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Blind Artist Creates Incredible Glowing Tree Stump Lanterns

Duncan Meerding is legally blind, but you’d never know that just by looking at these beautiful split logs that emit a glowing light through their cracks. He’s fascinated by various sorts of light applications which he says help him appreciate an “alternative sensory world”. Each glowing log is sustainably sourced and then outfitted with warm yellow LED lights that make it glow from within.

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Photos by Jan Dallas

 

Currently these are only available for purchase through a few stores in Australia.

Inspiration ‘Flows’ Through These Reclaimed Wood Tables

The Pacific Northwest is home to many beautiful native species of hardwood that local artists and furniture makers have used to create wonderful pieces of natural art. Greg Klassen is one of these artists. He takes unique pieces of reclaimed wood slabs and transforms them into stunning tables that exploit the natural contours of the wood grain. He embeds pieces of cut glass that fit snugly into gaps in the wood resulting in what appear to be rivers flowing through the barren earth.

Klassen cuts, sands, and finishes the wood, but little else, resulting in a celebration of the inherent beauty in the imperfections we find in nature. The inlaid glass magnifies this notion, and speaks to the revitalization of once discarded natural resources.

Who’s a good lamp? YOU ARE a good lamp!

When describing various pieces of furniture and accessories around your home, words like “chic” and “modern” might come into play, but chances are you don’t look at your bedside lamp and describe it as “adorable”. If you own a Luminose “puppy lamp” you might. Designed by Elizabeth Zimmerer and Márton Lente, both of whom love dogs and interior design, the lamp is probably the cutest thing we’ve seen recently. It’s sure to generate plenty of conversation as well, thanks to its clever design.

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Easily change the puppy lamp position from sitting to standing, or even downward-facing dog.

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The cord wrapped around it’s neck is made to imitate a leash.

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Interested in purchasing one of your own? Check out http://lumino.se/ for more information.

Amazon Just Made An Ottoman Pull Out Bed, and We’re Kinda Feeling It

Amazon has been on a roll with their own product lines, most notably the Echo, which is currently listening to millions of conversations across the country as you read this.

In a decidedly less creepy move, they just introduced a new furniture line called “Rivet“. Most of the pieces are actually quite impressive, but one stands out like a pink flamingo in a sea of crows. It’s a somewhat deceptively mindblowing product – an ottoman that pulls out to make a bed.

Pull out beds are nothing new. But the Rivet Fold is an ottoman that transforms into a convenient bed for your overnight guests. Ideal for smaller homes where you might not have an extra bedroom. And let’s face it, pull out couches are dated and usually funky. So next time a guest comes to crash at your pad, let them know they can sleep on the ottoman.

Custom Made Guitar Toilet Seats

It’s not uncommon for people to infuse their home with decorating that reflects their personal values and interests, and surely you’ve raised your eyebrows over some of the odd things in your friend’s or families’ homes. But you probably haven’t seen a guitar toilet seat, until now.

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These custom made toilet seats are perfect for the aspiring or professional musician in your life. They come in several colors and are available in either acoustic or electric versions. If guitar isn’t your instrument of choice, they also make a piano version.

Visit Jamminjohns for more information and to purchase your very own – that is if your significant other will allow it.

A cannabis vape for the naturalist

If you stay up on the latest in cannabis vaporizers, you know there are some pretty high tech options out there today. From the Firefly to the Pax, and the new Davinci IQ, everything seems to be all about sleek curves, bluetooth connectivity, and technological advancement. What if you only care about actually vaporizing though? For the flip phone lovers among us, there’s still one great option out there. The Magic Flight Launch Box.

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This simple, elegant vape brings a handcrafted style that contrasts the aforementioned vapes. It’s small, fitting easily in the palm of your hand, and very discreet looking. Basically it looks like something you might have made in shop class. And that’s OK because it’s a very elegant design, with quotes on the back. It uses a battery to complete the circuit and works with conduction heating.

Overall it takes some finesse to use. You need to pull slowly and get the timing just right, otherwise the herb can heat up too quickly and taste burnt, or not fast enough in which case it won’t vaporize.

To learn more, read this magic flight launch box review.

10+ Useful Products You Should Have For Offgrid Living

Living offgrid is synonymous with living a simple life, one free from materialism and conspicuous consumption. But that doesn’t mean abandoning all remnants of modern civilization and living like a caveman. In fact, with a few handy products you can greatly enhance your levels of comfort and utility without sacrificing the minimalist and sustainable ideals. Whether you’re a prepper getting ready for the coming apocalypse or a family trying to comfortably live offgrid, these products should help. Have any suggestions we should add to the list? Feel free to let us know in the comments.

1Luci Solar Lantern

We first saw this sweet lantern outside this tiny house, and the owners seem to love it.

2$40 Pedal Washer

This awesome little washing machine made by Giradora runs off your foot, and does both washing and drying. Though not yet released, you can find out more and follow their development progress via their Facebook page.

3DIY Energy Monitor In A Jar

 

When you’re generating a limited supply of energy from the sun and storing that precious power, it’s crucial to know how much energy you’re using. This simple device will help do exactly that. Check it out at Enerjar.net.

4eCool Underground Beer Fridge

 

Few things disappoint more than a warm beer. With precious room in your fridge, the eCool offers a unique and smart solution. Visit their website to learn more.

5Instapark Solar Charger Station

 

Anker provides a nice portable solution for recharging your phone, computer, or any other small devices with this versatile solar power pack. Check it out here.

6All American Sun Oven


Unless you plan on living off wild berries and foraged greens, you might want to have a proper way to cook food. The Sun Oven gets high scores for its ease of use and effectiveness. Check it out here.

7SunRocket Solar Thermos & Kettle

 

Similar to the solar oven, having a way to make a cup of tea or enjoy a french pressed coffee in the morning should be at the top of your list. This stylish unit can heat your water and keep it warm with its thermos. Check it out here.

8Cooking With Sunshine

 

This guide might come in handy to get your creative juices flowing when cooking with that solar powered stove.

9Solar Radio/Flashlight/Charger

With a combination that includes a radio, flashlight and a charger for your phone, this little unit has a ton of great reviews and only costs about $23. Get it here.

10Just in Case: How to be Self-Sufficient when the Unexpected Happens

Aside from the rest of these gadgets you’ll probably find a need arising for plenty of other situations you never imagined. This book is a great resource for preparedness when you need it most. Get it here.

11The Nomad Hot Tub

Think you need to forgo luxuries when living offgrid? Sure, a hot tub is nice to have, but they’re a serious electricity suck, you always have to replace the cover, and not to mention where would you put one? We recently shared this new product with our readers, and think it deserves a spot here. While it might not be entirely necessary, it does offer a little slice of luxury. Learn more here.