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Nests to crow about

Posted: July 12th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Japanese crow by Bronwyn Berman

Photo by Bronwyn Berman

There aren’t a whole lot of trees in Tokyo, Japan. And so the local crows are hard-pressed to find enough twigs to build their spacious nests. Fortunately, crows are notoriously clever. They are known to craft tools to snatch hard-to-obtain food, for example, and memorize the schedules of trash collectors to scavenge from.

In Tokyo, they’ve found a sturdy twig replacement. Cast-off clothes hangers!

Tokyo crow's nest by Brian G. Kennedy

Photo by Brian G. Kennedy

Tokyo crow's nest by Götz

Photo by Goetz Kluge

Who knew Tokyo residents discarded so many hangers? Let’s hope they keep it up, for the sake of their local crow families!


A big tiny house

Posted: January 17th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

Astolat Dollhouse Castle

With more than 10,000 furnishing provided by art collectors and handcrafted by artisans, the Astolat Dollhouse Castle has been appraised at $8 million. Designed by artist Elaine Diehl, it took thirteen years to complete. it’s headed on a world tour in the fall, to benefit Autism Speaks.

Astolat Dollhouse Castle

Astolat Dollhouse Castle

Astolat Dollhouse Castle

Despite its incredible detail and luxurious fittings, the Astolat Dollhouse Castle isn’t very homey.

For that, here’s an equally detailed doghouse recreation of the house from the movie Up. Fun and cozy beats precious and grand in my opinion!

Up doghouse

Up doghouse

Photos of Up doghouse found at Lifebuzz


Trees housed

Posted: August 3rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Hey, want to build a house? Or a playground? WELL, THIS TREE WAS HERE FIRST, so you’d better build around it! It’s only polite.

Photo found at BoredPanda

Photo: Smartforever

Photo: Tezuka Architects

Living with a tree sounds swell to me. They’re always good company. And great listeners!


Gnome home

Posted: June 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Tree stumps.

They’re everywhere.

And they always look a little sad and forlorn.

Luckily, gnomes (and fairies, to be fair) are always in need of housing. And there’s nothing they like better than to move into one of these babies. With planning, imagination, and spare time for fun, anyone can transform a sad-looking tree stump into an inviting home for wee members of the magical realm.

(This excellent gnome home found here)

 

(This roomier gnome mansion found here)

Whether or not a gnome (or fairy, to be fair) chooses to move into one of these fantastic creations, I would much rather see a gnome home than a forlorn stump, so I’d better get building. For tips on how to build a gnome home, there is no better resource than Jennifer Pilcher. She will break it down for you with pictures of homes so charming you will want to send the gnomes packing and move in yourself!