Happy Easter Earth Day!

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Today happens to be both Easter and Earth Day. Happy Easter Earth Day, then!

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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on Flickr (CC BY 2.0).

If the above’s the Earth part, here’s the Easter part. 🙂

Flickr Benson Kua Late for Easter

Benson Kua on Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0).

I love both images, as different as they are.

Hope your week has started enjoyably!

A Pompom Solar System

Arts & Crafts, DIY, Geek out!, Stunt Double

Love this – Lisa Tilse at We Are Scout turned our solar system into a pompom mobile:

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Lisa Tilse at We Are Scout.

So clever! The blue and green Earth is the best, closely followed by Saturn with its rings and the colorful Jupiter.

Visit her site for the tutorial.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Close Quarters: Celestial Bookstore Ceilings

Colors, Design & Designers, Room of Awesome

Twitter has certainly delivered its share of beauty to my door this week. First, through Atlas Obscura, I found this breathtaking bookstore interior:


The store is called Albertine and it’s in Upper East Side on Manhattan, New York, NY. Here is a view of the celestial diagram from directly underneath:

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Albertine bookstore by Bartelstone; via Atlas Obscura.

(Visit the Atlas Obscura’s website for more photos!)

Then, quite by accident, I ran into a beautiful star-embroidered dress on the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology Twitter account:

The dress almost looks like it was designed to complement the room. Also, it seems to be from the same period as the Valentino fall winter 2015-2016 collection that I blogged about. The colorways and the simple lines are certainly similar.

Thank you, serendipity, for delivering to me this gorgeous pairing!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Online Finds: Trappist-1 Illustrations

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A NASA Tumblr post about the newly found exoplanets in the Trappist-1 system included fantastic artist’s renderings of what the system and the planets might look like.

NASA Tumblr Trappist-1 Illustration System

NASA on Tumblr.

“The planets also are very close to each other. How close? Well, if a person was standing on one of the planet’s surface, they could gaze up and potentially see geological features or clouds of neighboring worlds, which would sometimes appear larger than the moon in Earth’s sky.”

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NASA on Tumblr.

One is even a retro-style travel poster! (See other NASA retro travel posters here.)

NASA Tumblr Trappist-1 Illustration Poster

NASA on Tumblr.

Love ’em! Find more at NASA on Tumblr!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Discoveries: Stone and Wood Grain Prints

Design & Designers, Fabrics & Materials

I happen to love birches. I especially love the tall, straight Finnish birches that I grew up with (silver birch, white birch). For me, it’s always a treat to find a birch print on something, like a notebook or an item. It’s no surprise that the line of birch print seating and pillows from MeroWings caught my eye.


MeroWings birch seating.

Beautiful. In another life, or decorating an entirely new home, I might pick one or two.

Also, this Moon POD pouf is really cool:

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MeroWings Moon POD.

An oversized moon bean bag to lounge on, reading a book? I could imagine a worse fate. 🙂

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Online Finds: More Exoplanet Retro Travel Posters

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Do you remember the exoplanet retro-style travel posters I blogged about last year? Now there’s more of them! NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has released a series of 14 posters:

“Nine artists, designers, and illustrators were involved in designing the 14 posters, which are the result of many brainstorming sessions with JPL scientists, engineers, and expert communicators. Each poster went through a number of concepts and revisions, and each was made better with feedback from the JPL experts.”

NASA-JPL Planet Poster Collage 2016

Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech; collage by Eppu Jensen.

Aren’t they just fantastic? They’d make a great wall art, especially if hung in a large grouping. Many of them also remind me of book covers.

Access the collected posters at the JPL site. The posters are available free for download. Check out the JPL Image Use Policy for more details.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Embroidered Version of Van Gogh

Arts & Crafts, Fabrics & Materials

Lauren Spark was asked by her mother to create an embroidery of Van Gogh’s The Starry Night. The results are stunning!

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Lauren Spark.

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Lauren Spark.

The direction and hues of the stitches are spot on, even on the black tree where they are difficult to see. Very impressive! I’m not surprised it took her almost 60 hours to finish. Visit her Tumblr for more pics of the process.

Found via Colossal.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.



Supermoon Lunar Eclipse

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We happened to have excellent conditions for the 2015 supermoon lunar eclipse: clear skies, warm weather, and a dark backyard for early night viewing. The best shot I got is from the beginning of the eclipse (with a little computer enhancement).

Very neat. And, although celestial photography won’t become a part of my skills in a hurry, it was nice to try.

New Horizons Pluto Flyby

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I’ve been following New Horizons’ approach to Pluto, and excitedly gawking at the gorgeous photos we’ve received.

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Pluto. Photo by NASA/APL/SwRI.

Pluto 476,000 miles (768 000 kilometers) from the surface. Photo sent to Earth on July 14, 2015, just before New Horizons’ final approach to the dwarf planet. Photo by NASA/APL/SwRI. Compared to our previous photos, this is huge!

We’ve now officially started our exploration of the Kuiper Belt. Exciting times for space buffs! See more on the NASA New Horizons site or image gallery, or follow New Horizons on Twitter.

I also spotted this nice retro-style, tongue-in-cheek Pluto skiing poster:

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Steve Thomas.

Ski Pluto poster by Steve Thomas on DeviantArt. Love it!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.