Celebrate the Stars and Stripes Forever with These Star Spangled 4th of July Craft Projects (Second Edition)

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On with the craft projects. As the 4th of July is a celebration of America’s birthday, many people in the country tend to splurge on star spangled decorations. In this picture alone, you have American flags, American flag decorations, and figures of Uncle Sam. Yet, while plenty of party stores and retail outlets are happy to sell patriotic paraphernalia, some people take it a bit further by making their own. Yes, red, white and blue are the dominant colors.  And some of these often depict stars and stripes like you see on the American flag. Of course, many of these might violate the US Flag Code but it’s not that anyone pays attention to it anyone unless someone burns a flag in public protest. But that’s talking about an earlier post I did years ago. Anyway, for your reading pleasure, I give you another treasure trove of 4th of July craft projects for your home and yard.

  1. To mark the 4th, perhaps you might want to go with this.

It’s a wooden 4 that’s blue with white stars. Helps someone used a red and white string to tie it for emphasis.

2. In a more rustic setting, a red berry wreath with a star will do.

But don’t forget topping it with a blue ribbon. Otherwise, someone might mistake it for a Christmas wreath.

3. Nothing brings out one’s love of country like this 4th of July tree.

Yes, I know they do these trees for every holiday now. But at least it’s red, white, and blue.

4. A burlap patriotic wreath brings a homespun American touch.

Includes wooden letters “USA” and red, white, and blue stars. Love the navy blue bow, too.

5. Sometimes all you need is a simple white wreath.

Though be sure to include a red and white striped background and a navy blue ribbon with white stars. And the display should be in a white wooden frame.

6. The stars and stripes should be painted on a large wooden panel.

Because nothing emphasizes America than a flag painted on aged wood. Great for any American home.

7. Welcome guests on the 4th of July with this red, white, and blue deco mesh wreath.

Sure the colors seem to run together. But you have to admire the navy blue ribbon and stars.

8. Or perhaps you prefer a wreath of ribbons.

This one uses several consisting of stripes and stars configurations. Like how the stars give it charm.

9. You can’t set your table at a 4th of July barbecue without burlap cutlery bags with the flag.

Because it’s likely that you might need something to keep the cutlery from blowing off the table. Still, like the painted flag.

10. No American couch should be without this patriotic pillow.

Consists of a red and white striped pillow with a navy blue bow of white stars. Great for any American furniture piece but the dining room table.

11. Welcome your guests this 4th of July by hanging this star spangled wreath.

Like how it has red, white, and blue stars hanging from blue ribbons. Not sure what the wreath material is though.

12. For 4th of July and fun in the sun, may I suggest this star-spangled flip flop wreath?

Though keep in mind that, “flip flop” describes the sandals not senators. Has red flowers and blue sunglasses in the center.

13. A wreath wrapped in a flag can look quite stunning in a window frame.

Though the window frame is much to be desired. But it makes a fine outdoor decoration regardless.

14. If you’re not a fan of wreaths, you might want to try a star.

Well, it’s a rustic 5 pointed star with an American flag and pussy willows tied in a ribbon. Love it.

15. How about an American flag wreath with paper roses?

Well, dried roses anyway. But I know dried roses when I see them. Still, this is quite lovely.

16. A deco mesh wreath should always contain an Uncle Sam hat.

Helps if the deco mesh is lined with silver and the hat is shiny. Great to put on any American door.

17. If you want to use organic materials, this patriotic pine cone wreath is for you.

Well, if you live near an evergreen forest, then the pinecones should be easy to find. If not, there’s always the craft stores. But this wreath is simply stunning.

18. Even flag stands should have stars and stripes on them.

After all, flags need something to stand on besides the ground. Yet, you can always fit a star or 2 on the blue.

19. A 4th of July wreath should always have stars and stripe ribbons.

Though you can also add lace as a finishing touch. Also like the white lace. Very classy.

20. Wooden stars on sticks always belong in a flower pot bouquet.

Includes some red, white, and blue stars as well as a large American flag one. Love it.

21. Celebrate your love for America with these wooden blocks spelling the US of A.

Consists of a blue U, a red S, and an American flag decorated A. Bet the A stands for America and therefore, has to be the fanciest.

22. On this panel, it’s “God Bless America.”

And it’s all painted in the classic red, white, and blue. Great for any American house or porch.

23. No woman should be in the kitchen without this star spangled apron.

I had a few of these aprons on last year’s craft post. But this one mostly consists of navy blue with white stars.

24. Any all-American house should have a set of all-American firecrackers.

Okay, these are made from wood and don’t actually explode. But they all have star spangled designs you can’t resist.

25. How about a star-spangled address block to mark your house?

This one uses tiles of red, white, and blue to give a stars and stripes look. Wonderful for any American garden.

26. Nothing expresses the American spirit like a star spangled wreath of tulle.

Unlike the tulle wreath in last year’s post, it has more stars and more stripes. Also like how it looks on the door.

27. Celebrate the 4th of July in your home with these star-spangled shutters.

Well, they’re recycled shutters. But they’re both painted with stripes and a unique star design on top.

28. Red, white, and blue stars should always stick together.

So you have to tie these up with a burlap and rag ribbon. Still, I’m sure they’re all different sizes.

29. How about a wreath with more stripes and a few stars?

Not sure if the blue on here consists of feathers. But it’s rather an interesting design to have on your door.

30. As we all know, liberty is what Americans hold most sacred.

It even lights up and has an American flag. Yet, the panel of “Liberty” outshines all.

31. Hope you’re fine with 2 flags in one basket.

This one has some berries in it as well. Like the stars on it. So quaint.

32. Perhaps a wall hanging of stars with rag stripes will do.

Well, the stars aren’t in a neat in tidy shape. But they don’t necessarily have to be. After all, it’s the motifs that count.

33. Now your kids can enjoy their 4th of July with star studded chalk.

Available in only red, white, and blue. Because those are the colors of the American flag.

34. Curl up on the couch this 4th of July with this star spangled pillow.

This one has the blue star pattern as star on a striped background. Looks best next to the one with the bow.

35. 1776 should always be enshrined on a berry branch wreath.

Of course, the year itself should be framed amongst a copy of the Declaration of Independence. Just for good measure.

36. A red, white, and blue wreath of yarn is just as nice.

But the wreath appears purple because the strands appear so intertwined. Still, like the red, white, and blue flowers.

37. Care to honor America with flowers?

And as you see, the flowers are red. But you have to adore the fancy ribbons and stars.

38. Step out of your home this 4th of July with a pair of patriotic tennis shoes.

Though the shoes don’t really seem to match. But they have the same stars and stripe patterns if only in different places.

39. Let freedom ring with this American flag wind chime.

It’s mostly made of metal with a small plate of stars. But it’ll sure let freedom sing with the wind.

40. Make your 4th of July barbecue guests feel welcome with this burlap wreath.

This one uses a rather simple design with one star tied to the side. But I’m sure many will want this on their door.

41. These wooden firecrackers can use a few stars on them.

Well, at least the red and blue ones. The white one just gets nothing. Even has a tag saying, “USA.”

42. For a table centerpiece, place some flowers in some star spangled bricks.

This looks easy, assuming that the flowers are fake. Comes with a single blue brick with a white star.

43. Grace your home with this old-fashioned American flag dress display.

Keep in mind, this is a dress meant for decoration. Not for wearing. Still, like the golden stars and flag.

44. Perhaps a flower wreath should come with stars and ribbons.

Well, it may not look like the flower wreath I had on my craft post last year. But it certainly evokes 4th of July fun.

45. Nothing makes your 4th of July worthwhile than a red, white, and blue birdhouse.

Helps if it has a place to put your flower pots. Each birdhouse comes with a stand of the same red, white, and blue configuration.

46. Light up your 4th of July with these mason jar candle holders.

These consist of mason jars filled with different colors of art sand. And each one is tied with a red and white striped bow.

47. Want your fireworks to sparkle and shine? Get some red, white, and blue sequins.

Well, sequin discs you use in craft projects in art class. Still, you can make plenty of patterns with them on these wooden firecrackers.

48. Get yourself clean the American way with some stars and stripes soap.

Okay, most Americans use regular soap. But this is a 4th of July post. So American themed soap is shown here.

49. If you don’t have stars, buttons will do fine.

Well, buttons are just as good as stars for a wreath like this. Kind of gives this rag wreath a certain character.

50. A stars and stripes flower pot is great for a 4th of July bouquet.

Even if they have to consist of red, white, and blue carnations. Yet, it also includes shiny stars for patriotic emphasis.

51. If you love “America the Beautiful,” then you’ll like this wooden panel.

Though to be fair, the song was written by a lesbian who had a partner for 25 years. Bet they didn’t teach you that in history class.

52. If you don’t like wreath, then show your American pride with this American flag star.

Even has some patriotic ribbons to go along with it. Kind of has a whimsical shape to it.

53. Got any corks? Make a flag from them to hang.

I suppose most of these come from a craft store. Or at least I hope they come from one. Still, like the silver stars on it.

54. Nothing says you’re love for America than a shadowbox of paper flowers.

Well, paper flowers configured into an American flag, of course. Sure it has 9 stars but it’s the impression that counts.

55. This dresser is a must have for any American woman.

This one has an American flag painted on it. Hope whoever made this can get used to it all year round.

56. As you can see, this only sings the song of liberty.

Yes, it’s another patriotic wind chime. But it has the blue and stars on top.

57. There’s nothing more patriotic than an American flag made from shotgun shells.

Well, according to some NRA members. But as someone who doesn’t like guns, I beg to differ.

58. With this chair, you can find the Star-Spangled Banner at your seat.

Though many might view sitting on the American flag as desecration. Yet, most Americans would probably buy this anyway.

59. Never thought I’d see a metal flag before.

It’s even on a wavy metal sheet to resemble the American flag flying freely. Great to hang in any American home.

60. You’d almost think the flag was waving in this frame.

It’s actually an old shutter painted as the American flag. But you probably wouldn’t notice that.

61. Perhaps a 4th of July bandanna wreath would suit you.

Though keep in mind, bandanas often have some bad connotations to them since they’ve been banned by school dress codes. Still, you have to admire the stars on this.

62. Cinder block planters always shine in red, white, and blue.

Though they’re also heavy to lift as well. Might want to stick to wood or plastic instead.

63. Sometimes a simple decoration can say it best.

This is just a simple white yarn wreath with blue stars and American flag bows. So simple yet so lovely.

64. Every American couch should have a stars and stripes pillow.

Didn’t know they had a red pattern with white stars. Still, I’ve seen similar ones with different configurations.

65. Celebrate your 4th of July with some American flag china.

These may not be actual crafts. But they’ll sure be perfect for your Independence Day barbecue.

66. May this patriotic mason jar be a beacon of liberty in your home.

It even has a light to illuminate your party during the fireworks. Doesn’t seem quite hard to make.

67. This glass apothecary jar is filled with some of the finest American kidney beans.

As to how they managed to find red, white, and blue ones is a mystery to me. Oh, wait, they used black ones for the blue.

68. No little girl should celebrate the 4th without wearing an American flag dress.

Well, that’s a cute little dress. And it’s sure to make any girl a star-spangled darling.

69. A rustic wreath should have a flag and star.

It also has burlap and a berry wreath around the white star. Love it.

70. A rag wreath like this on the 4th of July is as good as any.

This one seems to have mostly red with white polka dots. But it’s just as patriotic nonetheless.

71. Perhaps you might want to stick a bunch of flags in one basket.

Well, you see a lot of American flag displays like this one. But I’m not sure if that’s overdoing it.

72. These star spangled flower pots make perfect patriotic planters.

These have stripes on the brim and stars on the pot. At any rate, they tend to be stacked together for height.

73. Nothing makes a 4th of July barbecue like a star spangled chair.

This one has a star back and a striped bottom. Hope it goes with a set and a table to match.

74. A 4th of July table should be star studded along the border.

And as a matter of fact, this one definitely is. Love it. So pretty.

75. A navy blue star is always stellar on a striped canvas.

Well, it may not look like the flag. But it’s in red, white, and blue just the same.

76. A glass block of the American flag is always stunning in beads.

This one uses shiny pears as stars. Nevertheless, I adore it and wonder if it lights up.

77.  By painting an American flag, you can turn a crate into a planter.

Just has a few stripes and 9 stars. But as long as it resembles a flag, I’ll take it.

78. Wooden firecrackers should always come with wooden stars.

Each of these has red white and blue to show for it. Yes, I’ve shown several of these but they’re popular 4th of July decorations.

79. A pallet doesn’t always have to resemble an American flag.

But as long as it has the basic stars and stripes, it can work. Wouldn’t mind hanging this on my wall.

80. These star-spangled firecrackers make for a spectacular 4th of July display.

One has stripes. One has stars. And one has both stars and stripes. But all have rope wicks.

81. Looks like these fireworks bring a lot of explosive fun.

This one has shiny stuff coming out of it and patriotic bows. And all on a red wood platform.

82. Let your clothes dry this Fourth of July with these American flag clothes pins.

Yes, these exist. And they just require you painting an American flag on them. Though that might be hard to pull off.

83. It’s always anchors away with this maritime wreath.

Has an anchor at the center and American flags on the sides. And the wreath is covered with rope.

84. There’s nothing more American to carry around with you than an American flag tote bag.

It’s just a tote bag with stars and stripes painted on there. Pretty ingenious if you think about it.

85. No woman can be in her 4th of July best without these star-spangled earrings.

These are probably not meant for my ears. But they’ll surely go well with any red, white, and blue outfit.

86. Show your love for America this 4th of July with this set of wooden blocks.

Consists of a map of the US, the 4th, fireworks, stripes, and a star. Looks great on any American mantle.

87. This patriotic kitty can always make America proud.

Well, is an amigurumi kitty. And she’s even waving an American flag. So cute.

88. With smaller flower pots, you can make some spectacular candle holders.

Well, they’re small pots so the candles can fit in them. But they sure consist of stellar designs.

89. If you don’t have a real flag, a ribbon one will do.

This one has a felt union with sequin stars and ribbon and lace stripes. Great project for those with scraps.

90. You surely can’t be without these flower pots at your 4th of July barbecue.

Each one is designated for forks, knives, and spoons. And each is in a patriotic motif.

91. All these firecrackers need is an American flag.

They’re also on a white wooden platform. Each one has stripes and a star on top.

92. With enough of the right burlap scraps you can make an American flag wreath pin.

Also, has buttons for stars. Kind of nifty idea. Wonder what this will go with.

93. You can even have an American flag on a basket.

Now that’s a funny way to show patriotism. Then again, I kind of prefer the flags be in the basket than on one.

94. Light up your 4th of July with this American flag candle log.

You can put a bunch of candles on it. It’s also painted with stars and stripes.

95. You can’t do wrong hanging red, white, and blue stars.

These are quite stunning. And once you cut out the stars, it’s easy to make.

96. A red, white, and blue star is pure patriotic splendor.

It’s made from wood which is mostly red and white. And it has a blue bar of stars. So lovely.

97. You’d see sparks coming from these dowel fireworks.

Well, the sparks seem to consist of yellow stars. But the blue gingham ribbon ties them all together.

98. Red and white flowers make for a simple 4th of July wreath.

Well, simpler than some of the other wreaths with flowers. Love the navy blue bow.

99. This American flag quilt is a real patchwork.

It’s an especially perfect American quilt for a patchwork nation. Because the US is a nation of diversity. Anyone who doesn’t believe that should get their racist head out of their ass.

100. Drape your American couch with this quality 4th of July quilt.

This is a quality quilt that seemed to win a prize. Anyway, it has an eagle with flag shield. Love it.

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The High Strung World of Beadwork

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Since the very advent of modern humans, people have strung beads for ornamentation mostly for jewelry and other personal adornments as well as wall hangings, embroidered decoration, and even sculpture. Yet, they’ve also been used for religious purposes, good luck charms, curative agents, and for trade. Since they’re usually made from a variety of durable materials from all shapes, sizes, designs, and colors, they often survive in the archaeological record. Almost every culture in the world has their own form of beadwork with Native American styles being among the most well-known. Though to be fair, Native American beadwork as we know it didn’t develop until the Europeans introduced glass beads. A lot of African and Pacific Island cultures are identified with using beadwork as well. Today modern beadwork is often seen as a creative hobby to create jewelry, purses, coasters, and dozens of other crafts which can range in varying levels of difficulty and specialization. Nevertheless, you’d find plenty of bead crafts on Pinterest which can be quite elaborate and beyond a normal beader’s expertise. So for your reading pleasure, I give you a treasure trove of all the things people have done with beads.

  1. You can create a pretty picture with shiny Mardi Gras beads.

Though Mardi Gras beads normally come in gold, green, and purple. But the flower is certainly stunning.

2. A white beaded peacock always makes an impression.

There’s a whole range of these kind of birds on Pinterest from Eastern Europe. Still, it’s lovely.

3. It would be wise to go with an owl pendant.

Apparently, birds are a common motif. But I love how the pearl beads on this one.

4. Didn’t know you could uses beads on baskets.

Then again, it’s standard practice in a lot of places in Africa. Nevertheless, it’s quite an elaborate piece.

5. Strung pearls will certainly enhance any pocket watch.

Yes, it’s a watch cover. Or maybe it’s a purse cover since most of us don’t use pocket watches anymore. Either way, doesn’t seem to come cheap.

6. There’s nothing more chic than Ancient Egyptian style scarab necklace.

Yes, scarabs did have a sacred place in Ancient Egypt. But Ancient Egyptians usually wore beaded collars instead of necklaces as far as I know.

7. This beaded dragon pin can fit in the palm of your hand.

Yes, you can create cool dragons with beads. This little guy may be tiny. But it is fierce.

8. With enough beads and artisty, you can create a flowery tapestry.

Flowers are another common motif in beadwork as you can see in this embroidered masterpiece. And yes, you’ll see more of these displays.

9. Beaded animals can come in a variety of patterns.

I bet these are probably African but I’m not so sure. Because you can’t always tell by the pattern.

10. Light beads seem to have a certain elegance on necklaces.

Still, I’ve seen a lot of elaborate bead necklaces a normal person wouldn’t wear. But this one is quite modest and is not among them.

11. You’d almost mistake this beaded iris for the real thing.

Actually not. But it certainly bears a very close resemblance to one. And certainly fits well in a vase.

12. There’s no better beaded flower to adorn yourself with than a purple rose.

These are lovely. Though I’m not sure whether I’d want to wear these if I had them.

13. Never thought I’d see a beaded car before.

This one makes a lot of hippie Volkswagen Beetles look plain by comparison. But it’s in the Huichol style from Mexico.

14. It should go without saying to use beads for wind chimes and other garden decoration.

These beads dangle like they’re bright stones in the sky. Must be dazzling on sunny days.

15. Now that’s a weird looking bird statue.

Yes, this one has an owl body and a doll head. Don’t ask me why someone created this. Because I have no idea.

16. Black and white flowers could never be better intertwined.

Even their stems and leaves are in such respective colors. Love the gold on the petals.

17. This beaded tidal wave is a magnificent sight to see.

You’d almost swear it’s a painting. Love how the beads shine in this. So pretty.

18. Nothing looks better in your home than a beaded pink orchid.

And you don’t have to worry about watering it. Nor would you have to worry about throwing it out after some time.

19. You can’t resist this funky owl.

Yes, this beaded owl sure seems out of a psychedelic acid trip. But it’s certainly a hoot.

20. Sometimes natural rock beads make great jewelry pendants.

Though I’d prefer a more symmetrical design. But this set looks quite cool. Though I’d never buy it.

21. Light green beads have a certain shimmering quality.

Light green isn’t a favorite color of mine. In fact, far from it. But this necklace is quite stunning.

22. A beaded dragonfly can have as many stones as you want.

There seems to be a lot of turquoise here. Much fancier than I could see in a normal dragonfly.

23. Never have a come across an old fashioned camera in funky colors.

The camera is a brownie box which was among the first user friendly cameras of its day. But the beaded colors are awesome here.

24. I’m sure you can’t hold water in a beaded vase.

Then again, it’s most likely for decoration anyway. So make sure you put beaded flowers in it to match.

25. With the right color configuration, beaded jewelry can make a lasting impression.

I guess this is in the peacock motif. Love the dazzling blue beads near the pendants.

26. What the hell is that thing with the penguin?

I don’t have the slightest idea. But this is certainly a captivating scene to me.

27. How about a necklace in a Celtic design?

Well, it certainly has a Celtic look to it. But whether my ancestors wore something like this or not is a mystery.

28. Seems like this sink is full of dishes.

Actually it’s more of a beaded display. But you’d almost think it was in your house, would you?

29. Cameos always make fine centers on a distinguished necklace.

Well, this necklace is fancy. Love the beads on this. So beautiful. Love it.

30. This pin almost resembles a medal.

Well, if it wasn’t made of beads, that is. But it’s a nice one to put on the collar or coat.

31. There’s nothing about this little bird pin you can’t resist.

I’m sure a sweet little bird would go quite well on your shirt. So adorable.

32. A long necklace pendant can certainly dazzle.

Love the jewels on this one, especially if they’re purple. Though might weigh someone down if worn.

33. A pendant should always match the string.

This necklace has a bright green beaded pendant. Not sure what style it is, but it’s not bad.

34. A beaded fish appears magical in a beaded ocean.

Well, ocean motifs have to be quite common in beadwork. But this looks especially stunning.

35. You’d almost think a pearl was in this beaded shell.

Well, it kind of is. But it has a spectacular shiny shell to matched lined with gold. Lovely.

36. Complete a peacock look with this necklace.

But understand that the feather top can dangle. But it’s rather impressive.

37. I’m sure this beaded serpent can fit around your wrist.

Well, it certainly looks kind of cool. But I think wearing it can weigh you down. Still, looks fierce.

38. You’d certainly want to find this beaded blue moth in your jewelry box.

Yes, it’s a moth because it’s fuzzy and has a elongated wingspan. But it’s prettier than a live one.

39. Never thought I’d see a funky doll like this.

She has a beaded body of many designs and hair of 3 different colors. Not sure what I’d think if I ran into her.

40. You’d almost think this necklace is leafy green.

Almost seems like something you’d see an Elf wearing in Lord of the Rings. Yet, it has a rather nature fantasy ring to it.

41. How about a peacock around your neck?

Well, the peacock necklace is rather original. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s part of a set.

42. If you want style, then this purple beaded necklace can suit your fancy.

Wouldn’t mind wearing this. Love the purple with the gold. Not sure about the green jewel pendant.

43. Beaded flowers always look stunning on any embroidered tapestry.

Though this is more of the table runner variety than the last one I showed. But the flowers are nonetheless lovely.

44. These pearls fit like peas in these gold pods.

Though the pods are also made from beads. Still, not really my cup of tea but the design is clever.

45. An aquamarine pin always stuns on any occasion.

This is in a leaf shape with a jewel. But you can’t help but adore it. So pretty.

46. You can’t take your eyes on this floral purse.

Well, this one is as flowery as it’s fancy. Love the flowers on it. Though wouldn’t want to carry that around with me.

47. Speaking of flowers, get a load on this floral necklace.

Though I don’t really care for the light green leaves. But the flowers on this are simply beautiful.

48. You’d never this was of a beaded lily pond.

But yes, it’s an artistic rendition of a lily pond made of beads. Though I’d understand if you think it’s a painting.

49. This beaded Asian temple tapestry almost brings you to another world.

Not sure if it’s supposed to be Chinese or from any other East Asian nation. But it certainly has an Asian feel.

50. Wonder who this beaded lady is supposed to be.

Seems like she’s a superhero of some sort. Yet, I’m not sure who. But she’s definitely not Wonder Woman.

51. Behold the beaded bear claw on this necklace.

This is in a Native American style. Yet, it also uses all the colors of the rainbow.

52. You’ll always look chic wearing a purple beaded shawl.

Though I guess it’s only for personal adornment. So beautiful. Love it.

53. Here we come to a dazzling dragon guarding her eggs.

Keep in mind that in folklore, female dragons are always more dangerous than the males. This is especially the case when she has eggs or young.

54. You’d almost think this pink beaded tree has come to spring blossom.

Reminds me of a tree you’d see from Dr. Seuss. Though I saw a lot of beaded trees on Pinterest.

55. A fancy purse should have a bright floral design.

Of course, this purse wouldn’t come cheap if you saw it at the mall. But I love the fancy design.

56. This beaded book cover leaves much to the imagination.

Who’s going to bet that the cover depicts what the book is actually about? Best you not judge by the cover.

57. There’s nothing more resplendent than a beaded headdress with peacock feathers.

This one appears to be made for a queen. Love the beautiful beadwork. So stunning.

58. A small beaded purple bird is one you never forget.

Well, it’s not all beaded. Yet, you have to admire the wings and tail feathers.

59. There’s something slitheringly stylish about this cobra necklace.

Another Ancient Egyptian style necklace. Not period true, but I do love the dangling beads on the edge.

60. Perhaps you might want to dry this dangling bead outfit?

Seems like something you’d see in a Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Lovely but not something most people would wear.

61. A bejeweled necklace is an adornment of unique elegance.

Well, this is dazzling. Such a lovely design with so many color jewels. Pretty.

62. Sometimes a simple bracelet can do the trick.

This beaded bracelet has purple jewels and beads to match. And it’s all lined with gold.

63. When working with large stone beads, perhaps some smaller ones can fill in the details.

This one seems like you’d wear it for a party. But the large blue stones and the gold bead leaves make a wonderful combination.

64. Bet you never came across a flower basket like this before.

Well, the flowers and butterfly are made from beads. So you don’t have to worry about them wilting or flying away.

65. You can never have enough jewels on a beaded necklace like this.

You’d think to wear this one at a fancy dress ball. Has a certain elegance to it. But might weigh you down.

66. Wearing this dragon necklace might let you enter in a blaze of fire.

Helps if it has a yellow jewel encrusted as its belly. Love how it spreads its wings.

67. A beaded Blue Heron can look magnificent in the sky.

After all, with beads and wires, who knows what you can make. So lovely.

68. For more formal occasions, you might want to wear this necklace.

This one has a lot of beads dripping and pendant down to the stomach. Beautiful but not something I might want to wear.

69. Grace your home with this floral beaded vase.

Perhaps a floral motif is rather fitting. The color scheme on this one isn’t that bad either.

70. This beaded necklace is certainly seaworthy.

It has a turquoise shell in the front. Yet, I have to admit it can use a few pearls.

71. For the spring, you might want to wear this blue butterfly necklace.

Now this is quite dazzling. Love the wings spread out. So pretty.

72. Didn’t know that a weeping willow sprouted pink flowers.

I don’t think it does. And I don’t think it’s a willow. But it’s sure stunning to behold.

73. This scarab necklace is certainly festive.

Not sure if it’s Ancient Egyptian in style. But I’m sure it can be seen for miles.

74. A dragon fly pin should shimmer in vivid color.

Well, it certainly gives an impression. Love the wings. So pretty.

75. How about a beaded birch in autumn?

It’s a birch tree all right. And I guess the beaded leaves are a yellowish brown. More naturalistic than the pink trees though.

76. If you’re not a pink tree fan, perhaps try blue.

Yes, this a blue bead tree. Not sure what’s supposed to be specifically. But goes nicely with the pink ones.

77. A black and white beaded butterfly pin has a certain elegance.

Well, black and white stones, anyway. Still, wouldn’t mind wearing this on my coat.

78. There’s something twisted about this necklace.

Okay, it has a braided pendant design with the beads embroidered. But it can be particularly stunning if you ask me.

79. Perhaps you’d want a necklace reminding you of the night sky.

Well, it’s quite lovely in its own way. So I guess the tassel beads are the tree roots. Or are they the night sky.

80. Now that is one funky bird.

Not sure what that bird is supposed to be. But it sure leaves a colorful impression you won’t forget.

81. For emphasis, this red pin will do.

Resembles a jewel you might find at some royal ball. Almost seems like it costs a fortune.

82. A square purse should always be richly decorated.

Now that is a sensational purse. Love how it’s embroidered on purple. Wouldn’t mind having this.

83. How about a forest scene near the ocean?

Didn’t know you could find beadwork like this. Reminds me of a painting.

84. A necklace like this will make you as pretty as a peacock.

Yes, it’s a sensational peacock necklace. But it’s quite elaborate compared to the other ones I’ve shown. So pretty.

85. Wonder what the hell’s on that polar bear.

Think it’s supposed to depict a Native American story. Judging that it’s a polar bear, I’d say it pertains to a tribe in Alaska or Canada.

86. This dragonfly pin is set to stun.

And it has very fancy wings and tail. Love the purple jewel on it, too.

87. You’d swear this came from a medieval tapestry.

Well, they did do beaded tapestries in the Middle Ages. But this is a style rendition, not the real thing.

88. A bejeweled seashell dazzles on the shore.

Unlike the last beach necklace, this one even has pearls. Love it.

89. If you want to see a colorful deer, try this on for size.

Though don’t bet on finding deer like that in Mexico. At least outside some store. Still, very stunning.

90. If you want an elaborate collar necklace, suppose this can suit your fancy.

Well, certainly has a rather modernist style. Like the colors on it though.

91. This blue purse can really go with a beautiful ocean tide.

Well, it certainly has an elaborate design on it. Very pretty and very ornate.

92. You’d almost think you saw this necklace in a jewelry store.

Then again, it’s certainly the work of a skilled beader. Love the pearls on this though.

93. This beaded lamp post picture really lets the light in.

It uses golden beads as light in a dark background. Still, wouldn’t mind having this.

94. May the sun always shine upon you during your days.

And the sun here seems to have a face. Anyway, love the brilliant blue sky.

95. You can always stun in this black and white necklace.

Well, this is more of a necklace like one of the peacock ones. At any rate, it’s simply gorgeous.

96. There’s something really eye catching about this snake.

Also, holds an apple in its mouth. Though most snakes are carnivores. Then again, rule of symbolism is probably involved.

97. A necklace like this can simply shimmer with purple stones.

Man, I love purple. Wouldn’t mind wearing this. But it would weigh me down. So pretty.

98. A basket of pansies will certainly brighten your day.

Yes, it’s another flower basket. But I kind of like this one better. Perhaps it’s because the flowers are more ornate.

99. Shiny beads make a wondrous carousel scene.

You can’t resist imagery like this. Love the beautiful gold on the trim. So pretty.

100. I’m sure this flower basket will add some color to your life year round.

Yes, beaded flowers are wonderful. And you can’t help but love these. So pretty.

The Fastened World of Button Craft

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Whether to fasten your clothing or just to make you look sharp, buttons have been made from almost every possible material imaginable. In 1918, the US government made an extensive survey on the international button market listing buttons made of vegetable ivory, metal, glass, galalith, silk, linen, cotton-covered crochet, lead, snap fasteners, glass, enamel, rubber, buckhorn, wood, horn, bone, leather, paper, pressed cardboard, mother-of-pearl, celluloid, porcelain, composition, tin, zinc, xylonite, stone, cloth-covered wooden forms, and papier-mâché. And they’ve been on almost every article of clothing imaginable like shirts, dresses, pants, shoes, jackets, coats, skirts, and even bags, wallets, and purses if you can count the last two. Also, they’ve been around a very long time in history as buttons and button type fasteners have been found in the Indus Valley Civilization, Bronze Age China, and Ancient Rome. But the functional buttons we know today were invented in 13th century Germany. As we all know, buttons can fall off or get lost from time to time. Then there are people who have so many loose buttons that they’re not sure what to do with them. Nevertheless, you’ll find buttons used on Pinterest for almost every known craft project imaginable. Some buttons are used to create pictures. Some to decorate lamps and furniture. However the case, here I bring you an assortment of them for your own reading pleasure.

  1. This buttoned family appears well fastened.

    Well, it’s a familial display like a stick figure family on one’s car. And this one has a bunch of boys.A buttoned garden should have all kinds of flowers.

    2. A buttoned garden should of all kinds of flowers.

Here we have buttoned flowers of all shapes and sizes. Though none seem to have leaves.

3. A buttoned tree is perfect for two lovebirds on as spring.

Though a swing won’t make an adequate nest. Also, it seems like autumn. Shouldn’t these two be flying south?

4. For a tractor, nothing runs like a Deere.

Because a Deere is one of the most recognizable tractors around. But have you ever seen a button version? I think not.

5. A salt shaker makes an excellent fastened bouquet.

I see this one is for a wedding. But you have to admire how these match the pearls.

6. You should see the kind of leaves you’ll find on a buttoned tree.

While most trees have green leaves, this one has leaves of all kinds. Because why not?

7. This button couple is very attached to one another.

Of course, these button sculptures wouldn’t be possible with wires to make them 3 dimensional. Still, I prefer the button pictures anyway.

8. Buttoned flowers look splendid in a vase.

These flowers even have their own petals of various designs. So lovely.

9. Anyone in Paris has to enjoy a buttoned Eiffel Tower.

Because the Eiffel Tower is pretty much the symbol of Paris, France. But they also have other famous landmarks, too.

10. A rainbow of buttons can always give you a smile on a rainy day.

But I’m sure most of these buttons come from a craft store. But it’s still quite beautiful.

11. The most pearly buttons should always be used for a crescent moon.

Well, it’s not exactly a pearly moon. But you have to admire the crescent shape and the stars.

12. A rooster always has to have a well fastened look.

Though you don’t always need to use flashy buttons on it. Still, great for a rustic farm setting.

13. For cloth napkins, may I suggest some well attached fruit decoration?

Well, these napkins don’t use as many buttons. But the concept is quite clever.

14. A painted Christmas tree can be resplendent with button ornaments.

You’d almost think they were painted on. But you’d be wrong. Still, it’s beautiful.

15. With button designs, it doesn’t matter what cloth you use.

Almost makes you think it’s a nebula. But it can be based on some acid trip for all you know.

16. A buttoned cat is always well-fastened.

Though this one uses buttons of all kinds of brown and black. So it’s not exactly a black cat.

17. For you pirate-minded folks, this buttoned skull and crossbones should suit your fancy.

Yes, the buttons may not be all of one size. But at least it bears a good resemblance.

18. Hope you appreciate some flowers from this dinosaur.

Guess this is for a little kid’s room. Yet, not sure how a dino can hold things with its tail. Then again, dinosaurs have been extinct for 65 million years.

19. If you liked The Very Hungry Caterpillar, then you’ll love this button picture.

Well, it’s a classic children’s book about a caterpillar that eats a lot. Still, the illustration is iconic.

20. For you maritime fans, may this one send you anchors away.

Seems easy to configure and uses all one color. But best if it’s sewn on white canvas.

21. Even unconventional buttons can have their own decorative value.

Never saw buttons like these before. Wonder if they were used solely for the pillow. Because that would make more sense.

22. Seems like this button tree has some degree of greenery.

Yes, but in various shades. Wonder if it’s a birch tree, too. Because the bark seems light.

23. For button flower leaves, may I suggest beads?

Though these don’t seem to be conventional flowers. Then again, it probably shouldn’t matter much.

24. Pastel buttons always go great on white tables.

Well, as long as the buttons are under a glass panel. But it’s lovely and adorable nonetheless.

25. There are plenty of buttons to make a rainbow heart.

Because who doesn’t love rainbows or heart? So pretty you can almost cry.

26. Speaking of rainbows, this circle of colors never seems to end.

Kind of reminds you of the Apple cursor spinner. Though I guess these were glued onto a paper.

27. This buttoned owl will surely give you a hoot.

After all, you have to admire its big eyes that seem all happy to see you. Nevertheless, this is certainly cute as a button.

28. Never thought I’d find a rainbow heart on a rock before.

Yes, it’s another rainbow heart. But this one has a different configuration and it’s on a rock.

29. This button tree has branches representing the 4 seasons.

Though no matter what season the tree is in, the branches seem quite bare to me. Also, the winter one isn’t suppose to have leaves.

30. This cardinal looks dignified perching on a branch.

Helps if its buttons are sewn on a burlap pillow. Perfect for rustic settings.

31. A buttoned bouquet should burst with vibrant color.

Yes, it’s another button flower bouquet. But this one has much more flowers together in a vase. Love it.

32. There’s nothing you can’t love about this metallic heart.

Well, it’s made from metallic buttons of all shapes and sizes. Yet, it certainly will go with any down home kitchen in the countryside.

33. Jasmine always shines in her sea green outfit.

By the way, there are quite of few Disney Princess button pictures you’ll see on this post. But I’m sure any Disney fan would adore it.

34. With pearl buttons you can decorate a wired heart.

Sure it might not look like much. But without the beautiful buttons, this wreath would be nothing.

35. All these cats are as cute as a button.

Actually they’re kind of freaking looking. But they’re made from buttons. So hence the pun.

36. Shakers make great vases for any kind of button bouquet.

They make great centerpieces, you don’t need to water them, and they never go bad you have to throw them out. And unlike some fake flowers, they don’t look tacky.

37. At a certain distance, you’d think this button tree was a painting.

Yes, I know I have a lot of button trees on here. But they’re a common motif. Also, this one has a whole set of leaves.

38. How about a tree with rainbow leaves?

Now that would be something I’d want to see. Unfortunately, trees don’t work that way. But you can always put rainbow buttons as leaves.

39. Button wildflowers look best in a field.

Almost thought these flowers were painted on. But they look fantastic.

40. Now that is a fantastic colored rooster.

Well, more colorful than the last rooster I put on. Love the tail feathers.

41. Hope this buttoned treble brings music to your ears.

I guess the bass clef wasn’t as elegant as this one. But it sure looks magnificent in black and white.

42. Nothing can make you resist this buttoned fox.

Not because it has a bushy tail and a head larger than its body. Still, it’s adorable.

43. A buttoned butterfly should have vibrant wings.

Even if most real butterflies actually don’t. Because why go with a dowdy monarch when you can have this?

44. Nighttime wild flowers are always well fastened near a lake.

Well, it’s a painting that uses buttons in such a scene. Love the button moon and flowers.

45. With these 2 buttoned glasses, please celebrate responsibly.

Yes, there are wine glass motifs for buttons as well. But this seems like it’s between a red and rose.

46. This white button wreath was sewn upon.

Wonder if this was used for a wedding or something. Still, it seems a bit flat.

47. Never thought I’d see buttons on a real wreath before.

Like how it’s also in purple and blue. So pretty I’d might want to put it on my door.

48. You’ll probably need so many pearl buttons to make a dress.

And you’ll probably need a lot of time on your hands to sew them all on. Yeah, I know it’s tedious work.

49. You’d never know what you’d find under this tree.

Well, it surely looks dazzling. Love all the button leaves of so many different colors.

50. This button lampshade really lets the light in.

And it uses buttons of all shapes, sizes, and colors. So pretty and so clever.

51. There’s nothing like this button flag from the US of A.

Though I’m sure most of these are made in China. Because most buttons are.

52. With enough buttons you can decorate a flower pot.

Best if you put them in a mosaic while it’s still clay. Or glue them on if the case may be.

53. A button tree almost sways in the autumn breeze.

And I see that some of them are already falling off. Because that’s what leaves do in a fall gust of wind.

54. Show your sweetheart love with this buttoned red heart.

After all, hearts are usually red aren’t they? I’m sure anyone would appreciate this.

55. This button mosaic is a fastened masterpiece.

Yes, it’s a button mosaic landscape. Not sure where that person got the buttons though I’m thinking craft store.

56. In life, adventure always awaits.

Yes, this is a house from Up. But this couple used this piece as a frame. So cute.

57. Nobody can resist a buttoned down panda.

Because pandas are adorable with their black and white faces. This one is no different.

58. Hope you can accept this buttoned rose.

I think this is part of some kind of collection. Yet, you have to love how they use the large red buttons. So pretty.

59. Never guess you’d find this colorful cat.

Hey, what did you expect? Sure colorful cats don’t exist in real life. But sometimes real life is boring.

60. Perhaps you might want some red flowers over yellow.

Well, this looks pretty nice. Like how the red button flowers really stand out in the white vase and yellow. And they even have leaves.

61. Nothing charms like a purple butterfly.

Even if they’re made from buttons with some resembling flowers. Wouldn’t mind having this one.

62. These button hot air balloons can take you to the sky.

Helps if they’re made from rainbow circles. Love these. So cute.

63. Perhaps a few jewels on a button heart.

Of course, the jewels aren’t real. But it surely makes the heart look more dazzling.

64. A blue button heart truly shines.

Well, it’s an unconventional color. But it certainly looks great on a wall.

65. With a button globe, you’d feel like traveling the world.

But don’t use this one to find countries. Because it’s in black and white and is only for show.

66. As on Up, adventure is out there.

Yes, it’s another Up house button display. But this one has a lot more buttons and it’s not used as a frame.

67. You might want to get a hold of this white owl.

Well, this isn’t the cutesy face owl. More of a shape. But it’s quite lovely in its own way nonetheless.

68. Seems like the colors change with every stripe.

Well, as you see on this heart anyway. But the background and button colors don’t match for a reason.

69. These button princess dresses are a tale as old as time.

Consists of Cinderella, Tiana, Belle, and Aurora. And they’re in blue, green, yellow, and pink respectively.

70. Thought I just saw a pink elephant pass me by.

Okay, it’s a pink button elephant with a small purple butterfly. And yes, it’s meant for a kid. Not a drunken hallucination.

71. Rainbow flowers really show up at night.

Well, sometimes a dark background is better. Though not exactly sure what these flowers are.

72. A button unicorn must always have vibrant colors.

Because unicorns are simply magical creatures. So pretty.

73. Now that’s a glass of real red wine.

Though normal red wine is usually a reddish purple. I know the colors don’t seem exact.

74. With enough buttons you can create a masterpiece.

Not sure what’s this supposed to be. Probably based on some acid trip.

75. Hope you enjoy this button wind chime.

Though I’m not really sure what kind of sound it would make. But at least it looks pretty.

76. There’s nothing like seeing a flamingo on the beach.

Though flamingos are beautiful creatures, they tend to be emblems of tackiness. Thanks to it being immortalized in lawn ornaments.

77. This elephant came with balloons.

This is for a baby, by the way. But yes, it’s quite adorable.

78. Now that’s a very regal fox.

Interesting it has a button with 8 holes. Not sure how that’s even possible.

79. Flowery white buttons always go well in a heart and frame.

That’s an interesting concept. Makes you think of spring for some reason.

80. A button hummingbird has to splash with vibrancy.

Though the hummingbirds you see are normally green and pink. But yes, this is lovely.

81. Get a look at this pretty seahorse.

And its buttons seem to match the background. Ocean lovers will adore this.

82. This seemed to get of by one note.

Well, a half note if you want to get technical. But the music sheet background is fitting.

83. It takes many buttons to make a heart.

And the buttons on this one are of all different colors on a canvas. So lovely.

84. A rubber duckie will but a smile on anyone’s face.

Because even in buttons duckies are so cute. Makes you want to hold it if it wasn’t glued to the paper.

85. With this button hot air balloon, you can dream big.

Well, hot air balloons seem to be a popular motif. Love the colors, too.

86. Sometimes button flowers can do with some real foliage.

Helps if you put them in a flower pot. But at least these will never wilt even when the plant will.

87. Buttons always look great around a mirror frame.

Though I’m not sure how many these are actually buttons. But I wouldn’t mind having this.

88. Now that’s a regal buck.

As with the owl, it’s more of a silhouette. But it’s one of great bearing, especially with the antlers.

89. Nothing should give you a hoot like this buttoned owl.

Yes, owls with large eyes are adorable. Also like the purple wings, too. So cute.

90. With this tree, you can watch the seasons.

Yes, it’s another 4 seasons button tree. And yes, at least the limbs get it right.

91. Make this Disney button portrait part of your world.

I’m sure Little Mermaid would like this one. Though Ariel is certainly not my favorite Disney princess though.

92. This buttoned sunflower is just what you need for summer days.

Well, it’s certainly vibrant with yellow flowers in imitation of the sun. But it’s not in season at the moment.

93. Seems like the sun is peaking from the clouds.

And yes, the sun is always seen as a pleasant image on any day. Except for people who get sun burned easily.

94. Buckeye fans might take to this button tribute.

Yes, it’s the Ohio State logo. And yes, it’s on a zigzag striped background.

95. White button flowers are great for a lampshade.

Well, it certainly matches the lamp. Though you can’t see all of it. Not that it matters.

96. How about some buttons on your bag?

Well, at least this one is rainbow colored. Yet, seems made by someone with too much time on their hands.

97. This peacock gives a dazzling feathery display.

Yes, this is a button peacock. And yes, the buttons are mostly blue and cyan. But it’s quite stunning.

98. Might want to take a look at this button starfish.

Sure it has no face. But the purple buttons certainly shine in all their glory.

99. Guess you’d want to feast your eyes on this buttoned castle.

This is supposed to be a rainbow Cinderella’s castle from Disney World. And yes, it’s certainly dreamy.

100. The moon in the sky always has to be pearly white.

And this one certainly has pearly white buttons in a crescent. Appears quite dreamlike if you get my drift.

The Spouting World of Water Fountains

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Whether in a scenic garden, a street, or a public park, you’re bound to find fountains spouting jets of water into the air during the spring and summer months. Though you may often see them as fancy water jets for people to look at and throw pennies in, they originally used for providing water from springs, reservoirs, mountain rivers, and aqueducts to cities, towns, and villages before the days of indoor plumbing. And until the late 19th century, most fountains were operated by gravity and needed a source of water from higher ground. But many also used siphoning to make water spout, too. Though we often think fountains were invented in Ancient Rome along with the aqueduct, both technologies actually come from the Greeks. Ancient Greek fountains were mainly made from stone or marble with water flowing through bronze pipes and emerging from the mouth of a sculpted mask representing a lion’s head or an animal’s muzzle. The most famous fountain in Ancient Greece was the Enneacrounos in Athens’ Agora which had 9 large spouts. But even that isn’t as impressive as the fountains of ancient Rome that contained decorations of bronze or stone masks of animals or heroes. Medieval Islamic as well as European Renaissance and Baroque fountains are often held as artistic masterpieces. Nevertheless, since we now have indoor plumbing, most fountains are now seen as decoration. Well, save for the occasional drinking fountain. Now since they tend to be popular in gardens, you can find many of them sold at any home improvement or garden store. And they come in all different, shapes, sizes, and forms. So for your reading pleasure, I bring you a treasure trove of water fountains to delight in.

  1. You can always make water spout through pipes.

Sure this mostly consist of pipe from the gutter drain. But it certainly works.

2. Even a miniature garden can use its own fountain.

Not sure if a mini garden fountain is quite right. Yet, I can see why someone would want one.

3. A small indoor fountain can bring some watery joy.

Helps if it has a colorful seahorse, coral, and golden shells. Then again, I kind of consider fountains more of an outdoor thing.

4. Sometimes a hollow stone column, a basin, and a metal spout is all you need.

Well, it doesn’t look like much. But it certainly goes with the garden scenery.

5. A watering can makes a wonderful fountain spout.

Well, that’s pretty inventive. Doesn’t hurt to put plants in it either.

6. What do you mean water can spring up from rocks?

This is a more naturalistic fountain for gardens. And yes, you barely notice it except for the water spouting at the top.

7. Even a small ceramic fountain is no less impressive.

Yes, it’s a rather small structure. But its deep blue color will certainly make an impression.

8. With copper pipes and water jets, you can make the water flow anywhere.

This one is shaped in a wheel with holes in the pipes. So the water can trickle down exactly where it’s supposed to.

9. You can go as high as you want with buckets and a watering can.

Yes, you’ll find quite a few DIY varieties on here like this one. Yet, this fountain has a certain kind of charm.

10. In this fountain, it takes a long time for the water to flow down.

This one appears to be made of copper from what I can tell. And are those things shaped like leaves?

11. Though most fountains are made of stone and marble, a tree stump one is always close to nature.

This one is even made with tiers still containing the bark. Great for any rustic garden.

12. Even a simple design can do the trick.

This one just consists of a stone bowl and a small jet. It’s not fancy but it will do.

13. With this fountain, you’ll find water flowing down all the steps.

This one is best suited for a wall as you can see. But it will surely go well with wooden fencing.

14. A mosaic fountain should always boast magnificent tiling.

After all, who doesn’t go for colorful decorations now and then? Love the brilliant blue.

15. A stone basin can sometimes be a lasting feature.

Here’s another mosaic fountain with blue tiling. Yet, this one also has lovely white edging and a stone basin tricking water down once it’s full.

16. A bowl and pitcher can be just as nice.

Even helps if both are intricately decorated. As long as you have the pitcher pouring into the bowl.

17. The larger the water receptacle the better.

This one uses a large stone jar that’s against a stone wall. Perfect for a garden, though I wouldn’t drink the water in it.

18. Sometimes an old bathtub can make the perfect fountain pond.

Well, that’s pretty ingenious. Just put the jet in with a bunch of rocks and you’re done.

19. With a box fountain, you sometimes need to cut corners.

Because if you don’t, where could the water flow like this? Well, it can overflow but that would make a mess.

20. When you have a pump, expect water to flow from buckets.

This one uses 3 buckets and a faucet. Certainly an interesting fountain to see.

21. A long thick log of bamboo is great for making a water wall.

A water wall is a certain type of fountain that has water flowing from the top down like a waterfall. Pretty simple explanation, really.

22. Speaking of water walls, check this one out of a Japanese arch.

This one is made from wood in the Japanese arch style. But it still has water trickling down from it.

23. Sometimes a large stone water jar is all you need.

This fountain has a stone jar tipped to have water spilling over the rocks. Fairly simple concept to apply.

24. Got some old tubas? Make a fountain out of them.

Hey, if the old Sousaphones don’t work, you might as well. Since you can surely have water flowing in them.

25. For a simple but modernist concept, try a fountain of raised metal bowls.

Sure it might not look like much without the water. But it spouts where it should and creates a couple waterfalls, too.

26. Since fountains are water fixtures, I’d say a dolphin motif seems appropriate.

I guess this one is made for indoors or a courtyard. But since everyone likes dolphins, I’ll put it on this post.

27. With 3 large stone jars, who knows what fountain you’d have.

These jars are of all different shapes, sizes, and colors, too. Great to have in any garden.

28. If you want the water to flow somewhere, a trough of brick should do the trick.

Yes, that’s a fountain. And yes, it takes a lot of room. But it’s not too fancy and has a stone basin at the end.

29. Sometimes 3 rock fountains can be better than one.

This one consists of rocks of different shapes and sizes. Wonderful centerpiece for any rock garden.

30. No fountain can be nearly as impressive as one with 3 bronze horses.

And it has water spouting from all their mouths. Yes, they look majestic, but I’m not sure about the spouting part. Well, to each his own.

31. Sometimes a water fountain can leave room for flowers.

This one even has a place for water to fall in a rocky stream. Nevertheless, you can’t help but love it.

32. This fountain head is nothing short of angelic.

This is an impressive bronze fountain that’s probably seen in a park. Yet, it’s nowhere near the ones you’d see in Italy or France.

33. A rocky waterfall always gives a naturalistic charm.

Yes, it almost seems like water is flowing from the ruins. And yet, it’s perfect for a scenic garden that’s most likely near a mansion.

34. A mosaic fountain should always be tiled to impress.

This one even has a white border and a lion’s head. Love the floral design.

35. There’s nothing better than a fountain attached to an urn for flowers.

This might be from some French chateau. Yet, it certainly goes well with the landscape.

36. A wooden bucket and pump fountain is never complete without a washboard.

Well, it certainly has a rustic feel to it. Yet, you don’t need to prime the pump to get any water in this one.

37. A modern black fountain has a certain kind of elegance.

Though I wouldn’t say it goes with a wall of flowers. But you have to like having its spouts together.

38. You can’t have too many teapots with this fountain.

Seems to me this is for an Alice in Wonderland garden. Still, at least it’s original and clever.

39. This stone arch fountain almost resembles ancient ruins.

Though I’m not sure if an arch would have a stone bridge within it. Yet, I understand it works with the waterfall.

40. With enough metal teapots, you can fill a whole cup.

This one even has string holding the pots up. Not sure how that works. But I like it.

41. A square flat fountain can always please.

Well, it’s great among rocks. Love the water coming out of it. So pretty.

42. For a more Southwest feel, this fountain of ceramic pottery is just for you.

Well, large ceramic pottery, anyway. Still, the stand is totally supposed to resemble adobe.

43. A stone enclosed waterfall is always a wondrous sight of beauty.

Almost thought it was from Maymont at first. But then I realized the Maymont one had lions on it. Still, love it.

44. A large fountain should always have a bowl overflowing.

Guess this is supposed to be for a courtyard. Love the blue and purple tiles.

45. How about a fountain with a large wagon wheel?

Not sure if the wheel turns. But I guarantee there’s water coming out of it.

46. Who knows what you can come up with when you have a bunch of empty bottles?

Though only 3 of these spout water. The rest have their bottoms facing.

47. This stone fountain has 4 metal spouts coming from it.

Well, it may be rather plain to some. But I do like how it has a basin to go with the pavement.

48. A metal garden bicycle can fit all kinds of pots.

Well, this is an interesting concept. This one has a pottery pitcher pouring into multiple pots. And a flower pot in the front, too.

49. No fountain is as whimsical is a ferris wheel of buckets.

I know some people might think it strange. But it’s from Pinterest. Of course, you’d probably not see that at a garden store.

50. Glass bowls make great fountain tiers.

Well, whatever works I guess. Though I do love the artistry on this one. So pretty.

51. A blue mosaic fountain almost appears heavenly.

It even has water coming out of the sun which is kind of weird. But it’s nevertheless impressive.

52. Put a wheelbarrow near a pump and watch the water flow.

Helps if the wheelbarrow is quite rusty. And the receptacle is a rock edged pond.

53. When you pour a jar, you can make a waterfall.

Well, if you have something to constantly put the water in the jar first. But it goes well with the plants.

54. Sometimes inspiration can come in the strangest manifestations.

This one has bottles in a bucket like champagne or beer on ice. Yet, instead of ice or alcohol, it’s water.

55. Sometimes you can do with 3 spouts on a wall.

This one must be in the Spanish mission style. Simplistic yet with a certain elegance.

56. When you pour the kettle, water comes out for the flowers.

Sure the kettle is rusty. But at least pouring it in a large bucket makes does wonders. Love it.

57. From this fountain, the water almost resembles sails.

Yes, it’s certainly meant to impress. And it even has a boat bottom to go with it.

58. With the right stonework, a fountain can always have a serene water way.

Well, the fountain is far off in the back in this picture. But it surely appears pleasant as the water flows to the basin.

59. Presenting the vortex fountain.

It’s basically a fountain that creates a whirlpool. And yes, it looks pretty cool.

60. On a mosaic fountain, you can never have enough water jets.

Sure this looks incredibly expensive. But I’m sure many rich people have something like this in their gardens by now.

61. Female nudes appear in all kinds of art and fountains are no exception.

And I guess there’s water spraying from her nipples. Wonder what kind of garden this is supposed to be for.

62. A marble fountain should always have a black sphere on top.

Yet, it sure seems perfect in a courtyard setting. Still, think it’s quite spectacular.

63. What comes in one watering can, comes out in another.

This is more suited for steps. Yet, it certainly has a whimsical touch.

64. You’d almost be stumped to miss this fountain.

And as you can see, it’s within a stump. Helps if you have plants growing around it.

65. Sometimes a small black fountain is in simple elegance.

Well, it’s in an oval shape with a square receptacle. So classy.

66. A Moorish garden is always a spectacular sight.

This is from a botanical garden in Missouri. But yes, it’s in the Moorish style that’s supposed to be close to paradise.

67. Why stick with one waterfall when you can have 3?

Well, seems like the kind of fountain for a patio. Yet, you can’t hate this one.

68. A spherical spout is almost out of this world.

Now that’s interesting. Not necessarily my taste. But unique enough for this post.

69. Best to put some gravel if you have a stone waterfall.

Yes, I know it’s a compact waterfall for a patio. But it’s amazing to see nonetheless.

70. A fountain at a corner patio can always impress.

Still, I’m sure this one doesn’t come cheap. But it sure looks pretty cool.

71. For an old cabin look, a wooden fountain will surely do.

Sure it might somewhat resemble a Jacuzzi. Well, if it weren’t for the jet spout.

72. A wall fountain can be so much simpler if you have bamboo.

Sure bamboo may be cheap. But for some reason I don’t imagine ancient China or Japan having water fountains. Well, at least ones appear like those we’re used to.

73. Sometimes it’s best to go with nature when it comes to waterfalls.

Well, that certainly looks almost naturalistic. Quite lovely if you can get my drift.

74. For a more rustic fountain, a pump and 3 wooden buckets should do.

Well, it’s certainly quite unique to put on this post. Nevertheless, the buckets always overflow.

75. A flowery fountain has water coming from the petals.

Well, when you’re doing a fountain post, you have to go with some unusual examples. This surely takes the cake. Yet, you have to admire it.

76. A colonnade is a fine addition to surround a fountain.

This is from a park in Houston. And though it’s not fancy, it’s surely spectacular.

77. A small fountain in a patio works best when stacked with stone.

After all, everyone has to adore a water jet in a small pool. Stunning to say the least.

78. Well, everything seems square on this fountain.

This one is made from concrete. Not fancy, but not bad.

79. Sometimes concrete and stone have a simple magnificence to them.

This one’s title has the words, “affordable simple design.” Yet, it’s probably the case if your net worth is over $2 million and you run a casino.

80. You can always create wonders with enough stone fountains together.

For some reason, they remind me of steaming rocks. Yet, it’s a lovely garden addition.

81. A mosaic fountain can always use a vase.

This one has a blue one with arms. Also like how the tile is painted. Beautiful.

82. A stone ship should always have a water wheel.

So when the dragon spurts out water, the wheel turns. And it seems like it spilled some from what I could tell from the wet spot.

83. Peacocks look especially grand on a tile fountain.

After all, there’s almost no bird as pretty and with a long feathery train. Love the flowers, too.

84. This fountain boasts a real carnival of animals.

I guess this is for a zoo in California. But you have to admire the animal art on it.

85. This angel fountain boasts a wall of water.

This is a lovely structure. Love how each wing has water raining down.

86. A brick fountain always has a sold foundation.

Of course, it’s not graceful like some of the other fountains here. But it’s certainly interesting to look at.

87. A brick waterfall should always enchant.

Have to admire the brick work on this. Also has a gravel pool for the water.

88. Sometimes you can find a fountain in the most interesting formation.

Not sure what shape it’s supposed to be on the top. But you have to admire the waterfalls.

89. Never thought you’d see water coming out a glass sphere.

The glass ball fountain is supposed to be of a unique design. Not sure if I can understand the concept.

90. A Gothic fountain can always impress in the garden.

Well, it’s more like Gothic Revival. And more suited for old cathedral courtyards than anything.

91. You can’t take the Earth for granted in this fountain.

After all, there’s no other planet like it that we know of. Nevertheless, it’s quite lovely.

92. Didn’t know there were any adobe fountains out there.

Actually, it’s not made from adobe. But it depicts an Pueblo Indian scene as far as I can tell.

93. As water flows, this fountain ignite flames in no time.

Guess you need fire to make a fountain more spectacular. As if water doesn’t accomplish that already.

94. You’d almost swear the water’s coming from the sky.

I know it seems hard to wrap your head around. But there must be a device that makes the water come out from the floating faucet.

95. Things are getting grassy with this fountain.

Well, it’s a grass ball fountain. Makes sure you trim it once in a while though.

96. A dragon fountain is always a splendid sight.

This is from China, by the way. Though you’d probably already guessed that. Yes, it’s a magnificent dragon.

97. A hurricane eye fountain always flows water in a spiral.

It’s meant for a patio, especially one with stone pavement. Yet, it’s quite sublime.

98. It takes a broken large pot with some little ones to really make a splash.

Another fountain in the Southwest patio style. But this one is quite colorful to behold.

99. Here we come to a Japanese scene with its own water wheel.

Yes, it’s a fountain with a small picturesque scene. But you can’t help but love it.

100. It always rains a rainbow with a fountain wall of lights.

Well, at least at night, anyway. But the water and colors are simply spectacular.

The Festive World of Pinatas

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For honoring Cinco de Mayo this year (or Mexican Saint Patrick’s Day as I call it), I’ve decided that instead of doing a craft and treat post for observing the holiday, I decided to mark the occasion through a post on something we associate with Mexico. That’s right pinatas. Of course, in the US, pinatas are commonly used for children’s birthday parties which they wear a blindfold and try to whack it down with a large stick before everyone scrambles to get candy coming out of it. However, despite its common association with Mexico, the pinata’s origins aren’t just reserved for that country. In fact, the word “pinata” is a Spanish deviation of the Italian word, “pignatta” meaning “earthenware cooking pot.” Not to mention, the idea of breaking a container with treats had existed in Europe since the 14th century. And it’s very likely that Europeans got the idea for it from China where it was used to celebrate the Chinese New Year and depicted as either a cow or ox and filled with seeds. In Europe, it was associated with the Christian observance of Lent. The first Lenten Sunday was called “Pinata Sunday” with a celebration called Dance of the Pinata. The pinata mostly consisted of a clay pottery container decorated with ribbons, tinsel, and colored paper.  Though to be fair, Mesoamerica did have similar traditions such as honoring  Huitzilopochtli’s birthday in mid-December. So the pinata tradition wasn’t quite imported though the Spanish used pinatas for catechism purposes as well to co-opt the Huitzilopochtli ceremony. And the Mayan tradition before that involved something similar to what you see at kids’ birthday parties. Still, in 16th century Mexican Catholicism, the pot represented man’s struggle against temptation. The pot symbolized evil with whatever’s in it the seasonal fruit within. The blindfolded person with the stick represents faith. Anyway, today, you’ll find pinatas in all different shapes and sizes. And it Mexico, you’ll find it used not just for kids’ birthday parties, but also for Christmas, weddings, and other occasions. Nevertheless, for your reading pleasure, I give you a treasure trove of these Mexican containers of goodies.

  1. No hair salon party should do without pinatas like these.

Includes scissors, a hairbrush, shampoo, and a hair dryer. Guess these are filled with shampoo and conditioner samples.

2. You can actually sit under this toadstool pinata.

Now that’s a big pinata you wouldn’t find at kids’ birthday party. Made from paper mache.

3. A cupcake pinata should always have a cherry on top.

And I see it has sprinkles and chocolate icing. Can’t wait to the get to the filling with candy.

4. I’m sure breaking this pinata you’re fishing for something.

Well, I’m sure this one doesn’t contain any fish. But you’d have to be a real angler to hit this one.

5. This pinata was brought to you by your friendly neighborhood Spider Man.

Here we see him in an upside down position before he’s about to be broken apart by a bunch of excited 5-year-olds. Made from paper mache.

6. A minion pinata can always make birthday parties fun.

Of course, regardless what people might think about minions, they might agree on this one. But not always for the same reason. Yes, I know there are some people who don’t like these guys.

7. A lobster pinata makes a rather classic party addition.

However, only rich people can afford to have a lobster pinata at their kids’ birthday parties. Though I do like its tuxedo.

8. A tiki pinata can bring paradise to anywhere.

Though this might be a remnant of Polynesian culture. Because those tiki figures depicted their gods.

9. Nobody could resist this Dalmatian pinata pup.

Great for any firehouse birthday party. Though a German Shepard can do just as nice but they’re more associated with police.

10. If you like Pirates of the Caribbean, then this pinata is for you.

This one even has flaming tissue paper torches. Yet, we have to understand that a pirate’s life wasn’t as cool as these movies show.

11. Wonder what’s in this mysterious box.

According to Super Mario Bros., it can be a spotted mushroom that makes you bigger, a blinking star that allows you to shoot fire balls, or gold coins. Still, this is a pretty simple pinata to make.

12. A disco ball pinata always makes things groovy.

Make sure to use very shiny paper on the outside. But it must be broken to the soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever.

13. This lipstick pinata definitely leaves a mark.

Even has some kiss marks to emphasize. Hope it’s full of candy and not cosmetic samples.

14. A happy butterfly pinata always brings a smile.

This is so cute I’d hate to see it broken open by a bunch of kids. But that’s the crux of a pinata’s existence.

15. This Frida Kahlo pinata is an artistic masterpiece.

After all, I can’t do a pinata post without including one of her. Since she’s an especially iconic Mexican artist.

16. A teepee pinata should have a few floral touches.

Though let’s remember not all of the Native American tribes lived in these things. Yet, they’re often depicted as such.

17. A rocketship pinata can always reach for the stars.

Well, great for any space themed party. And it doesn’t seem hard to make either.

18. You can never go wrong with a sandal pinata.

But remember that the candy is mostly stored in the sole and heel. Love the purple straps though.

19. You can’t deny the chemistry on this pinata.

This one has a flask filled with a purple substance. Nevertheless, I’m sure there won’t be harmful chemicals in this.

20. This happy raindrop sure won’t rain on your parade.

Doesn’t hurt it’s decorated with flowers either. Though looking at it requires a temporary suspension of disbelief.

21. This house fly pinata will never be an ongoing pest.

Okay, this is one of the creepiest pinatas I’ve ever seen. Probably one you’d want to beat open with a stick since it inspires nightmares.

22. Nothing makes a party like a pinata of Mr. Potato Head.

Wonder if it comes with detachable features like the toy. Great for a Toy Story themed party.

23. With this pinata, you can almost see the whole world.

This is a pinata of the globe all right. And yes, it depicts all the continents.

24. Snoopy and Woodstock are always a delight.

Another pinata I wouldn’t want to break down. These two are so adorable with each other. Though I never understand what Woodstock says.

25. This sun pinata can always keep you on the sunny side.

Because nothing makes your day like a bright smiling burst of yellow. And I hear this pinata is filled with sunny delights.

26. You never know what you’d find in a Russian nesting doll pinata.

However, I’m sure there are several nesting doll pinatas inside. So it’ll be a while before you get to the candy.

27. This fish pinata’s proving to be a real angler.

Another great pinata for fishing enthusiasts. Wonder if it’s used for any parties for Field and Stream.

28. A wedding cake pinata should be hoisted on high.

Doesn’t hurt if it comes with white roses. By the way, wedding pinatas are a thing in Mexico.

29. There’s nothing like seeing a rainbow pinata on a spring day.

This one even has rainbow streamers attached to it. So lovely.

30. There’s nothing you can resist about a cute little pink elephant.

By the way, a pink elephant is a euphemism for a drunken hallucination. Though to be fair, this is perfectly acceptable for any little girl’s party.

31. This penguin pinata is all decorated for Christmas cheer.

Yes, pinatas are used for Christmas, too. Still, this little penguin with a Santa hat is adorable.

32. There’s always something magical about a unicorn pinata.

This one even has a glitter neck and hooves along with a rainbow mane and tail. I’m sure any little girl would love it.

33. Nothing makes an impression like a shiny golden lightning bolt.

If you’re throwing a Harry Potter themed party, this is perfect for you. Or a Thor one since he’s the Norse god of thunder.

34. I bet this pinata contains something explosive.

Well, it says TNT on the outside. But I don’t think you’ll find any dynamite in there. Unless the party’s for a pyromaniac.

35. For traditional Mexican pinatas, you can’t go wrong with a 9-pointed star.

Mexicans use this one for Christmas, by the way. And yes, it’s decked in all kinds of different colors.

36. This bee pinata will always keep you buzzing.

And it’s face make it seem as sweet as can be. Made with paper mache.

37. I don’t think this lamp contains a genie.

Sure it won’t contain a genie that could grant you 3 wishes. But, hey, candy is just as good.

38. This Batman pinata never fails to save the party.

This one just consists of the bat logo. Yet, I’m sure it’ll delight fans young and old.

39. A Stay Puft Marshmallow Man pinata always needs busted.

Of course, he’s what everyone remembers best about Ghostbusters. Still, he’s supposed to be a menace storming the city. Not a cute little ghost in a sailor suit.

40. No princess could resist a pinata of Rapunzel’s tower.

Well, it’s certainly a work of art. Love the flowers and roof tiles. Would be a shame to see it hacked open by a stick.

41. Not sure how you hoist up this mounted deer pinata.

But it sure makes a swell decoration on someone’s wall. Until someone breaks it open.

42. With this hanging deer pinata you’re in for a real treat.

Though I recommend it for kid parties for late November and early December. Still, this just cracks me up.

43. This little kitty pinata is certainly the cat’s meow.

Of course, I could include a crude pussy joke here. But I’m not going to even try. Still, this is adorable.

44. There’s nothing buzzing at a party like this little beehive.

Sure it’s perfectly safe for any child to whack open this beehive pinata. But when it comes to real hives and wasp nests, just tell them to stay the hell away.

45. It’s always time to party with a goldfish pinata.

Yet, I’d be deeply disappointed if it didn’t contain any goldfish crackers inside. Love the little thought bubble.

46. A dolphin pinata can always make a splash.

After all, who doesn’t like dolphins besides the food they eat? Great for any ocean themed party.

47. A mermaid pinata can always enchant under the sea.

Though this one is more or less used for a children’s party. But she’s so adorable with her starfish.

48. Bet you’ll find all kinds of candy inside this boat.

Helps if it’s in red, white, and blue. If you like nautical, you’ll certainly like this.

49. If you work at PennDOT, you might want to go with this.

Yes, it’s an orange traffic cone pinata. I’m sure it’s pretty easy to pull off. Though it’s not a pinata I’d have in mind.

50. A purse pinata can contain all kinds of things.

Just like a purse. But I’m sure a pinata purse won’t contain stuff you’d find in a regular one.

51. My Little Pony fans will adore this Rainbow Dash pinata.

Though let’s hope this is used at a little girl’s party. Because from what College Humor says, bronies can be kind of creepy.

52. A doughnut pinata should always come in assorted sprinkles.

Even has some pink frosting to match. Nevertheless, it’s not a hard one to pull off.

53. A crown pinata is always fit for a king or queen.

Helps if the crown is large with gold cardboard and jewels. Though this one almost seems to pretty to smash.

54. This diamond ring pinata seems like a real jewel.

Still, I think it’s definitely for a wedding. Because pinatas are bad places to hide a ring in a marriage proposal.

55. This little chicken pinata is almost impossible to resist.

I mean it’s so white and fluffy. Would be a shame to break this one open with a stick.

56. A cactus pinata can never dry up a party.

As you know, cactus are associated with Mexico and the American Southwest. But at least this one doesn’t have spiky needles.

57. A pinata bread slice should always have sprinkles.

Well, you can’t go wrong with that. Besides, sprinkles always seem to brighten anyone’s day.

58. Now this pinata is just an imitation of a real game controller.

Yet, it bears a rather striking resemblance to the real thing. Must’ve been made by someone with too much time on their hands.

59. This pink owl pinata is certainly a hoot.

Yes, I’ve posted a lot of owl stuff on my blog. But you have to admit, this little owl is simply adorable.

60. These bride and groom pinatas make a perfect match.

Nevertheless, they come in a set. However, chances are they’re probably too big to top a wedding cake.

61. There’s so much to love about this rainbow heart.

Well, everyone loves hearts and rainbows. So it’s understandable why I included this. So pretty.

62. I bet this lollipop pinata contains all the sweets.

Then again, a lollipop pinata seems quite appropriate for parties. Because we all know what they usually have inside.

63. This red high-heel can always be the life of the party.

And I’m sure this one is used for more fashionable occasions. Though I hope there’s candy inside.

64. A flower pinata can always blossom.

Still, don’t see a lot of flower pinatas around. Yet, this pink one is quite lovely.

65. Nobody could ever resist this panda pinata.

After all, pandas are irresistibly cute and cuddly. Yet, remember they’re bears that can kill you.

66. You’ll always know it’s spring with this Easter chick.

Yes, Easter pinatas exist, too. And yes, this little chick hatches from an Easter egg. But it’s so cute.

67. “We all live in a yellow submarine, yellow submarine, yellow submarine…”

I guess this one is for a Beatles themed party. Made of paper mache.

68. If you don’t know what this pinata’s supposed to be, then you don’t know jack.

As you can see, it’s a bottle of Jack Daniels. And no, I don’t think it’s for kid parties. Please whack responsibly.

69. Now here’s a pinata of polish.

Well, it’s a bottle of nail polish, anyway. Any bet those words stand for “Oh, my God?”

70. This ice cream cone pinata comes in a festive flavor.

Doesn’t hurt if it comes with lots of decorations. Bet it has some tasty treats inside.

71. Would you want fries with this pinata?

And it seems to have all the toppings on it, too. Still, clever but not my thing.

72. A flamingo pinata will always have you tickled pink.

After all, flamingos are graceful pink birds. Though lawn sculptures of them make them an object of tackiness.

73. I guarantee a pinata like this will make your party yuge.

If not, then it will at least it would make great therapy. Because beating a Trump pinata with a stick should make anyone feel happy in this dark time.

74. A dazzling bull can always make a memorable impression.

This is another traditional Mexican pinata shape. And yes, the bull has stripes of many colors.

75. A frog pinata can always make you jump for joy.

Well, big eyed frogs with a smile, anyway. Nevertheless, you can’t resist it if you tried.

76. It’s always a party with a bucket of Corona.

Well, I like how it has gold bottles and tissue paper as ice. Yet, like the Jack Daniels, it’s not for kids.

77. A chocolate chip cookie pinata always has memorable delights.

It’s also a rather easy pinata to make. But if you use it, make sure you don’t invite Cookie Monster.

78. With this octopus, I’m sure nobody will be disappointed.

The blue octopus even has a sailor hat on and a smiley face. So cute.

79. There’s nothing more fashionable than a pinata of Chanel No. 5.

And I hear it’s quite expensive, too. Can only be used for rich girls’ parties.

80. This white moon pinata always has pleasant dreams.

Not sure if they pertain to being hacked open. But I’m sure that’s what will happen to it.

81. A graduation pinata always shows that you’ve made it.

If it’s for college graduation, make sure it contains checks and cash for paying student loans. Because grads will sure as hell need them.

82. There’s always something pleasant about a sundae pinata.

Even comes with a straw and cherry on top. Any money that’s it’s strawberry flavored.

83. I’m sure a shark pinata is a real bite at parties.

Sure they may be feared as killing swimmers. But sharks seem to have their fans.

84. There’s nothing that delights more than a popcorn pinata.

Yes, it resembles the kind of popcorn you’d see at the movies. But it’s quite charming.

85. Celebrate this Cinco de Mayo with a pinata of Jose Cuervo.

Because there’s no beer like it that’s associated with the holiday. Also, it’s not for kids.

86. This robot pinata’s special talent is melting hearts.

Leave it to the magic of cardboard to create this icon of cuteness. Love it.

87. A pirate ship pinata can always make an impressive entrance.

Yes, someone made this. And yes, it’s certainly a masterpiece. Hate to see it hacked to pieces.

88. Emoji pinatas are always expressive.

These are more used for party favors. But I had them up so you can see as many emoji faces as you can.

89. You can never see a pinata like one of a rainbow zebra.

And please take a look at those stripes. Seems like you can see them for miles.

90. A peacock pinata can always show its feathers.

Helps if it has peacock feathers in its colorful display. Love it.

91. This dinosaur pinata is always so endearing.

Though it’s shaped like a T-Rex, it has spikes on its back. But kids will love it.

92. You can bet this fighter jet pinata takes to the skies.

Though it might take a lot to hoist it up. But yes, pinatas can look cool.

93. A sugar skull pinata can’t just be used for any occasion.

Also, had to include a Day of the Dead pinata like this one. Use sugar skull pinatas at any other time, and it might as well be cultural appropriation.

94. This pinata has a certain spray to it.

That’s because it’s a hairspray can. And yes, it’s in shiny pink to sparkle.

95. There’s something fishy about this sushi pinata.

Well, this sushi contains a fish over it. But sushi doesn’t always have to. And the fish doesn’t always have to be raw.

96. A pencil pinata always has the write stuff.

Well, that’s a rather interesting concept. Best for teachers’ parties in the faculty lounge.

97. Nothing makes a fiesta a hit like a bottle of tequila.

Well, tequila is a Mexican drink. But it has a stronger alcohol content than beer.

98. A bunny pinata always keeps the party hopping.

Yes, look into its eyes. So sweet and innocent. Hate to beat it open with a stick, wouldn’t you?

99. A dragon pinata always sparks a good time.

Sure it may not blow fire. But it looks nonetheless awesome in paper mache.

100. How about trying to break open this Golden Snitch?

Well, golden snitches do contain stuff inside them. But good luck finding a Resurrection Stone in this one.

The Cushiony World of Pillows

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Whether it is to support your head while sleeping or make the couch look good, pillows are a common feature in any home with a bed and living room furniture. Though the ones we see are normally comprised of fabric envelope containing soft stuffing, some cultures have pillows made from wood or stone. Of course, the latter is due to standards of comfort, affordability, material availability. For instance, old Chinese pillows could be made of bamboo, jade, porcelain, wood, ceramic, and bronze. And they mostly didn’t resemble the pillows we’re used to. Now pillows have been around since 7,000 BCE in ancient Mesopotamia. Yet, only the wealthy used pillows which also served as a status symbol. The richer someone was, the more they owned. Aside from providing comfort to the head, they were also used to keep insects out of people’s hair, mouth, nose, and ears while sleeping. In ancient Egypt, wooden and stone pillows were mainly used for the deceased. As for softer pillows, well, they could be stuffed with reeds, feathers, or straw. Today, you’re more likely to find fillers of cotton stuffing, foam, synthetic fibers, latex, or down. As you see above, pillows can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, especially the decorative variety. And that’s where I come in. Some of the ones you’ll see will have a decorative case. Others, a unique shape. So for your reading pleasure, I give you a glimpse into the diverse world of cushiony pillows.

  1. “Life without music would B flat.”

You can say the same for a pillow without stuffing. But who am I kidding?

2. A pillow with peacock feathers should always sparkle.

Well, this is certainly dazzling. Wouldn’t look great on a brown living room couch though.

3. This little unicorn pillow can always make you smile.

It’s even shaped like a unicorn head with a white mane. So adorable.

4. These cushions are perfect for an autumn sofa.

Includes 2 leaves, an acorn, and a pumpkin. Known to give a rustic touch.

5. Nothing gets your couch in the mood for movie night like these pillows.

Sure they may not be as colorful as some of the ones I show. But they’ll do when watching TCM.

6. There’s nothing more peaceful than a quaint country street.

You can tell it’s in the countryside since you find a few sheep near the tree. So lovely.

7. A desert house should always have cacti cushions.

Yet, don’t expect to find any flowers on these. But at least none of them have needles.

8. How about a few macaroons on your couch?

Well, at least they come in several different colors. Hope you’re into pastels.

9. These Oreo pillows are easily stackable.

Sure they may not have any creamy filling in between. But they don’t look half bad.

10. A pineapple pillow has a tropical flair.

And here is a pillow that actually resembles a pineapple. Yet, unlike the real thing, it won’t get rotten after a while.

11. Now that has to be a rather fancy trailer.

Yes, it’s another fancy pillow. Then again, this looks more like a camper than a trailer.

12. This couch cushion comes with all the jewels.

Kind of reminds me of the stuff you’d see on my jewelry post. Not sure if any of the decor is upcycled pieces though.

13. You wouldn’t want to have this pillow in the water.

Seems like sharks have become popular lately. Makes me wonder why. But I think this design is quite charming.

14. “You keep me searching for a heart of gold.”

I guess this is a perfect pillow for any fan of Neil Young. Though you’d be gettin’ old.

15. You’d almost swear this cushion came painted.

I guess it’s a copy of some famous painting. Nevertheless, seems to be a true masterpiece.

16. With these pillows, you can get lost under the sea.

Includes angel fish, starfish, and a sea turtle. And they all come finely painted.

17. Perfume bottle pillows are always high class.

The middle pillow has golden sequins and is made for a true queen. Though the bottle pillows also look nice.

18. Are your sure these are pillows?