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Glowing Tree Ring Tables Light Up The Night

Last week we shared some incredible glowing tree stump lanterns made by a legally blind artist from Australia. Today we bring you a different sort of glowing tree stump, which is equally impressive. Made by Justin Beaumont of Straight Line Design, these tree rings are fashioned from Pine Beetle wood. Each stump is sliced and then coated with a colored resin top. While they look pretty cool during the day, as-is, the real magic happens at night when the ring patterns light up thanks to embedded lights beneath the surface.




Straight Line Designs, Inc. is based in Vancouver, British Columbia and these examples were originally created for the Summer Lights show. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem like these ever went into any formal production, though we imagine Justin could be commissioned to produce some more for anyone interested.

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.

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.

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.


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

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.

iPod Speaker Dock Made From Supercar Exhaust Pipes

Automotive enthusiasts have strong feelings about which exhaust sounds best. Some prefer the throaty and thunderous American V8; others like the raspy V12 of a Ferrari, and still others may prefer the melodic sound of an inline six-cylinder from BMW. Regardless of your preference for any particular engine + exhaust combo, we can all probably agree that the fine examples from the Italian company ixoost sounds best of all (or at least our wives can!).


Each speaker dock comes fitted with a 8, 10, or 12-cylinder exhaust from a supercar. Conveniently located in Modena, Italy, home to the Ferrari factory, this project is the brainchild of Matteo Panini and Micro Pecorari. These speakers are custom made to order and include a working subwoofer, drivers, and full integration with iPhones. In case you’re wondering, the price comes in at around $6,500 and like many supercars, the supply is limited.

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image courtesy of ixoost

Beautiful Water Faucet Is A Work Of Art And Sustainability

In a recent design contest, Simim Qui took home the iF Design Concept award for what has to be the most beautiful water faucet we’ve ever seen. If you’re like most people, you don’t give much thought to the way water looks when it flows from the tap. But once you see the patterned streams from his invention you’ll realize there’s something special here.






Basically the water flows through a double-turbine which creates a spectacular pattern. In fact, the design includes three settings, each producing a different spiral. Not only does the water look great as it spirals down in a lattice pattern, but it also saves 15% versus a traditional tap. In a world where we face increasing drought and demand for water, this product is something we hope to see in stores around the world.