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Famous Movie Scenes Recreated Using Cardboard Boxes & a Two-Year Old

I never imagined that parents could have a two-year old AND too much time on their hands. But I was wrong. From Vaiva Vareikaite and the mad geniuses at Bored Panda.

“Sometimes what you need to get creative is just a pile of cardboard boxes and a baby, who needs to be entertained. This is exactly what inspired Leon Mackie and Lilly Lang to recreate their favorite film scenes after moving into their new home.

A young couple with a baby on their hands recently moved from Melbourne to Sydney, Australia, and got left with a lot of spare cardboard boxes. The boxes were a perfect source of inspiration for some astonishing things that were about to happen. Lilly and Leon are passionate cinephiles, so they didn’t take long to come up with an idea to bring most memorable moments from their favorite films back to life, except this time starring their 2-year-old son.

The beautiful initiative to have a quality family time became an inspirational project titled Cardboard Box Office and a source for quite a successful weblog. The adorable couple and the little one have already re-enacted such movie classics as Alien (Bubbalien), Jurassic Park (Goo-Goo Gaa-Gaa-Rassic Park), Castaway (Castababy), and Jaws (“You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Baby…”).”

#1 Game Of Thrones

Game Of Thrones

 #2 Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad

#3 Mad Max

Mad Max

#4 Lord Of The Rings

Lord Of The Rings

#5 Batman

Batman

#6 E.T. : The Extraterrestrial

E.t. : The Extra Terrestrial

#7 Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump

#8 Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice

#9 The Revenant

The Revenant

#10 Home Alone

Home Alone


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Russian Fairy Tales Brought to Life

As an author of fractured fairy tales, this speaks to me. Haunting recreations of Russian fairy tales, thanks to Margarita Kareva and the mad geniuses at Bored Panda.

“I started taking pictures about 5 years ago, had not even suspected that it will be my profession. Since then, I often say thanks to the Universe for giving me a passion for my life.

I love to read since childhood, and perhaps my love of reading has made me a dreamer and a person living in their fantasies.

And I’m glad that I had a way to play out my fantasies with the camera. It is very important for every person – to have their own way of expression.

My way – is to share photos from a fairy tales. Photos with unusual models, with animals, with a combination of quaint colors.

Most of the photos in my portfolio is a creative photography (noncommercial) because I think it is very important to do something that you really like.”

Little Fairy Worlds

Little Fairy Worlds

Little Fairy Worlds

Little Fairy Worlds

Little Fairy Worlds

Little Fairy Worlds

 Little Fairy Worlds

Little Fairy Worlds

Little Fairy Worlds

Little Fairy Worlds

Little Fairy Worlds

Little Fairy Worlds

Little Fairy Worlds

Little Fairy Worlds

Little Fairy Worlds

Little Fairy Worlds

Little Fairy Worlds

Little Fairy Worlds

Little Fairy Worlds

Little Fairy Worlds


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Dragonscale Knit Glove

Thanks to Rūta Grašytė and the mad geniuses at Bored Panda for these fantasy fashion accessories!

“Check out these beautiful dragon gloves from Mareshop on Etsy! With lots of beautiful colors, crochet dragon scales, and a beautiful crocodile stitch pattern, the fingerless gloves look absolutely stunning. And not only will they make you look like a dragon, but keep you warm too! Well, except your fingers. They’re 100% hand crochet and made with wool, acrylic, and mohair. Are they awesome, or what?!”


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Fairy Kids

With the recent release of my urban fantasy bedtime picture book, MABEL AND THE QUEEN OF DREAMS, from Schiffer Publishing, I’m always on the lookout for fun images featuring fairies or other fae. From Anna Rozwadowska and the mad geniuses at Bored Panda.

“As a teenager or even young adult I woudn’t dare to call myself “creative”. It all changed when I got my first DSLR. Then my son, Jacob, was born. I discovered Pinterest, gave birth to my second child – Barbara, learned to sew… All these episodes have made me who I am now.

I’ve been photographing my kids since they were born. I’ve taken hundreds of thousands of photos. But it was about a year ago when I started looking for something more unique. Being inspired by amazing photographers from all over the world I was trying to find my own way to capture my children’s childhood. And I still am.

I create costumes by myself. Mostly, every single piece of the outfit for a photo session is made by me (except for the shoes) I generally use the cheapest available fabric I can get. I also try to choose a location for the photo shoots near my home (usually within 20 km).

A photo session lasts no longer than 10 to 15 minutes (when it comes to my daughter, aged 3, 5-6 minutes MUST be sufficient). I never pose my kids. It is a story or a tale told during the session that makes them react naturally.

I am not a professional photographer. By profession I am a teacher in a secondary school in Poland. Photography turned out to be my hobby, so as sewing. Both of them give me a huge amount of energy. My head is full of ideas for next pictures. If only a day was longer…”

A fairy

Miss Pumpkin

Jacob vel. Harry

My Rey

Ballet school

Miss Charming

Sleeping beauty

In grandma’s garden

Real Me

To cold to dive

The Viking

Princess Confused


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Who Says Fae Aren’t Real?

With the recent release of my urban fantasy bedtime picture book, MABEL AND THE QUEEN OF DREAMS, from Schiffer Publishing, I’m always on the lookout for fun images featuring fairies or other fae. Here are some real world Fae from Karolina Skorek and the mad geniuses at Bored Panda.

“I present you part of my photographic series, called “Tales”.

I always loved creating stories. All of the images were always in my head, and they’ve been itching to get out and be told (or shown in my case) to others. They are a mixture of history, and mythology, hugely influenced by my cultural back-ground, and my belief system.

I was born in Poland, and since early days I was affected by traditional legends and stories. Soon I discovered that they are part of fantastic Slavic Culture I had the luck to be born in. In them everything was connected to the force of nature. Everything had purpose and meaning. All of those stories had strong female characters in them; wise women who knew how to heal with herbs and energy, goddesses, fairies, spirits and many more. Everything was in perfect balance.

Those tales run in my blood. They are visible in every artwork I create. I invite you to step into the world of nature, magic and energy. Where everything is the opposite of what it appears to be, and nothing is the opposite of what it appears to be.”


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Day 3 of San Diego Comic-Con 2016

Here is a photo journal from Sunday, my favorite day at San Diego Comic-Con #SDCC2016:

WarcraftOrc

Warcraft Orc brings the boom.

IlloPanel

“Calling All Kids Draw Off” panel with illustrators (l to r): Jenni Holm (SQUISH), Matthew Holm (BABYMOUSE), Nathan Hale (HAZARDOUS TALES), Jeffrey Brown (JEDI ACADEMY), Lucas Turnbloom (DREAM JUMPERS), Dana Simpson (PHOEBE AND HER UNICORN), and Judd Winick (HILO).

JenniHolm

The immensely talented and somewhat stressed-out Newberry honoree, Jenni Holm.

JeffreyBrown

With JEDI ACADEMY author/illustrator Jeffrey Brown.

NathanHale

The hilarious HAZARDOUS TALES author/illustrator Nathan Hale.

HumorPanel

“Kids Book Authors Bring the Funny” panelists (l to r): Dan Santat (ARE WE THERE YET), Ed Masessa (WANDMAKER), Greg Grunberg (DREAM JUMPER, Lucas Turnbloom (DREAM JUMPER), Brandon Snider (PETER POWERS), and Nathan Hale (HAZARDOUS TALES)

EdMassesa

Ed Masessa wears the best t-shirt of the Con.

SantatKids

Dan Santat’s sons are not impressed with their dad’s oratory.

BabyLeia

Happy baby Princess Leia

AgentPanel

My panel with literary agents (top to bottom, l to r): Kelly Sonack (Andrea Brown Literary), Deborah Warren (East West Literary), Taylor Martindale Kean (Full Circle Literary), Jill Corcoran (Jill Corcoran Literary), and Jennifer Azantian (Jennifer Azantian Literary).

Predator

Predator has anger issues because he still doesn’t have a literary agent.


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Day 2 of San Diego Comic-Con 2016

Here’s a photo journal from my second day (Saturday) at this year’s #SDCC2016:

YApanel

“The Female Geek” panel featuring (l to r): Leigh Bardugo (GRISH trilogy), Sabaa Tahir, Margaret Stohl (BEAUTIFUL CREATURES), Madeline Ashby (COMPANY TOWN), Kathleen Smith (THE FANGIRL LIFE), Kiersten White (AND I DARKEN), and Sarah Kuhn (HEROINE COMPLEX). Now my copy of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES is signed by both Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia.

KingArthur

Cosplayers King Arthur and his faithful servant Patsy, from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. “Message for you, sir!”

panel2

YA Fantasy panel featuring (l to r): Tobie Easton (EMERGE), Jessica Cluess (A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING), Soman Chainani (THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL), Sara Maas (THRONE OF GLASS), Gena Showalter (FIRSTLIFE), and Thomas Sniegoski (SAVAGE).

jokertrump

Joker Trump

panel3

Worldbuilding panel featuring (l to r) the fuzzy but talented Brandon Mull (FIVE KINGDOMS series), Scott Siegler (THE GENERATIONS trilogy), Seanan McGuire (OCTOBER DAY series), Gini Koch (THE ALIEN series), and Claudia Christian (WOLF’S EMPIRE). Moderated wonderfully by author Cindy Pon.

DeliaSherman

Even the audience was talented. Here with CHANGELING author Delia Sherman.

EllenKushner

Here with TREMONTAINE series author Ellen Kushner. Notice Delia keeping an eye on us. 🙂

GiniKoch

With ALIEN series author and fun gal, Gini Koch.

ClaudiaChristian

With Babylon-5 and The Hidden actress Claudia Christian.