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Today marks the opening of the 2012 London Olympics, and I don’t know about you, but I have Olympic fever. Feeding my obsession? This collection of vintage Olympic posters. Personally, I am charmed by this lady fencer in the Paris 1900 poster, but if I had to pick a favorite, I’d go with this dizzying example from the 1968 Mexico Olympics.

1968 Olympics Mexico Poster

Designed by artist Lance Wyman, this poster marries traditional Aztec design with  go-go ’60′s pop art. How about you? Do you have a favorite Olympic logo? Will you be watching the Opening Ceremonies tonight? I’ll be on the couch, popcorn in hand, waiting for that torch to enter the arena.

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This unique set of spoons is a project from design student Niels Datema. They aren’t currently in production, but I think they are kind of amazing. Why? Because each spoon is the exact measurement for an ingredient to make a classic loaf of bread.

Fill the water spoon up to the top with water, the flour with flour, and so on…mix together and knead, and presto! Perfect bread dough.

Think of the possibilities! Cookie spoons, cake spoons, brownie spoons…my stomach is growling but my mind is inspired.

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Our friends over at PSFK recently highlighted Japanese artist Kenji Sugiyama.

Kenji has, believe it or not, created and squeezed into pasta boxes, intricate scenes of museum-goers observing art. That’s right, pasta boxes! Kenji calls his collection “Institute of Intimate Museums.”

Pasta Box Diorama
Pasta Box Diorama
Pasta Box Diorama

The images aren’t crystal clear, but come on — you try taking a photo inside a pasta box and see how clear you get.

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What is the history of bottle trees? Best I can tell (don’t quote me on this), their origin dates back hundreds of years. Evidently, it was believed that evil spirits would be drawn to the shiny bottles and become trapped inside. Folks would place bottles on trees around their home to keep evil from getting in the house.

Now, I don’t know about all that — but, I do know that today they are used as decorative art in gardens and landscaping. BottleTree.com has made having one super easy. They provide the “tree” and colorful bottles and ship everything straight to your house. They’re both stunning and unique.

Bottle Tree

Do you know more about bottle trees? Tell me below. And, let me know if you actually have one of these “evil catchers.”

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Wedding season is approaching, and I’m sure many of you have been invited to a million weddings this year (or maybe you’re tying the knot!). It can be a little stressful to pick a gift if you want to give something more sentimental than registry gifts. This spooning print by Etsy shop owner petekdesign is so sweet and definitely not your average gift. The couple can put it above their bed, or you can hang them in multiples in your living room for a homey, vintage look.

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 I would have a hard time choosing my favorite print. How would you incorporate them in your home? Tell us in the comments below.

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Remember that fanciful birthday card/crown that I posted a while back? The one by Present & Correct? It turns out that Mark of Present & Correct has been experimenting with paper shapes in jars. Here’s what he’s calling Jar No. 3. I don’t know about you, but I could stare at this thing all day!

shapes in a jar

I know the title of this post is a little strange, but that’s because I’m not sure exactly how to classify this work. Specimen? Display? Sculpture? Art? Geometry lesson? All I know is that it’s wonderful and now I’m desperate to get one for my desk at work.

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Are you a fan of board games? I do most of my game playing on my phone these days (hello, Words With Friends!), but still love having game nights with friends and family. It seems I’m not alone, because searches for games like Scrabble are spiking on Yahoo! this week. If you dig Scrabble enough to take it to the next level, there’s always backyard Scrabble or cute Scrabble-inspired pillows, but I’m liking this tile wall art in a nursery instead.

scrabble nursery

Apparently this was a product carried by one of my favorite sources for kids’ decor, PoshTots, but it looks like it’s not available anymore. Luckily, Remodelaholic has a great DIY post to help you make your own version of it. I think spelling out inspiring words is a good idea, but you could also spell out the names of everyone in your family, as Justin and Cassity on Remodelaholic did.

What would you choose to spell with these fun wall tiles?

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I think the latest DanMade tutorial on our blog left a big impression on me, because I’m smitten with this living wall art by BrightGreen that I saw on Houzz. From here it looks like a solid hedge, but the effect was achieved by grouping a number of vertical planters together.

planter wall
I love the way the wall provides both privacy and style for the backyard. And the fanciful swirls and dots definitely call Van Gogh’s Starry Night to mind. Painting with plants, now that’s a clever idea.

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