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The Mind-Blowing Mount Roraima Mount Roraima is the highest of the Pakaraima mountain chain in South America and one of the world’s most extraordinary natural geological formations. The 31 square kilometer summit area of Mount Roraima is defined by 400 meter tall cliffs on all sides and includes the borders of Brazil, Venezuela, and Guyana. The tabletop mountains of the Pakaraima’s are considered some of the oldest geological formations on Earth, dating back to over two billion years ago. The result is the staggering landscape of Mount Rariama which we tour below in photographs and video:

How to Make Homemade Kahlua. An Easy Coffee Liqueur Recipe In much of the world, Kahlua is sold as a very premium liqueur. Were I to walk to my local wine and liquor store for a bottle of Kahlua I'd pay almost 40$! Which, although I do like an occasional Mexican coffee, is steep indeed… Fortunately, a friend recently showed me the trick to making my own, very Kahlua like, coffee liqueur, and it can be made for a fraction of the cost of the original – I figure it costs me about 6$ a bottle. It is very easy to do, only takes about 10 minutes of active work, and the patience to wait a few weeks to let the flavors meld. As with anything, the quality of the ingredients does impact on the eventual taste, but the recipe as follows is for a pretty quick and easy and affordable concoction – after all, if you're going to spend a fortune on ingredients…why not just buy the original in the first place! This won’t be an exact replica of the original, but it will be pretty close. Amazon is not providing us a price for this item.

Breathtaking Travel Photography by Weerapong Chaipuck Thailand-based photographer Weerapong Chaipuck captured stunning landscape and people photos from around the world during his travels after early retirement from the profession in the medical field… Weerapong Chaipuck braided chain stitch Also known as: Hungarian braided chain stitch The braided chain stitch is worked almost the same way as the heavy chain stitch. There is only a slight difference in the way the needle is taken under the existing loops, thus giving it a totally different and embossed look. It follows a reverse pattern like the reverse chain stitch and so we work it from top to bottom. Tags: embroidery tutorial, hand embroidery, heavy braid chain stitch, heavy chain stitch, lazy daisy, reverse chain stitch 18 Comments »

Panorama California, Oregon, Washington 2008 (Crater Lake, Olympic, Mount Rainier, North Cascades, Newberry Crater) Mount Rainier from Skyline Trail Mount Fremont Lookout (Mount Rainier NP) Sahale Arm near Cascade Pass and Doubtful Lake (North Cascades) Sahale Peak and Doubtful Lake (North Cascades) Sourdough Mountain Fire Lookout and Ross Lake (North Cascades) Diablo Lake from Sourdough Mountain Trail (North Cascades) Newberry Crater (Paulina Lake, East Lake, and Big Obsidian Flow) Lassen Peak and Lake Helen Crater on the Lassen Peak Summit Bumpass Hell (Lassen NP) Lake Crescent from Mount Stormking (Olympic NP) Crater Lake (and smoke from wild fires)

Stitch School A couple of weeks ago, Susan showed some very cool embroidered pictures of cottages on her T-Cozy blog. Knowing that I sell copies of vintage patterns on my website, she emailed to ask if I knew anyone who could take her original picture and make a pattern from it. It was a challenging picture to trace (lots of tiny leaves and flowers) but I told her I'd do it. The pattern is now for sale and you can head over to her latest blog post for ordering information. A beginning embroiderer may want to practice up on their stitches—about half of the design is cross stitch (that's easy) but the rest uses a variety of other stitches—like chain, outline, French knot, and lazy daisy. Someone emailed me recently asking if I'd do a tutorial on transfering patterns. I'll add it to the list.

32 Surreal Places On Earth That Belong In A Dream. I’ve Never Wanted To Travel So Badly… During the rainy season, the world’s largest salt flat becomes the world’s largest mirror. The Salar was born when several prehistoric lakes joined into one. The salt flat is so reflective, it’s used to calibrate satellites. Tianzi Mountains, China These unqiuely tall and thin mountains are so alien that they were used in James Cameron’s “Avatar.” Sentinels of the Arctic, Finland These sentinels are actually giant trees covered in snow and ice. Reed Flute Caves, China This 240-meter-long cave system has been one of Guilin, China’s most popular attractions for over 1200 years. Skaftafell Ice Cave, Iceland Ice caves are temporary structures that form at the edge of glaciers when flowing water melts a hole into glaciers. Antelope Canyon, Arizona, United States This canyon was formed by millions of years of flowing water that carved out a deep, yet narrow crevice. Bigar Waterfall, Romania The locals call this waterfall “the miracle from the Minis gorge.” Sea of Stars, Vaadhoo Island, Maldives

DIY Lace Earrings Dolce & Gabbana‘s Spring ’11 collection undoubtedly furthered our already fanatical obsession with lace. Honestly, how dreamy is the collection?! We thought we’d make good use of some vintage lace trim we had laying around and turn them into earrings similar to the ones we saw on the runway. And thanks to some tips from a DIY previously featured on Poppytalk, making lace earrings proved be a cinch! Mix equal parts glue to water in a bowl. Cut your shapes from your lace trim or doily, making sure both pieces are symmetrical. Submerge the cut shapes into the glue mixture. I haven’t stopped wearing mine since and can’t wait to make more. (top image from, rest of images by Honestly…WTF)