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Mom Designs Stunning Dress Made of 210 Fresh Flowers Combining Her Love of Art and Gardening

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A mom created a fairytale dress made of more than 200 fresh flowers she grew herself, as part of her university studies in art and design.

Anita Lee-Archer created the dress on her daughter, Bella, spending around two hours arranging multi-colored dahlias, hand-picked from her garden in Australia.

The mother-of-five is pursuing a fine arts degree at the University of Tasmania at age 48. She decided to go back to college four years ago to pursue her dreams of a career in art.

Now she’s combining another passion—her love of gardening—to create impressive art installations.

To attach the flowers to the dress, she wrapped bird netting tightly around her daughter, Bella, who wore a black slip underneath (see the video at the bottom). She threaded the flowers through the holes, choosing colors from seven buckets of pre-cut blooms.

“It turned out how I wanted it,” said Anita, from Launceston, Tasmania. “It was really fun.”

Anita says she was discouraged from choosing a career in art as a teenager, so instead worked as a nurse and midwife.

“I have always been a creative. But, people always said, ‘you won’t earn any money doing art’.”

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Watertown to host Odyssey of the Mind competition on Saturday

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Students from Region 8 and 9 will be showcasing their creativity during the Odyssey of the Mind Regional competition Saturday at Case Middle School.

The competition allows students to showcase their intelligence and creativity in this important tournament.

Students have spent months of their free time solving problems as well as developing teamwork skills, independent study, friendships, confidence and most importantly — thinking outside-of-the-box. They learn new things and utilize their strengths to solve the problem. Teams also learn how to budget money since there is a cost limit to each problem. This means you will see creative costumes, props, dances, songs, gymnastics and instruments.

Not only do they have to compete within their chosen problem, but teams must also perform well in a “spontaneous problem,” where they solve a new problem on the spot. They must be creative and quick thinking.
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Giant Halloween Sculptures in Architect’s Front Yard Get Better Every Year, From King Kong to an Egyptian Tomb

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An enormous dragon perches it's head on the porch of the house in one of Tom Saltsman's Halloween installations. Massachusetts, USA. See SWNS story SWSMinstallation. Meet the dad who builds giant Halloween installations every year in his front yard - with some measuring more than six meters. Tom Saltsman, 60, has kept up with the tradition for the last eight years. So far he has built an enormous dragon on his roof, a spindly skeleton spirit, a spaceship and a moving rendition of King Kong.

A Massachusetts architect has been building epic Halloween installations every year in his front yard—becoming a local legend for his scary sculptures.

Tom Saltsman has kept up the tradition for the last eight years, after erecting an 80’s horror-themed piece for a party that so thrilled his friends and neighbors, he pledged to do it yearly.

His home in Marblehead has become the staging ground for an enormous dragon, an ethereal skeleton spirit, a spaceship, a pirate’s ghost ship, and a King Kong that moves his head and roars.

The 60-year-old spends up to two months ahead of the spooky season preparing the installations and recruits friends and family to complete them.

His most recent project in 2022, was a 22-foot-high Egyptian god, with his garage turned into an Egyptian tomb. His wife Brooke, who is also an architect, helped painted all the hieroglyphics along with three friends.

After scavenging scraps from his workplace, he can build most of the pieces for less than $200—with materials mostly being plywood, garbage bags and various types of foam. (See the video at the bottom…)

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Artist Creates Iconic Landscapes From Food–Then Donates to Hungry People

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An artist used organic food to create these iconic landscapes—and they do look good enough to eat, because they were.

Made entirely from fruits and vegetables, the four tasty ‘paintings’ feature some of the UK’s best loved scenes—from Stonehenge, to Avon Gorge, with its famous suspension bridge, to Giant’s Causeway.

Marking the end of the 2023 harvest season, the edible exhibits were created by Welsh-based artist Nathan Wyburn to replicate the beloved landscapes in mouthwatering detail—along with the help of the Yeo Valley Organic’s chef, Ali Pumfrey.

The delectable scenes, which also includes the Ribblehead Viaduct, utilized fresh organic produce like strawberries, beetroot, and kale, and took the artist 48 hours to create.

“I like to bring people closer to the natural world through my work and relished the opportunity to take up this unique challenge,” said Nathan Wyburn.

“I used to visit the Avon Gorge as a child and was always in awe of the amazing natural landscape, so it was a really fun process thinking about how I could bring that to life through local products.”

He used almost 150 pounds of food (67 kilograms), which also including soup, yogurt, and butter to bring the scenes to life.

The iconic bridge was crafted using a colorful kaleidoscope of berries, including strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, along with beetroot and broccoli, with added layers of texture from leeks and kale.

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