Recently I came across these dreamy, irrealistic landscape photomontages by Polly Balitro, artist based in Helsinki, Finland, and I just couldn’t resist to share them here.

Project description from artist’s blog:
These photomontages are the result of the encounter between my photographs from Lapland and my collection of Finnish old photographs. they might make little sense at first glance – but all you need is a closer look to find the right connection.

mapart.me:   Polly Balitro photomontagesPolly Balitro – photomontage

mapart.me:   Polly Balitro photomontagesPolly Balitro – photomontage

mapart.me:   Polly Balitro photomontagesPolly Balitro – photomontage

mapart.me:   Polly Balitro photomontagesPolly Balitro – photomontage

mapart.me:   Polly Balitro photomontagesPolly Balitro – photomontage

If you want to see more photographs by Polly Balitro please visit her site.

All images via artist’s blog.

Spring does not seem to come soon unfortunately (at least in Poland) which means we have a lot of bird guests for breakfasts here. A few days ago I set up a real life matching activity for my boys and the younger one (almost 2 years old) got it instantly. He is learning to speak at this moment and each opportunity to name something is interesting for him.

I recently ordered a set of Usborne birds cards from Amazon and it was perfect for this purpose. It contains 30 beautiful illustrations of birds living in UK (I guess), but many of them are the same as in Poland. Illustrations are detailed and accurate as well as really beautiful. I chose 6 birds which are our frequent guests: house sparrow, 2 species of doves, great tit, magpie and a sea gull and just placed them on a wall with washi tape near the window where the birds are coming for breakfast. My son got it in a moment and started to point and name pigeons as soon as they came for breakfast – in fact this is the first thing he does in the morning everyday now.

mapart.me:   Montessori real life matching activity

For more inspiration visit:
Montessori Monday

Child’s age: 1,5 – 2 years

Today I want to share with you two of our favourite toddler books, each of them is read several times a day by my almost 2 years old son (and me).

“Bus Stops” and “My friends” are written and illustrated by Taro Gomi – one of Japan’s most prolific children’s book illustrators. Stories are simple and illustrations are just brillant. To be honest I’d love to have several of these illustrations printed and framed in my living room.

mapart.me:   Taro Gomi - Bus Stopsvia

mapart.me:   Taro Gomi - Bus Stops
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mapart.me:   Taro Gomi - Bus Stopsvia

mapart.me:   Taro Gomi - My Friendsvia

mapart.me:   Taro Gomi - My Friendsvia

mapart.me:   Taro Gomi - My Friendsvia

Here in Europe spring is in the air! I have plants and light on my mind these day, so here is a perfect artist – Ashley Bram-Johnson from ABJ Glassworks studio based in Philadelphia, PA.

Working to create whimsical and modern pieces for the home using traditional stained glass techniques, and inspired by the nuances of light throughout the day and the changing of the seasons (source)

Here are some of terrariums and jewelry boxes by ABJ Glassworks:

mapart.me:   ABJ glassworks - Terra Planter
mapart.me:   ABJ glassworks - Atlas Planter
mapart.me:   ABJ glassworks - Earth Terrarium Kit
mapart.me:   ABJ glassworks - planters See more…

If you haven’t seen Ariele Alasko’s wood work yet, you definitely should! I must tell you I adore this girl. Whatever she put her hands on turns out beautifully…

She makes wide range of incredible big scale wood work – tables, headboards, wall panels and smaller stuff like cutting boards and wooden spoons. But if she needs something special (or her beloved dog or cat needs it), she just make it – a teepee for her dog and smaller one for cat, a sweater for her dog, hand printed chair upholstery, you name it…

Some new work which I love:

Ariele Alasko - new work

Wall made of eucalyptus leaves:

Ariele Alasko - eucalyptus leaf wall

Ariele Alasko - table

Ariele Alasko - wall panels

See more…