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vertical succulent garden by succulentwonderland

UGH, succulents … i just can’t get enough. these vertical planter gardens are so gorgeous … i wonder if my job would be cool with me installing one in my office!


Adeline de Monseignat Sculptures

Adeline de Monseignat  is a Dutch-Monegasque artist who lives and works in London. Her project-based sculptural work investigates ways in which inanimate objects can trigger emotional responses and even hold a sense of presence and life. Since completing her MA in 2011 she has shown with Victoria Miro, at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and at the Bleecker St Arts Club in New York, as well as winning the Visitor Prize of The Catlin Art Prize and being awarded a Royal British Society of Sculptor’s Bursary.

“ In my sculptures I am interested in finding harmony in the contrasting qualities of strength and fragility, with the aim of making the viewer reflect and smile, as my approach is one of an optimistic and playful artist. I like to incorporate qualities to my work inspired by Surrealism, the artistic movement that has inspired me the most. Surrealism has often proven to trick the viewer with visual illusions, which fascinates me. Through my art, I like to defy gravity. The main figurative subject of my pictures always seems to float within the canvas, without any help of a background to place the subject in either time or space. This also translates in my sculptures where gravity illusions are even more enhanced, as working three-dimensionally enables me to do so. These latter are often brought to life thanks to natural materials such as wood, metal and even eggshell. When it comes to inspiration, imperfections in nature are what trigger my curiosity - a drip, a drop, a crinkle, a wrinkle - an imperfection is the sole evidence of life. I am always on the hunt for the perfect defect; the thought or sight of something challenging - shades, lighting and reflections - will immediately arouse my craving for creating. Idioms, expressions, puns and play-on-words are also often the starting point of my work, such as the “˜chicken or the egg’ or “˜wild life’ Last but not least, I’m interested in building a dialogue between the art and the audience who I expect to respond instinctively through their impressions, feelings and senses. My aim is to make people live a unique experience through my art.”

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Just Another Day at Summer Camp

Summary: another installment of the Makorra/Kainora camping au. Don’t bet on a chess match when Jinora’s involved.
Word Count: 2500 ish
A/N: kissing happens at the end. i’m having lots of fun with this

(the first part and all other summer camp shenanigans are under this tag)


Jinora opens her mouth and yawns, a high-pitched whistle that rolls into a low tone and finishes with a faint crack of her jaw. Then she stabs her fork into the crispy tangle of hash browns and munches, frowning into space. Maybe staying up to read until one a.m. with a flashlight was a bad idea. Especially since Korra got annoyed and clambered up the bunk to confiscate the flashlight, changed her mind, and decided to tell scary stories to the entire cabin until three a.m.

She finished the last story with a smug wink, cut the light, and left everyone lying awake in the dark, sweating with quiet panic under their woolen blankets: there’s no way someone got eaten by a chupacabra last year… there’s no way…. did Mako really kill it with a bow and arrow? No way….

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Guess who’s just about halfway through her Scerek Hades/Persephone AU and still can’t come up with a title? I’m so ready to just give in and call it “Pomegranate” or something equally unimaginative.

Persephone’s story is an origin/explanation for the seasons, so I made it so that, pre-story, winter was not a thing and plants just kept on blooming. The next installment will be taking even more liberties with plant mythology, so brace yourselves for that, I guess.

(Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4)


Derek searches the Fields of Punishment, the Fields of Asphodel, and the Elysian Fields for Scott before he hears a shriek at the gates. He runs as fast as he can, only to find Scott helpless on his back in front of the hellhound, arms raised as the three heads lunge forward with yawning jaws and –

– lick Scott from head to toe.

And yip.


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Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Part 7)

It’s Labor Day, and that means that most kiddos (in the U.S., anyway) will be back in school for sure this week. WAHOO! Thank goodness for all those selfless and patient individuals awesome enough to be teachers. (Hi, Ms. Lin—I know you’re reading this!) 

Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Part 7 of 7) by Michelle Tam

As you pack away your summertime apparel (goodbye, linen pants and white shoes!), let me share with you my last installment of Paleo Lunchboxes 2014. This lovely packed LunchBots bento is crammed with some of our family’s favorite finger foods: Lazy Devils (recipe in my cookbook and app) and Simple Crab Salad-stuffed tomatoes!

Again, don’t feel compelled to replicate this lunchbox exactly—the fun is in modifying any and all components to fit your own tastes. (In other words: yes, I know you’re a special snowflake.)

For example, the Lazy Devils are also super-customizable. Feel free to top your halved Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs with whatever you have on hand. In Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans, I offer tons of ideas on how to spice up your hard cooked eggs. See?

Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Part 7 of 7) by Michelle Tam

And if you happen to be allergic to shellfish, please don’t eat the crab salad stuffed tomatoes with a side of EpiPen. Instead, mix up a batch of Spicy Salmon Salad or Madras Chicken salad (the recipe for the latter’s available in my cookbook and iPad app), and spoon them into the edible tomato cups.

Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Part 7 of 7) by Michelle Tam

Pro tip: use smaller tomatoes than I did. I used plus-size heirloom tomatoes to pretty ’em up for photos, but the only way the lid’s going to fit is by smashing the stuffing (literally!) out of them.

Paleo Lunchboxes 2014 (Part 7 of 7) by Michelle Tam

Ready to check out how to assemble this portable feast?

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