Making tracks

February 17, 2021

We had a bright, sunny (cold) day last week and took a walk in the park. Everything was quiet, but it was interesting to see the critter highways in the snow…


Mardi Gras!

February 16, 2021

Sam Vimes prepares his costume for the parade.


Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2021
I found this heart-shaped patch of snow in the driveway this morning.

Happy Lunar New Year

February 12, 2021
drawing by Felicia Chiao

A Year of New Beginnings


What am I sappy meerkat blogging?

February 12, 2021

Cool Tadpole Video

February 11, 2021

My son raised one tadpole when he was a young child, which he later successfully released into an frog-appropriate area. I never thought about the thousands of tadpoles that are hatched each year until I saw this film. To appreciate the detail in this film, make it bigger.


Some Corona Virus Valentine Gifts?

February 9, 2021

What am I sappy squirrel blogging?

February 5, 2021

You can call this a PET project

February 3, 2021

Czech artist, Veronika Richterova, spends a lot of time recreating objects from plastic PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles. Here she has created a window garden of plants that even I would be unable to kill.

There is a lot more here at Colossal.


A Penny for Her Thoughts

February 1, 2021

“You might have heard of “penny tile” flooring, but Kelly Graham has taken the idea of this type of ground to a whole new level. The jeweler, who has her own company called Camias Jewelry Designs, created a stunning mosaic in her home using roughly 7,500 pennies in a space measuring 6 feet by 6 feet—and the design has held up! Graham finished laying the final penny in 2015, but she was inspired to share her work again after seeing celebrity Kat Von D recently show off her own penny floor.

Graham has cultivated special skills that allowed her to craft her awe-inspiring interior. “Before jewelry,” she tells My Modern Met, “I was a machinist and I think that really developed my eye for spatial reasoning. I sat down at this penny floor project, inspired to make one, but it had to be nothing anyone had seen before.”

Graham began the project by separating the old and new pennies into piles with medium-aged coins designated as the filler between the mosaic lines. When it came to planning the design, she opted for spontaneity. “I did it as I went along and that’s why you’ll notice a few pattern changes during the process,” Graham explains. “It took me three weeks to complete, so ample time for me to change my mind (and I did often).” But this doesn’t mean it was a burden—it was the opposite. “Once I sat down to do it, I rather enjoyed myself immensely. It was a cathartic experience I needed in my life and maybe that’s why the design worked as it did.”

Beyond using pennies, Graham only needed a few more basic supplies to ensure that her design would last. Caulking was one of them, and she caulked the back of each coin for adhesion on her tile floor. “After I put the last penny down, I waited a few days for the caulking to solidify and then I grouted. I waited a full week for the grout to harden and set and finally poured a resin coating on top. There is no penny odor, the floor isn’t slippery, and it’s five years later and it still looks good!”

Reblogged from My Modern Met