The Best Latte Art You Ever Saw

So, we can add the Best Latte Art you ever saw to the list of things I never knew existed. All this time, I have only been using the foam to form hilarious mustaches on my upper lip when I could have been creating these masterpieces:

The Elephant Latte

The Best Latte Art You Ever Saw

This is one of my favorite Latte Art. It is quite simply a stunning image of an elephant. I don’t think I could ever bring myself to drink such an intricate and beautiful piece of art. Well, that is, unless I was really thirsty.

The Melting Clock Art

Best Latte Art

This next cup of Latte exemplifies the style known as 3D Latte Art. We have Dali’s famous melting clock in a cup. And, it’s literally melting. Actually, I wonder how long this sort of work of art would last before really melting. In the place I go for my drinks, the staff is so slow that the foam or cream (or whatever is on top of my drink) usually melts before it arrives. Thinking about it now, they probably just skim off it the top foam and slurp it down all because they hate me.

The Wolf Latte

The Best Latte Art You Ever Saw

Am I the only person to feel a little creeped out by this piece of coffee art? I would probably freak and run out of the place screaming if my waiter served me a cup with that face in it.

The Dali Latte

The Best Latte Art You Ever Saw

If you’re going to put someone’s face in your Latte Art, it might as well be Dali…I guess.

The Hello Kitty Art

The Best Latte Art You Ever Saw

That creepy little cat pops up everywhere these days. It’s even in our drinks. My daughter is a big fan of Hello Kitty but hates latte. On the other hand, I could live solely off lattes and biscotti. I could do without Hello Kitty.

The Sorry Latte

The Best Latte Art You Ever Saw

The idea of saying sorry with a latte is pretty clever. If your actions were really bad, then you might want to buy your partner something a bit more impressive. Perhaps something like flowers or some cookies. Unless you’re not really that sorry after all. In which case, I would suggest waiting until your local coffee store has a 2 for 1 offer and ordering the smallest size they have.

The Planetary Latte

The Best Latte Art You Ever Saw

I really like this one even though it’s pretty simple. In fact, I’m not even sure it’s a latte to start with.

The Snoopy Latte

The Best Latte Art You Ever Saw

This is snoopy, isn’t it? It’s been a while since I’ve seen the old fellow. But, I’m sure that’s him just floating on top of a latte.

The Mushroom Cloud Latte

The Best Latte Art You Ever Saw

This is pretty good looking pattern, but what is it? I think it’s a mushroom cloud, like the explosion from a nuclear bomb.

The Snowman Latte Art

The Best Latte Art You Ever Saw

For a cheerful cup of latte during the winter, you can’t beat this chipper little snowman.

The Cat and Fish Latte

The Best Latte Art You Ever Saw

This is the final piece of Latte Art for today. It is probably my favourite. The 3D foam cat looks hungrily on at a couple of swimming fish. It’s cute, it’s artistic and it’s making me thirsty.

The 10 Awesome Slippers You Would Love to Wear

Among the finest inventions ever made by mankind you will find the internet, selfies, ice cream and slippers. Yes, there is nothing like slipping on a pair of awesome slippers and making yourself at home.

The Rug Slippers

Awesome Slippers

The beautiful thing about these slippers is that when you aren’t using them they form part of a lovely rug. The horrible thing about them is that when you are using them you leave an awful slipper shaped hole in your lovely rug.

The Feet Slippers

Unusual Slippers

Who wouldn’t want to walk around their house with the comfort of having a couple of giant, rubbery feet on? These look like fun slippers to wear, although you might get some strange looks if you ever answer the door with them on.

The Fish Slippers

Weird Slippers

I just can’t imagine any good reasons for sticking a pair of stinking fish onto my feet. I guess that these aren’t real fish but they still look weird for putting on your feet. In fact, I can recommend staying clear of fish based clothing for any part of your body.

The Baby Slippers

Bizarre Slippers

I can’t work out if these are truly awesome slippers or absolutely terrible ones. Walking about the house with a couple of fake babies on your feet has got to be one of the strangest things you could do with your leisure time. If you have any real babies at home then you will want to be really careful to put on the slippers and not the little darlings when you want to walk around comfortably. I say this because babies make for pretty uncomfortable slippers.

The Cleaning Slippers

Unique Slippers

What a great idea this is. In fact, I think that I might buy a pair of these awesome slippers for everyone who lives in my house. No one will find anything suspicious about that, will they?

The Car Slippers

Awesome Slippers

These are among the coolest and most comfortable slippers you will ever see but they don’t exactly look like the most practical, do they? Would you not end up flat on your face when you tried to walk with these beauties on? Unless you have a great sense of balance it is definitely a risk.

The Light Up Slippers

Awesome Slippers

The idea of slippers that light up is just so clever that I can hardly stand it. This is a great idea for those late night trips to the bathroom when you just can’t be bothered switching on the lights.

The Tank Slippers

Awesome Slippers

These tank slippers look ideal for anyone wanting to play at some warm games in their living room.

The Grass Slippers

Weird Slippers

There are few things in life as satisfying as feeling the grass under your feet and between your toes. Thanks to these clever, awesome slippers you can feel this sensation even when you are lounging about inside the house. An alternative is to replace all of your flooring with grass, which sounds pretty good when I think about it.

The Poo Slippers

Bizarre Slippers

How horrible are these slippers? They look just like a couple of steaming piles of poo. It would be fun to see other people’s reactions but I can’t help thinking that I would feel a bit squeamish whenever I slip on these stinkers.

Midsummer Is Almost Here: 5 Traditional Ideas to Try

Traditional holidays from ages past that somehow still survived to the modern day have always been a fascinating topic for me. Especially if they’re less mainstream than the ones we’re used to – Christmas and Easter are a bit too well-known, for example, so they can’t really hold much surprise in regard with their traditions. Therefore, holidays like the Cinco de Mayo or, even less mainstream, Midsummer, are the perfect occasion to explore some unknown traditions of an almost forgotten holiday and maybe try them out. Heck – even if you don’t actually try them out – it’s still an interesting cultural trip worth taking. In the case of Midsummer at least, the pagan rites that were known as Midsummer are so intriguing they would make any modern day Wiccan green with envy.

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So, let’s try to tap a bit into this mysterious summer rite, present throughout Europe, but especially prominent today in its Scandinavian part.

1. Try baking a Swedish solstice bread

Yes, it’s a pretty ambitious task, but it’s an essential part of any Swedish Midsummer celebration. In Sweden and the neighboring Scandinavian and Baltic countries, the Midsummer solstice holiday was preserved so well that it’s still a major happening. You could try recreating the event at home: invite some of your friends and serve some smoked salmon snacks, on this very special and authentic bread meant precisely for that. Tell tales of Odin and the giants and drink the night away. You can find the recipe for the bread here.

2. Make a Midsummer bonfire

This should be easy enough. For extra safety, make it as a camping fire; just abstain from the marshmallows or the country songs and drink mead with your friends instead.

3. Make a hay roll with your friends and set it on fire on top of a hill (kids, don’t try this at home!)

To symbolize the setting sun (which from now on will be less potent then until now, since Midsummer means the sun is at its peak) and the shrinking day, European peoples would make a big hay roll for Midsummer, as tall as man, and put it at the top of a hill in the evening. As the people gathered for the celebration, someone was tasked with setting the hay roll on fire and giving it a push down the hill. What ensued was the image of a fire circle tumbling down in the dark, just like the setting sun. As a disclaimer, I should probably stress again that this kind of thing is totally not safe to try unless in a large group, unless it’s a safe environment without the risk of starting a fire around and so on.

4. Make a flower wreath and wear it all day

In Central and Eastern European countries (like Poland, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria), the folk customs from the olden days would separate the boys and the girls until the big celebration with the bonfire which reunited the two groups later on. During the day, both groups would be charged with special tasks, and the girls’ tasks would often include braiding a flower wreath which could be worn on one’s head. Girls would wear them all day, and pass them on to other members of the family the next day. It was believed that wearing such a wreath would bring good luck and health until the next year, and if a girl would sleep with her wreath beneath her pillow during Midsummer night, she would have a great chance to dream of her fated one. If you’re a guy, don’t feel excluded – just make one and gift it to a girl or woman in your life and say that it’s for Midsummer.

5. Make an Eastern European sweetbread with yeast

The good part is that it will be easier to pull off than the Swedish solstice bread, so you could start with this one if you’re feeling a bit oven-shy. Eastern Europe is specialized in sweet breads, based on an yeasted dough, which are consumed especially at holidays, but hold a ritual value in themselves. For example, a bread like this will be used both at a wedding – for being broken into four and then thrown in the direction of North, South, East and West by the bride – and at a funeral, for being given away and sometimes even buried with the dead so they have something to eat on their journey to the other side. To cut a long story short, Midsummer is another great occasion for Eastern Europeans to bake their sweetbreads and you could try making one yourself. An example of an English recipe can be found here (and it’s tested and fail-proof). In Eastern European countries like Romania and Bulgaria, the skies open up during Midsummer night and prayers can be heard all the way up to heaven more easily. Bake the breads and make a wish!

Beautiful Floor Lamp Ideas to Make You Rethink Your Home Decorations

Whether you’re just moving into a new home, giving your home a complete makeover or simply choosing some key elements to give your home a new feel, lighting should always be something to focus on. The truth is that no space is truly complete until lighting has been taken care of, no matter how stylish that particular space is. You need to set the mood and provide adequate illumination, and decorators recommend a combination of task, accent and general lighting in order to properly accent a room. So we decided to show you some of the most beautiful floor lamps since they fulfill two roles: they are both functional and decorative. So relax and take a look at our collection of beautiful lamps.

Lights and Shadows- The Romantic Floor Lamp

If you’re already set with general lighting and all you need is a tasteful element to bring the room together (and maybe add a delicate accent or a note of your personality into the mix), such a lamp is the perfect solution.

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Whether short or tall, hidden behind a reading chair or put in the middle of the room where your friends can notice the accents, placement is all up to you. Just make sure you search for such an item as it can totally change the aspect of a room. 4 5

Unique Accents

There are other possibilities when choosing a lamp- you can always search for those designs that incorporate other elements, such as this beautiful lamp with the attached branches that would be perfect for your winter cottage or vacation house.

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Three’s a Charm

Although less is more in certain cases, you can opt to combine several lamps so that you get the desired effect and if you can find lamps that belong together (of different heights maybe or different widths) you can perfectly highlight your reading corner or tea spot. The key is to make everything fit in together so you do need a bit of space when fitting in three large floor lamps such as these in a room.

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A Bit of Orient

If you’re a fan of orient-inspired elements you can always opt for such a floor lamp that makes your mind drift to Chinese decoration styles. Pair your lamp with an elegant room divider that shares the colors of your lamp and you’re all set.

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Quirky and Out of the Box

There are other types of lamps that look completely different than what you’ve been used to seeing and if your personality is fond of completely original and crazy things, make sure that your decoration endeavors reflect this (at least in part). This geometric lamp that looks like it was pulled out of a Star Wars movie is the perfect example of weird yet tasteful lamp. The dim lighting, the asymmetric light origin and the perfect placement will surely impress your guests.

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Do it Yourself Floor Lamp

Why not consider a do it yourself floor lamp that could perfectly reflect how you see your ideal space? If you need a bit of help ask an electrician for some advice, but building such a lamp isn’t really that complicated and you’ll surely enjoy the quality time spent with yourself.

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Futuristic Lover

If your home is decorated in a minimalist style with lots of grey accents or if you want to distinguish a special space such as an office or reading corner, you could also go for some futuristic looking lighting elements such as this oversized floor lamp that looks absolutely stunning. Put it next to a simple reading chair or an all-white armchair and you’re all set to read the best book of your life in the company of a delicious glass of wine.

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The Tiniest Houses You Ever Saw

Have you ever looked round your house and worried that it is just a bit too cramped? Maybe the ceiling is a bit low or perhaps there isn’t a lot of elbow room in the kitchen. Well, it will soon look like a cavernous mansion to you once you see some of the tiniest houses in the world.

The One Room Wonder

Tiniest Houses

This photo shows just about the entire house in this case. It is in London in the UK and the big benefit is that you can do just about anything you want to do without even getting out of bed. Probably not ideal for big families or pet-lovers. Or anyone who likes to walk in their house. Or anyone with claustrophobia. Or anyone really.

The Cute House

Tiniest Houses

After the last house this one looks positively giant, doesn’t it? The woman who just happens to be walking past it lets us see the scale of this house. This is a really cute building and I think that it would be quite thrilling to come back here every day after a hard slog working in the mines with Bashful, Grumpy, Sleepy and the rest.

The House for One

Tiniest Houses

You wouldn’t really invite friends round for a few drinks if you lived here, would you? For start, most of them would need to sit outside and wait for you to pass the drinks out through the window. I guess that cosy is the best word to use here, although bloomingsmallhouse also springs to mind as well. Still, the guy standing outside it looks happy with life.

The Modern Miniature House

Tiniest Houses

What a truly bizarre house this one is. It’s almost as though they took a real house and chopped a bit off it. This modern tiny house is in Tokyo and I know nothing else about it except…actually did I mention that it’s in Tokyo?

The 1 Metre House

Tiniest Houses

This is a real house which German architect Van Bo Le-Mentzel created to try and solve the world’s housing crisis. Hmm, I’m not entirely sure the project will be a success. It takes him only a day to build one and it can be converted from a sitting space to a lying down kind of a joint at night. I guess that if you were really lazy you could lie down in it during the day as well. The idea is that you carry it about with you wherever you go, which is a pretty strange concept when you think about it. It weighs 40 kilos and uses just 20 metres of wood and 200 screws.

The UK’s Smallest House

Tiniest Houses

This tiny house is famous among, well, people who like to visit tiny houses in the UK. I guess that’s probably not that many people when you think about it. Actually, I was surprised to discover that thousands of tourists apparently visit it every year, although presumably not all at the same time. It is in Wales and apparently a fisherman who measured 6 foot 3 inches once lived in it.

The Mobile Home

Smallest Houses

The great thing about this tiny home is that it has little wheels on it. If you’ve ever tried to budge a house with no wheels then you will already know that this is a good thing.