A South Korean Buddhist hangs colorful lanterns to celebrate the forthcoming birthday of Buddha at the Chogye temple in Seoul, South Korea. Buddha was born approximately 2,557 years ago, and although the exact date is unknown, Buddha’s official birthday is celebrated on the full moon in May in South Korea, which is on May 17 this year. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)


Have a pile of derelict boxes hanging around?

Upcycled cardboard lanterns are the perfect way to transform trash into imaginative home decor that you can enjoy all year ’round. These simple lanterns are a breeze to make and add a cozy glow to any space.

Any cardboard box will do, so have fun mixing shapes and sizes to make a dynamic display.

Complete instrux, including a downloadable template, here.

The Signs as Architecture
  • Aries:Romanesque architecture. Sprawling manors, dusty curved windows, hallways that have no end
  • Taurus:Elizabethan architecture. Geometric windows, palaces with an abundance of mysterious wings, elaborately carved staircases
  • Gemini:Plateresque architecture. Massive hand carved columns, ornate decorative facades, floral carvings that span the entire building
  • Cancer:French Renaissance architecture. Sand coloured chateaus on a hilltop, elaborate roofscape designs, lavish internal furnishing
  • Leo:Portuguese Renaissance architecture. Massive rounded ceilings so far up you get dizzy looking, intricate decorative designs that flow down the wall, the imposing Cathedral
  • Virgo:French Colonial architecture. Storybook cottages on the river, canary yellow walls and off white crown moulding, paper lanterns hanging off the veranda
  • Libra:Sicilian Baroque architecture. Marble curves and flourishes, imposing gateways guarded by hand carved statues, elegant wrought iron balconies overlooking the city
  • Scorpio:Gothic architecture. Perfectly pointed arches, large stained glass windows, omniscient towers, the run down Cathedral covered in ivy.
  • Sagittarius:Beaux-Arts architecture. Sculptures of Roman gods and goddesses watch the gates, massive arched windows, richly detailed murals and mosaics
  • Capricorn:Greek Revival architecture. Colossal columns lit up with light from below, extremely lavish internal designs and furnishings, the rich widows palace beyond the gates
  • Aquarius:Russian Neoclassical Revival architecture. Brightly coloured facades, luxury mansions, geometric shapes and clean surfaces
  • Pisces:Mediterranean Revival architecture. Tropical palaces and villas, stuccoed walls and red tiled roofs, lush gardens around the corner
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The Lotus Lantern Festival

The Lotus Lantern Festival is held every year on April 8th (lunar calendar) in honor of Buddha’s Birth. The festival is preceded by hanging of lotus-shaped lanterns across Seoul for several weeks, and officially kicks off with lighting of the Jangeumdang, a large lantern that symbolizes Buddhism and Buddha’s Birthday, at the Seoul Plaza. The celebration continues with a wide array of Buddhist programs and activities, before ending with an impressive lantern parade in the heart of Seoul.

this item looks like something that a drunk DnD player would come up with, but it is actually a shield that came out of the renaissance. It is called the lantern shield, and it is utterly useless. It tries to do everything at once and fails at all of it. It was called a lantern shield because you were also supposed to hang a lantern from it at night to “blind your enemies,” but good luck moving with any appreciable amount of speed with a fucking lantern hanging from your shield. This useless piece of shit also has several blades on it at seemingly random points, because I guess somehow you were supposed to swing this sword-shield despite the lantern hanging from it, sloshing flaming oil all over your dumb ass.


When Keti Sidamonidze in Tblisi, Georgia wanted to liven up her bedroom walls she commissioned artist Giorgi Makharashvili to paint an awesome mural that’s beautiful in daylight and spectacular at night when a blacklight reveals additional painting created with special fluorescent paints. Turn out the lights and suddenly the crescent moon is glowing, hanging lanterns are lit, and there’s a spectral dream tiger hovering over Sidamonidze’s bed.

“All I told Giorgi was that my name is Keti (short for Georgian name Ketevan). My nickname has been Kitty Ket ever since I can remember and I can identify with a cat’s love of freedom. I’m playful and joyful as a kitten but when needed, I can turn into a wild cat, a huge tiger that can defend herself and the loved ones with immense courage. I also told him that I love fairytales and curvy ornaments. I am impressed with the way Giorgi has interpreted my story into this peace of mesmerizing wall art. …My dear unknown reader, I hope that you too will manage to fulfill your sacred dreams the way I awakened my fantasy with this project.”

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Deep in Clan Salvius’s hallowed halls lies a room that would make any Light dragon start drooling. Chained lanterns hang from vaulted ceilings whose ends disappear into darkness, illuminating stacks upon stacks of books, scrolls, and other treasures collected over time. Though most members use the ancient library to house their most prized posessions, two can be often seen meticulously maintaining it. Aru, the ever studious Imperial, keeps track of what is used or taken out by other dragons while his disciple (don’t ever call her that though!), Quetzala has stored away scroll upon scroll detailing the room’s entire inventory.

Somehow all materials are flame retardant.

Animated Lanterns

Two lanterns hang above a series of tables and stools in this detailed, mid-18th-century drawing showcasing the interior of a Chinese merchant’s home. 

The image, from a book of sketches by architect Sir William Chambers, is markedly different from most contemporary European depictions of Chinese architecture, which were usually fanciful scenes used to illustrate travel literature. 

See more drawings by Chambers free from Institut national d'histoire d l'art here.

This week’s pick from the Getty Research Portal, a one-stop shop for public domain art history books.


“When the lanterns hang from every post
The fairies leave the keep
They join their hands and sing their songs that nary a soul can hear…
Deep in the forest we go
Creatures are all fast asleep
With a kiss and a wink we will waken our souls
Love is the safety we’ll keep…” ♡  

Myself { @earthenspirit } & @elvenrealm during one of the goof-abouts had during her visit :) 


Enchanting Spider Webs

Spider webs are incredibly useful to their original owners — many of whom gift us the surplus as they move on.

While enchantingly beautiful on their own, many witches enchant them to hang various supernatural lanterns around their homes.

Protective spells with long durations, wards against invading heroes, and hexes to control a room’s magical flow are all very common.

Korean Word of the Day

걸다 = hang, speak to (w)

  • 걸이 = hanger
  • 귀걸이 = earring
  • 코걸이 = nose ring
  • 옷걸이 = clothes hanger
  • 말걸다 = address a person
  • 시비걸다 = provoke a person to quarrel
  • 걸리다 = be hung, be caught weigh on one’s mind, take time, be afflicted with
  • 경찰에 걸리다 = be caught by a policeman
  • 마음에 걸리다 = weigh on one’s mind
  • 시간이 걸리다 = take time
  • 감기걸리다 = catch a cold

사진: 봉은사 (Bongeunsa Temple)

Aesthetics for the signs

Aries: Cracking bonfires, pumpkin spice candles, studded leather jackets

Taurus: Rose petals floating in water, pine trees, waterfall braids

Gemini: Polaroids, hand painted tea sets, pastel cupcakes

Cancer: Blue roses, vinyl records, waves crashing onto the shore

Leo: Bright fireworks exploding in black velvet skies, midnight sleepovers, messy buns

Virgo: Hanging lanterns, chokers, re-reading your favourite book

Libra: The first few notes of your favourite song, New Year’s kisses, french manicures

Scorpio: Names written with sparklers, flannels, matte red lipstick

Sagittarius: Early sunrises, winged eyeliner, late night conversations

Capricorn: Lava lamps, snowy mountain tops, feather blankets

Aquarius: Texting while laying in bed at night, deep rose sunsets, vanilla hot chocolate

Pisces: Binge watching a TV series, rhinestoned jewellery, music boxes


Been reworking my clan’s home a bit. We’re moving to the gladeveins for a more marshy, willow tree area. I have a lot of thoughts for all the lairs and such so as soon as I figure out how to draw them. Ik what it looks like in my head but drawing it is a bit different you know? Never comes out quite right.


Pictured here are the fae nests. Traditionally fae spin their nests of amber, but our fae also weave a “basket” of sorts from tree branches around the amber and line it with personal possessions. Some fae hang lanterns, trinkets, or flowers from the baskets. Clan weavers make silky cushions specifically for lining these fae nests. Most of the fae hang their homes from a gigantic willow tree sitting in a very shallowly flooded area of the clanhome. It’s quite a sight at night with all the glowing ambers and fireflies.