Egg Science

Do you know how a hen’s egg is made … exactly?

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Urby farmers

So, you’re looking for an apartment in NYC …

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(Just pretend with me, here.)

Naturally, you want to know what sorts of amenities are available to residents of the complex you’re considering:

Is there adequate parking, for instance?

Perhaps a pool?

And, hey—how about an urban garden with a farmer in residence?

Huh?

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WeFood

Denmark is doing it.

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It?

Yes, and so should we …

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miniatures

Do you love miniature things?

There’s something childlike about miniature … or for that matter, most anything on a micro scale.

Dolls’ House of Petronella Oortman, circa 1686-1710, via Wikimedia Commons

And the latest mini marvel I’ve discovered?

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Synchronicity

Flashback Monday! I ran across something from a few years ago and thought you might enjoy reading it again. I know I did. It’s such a magical story about synchronicity …

This just in from Carol Hill, my BFF, lead graphic designer, MaryJanesFarm magazine editor, fashionista, ukelele player, Northwest Best Laugh Contest winner …

Take it away, Carol!!!!

In our Aug/Sept 2010 issue, “Lay of the Land,” we published a story from Aimee Steiner, a MaryJanesFarm reader living—of all places—on a tiny, remote Pacific island named Rota. At the time, we were astounded that our magazine had reached such faraway places. But the story had just begun.

Not only did that article result in our readers sending over 10,000 books to rebuild Rota’s library that was lost in a typhoon (read that incredible story in our Dec/Jan 2012 issue, “Come All Ye”), but it also sparked another reader to call with this fascinating story …

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Acorn Art

Already feeling fall on the horizon?

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Here’s a simple, woodsy craft to get your autumn juices bubbling: Acorn Bead Pendants.

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unicorn on the loose

You may remember the unicorns that were spotted in a Scottish woodland last year.

Somehow, that made a little more sense than seeing a unicorn cavorting around Madera Ranchos, California.

But … it happened.

What’s more, the unicorn in question doesn’t really fit the model of the mythical majesty we generally associate with this cryptozoological creature …

Unicorn by Maerten de Vos (1532–1603) via Wikimedia Commons

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From Pony Express to Priority Express

Last week, I saw on my “This Day in History” alert that on that particular day, the U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775. (Have you discovered the “This Day in History” feature from History.com? If not, subscribe for a daily e-mail that tells you dozens of things that happened each day throughout history. Fascinating!)

That got me to thinking … what happened to our mail before 1775?

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ugly does a body good

Have you ever wondered what the world’s ugliest color might be?

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Yeah, no … I really hadn’t either.

But, leave it to science to sniff out a seemingly silly subject and say it’s so.

Such is the case with Pantone 448C, otherwise known as Opaque Couché.

This is it, they say—the world’s ugliest color:

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Well, approximately, anyway.

Frivolous as this finding may appear, it’s making the news because the Australians have pinned down a way to put it to good use …

 

Spirographing

If you feel a certain zeal for Zentangle, then follow me along another winding path …

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to the Spirograph!

You might recall this mesmerizing pastime from childhood, complete with little plastic gears and multi-colored pens.

With all of the recent buzz about adult coloring books and Zentangle, it’s no surprise that the Spirograph is finding its way back into fashion.

“The only toy I still have from growing up is a Super Spirograph,” shares Heather Holm of Spirographic Art. “I was already a teenager when I got it, so that would have been in the early 1970s. My sister had a regular Spirograph, and we both loved it, so when the Super Spirograph came out, I had to get one. It has survived many moves and a fire … now my son enjoys playing with it too. One day he observed, ‘Whoever invented this was a genius.’”

Heather is such a passionate proponent of the Spirograph and all of its gorgeous geometric possibility that she dedicated her entire website to the art—tutorials, tips, product reviews, and coloring pages.

A variety of Spirograph kits are available from vendors like Amazon, from travel sized sets to super deluxe versions with a dozen or more discs in different shapes and sizes. To get an idea of how hypnotically creative you can get with circles and spirals (stick with the video to the grand finale), watch:

And, of course, how sweet is this? Cookies with Spirographic icing designs …

Do you remember Spirographing? Do share …