Lemon Lime Tree Centerpiece
This lemon and lime tree is simple and requires few supplies. Place it on your serving table or on the mantle for a colorful conversation piece that will get a lot of attention.
15-inch foam craft cone
1 display plate
40 to 50, 2-to-3-inch pieces of firm stem wire (18 gauge)
24 to 30 Paramount Citrus lemons
16 to 20 Paramount Citrus limes
2 bunches white silk flowers
1 large bow
1. Place the foam cone in the center of the plate. Starting at the bottom, insert a piece of wire halfway into the cone. Secure a lemon on the end of the stem wire. Continue to work your way around the base of the cone and then repeat a second layer of lemons.
2. Using the same method, add a layer of limes. Continue with two rows of lemons and finish with limes.
3. Cut the flowers to 1 to 2 inch stems. Use them to fill the gaps between the lemons and limes. Insert them into the foam if necessary to secure.
4. Tie the bow at the top or secure with more stem wire and the arrangement is ready to display.
As creators of a Giant Wooden Pencil (that actually writes) we love this awesome HB Lamp created by London-based design team Michael & George. The six-foot-tall, handmade pencil lamp features a 33-foot-long cord emerging from the tip of the pencil, which enables users to make it appear as though they’ve scribbled all over the room (and even the walls if you’re clever with a few small hooks).
They say, “our hope is to inspire light bulb moments within everyone who comes in to contact with the ‘HB Lamp’ (just as the traditional HB pencil has been the conduit to so many light bulb moments throughout history.)”
This delightful device is the first piece ins Michael & George’s new series of Stationery Objects, which sees them turning everyday office supplies into playful, yet useful design pieces. The duo also created a Mini HB Lamp (bottom photo), which stands 40 cm (15 in) tall.
Today the Department of Awesome Parenting travels to Japan where a creative mother, who goes by the name Sasariri on Twitter, creates beautiful bento lunches that are both delicious and educational. Each of the meals pictured here are edible geography lessons, each one identifying a different Japanese prefecture by both shape and name.
Today the Department of Marvelous Makeup pays a visit to London-based hair and makeup artist Laura Jenkinson, who has fun using her talents to transform her own lips into playful depictions of all sorts of pop culture characters, ranging from Shrek, Mr. T and Cartman to a host of Looney Tunes and Disney characters. We love how she even turned herself upside-down to accommodate the long face of Wallace from Wallace & Gromit.
Follow Laura Jenkinson’s Instagram account to see many more of her creative cosmetic transformations.