This Art May Be Gorgeous, But Wait Til You See It From A Step Back. It’s Beyond Amazing.

The amount of beauty in this world can be overwhelming, so it’s understandable if you don’t notice every fantastic thing there is to be seen on a given day. Fortunately, the most spectacular and miraculous things can happen in your own family. When two people create a life together, it is a truly wonderful thing. The beauty of its simplicity and mystery is incredible. Carrie Preston is an artist who wants to highlight the joy and beauty of every new pregnancy. She paints custom work for expecting parents… and sometimes she paints the expecting parents.

The Great Wave off Kanagawa

My Little Joey

The Great Pumpkin


The Fish Bowl Bump

Realistic Bump

An Easter Basket

The Galaxy Bump

My Little Mermaid

A Surprise Bump

My Sweet Little Cupcake

Monsters, Inc.

The Stork Bump

I Will Love You Until The Cows Come Home

A Fairy Tale Bump

The Lion King & Guess How Much I Love You

My Honey Bump

Guess How Much I Love You

A Family Road Trip Bump

My Little Apple

Finding Nemo

(via: Bored Panda) Her work combines the joy of new life and incredible talent. Her “belly bump” paintings are a cute way to remember the pregnancy… and thanks to the internet, we all get to share in the fun. To see more of Carrie’s work, visit her Facebook page! Share this adorableness with others by clicking the link below.

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This Hooded Wooden Figure Is Beautiful And Mysterious.

Paul Kaptein is a different kind of artist. Hailing from Australian, Kaptein works with laminated woods to create unconventional (and at times unsettling) sculptures of people. For the most part his work focuses on the themes of death and impermanence.

Much of his work incorporates hoodies (hooded sweatshirts) in some way. They are often depicted as sad and empty. It is a deliberate contrast to the typical association of hoodies have with youth and vitality. His latest creation is an untitled piece depicting a hooded, cloaked figure with no face. The piece actually just won the 2014 Mandorla Art Award, one of Australia’s most significant art awards.

Not all of Kaptein’s work is that abstract. Sometimes he goes much further off the map. Here are a few more of his sculptures. 

(H/T: Tumblr)

That skull one is pretty strangely intriguing. Don’t forget to share these sculptures on Facebook by clicking below. 

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I Can’t Believe How Easy It Is To Make These 21 Things Myself. The Results Are STUNNING.

The DIY craft craze has been sweeping the nation, ever since the “online corkboard” site called Pinterest has gotten popular. You can find almost any craft under the sun on this site. Figuring out cheap and easy ways to make your own furniture and decor is a trend that is becoming more and more popular. Because of that, some pretty impressive tutorials have been created. For those of you who love crafts (or even just cool projects), check out these 21 lamps you can build yourself using only household items and simple tools. They are great crafts and, even better, they look fantastic when they are finished.

1.) These simple chandeliers turn your room into a forest.

2.) Use cupcake liners to create a paper orb light.

3.) Buy acrylic gummy bears (real ones may melt) and build your own gummy chandelier.

4.) Combining plastic spoons and water jugs can make a great lamp.

5.) An old drum kit can be converted into an awesome light.

6.) Make yourself some teacup lights.

7.) A carved gourd can make a pretty bomb lamp.

8.) Spare bike parts created this epic lamp.

9.) Visit a thrift shop,buy some old hats and make awesome lamps.

10.) Doilies and art supplies make a pretty lace lamp.

11.) This cloud cutout lamp is simple, but beautiful.

12.) A wine bottle chandelier is perfect for the kitchen.

13.) So are these great grater lamps.

14.) Find cheap sliverware at the thrift shop? Make these cool lamps.

15.) Spare hangers are also great for making lamps.

16.) Globe lamps will make you seem more worldly.

17.) A workout ball can help you make this awesome yarn lamp shade.

18.) Strips of paper and clever gluing can make an awesome starburst paper light.

19.) Don’t throw away your pop tabs, you could make this awesome lamp.

20.) Cut off the bottoms of plastic bottles… and make this awesome chandelier.

21.) Folding over a simple carton can make an amazing lamp…

(H/T Bored Panda) Crafty projects like this may not be for everyone, but these examples can certainly inspire you to recycle more of the stuff you would otherwise throw away. A milk carton, old hanger or pop tab can become so much more. Don’t just throw it away and let it sit in a land fill! Share these awesome craft ideas with your friends by clicking the button below.

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