A collaboration between Friends of the High Line, James Corner Field Operations, and Diller Scofidio and Renfro has produced the Spur, a plan for a layered green space on the High Line that overlooks the Hudson River. The space, full of trees and carefully selected plantation, will change with the seasons, so that visitors get to experience peace and tranquility in a busy city, at any time of the year. In addition to an ampitheatre-like seating arrangement for the public, the space will also provide workspaces.
Much Loved is a series of photographs from Mark Nixon, who collected some of the most aging, ratty, and beat up stuffed animals you've ever seen, but only because they've spent generations being hugged, squished, and cuddled with. Nixon's new book, named after the series, provides pictures of these caressed creatures, as well as some information on their owners, now adults, all of whom Nixon found to still think of these stuffed animals with love and affection. There's Peter Rabbit, Bobo, quite a few Teddys, and other creatures that will make you smile.
Get ready for the countdown to Christmas with any of these charming advent calendars, which you can make at home with little more than some paper, scissors, tape, and perhaps some sparkling tinsel. These crafty calendars will put you right in the holiday spirit! Whether you prefer a minimal aesthetic or you go for all the bells and whistles, there's probably something here for you.
Happy Sundog! For all you carrot haters out there, you might want to borrow Maymo and Penny for Sunday dinners and all future veggie-heavy meals, and let them sneak all your unwanted carrots off your plate. You'll get your plate cleared, and simultaneously be giving these cute babies a healthy snack. Everyone wins!
Layers and layers and layers of cheesy, tomato-y, and noodle-y goodness are the focus of this weekend's recipe list, which is all about lasagna. The flat, sheeted pasta is said to have originated from the Greek 'laganon,' a flat sheet of pasta that was cut into strips, while another theory posts that it comes from the Greek 'lasana,' which loosely translates to 'cooking pot,' referring to the dish in which lasagna was prepared. As you may have guessed, lasagna originated in Italy and is typically made with alternating layers of pasta, sauce, cheese, and hopefully meat and veggies. Whether you prefer a vegetarian version or the classic meaty casserole, there's really no wrong way to make lasagna.
Happy Caturday! This absolutely precious bundle of fur is Bun Bun, a tiny kitten who really knows how to make the most of a fisheye POV. Bun Bun's way of dancing is a caterpillar-esque way of rolling around on the floor, and I'm not sure if that's because he's camera shy or just being a ham. Bun Bun also barks like a puppy, which is why he will forever be known as 'Puppycat.'
Young designer Michelle Hébert is the talented force behind 'Art Meets Fashion,' an incredible looking Kickstarter campaign (which has already met its initial fundraising goal) that aims to create a haute couture collection based on high concept artistic pieces. The 22 year-old designer hopes to be able to produce three new artistic designs with her Kickstarter campaign, which will include pattern making and sizing, creating samples, sewing and production, and more. Since she has already met her first goal, the designer hopes next to rent a studio space, and continue designing these incredible pieces. Check them out on her Kickstarter page!
It's almost Caturday, and I know you'll be moved by this lovely and simple timelapse of a contented kitten who makes the most of the sunlight every day. Cat owner and YouTuber Anton Nosovitsky set up a camera in front of his bed to capture the daily three hours during which his cat has a prime sunbathing location, and set that footage to some relaxing music for us. It's an adorable and touching tribute to the simple pleasures of life, about which cats know a thing or two.
Lumi is a new alternative to screenprinting which enables you to create your own print on cotton, linen, silk, canvas, and other fabrics, simply by applying the revolutionary new Inkodye and waiting through exposure. Aside from the photographic negative, that means the only other thing Inkodye needs to work is good old fashioned sunlight!
Designed by Vaughn McQuarrie, the Palm Beach house (located in Auckland, not Florida!) is a sunlit beachhouse with lots of windows and terraces for access to the outdoors. In order to minmize waste, the architects used factory sheet sizes which could be carried by hand and installed directly in place rather than cut and shaped. Laminated timber is used throughout, also put in place on the building site, and provides a low key, natural feel to the home. The Palm Beach house also includes a drawbridge which separates the home from the ground, so inhabitants can feel as though they're living among the treetops.
These beautifully realistic animals are done by painting layer upon layer of acrylic, alternating with resin, to build up to hyper-detailed, three-dimensional aquatic creatures. The first set of images is from Keng Lye, and then you'll see the work of Riusuke Fukahori, who paints incredible goldfish, layer by layer.
Happy Turtlesday! In our ongoing effort to bring you exciting turtle footage and information each week, today's shelled star is the Chinese Soft-Shelled Turtle (inspired by this Listverse post). A truly strange creature, the Chinese soft-shelled turtle (Pelodiscus sinensis) has a 'leathery and pliable' shell which allows it to move easily in open water and in muddy depths. Also, this turtle is the only creature known to urinate from its mouth, so be grateful that neither you or your beloved dog need to do that. Unluckily for this species of turtle, it's also a delicacy to in many Asian countries, which makes them somewhat endangered.