: the girl never shows her face, and the guy almost never lets go of her hand. The settings change from Moscow to London to Venice to a number of different locations in Russia, revealing their passion for travel. [Read more…]

“For me photography is about capturing things other people might miss. It’s a way to communicate,” says Murad. Well, his loving message of trust is very clear in these photos, enjoy!

Website: muradosmann.com

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13 Stunning Pictures Celebrating The Beautiful Colors Of Fall

For a large part of the Northern Hemisphere, fall is officially here. The falling leaves are turning brilliant shades of red, orange, brown, gold and yellow, farmers’ markets are beginning to sell seasonal pumpkins and gourds, coffee shops are selling spiced coffee, and there’s a nip in the air.

To celebrate this wonderful and colorful season, we’ve got a beautiful collection of photos of autumn landscapes that highlight the last explosion of rich, vivid color before the coming winter. Whether you’re sitting at your computer with warm socks and some coffee or sitting outside with your laptop enjoying the weather, these fall pictures will help give you a double dose of this beautiful season. [Read more…]

The browning of leaves, perhaps the most noticeable sign of fall, occurs when the air starts to cool and daylight hours start to shorten. During the summer, chlorophyll pigments help absorb energy from the sun and keep leaves green. All the other colors we see in the fall are always present in leaves (even in the summer), but it is only when the leaves’ green pigments break down that they are revealed. The leaves are shed to help the trees survive the winter – shedding them reduces trees’ water needs and reduces their susceptibility to the winter’s harsh conditions.

Other signs of fall, like pumpkin and gourd dishes are soups, are due to these foods’ harvest times. In any case, the swirl of colors and smells come together to make fall a magical season. Whether you’re enjoying a warm cup of coffee or tea, jumping in the biggest pile of leaves you can find, or making pumpkin pie, enjoy the season!

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DIY Cutting Board Bird Feeder

At first I thought it was a great idea, now I’m not so sure. Several commenters pointed out that bread is bad for birds. For example, people at Eugene’s Alton Baker park were asked to stop feeding bread to birds because it can cause a condition called “angel wing”. The condition is marked by a deformed wing and spindly feathers that poke out at right angles. It’s a result of a poor diet, such as calorie-rich breads, that causes birds’ feathers to develop faster than their bones[1]. I’m sure the idea author Curro Claret wasn’t aware of that and all he wanted to do is to feed his little friends.

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Probably The Best Wedding Photo Ever

Newlyweds Katie Young and James Lowder have shared what is already called the best wedding photo ever, where the whole party is captured running for their lives from an enormous Tyrannosaurus rex.

The picture was taken and tweaked in Photoshop by a Louisiana-based wedding photographer Quinn Miller, and the idea to include a dinosaur came from James’ love for them. While clearly not every bride would agree into something like that, it would be even harder to find one that acts as well as Katie does. All the friends of the couple turned out to be very enthusiastic as well, and when you zoom the picture in, their priceless expressions prove how much they loved the idea. [Read more…]

Quinn says everything went so smoothly that the shoot took only about 2 minutes. “Run right at the camera, away from the T-Rex, as passionately as you can. I need to see fear and actual running, not lame faces and power walking,” were his only instructions to the party, and they were enough to capture the perfect shot with a single take. Now that’s a pic you wanna put on your work desk!

Website: jquinnmiller.com, facebook

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