January 2011

simply incredible…such beautiful pictures carved into the leaves! natural leaf carving is the manual cutting and removal of a leaf’s surface to produce an art work on a leaf. the process of carving is performed by artists using tools to carefully remove the surface without cutting or removing the veins. the veins add detail into the subject matter of the carving. check out more work by the chinese artisans from longal craft co. ltd!

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URBN hotels shanghai is a boutique hotel set in the heart of shanghai’s downtown area. URBN, china’s first carbon-neutral hotel, is a renovated factory warehouse. it’s interiors are made with 100% locally sourced and recycled materials. one of the best example is the back wall of the main lobby decorated with a collection of old suitcases. just beautiful!!!

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more wonderful finds from esty.

1. PetalMix  2. ivorybird  3. tarantulasisters  4. itsybitsyspill  5. riricreations  6. zwzzy

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england based artist, caroline saul, who works primarly with recycled plastic milk bottles to create her colorful bulbous sculptural vessels and bowls. she recycles the milk bottles and adds fibers and color to create new sheets of plastic that she then uses to create her pieces. i just love knowing that something used and discarded can be transformed into a beautiful piece of art.

check out more of her work here.

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check out these free printable vintage valentine’s card from image zoo. they’re great for crafting or simply to give to that special someone.

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