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Leaf Art

Ah, the leaves!

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Photo by John Fowler via Wikimedia Commons

We love to celebrate their whimsical dance as they fall from autumn trees …

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But … then what?

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Once grounded, they tend to lose some of their romantic luster. We step on them, rake them, compost them, and send bags of them off to recycling centers.

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Photo by David Goehring via Wikimedia Commons

What if someone were to look at castaway leaves a little differently?

Anyone can love a rose,
but it takes a lot to love a leaf.
It’s ordinary to love the beautiful,
but it’s beautiful to love the ordinary.

This quote, uttered by an unknown savant, is the motto of Iranian-born artist Omid Asadi, who says, “Art for me is the way of looking differently to this world and around myself. I started to think why nobody paid attention to these beautiful leaves and trod on them, because of their name—if they were called flowers, we wouldn’t tread on them at all! I wanted to give the leaves another life and make art from them.”

So he has, and the results are nothing short of brilliant. Watch …

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Workwear for Women

Taylor Johnston, a horticulturist at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum gardens, has developed a new utilitarian-but-stylish line of workwear just for women, “designed in the field + made in the U.S.A.”

“There are a handful of companies out there marketing work clothes for women,” says Taylor, “but too often, it seems that functionality and form are mutually exclusive. We set out to change that.” Using principles like, “just because you’re wearing work pants in the field, doesn’t mean they have to fit like a potato sack,” Taylor has designed jeans and tees that are “feminine without being bedazzled” for her company, Gamine: Honest Workwear for Women.

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This innovative company releases just one product at a time, and their Slim Slouch Dungarees are already sold out, but they’re receiving a new shipment soon. Stay up-to-date with availability and upcoming products by signing up for e-mails on their website. Continue reading

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Halloween Across the U.S.

Looking for some frightening fun this Halloween? About.com has published a list of things to see this spooky season. From theme parks to The Big Apple, you’ll find events like Guavaween, a Latin-themed Halloween celebration in Ybor City, Florida; creepy corn mazes; horrifying haunted houses; and more.

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The Pumpkin King outside of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, by Imperpay via Wikimedia Commons

Or check out The Travel Channel’s “Best Halloween Attractions 2014.” Not for the faint-of heart, these attractions have been chosen by Ghost Adventures lead investigator Zak Bagans and paranormal expert Jeff Belanger, and will give you shivers to last a lifetime … if you survive the thrills and chills. Continue reading