Craft is the new Black

Top left - design by Benar Venet and Marie-Andrée Côté

By Katakuchi-Hachi (right)

By Mozambican carvers. Brooch (right) by Kaori Zuzu

By Barbara Gilhooly (left)

By Africa Craft Trust (left) 

Top right: pendant by Julia Turner (right)
Below left: by Peter Bauhuis

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Adding deep blue color to a monochrome space

This may not be wabi sabi, in the strictest sense, but as an artist, and lover of color, I enjoy seeing what a touch of color can do to an otherwise monochrome or all natural interior. Here - a deep, blue shade. Ink blue, almost black. Rather beautiful, don't you think?

Gillar du färg & färgsättning? Än finns det två platser kvar på färgsättningskursen i april. Läs mer om kursen här

These collages are based on images found at Pinterest.
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Going up - inspirational stairs

I must admit - I see stairs and stairways as a piece of sculpture. 
The zig-zag structure in concrete, steel, iron, wood etc.
Timeless, sturdy, elegant. I'll take them all, thank you.  

All images via Pinterest.
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All those shades of grey...

Inspiration! So Just Right these days: many shades of grey. 
Collage based on images found at Pinterest

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Love What You Do: Nya kurser i färgsättning och styling

Dags att anmäla sig till vårens kortkurser i färgsättning respektive styling.
Färgkursen arrangeras helgen 18-19 april 2015.
Stylingkursen går helgen därefter, dvs 25-26 april 2015.
Begränsat kursdeltagarantal, så först till kvarn gäller.... Läs mer om kurserna här.

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Rustic and refined in lakefront Barn living

The skeleton of the house is outlined inside in reclaimed wood. 
The 2,900-square-foot house is a beautiful blend of rustic and refined.

Antique oak staircase

Both designer and clients wanted to respect what was already on site, 
from the buildings to the landscape to the overall scheme. 

All images from the article in the Boston Globe
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Repost - 'cause this still make lots of sense...
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NEW FACTS: Santa and his reindeers

Some hard facts about Santa and his entourage, 
that you need to know before the big day.... 
Found over at the North Carolina State University:

NC State’s Dr. Larry Silverberg, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, can explain the science and engineering principles that allow Santa to pull off the magical feat year after year. Silverberg was team leader on a first-of-its-kind visiting scholars program at Santa’s Workshop-North Pole Labs (NPL) last year. Silverberg says that Santa has a personal pipeline to children’s thoughts – via a listening antenna that combines technologies currently used in cell phones and EKGs – which informs him that Mary in Miami hopes for a surfboard, while Michael from Minneapolis wants a snowboard. 
Silverberg is not so naïve as to think that Santa and his reindeer can travel approximately 200 million square miles – making stops in some 80 million homes – in one night. Instead, he posits that Santa uses his knowledge of the space/time continuum to form what Silverberg calls “relativity clouds". Based on his advanced knowledge of the theory of relativity, Santa recognizes that time can be stretched like a rubber band, space can be squeezed like an orange and light can be bent,” Silverberg says. “Relativity clouds are controllable domains – rips in time – that allow him months to deliver presents while only a few minutes pass on Earth. The presents are truly delivered in a wink of an eye.”
Santa's reindeer – genetically bred to fly, balance on rooftops and see well in the dark – don’t actually pull a sleigh loaded down with toys. Instead, each house becomes Santa’s workshop as he utilizes his “magic bag of toys” – a nano-toymaker that is able to fabricate toys inside the children’s homes. The presents are grown on the spot, as the nano-toymaker creates – atom by atom – toys out of snow and soot, much like DNA can command the growth of organic material like tissues and body parts.
“This is merely an overview, based on what we learned at the NPL, of Santa’s delivery methods,” Silverberg says. “Without these tools, it would be impossible for him to accomplish his annual mission, given the human, physical and engineering constraints we face today.” More hard facts here. Image from Finland/christmasbykatsuja
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DIY Christmas Wood Ornament Tutorial

I like to make ornaments of natural materials like paper and wood. Here is an example made out of balsa wood. You just make your own design (or copy the one above) and then get to work according to the video below. This idea comes from ShonaStudio. Happy cutting!

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DIY Great Christmas Paper Ornament Tutorial

How about these awesome paper speres made out of old paper by rhymeswithmagicart? There is still time, if you are up to it. Find the detailed tutorial here
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