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Are all your holiday decorations out? If you're still wanting to add a little more decor, this simple ornament made from cut out circles is something you might want to try. I went for bright colors, mixed with a little bit of black, gold, and silver, and it's just festive enough. I think these paper ball ornaments are so pretty that I might find a little spot in our house to keep some up all year long! 

 Supplies:
-cardstock in various colors
-3" circle punch
-ruler
-pencil
-scissors
-glue
-paintbrush
-string/twine

 Step One: Cut out twenty circles for each ball. I used a 3" circle punch because I wanted to make bigger paper balls, and they end up being about 6" across. If you want to make smaller ones, just use a smaller circle punch. 

 Step Two: From one circle cutout, draw an equilateral triangle and cut that out. That will be the guide for folding each circular piece. 

 Step Three: Use the triangle cut out as a guide to fold each circular piece. Fold each side in towards the front of the paper. 

 Step Four: To start, paint glue on one flap of two circles and join together. The triangles should point in the same direction. Continue painting glue onto the flaps to attach three more circles to the two; these five circles joined together create the top of the ball.

To create the center of the ball, glue ten circles together, but alternate the tip of the triangles pointing up and down. This then connects to the five previous circles that form the top of the ball.

 Step Five: Cutout a 16" strand of string (or whatever length you need), not it a few times so that the knot is large enough that it won't slip through the ball. Insert the loop through the top center of the ball.

 Step Six: Continue on with the remaining five circles and add those onto the ball making sure that the points all face the same direction. This is the bottom of the ball. 

I think these paper balls could be used for other celebrations throughout the year. It would also be a great alternate for a bow on top of a present. If you want to make a special one for a sweetheart, just write a little message on each circle for them. This would also be cute as a hanging mobile. I could probably go on and on about the different ways this paper ornament ball could be used. I want to plan to make a larger version of my dowel Christmas tree, and hang these paper balls on them! -Ruby Ellen

STAMPED INITIAL BRACELET DIY


 I am a total sucker for personalized items. As I type this, I'm drinking coffee out of a mug with a big gold "G" printed across it—I just can't help it. Personalizing potential is one reason that I love doing projects with stamped jewelry. I made these hand-stamped necklaces a few months ago, and I still wear them all the time. So I thought it would be fun to make an initial bracelet as well. The other thing I love about stamped jewelry is that it looks really professional, so unless you confess your little DIY secret, everyone will think you special ordered it from somewhere. Sneaky.

 Supplies:
- gold coin discs (with holes already punched)
- gold chain
- jump rings
- lobster claw closure
- jeweler's bench block
- letter or number punch stamps (I used 6mm size stamps)
- hammer
- tape
- needle nose pliers
- jewelry wire cutters
- rubbing alcohol (70% isopropyl alcohol) and black marker (optional) 

 First you'll want to tape the very top and bottom edge of your coin onto your jeweler's block. This will keep your coin from sliding as you stamp and will give you a guide of where to place your stamp (so make the gap just taller than your letter will be). You technically don't have to have a jeweler's block, but I highly recommend it since you will get a much cleaner impression with the extremely hard surface under the coin.



 Next, select your letter punch stamp and place it stamp side down onto the middle of your coin. Use your hammer to stamp your first letter (see this stamping post for technique tips). If you want to make your letter more visible, take your black marker and color in the lines of the letter. Put a small dab of the rubbing alcohol on a paper towel or cotton ball and wipe off the excess marker. That step should remove the marker from the top of the coin, but leave the ink in the letter indent.

Repeat process with each letter until you have all your initials stamped.

  Use the jump rings and needle nose pliers to connect your initial letters to each other. Take the wire cutters and cut your two pieces of chain to the desired length. Attach each side to your initial grouping with two more jump rings. Connect your chain ends to the lobster claw closure with two additional jump rings, and you're done!



For any stamping project, I definitely suggest stamping some inexpensive practice blanks first, so you get into the stamping rhythm and know how hard to hit the stamping punch (and buying a multi-pack of discs so you have a few extra is also a good idea). I did one bracelet with my guy's initials, but you can also do your own initials or a combination of two names (like the "M & C" one for my kitties), or even a series of numbers that represent an important date. This bracelet makes the perfect personalized gift as well, and it would be extra cute for a group of people to all have one (like best friends or a bridesmaid's gift). 

MAKE A PERSONALIZED PHRASE BRACELET



 If I had to pick one piece of jewelry right now to be my "soulmate" jewelry, I think it would be these phrase bracelets. They are everything I'm looking for in a wearable companion. From the leather strap to the modern gold font and the slightly cheeky phrases, it's the perfect combination to make me say, "Gimmie! I want!" in a very mature and dignified manner. Besides looking so darn cute, the other big plus about these bracelets is that they take just minutes to make, and you can personalize them with whatever phrase or hashtag you want! #yesplease!


 Supplies:

-flat leather (10mm x 2mm) or oval leather (10mm x 6mm)
-letter sliders (I love this font in either 10mm x 2mm or 10mm x 6mm, and they sell hashtags too!)
-magnetic clasp (10mm x 2mm or 10mm x 6mm)
-jewelry glue


 Cut one side of your leather into a point like the front of an arrow (this makes it easier to slide the letters onto it). Slide your phrase letters onto the leather strap.


 Trim your arrow-shaped end so you have a straight cut instead. Take one of your magnetic clasps, add a small drop of glue into the opening, and quickly place your leather end into the opening. If you have a light colored leather, be careful not to add too much glue, or it will overflow the opening and darken the leather it comes in contact with (you can see it did a little bit on mine). Place the leather around your wrist to determine the length of the bracelet (keeping in mind how much length attaching the other clasp will add or take away). Cut your leather to size and attach the other side of the clasp.


 Now, some bracelets have beads or parts that are supposed to slide freely on the bracelet, but since you want your phrase to be legible, you probably want them to hang out together in a neat little row. Flip the bracelet over and, starting with the middle letter, place a drop of glue where that letter should go. Slide your letter over onto the glue and let it sit for a moment until the glue starts to set. Repeat the process with the other letters until they are all glued in place.



I hope you guys are as into these bracelets as I am—I just adore them. I love the personalization aspect, all the different colors you can do, and they absolutely look like something that you bought rather than made. Yes!! And, on top of it all, they make a perfect gift, especially if you and your girlfriends (or sisters/family of course) have a particular phrase or hashtag that's an inside joke. Those are the best. Most of mine are every other sentence from Arrested Development. Unfortunately, those are too long for a bracelet (although maybe we could do "Marry Me" or "Her?"). Either way, here's the breakdown on this DIY: super easy, really cute, great gift idea. What's not to like? to. Laura

Feathers of threads

 Feathers of threads
Doubted whether to put these "creations", but work colleagues interested moms, and the manufacturing process just in case I photographed, so give your judgment such a fiction, in an unusual me "manner" rather technology.

The issue is, as always in the process of working on the flowers, herbs, or tried to do the branches of thread.

need:
  • wire
  • thread
  • adhesive
  • instead of tubes can take any basis for winding. Than it is wider, the greater will be the feathers.
 Feathers of threads
Any thread (I have very thin). Only then realized that they can be wound on the line (not necessarily round base), most importantly, that the center "trunk - feather" was in the middle of the base. Wire wrapped with cloth or gafrobumagoy (smeared with glue), after a few turns again smeared with glue (only the place where the wire itself), and in the end also lubricates. Pulls the many threads in a circle (along the base) - that was not even prosvetov.I IMPORTANT: to dry thoroughly (before cutting). I was drying on the battery for half an hour. Cut back side "trunk" (the exact opposite wire) better kantsnozhichkom (scissors is not very convenient.)
 Feathers of threads

Dokleivaem top individual tassels (on obratonoy side feathers). Yeah, here's a tip gave klepo4ka after my MC: "In order that would not stick tip, bend the wire in a loop of thread insert beam, screw tip, get a fan of threads." (I think it's more convenient ....) 
Cropped lishee scissors - creating a form of writing - your choice.
 Feathers of threads
Comb, paint watercolors, glue paetki word on that you have enough imagination. . Once again, small comb comb and sprinkle with hairspray - for greater strength ...
 Feathers of threads
This is an experiment with different thread ... White thread tried in the last turn, then the feathers of them were born .... Until then "tortured" greens)))))
 Feathers of threads
You can make these Christmas trees (toy beads I already added in Photoshop)
 Feathers of threads

What to do in Buenos Aires

June 11, 1580 the Spanish conquistadors founded Buenos Aires. In honor of this event, we will talk about what should be dealt with in one of the largest cities in South America, to fully experience its atmosphere.

Immerse yourself in the rhythms of the tango

Not for a second did not fall silent in Argentina incendiary sounds of tango, which was born in the poor neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. It is not considered shameful to make a graceful adorns allowing subtly express the music, and merge in the arms, breathing passion in the public eye. All the contrary - you will look askance if you do not describe the arc Sakada pouring into the rhythms of the best "Tipico Orchestra." To know all the splendor of the national Argentinean dance of the list of World Cultural Heritage, obzavedites guide to tango partying TangoMap Guide and go to one of the many milongas. The cozy cafe dance clubs can have a drink rather decent local wine, take tango lessons, paying 50 to 400 pesos per hour, and dance till you drop, honing their skills. If you still do not fall under the spell of dance, life-changing visit tango festival. In August, hundreds of participants from around the world gather on the dance-floors of Buenos Aires, competing for the title of best singer and stage tango salon.

rhythms of the tango

Visit the gaucho show

A foreigner, who turned in a Latin American capital, not just hear an unknown word "gaucho". Do not believe the dictionary, argues that a gaucho - it is a regular cowboy. Gone is the days when ranchers, born from the union of European conquerors with Indian women considered rude and uncouth. Nomads romp through endless steppes, pampas, have become symbols of freedom Argentinian. Their folklore was the basis for the works of Borges and Estrada, and wide pants, jacket and scarf with fringe - a source of inspiration for prominent South American designers. Although most of these people disappeared from the face of the earth, to integrate into the "white world", the past is still alive in Argentina. Visiting the show-gaucho cowboys on the Opera Pampa, you "visit Away" tribe Calchaqui, exterminated by colonialists, and witness the battle for independence. Want more tricks and a complete renovation? Embark on one of Estancia ranch near the town, where you can not only see the horse show, but most ride a horse, having mastered the Indian tricks. And do not forget to try the traditional food of the gauchos: pastry empanadas and asado - Argentine version of shish kebab.

gaucho show Photo: interesmir.ru

Get cheerfulness tasted mate

Each house of Argentina, and in the poor and rich, like mate - tonic from the leaves and shoots of the Paraguayan holly containing a lot of caffeine. Researchers claim: the locals for the year consume 150 tons of this stunning collection of grass. Without invigorating liquid does not pass the day: and acquaintance, and date, and a family dinner in Buenos Aires accompanied mate. Like the Japanese, who turned tea in the whole ceremony, Argentines have created a cult of his pride. Carefully harvest dried only on charcoal, following a long tradition of the gaucho and the product does not drink from our usual cups and of special vessels - Calabash. Mate leaves, immersed in the wood hollowed out pumpkin dishes, 2/3 of the volume of flood water, heated to 70-80 degrees. Draining the first portion to eliminate unpleasant bitterness lovers mate slowly sip the national drink of the special tube-Bombilija. We even have a mate your holiday in February in Parana competitions for most skillful preparation of the beverage and runs a beauty contest "Queen mate."

Get cheerfulness tasted mate

Ride on the oldest in Latin America Metro

December 1, 1913 in the Latin world was the first subway. Nine stations of line A, separated by a short distance, the port connected to a ground of the Argentine capital by train. In 1930-1931 was built in line, linking the outskirts of the port of another. But two lines of the Buenos Aires underground roads do not intersect. To connect them to the network, in 1936 there was a line C, and behind her another ring - Line D. Although now underground city is preparing for the construction of arcs F, G, J and I, line A rare site is still functioning. Vintage wooden cabins opened manually, begin their journey from the Plaza de Mayo, and move to the station Primera Junta. Amazing journey underground in bygone times available every day from 6 am to 10 pm.

Ride on the oldest in Latin America Metro

Stroll through the aristocratic Recoleta cemetery

Once on the main necropolis of Buenos Aires, it is difficult to keep a delight: around, surrounded by trees and old men-twined vines, lies the ancient city of the dead. Only the birds singing and the sound of fluttering in the wind crowns violate peace and quiet narrow streets filled with beautiful vaults and chapels. Burial place of the capital of the Argentine aristocracy grew in place of an orchard in 1822. Residents of Buenos Aires laugh good-naturedly: cheaper to live like Rockefeller, the best houses in the capital, you become the owner of the grave at Recoleta. At the cemetery, hiding in the depths of the prestigious Byres found their last resting place of all the prominent figures of the country: the writer Adolfo Bioy and President Raul Alfonsin, Nobel laureate Luis Leluar and artist Candido Lopez. The heart of the beautiful necropolis and its most visited tomb became a place of Eva Peron - Argentina's first lady, actress and protector of the afflicted.

Recoleta Cemetery

The biggest art installation

Of "light" recently in different parts of the world art installations, we chose seven that truly affect their size. These designs if someone escaped from a bizarre dream where the ball is ruled by large dimensions and unexpected images.

"Revived" Marilyn Monroe

Not everyone's liking campy antics and stereotypical beauty Marilyn Monroe, but deny its role in the history of cinema can only be it not knowledgeable people. Various souvenirs vengeance exploits her name, and numerous imitators do not give sink into oblivion and blond beauty in a specific manner. Remember the famous scene with billowing dress actress in Billy Wilder's "Itch sweat?" Creative sculptor Stuart Johnson recreated frame became a textbook in its amazing Chicago installation "Marilyn forever." Dimensions "revived" Monroe impressive height - 8 meters, weight - 15 tons. Despite the iconic status of the actress and her merits to dreamland, not all locals have approved the construction of an art installation. Blonde no longer in vogue?

"Revived" Marilyn Monroe

Giant striped chaise lounge on UK beach

The idea of ​​this project was born in the minds of marketers of Pimm's, the famous manufacturer of fruit champagne cocktail, and was linked with a move to the UK summer. To implement custom design ideas to life on the beach in Bournemouth was built huge sunbed length of 10 meters and a width of 5.5 meters. Design weighs no less than 6 tons. Author Stuart Murdoch installation seriously expects to get into the Guinness Book of Records: alleges that a sunbed in Bournemouth - the largest in the world. Heraldry of the project is transparent little more than full: fruit cup and striped chaise lounge chair-have long been considered symbols of the United Kingdom, and the placement of structures on the beach is a clear allusion to the population to leave the comfort of their homes and go sunbathing.

Giant striped chaise lounge on UK beach

"Bad Dog"

Worthy response to the Brussels 'Manneken Pis' prepared American sculptor Richard Jackson. However, in his version of celebrating small need not representative homo sapiens, and the most ordinary dog. Sculpture called «Bad Dog». The location of such provocative works of art - exactly near California Museum Orange County Museum of Art - sculptor chosen by chance: the museum is just an exhibition of his works, and defecate directly onto the wall of the museum dog was part of the general concept of art. Huge size (up to 8.5 meters tall) black labrador void sumnyashesya raises a hind leg and makes her "wet" work. For greater realism from time to time on the wall paint was jetted with a characteristic color. Bust? Richard Jackson thought that did, and the overall success of his show only confirms the idea that true art knows no boundaries.

"Bad Dog"

"Planet Kids"

Unlike dogs defecate Jackson, this sculpture Marc Quinn 2008 totally devoid of irony and can rightly lay claim to being one of the most beautiful and personal art installations of this century. Formally, this sculptural portrait of the son of the seven-month Quinn made truly a giant scale. Judge for yourself: the weight of the sculpture - 7 tons, height - 10 meters. It is an engineering marvel bronze in Singapore tropical park "Gardens by the Bay." Unique design allows virtually invisible backup, whereby a persistent illusion that the sculptor modeled child literally hovers in the air against the backdrop of skyscrapers and is located next to the trees. According to the author of the installation, the cornerstone of its concept was the desire to express the general through the particular love of millions of parents to their offspring by the example of his own son. Not the beauty and love will save the planet? 

"Planet Kids"

Fountain "Metalmorfozy"

This large-scale art installation, located in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, you can watch through a centralized web cams: online broadcasts allow each Internet user to monitor the movement of the sculpture. The very title of the project is easy to detect the pun, but it is easy to reveal nuances in the first turn solid steel head weighing 14 tons, made up of a large number of plates. Its author - famous Czech sculptor David Black, behind which a lot of decent work. "Metalmorfozy" became his first overseas project.

Fountain "Metalmorfozy"

Teddy bear in Manhattan

And from this installation breathes not the technocracy, and somehow captured on a subconscious level, homey feel and atmosphere of a carefree childhood, when best friends were plush toys, and their inability to speak perfectly offset by our irrepressible schoolboy fantasy. The most amazing thing is that it is a miracle yellow weighing 16 tons and a height of 7 meters directly in the center of bustling Manhattan. Seemingly minor detail lamp next to his head slightly slumped Teddy Bears in addition to purely decorative function also performs perfectly practical role: the street lights at night. Made "Teddy" bear made of bronze and stands up to $ 10 million.

Teddy bear in Manhattan

Teddy bear in Manhattan

Parking-comb

If you buried a fate in Virginia, in the modest town of Roanoke, then surely Find the local landmark - made in the form of a huge comb parking for bicycles, is a vivid example of how sometimes intertwined true art and frightening for their pragmatism and mediocrity life. With probability, close to the maximum, we can say that this comb - the biggest in the world, let her use and away from the traditional. Authors of the project - the designers and sculptors studio-shop «Knowhow Shop LA» - comb cut by hand and simulate hair black steel arc, which serve for fastening comb covered with a strong protective layer. Want to park your bike between the teeth of a comb? Get in the queue, because the number of places is limited to eight, and wishing - rife.

Parking-comb


Amazing Animals, which you did not know

If our world is the Creator, then it should be noted, very good sense of humor and a great imagination. In our focus today - animals whose existence until now, you will likely not even suspect.

Blue Dragon

Blue Dragon

This tiny gastropod at first glance seems a messenger from some other planet. Or, at worst, a product of fantasy game designers have made it an element of the simulated world in the next ambitious project. But not a living creature on our planet, which is not rich in fauna such rare and bizarre species.

Blue Dragon

The dimensions of these amazing dragons quite modest - only 2-3 centimeters in length, but the pleasure they give their appearance truly immeasurable. Most often blue dragon drifts on the water surface belly up - his shield the blue color blends with water and protects against attacks hungry seabirds. If you wish to see this biological miracle firsthand, here you useful information: their habitat - temperate and tropical waters, and they are likely to notice in the coastal waters of Australia and the United States, when the wind blows the tiny blue dragons closer to shore or altogether thrown on the earth's surface.

Goblin shark

Goblin shark

As a rule, only one shark fin cutting the water area can cause a person having a panic attack. And what will happen if this fin a few moments later added is such a disgusting face with menacing wedge-shaped process?

Goblin shark

This is not a frame from another part of the popular horror film "Jaws", but quite real and pleased with his underwater existence marine predator. It was first discovered in 2007, fishermen caught in Tokyo Bay hitherto not known specimen length of 1.3 meters. Since the appearance, in particular, outstanding tapered protuberance on the face of a shark is very much like the famous character from Japanese folklore - Tengu goblin, and then received an appropriate nickname - tenguzame, which literally translated as "goblin shark." Best known of the existence of 45 copies of this rare species, and the largest of them reaching over 3 meters in length. Due to the fact that skin is translucent goblin shark, located underneath the blood vessels give this a truly unique marine predators and sinister look. It seems that soon we will see this big-nosed monster in some fresh horror film - very much there, he asks.

Mountain Goat

Mountain Goat

For ordinary domestic goat steadfastly stuck reputation animal stupid and certainly not pretty. But that applies to ordinary goat, does not stick with the goat snow. Take a look at this and let a little far from noble, but still very impressive camp. Over meters - the height at the withers, the maximum weight - up to 135 pounds, but due to thick and viscous wool is an animal lives in the mountains looks even more massive. Come to mind associations with luxurious white fur coat, and if summer mountain goat fur special length is different, then the winter and grows hanging merging with snow white fringe.

Mountain Goat

There is a desire to witness the mountain goats? Its implementation - in the Rocky Mountains of North America where these interesting animals to conquer the three-kilometer summit. However, they have recently moved into the most remote areas, and their ranks have thinned considerably. Overall it is clear that the form needs to be protected - and where only green activists look?

Pacu fish

Pacu fish

Teeth of the largest fish family piranhas surprisingly resemble human, albeit far from perfect. They are only arranged in two rows, which automatically increases the bite force several times. By the way, the moving puck is in only the lower jaw, and that she is getting her trump card in a frontal attack. Surprisingly, with such luxurious combat data, this fish is not a predator, but prefers seaweed, shellfish, nuts and fruit. Although, I think you would not want to check this information for yourself: pacu very attracted to any dangling objects in the water, and there were cases where no bathing trunks men deprived of their manhood.

Pacu fish

Basically pacu fish concentrated in the waters of the Amazon, but every year its population is rapidly decreasing. All the fault of many fishermen and very tasty meat, which is considered a real delicacy. Seems all the more surprising by the fact that a year ago, fishermen caught a pacu Soligorski reservoir in Belarus. Although pacu prefers vegetarian food from meat sausages offered her generous local fishermen, not abandoned.

Snake-penis

Snake-penis

For dessert, we left most piquant animal from one species whose chaste ladies covered with paint, and all the others will fill with laughter. Found in Brazil, near the hydroelectric dam in the Amazon, eyeless creature cylindrical shape has a striking resemblance to male genitalia, for which he received such an apt name. Official name sounds kind of far more serious - Atretochoana eiselti.

Snake-penis

According to scientists, the creature breathes through the skin and into the food actively uses worms and various small fishes, of which the Amazon dime a dozen. Despite the similarities with the snake is considered more correct classification of the detected species to Caecilians. While compare it with a frog or any other amphibian stubbornly fails. Total was found six of these creatures, but who knows what other secrets hides in its waters mysterious Amazon?