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News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere: 8/10/12

Aug 10, 2012

by Alison Feldmann handmade and vintage goods

It’s Friday, friends. What’s new?

Make an ombre cake piñata. 

 Crabitats: hand-blown glass shells for hermit crabs.

 Learn how to make an upholstered lampshade.

Ever dreamed of living in a castle? Now you can (for a little while, at least).

This topographical map of Japan was built using LEGO.

Will you be watching the Perseid meteor shower tonight?


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  • SBuss said 7 years ago

    I'm book marking that site! One day I want to stay in one of those Castles! Awesome finds here. The lego is amazing! The patience some people have! Love the them all!

  • scal12 said 7 years ago

    This is fantastic! I particularly love the bit about staying in a castle-- what little kid hasn't dreamed of that? That's one childhood dream I just might have to make come true. Imagine taking kids there--they would love it! And what great colors on that ombre cake pinata. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • maggiesraggedyinn said 7 years ago

    I was just intending to sit here for a minute but as usual I have gotten lost in all of this amazing info...

  • MegansMenagerie said 7 years ago

    That castle is just beautiful! Wow. Great picks!!!

  • rosebudshome said 7 years ago

    Glass shells for Hermit Crabs love it!

  • LivingVintage said 7 years ago

    Great ideas! Wonderful picks.

  • ErikaPrice said 7 years ago

    We have stacks of castles over here in the UK! And I seem to remember that those big 30's pants were fashionable in the 70's? The nacho pasta does it for me!

  • FranceGallery said 7 years ago

    Love the cake pinata!

  • JanesGemCreations said 7 years ago

    Very Interresting.

  • auntjanecan said 7 years ago

    Cool things! I love the hand blown crab house!

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  • breadandroses2 said 7 years ago

    Always thought provoking, fun stuff too. No Perseid viewing tonight; we're getting much needed rain.

  • SoftForest said 7 years ago

    Plan on watching Perseid tomorrow night, supposed to peak then I think! Great things all around!

  • shadowplaynyc said 7 years ago

    Great video! Cant wait for the meteor shower!

  • VintageEye said 7 years ago

    I look forward to the Perseids every year!

  • dizhasneatstuff said 7 years ago

    I always enjoy your posts, Alison. i'm hoping giant pants come back in style or at least pants that cover one's underwear! setting my clock for the meteor shower this morning

  • HoneyThistle said 7 years ago

    those castles are drool-worthy, and I'll definitely be staying up for the meteor shower!

  • thevicagirl said 7 years ago

    I always love reading new news... but man, those legos... wow.

  • silviaberrios1 said 7 years ago

    Geee!!! my plan for the weekend is to clean house (boring!!!), but my consolation prize will be waiting for the meteor shower tonight, and tomorrow night. Thanks Etsy.

  • jgaido said 7 years ago

    The glass hermit crab shell is neat!

  • KMalinka said 7 years ago

    Awesome video!

  • lovelyfeverboutique said 7 years ago

    I just LOVE those upholstered lamp shades! So adorable :) That green moon pic is also pretty awesome.

  • linanddani said 7 years ago

    Woah, that lego city is so intricate and stunning. Legos are hands down one of the best toys out there! Also thanks for the reminder on the meteor shower etsy! I'll totally be watching.

  • uswatsons said 7 years ago

    I am so excited to see the night sky! I sure hope the clouds clear out around here!

  • Rembrandtrocks said 7 years ago

    Love the Piñata! I HAD ONE AS A CHILD.

  • CopachFlur said 7 years ago

    I like everything in this post except for the part about the glass hermit crab shells.... I've kept hermit crabs for over 10 years and I have to say that those glass shells and painted shells are some of the worst things you can do for your crabs! The glass is too heavy and isn't going to hold in the proper temperature like a natural shell would. I wish people would look more into proper care before going and basically advertising something like that. :(

  • StringBeardCraftery said 7 years ago

    Almost bought that glow in the dark moon the other day! Great picks!

  • messinabella said 7 years ago

    great post!

  • PaperAltar said 7 years ago

    Fabulous collection Alison.

  • SassySashadoxie said 7 years ago

    I like the hermit crab shell, but do wonder hoe he would feel about living in a glass house. We won't get a good viewing from where I am at of the shower.

  • londonviaparis said 7 years ago

    If you miss out on the Perseid tonight, do check out the view of Earth from a time lapse video shot from the ISS. I can't find the link, but google it :)

  • LineaLina said 7 years ago

    The video is very informative! Thank you for that!

  • ACupOfSparkle said 7 years ago

    So cool! Lampshades are amazing!

  • iammieCLAYshop said 7 years ago

    Love them!

  • BiomedDesign said 7 years ago

    Great! Thanks for sharing.

  • FawningInLove said 7 years ago

    I felt inspired by the Perseid meteor shower tonight video, that I updated my shop banner to reflect some lovey stars. Thanks for sharing. I hope to catch a glimpse of the night sky tomorrow night, if it's not too cloudy!

  • FawningInLove said 7 years ago

    Feeling rather inspired by the beautiful video about the Perseid meteor shower, that I changed my banner! I hope to catch a glimpse of the night sky if it's not too cloudy.

  • gardenjewels said 7 years ago

    Wonderful finds ~ loved the video, thanks! Headed out now to do a bit of sky gazing, how fun!

  • FavreBijoux said 7 years ago

    Always great stuff Allison! Another cool video of space:

  • gentlearts said 7 years ago

    I must be a bit dyslexic as I read that as Giant plants of the 1930's and clicked on the link waiting to see glamorous people dwarfed by house plants. Great post it has led me all sorts of places. Thanks

  • RetroRevivalBoutique said 7 years ago

    Pure awesomeness :0)

  • xZOUix said 7 years ago

    thank you for posting the "an upholstered lampshade" link :)

  • CamelsAndCustard said 7 years ago

    Wow! They are all amazing finds! I especially like the glass hermit crab shells.

  • TheDeeps said 7 years ago

    *sigh* giant pants! Brothers Quay! topographical map of Japan! thanks once again for your amazing finds

  • klb00e said 7 years ago

    Love the hermit crab

  • cberez said 7 years ago

    great, love it!!!

  • kskjewelrydesigns said 7 years ago

    Very cool finds! My husband is grabbing the Meteor Counter app right now. :)

  • needleandfelt said 7 years ago

    Alison - I can't wait to watch the perseid meteor showers tonight till the 13th! We are out in the country - so this should be a show! p.s. that ombre cake piñata just makes me happy.

  • accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    Great treasury!

  • KatiesBeadsOfHope said 7 years ago

    That castle is so dreamy! :)

  • Melissababycreations said 7 years ago

    Love it!

  • PattiTrostle said 7 years ago that castle!!

  • Elizabeth26 said 7 years ago

    I can't wait for the meteor shower!

  • katelynsphipps said 7 years ago

    I am loving that glass shell

  • peshka said 7 years ago

    Wonderful picks!!

  • KINGxACE said 7 years ago

    Fantastic ! thanks for the post!

  • BaxCatandCo said 7 years ago

    This is all so great! The blown glass hermit crab shell is divine!

  • JuJuEyeball said 7 years ago

    Those giant pants of the 30's got nothin' on my palazzo pantsuits from the 60's. Of course, I'm a little biased. They were my grandmother's. :)

  • LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    That model of Tokyo is something else, its so pointy! I love Lego its amazing what you can build using it

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  • snugglymonkey said 7 years ago

    Those castles are amazing! And that map of Japan is simply incredible.

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