Disney-Pokémon Crossovers by Krista Nicholson

Fun Disney-Pokémon crossovers pair an iconic Disney character with a Nintendo Pocket Monster. The artist, Krista Nicholson, is a Florida-based graphics artist at Entertainment Apparel. Adobe Flash CS5 was used to draw the vectors, while textures were added in Photoshop.

Crossovers include Simba and Shinx, Peter Pan and Scraggy, and Vanellope von Schweetz with Jigglypuff.

Below: Ariel and Magikarp, Tiana and Politoad, Belle and Usaring.

Below: Merida and Teddiursa, the Cheshire Cat and Gengar, Stitch and Pikachu.

Infographic: The Facebook Nation

With over 640 million users since February 2004, 100 million of which registered in its first nine months, Facebook is the world’s leading social network. Take a look into the border-less and growing Facebook nation. This infographic visualizes the population’s demographics, where they live, and pages and brands they like.

Moon Glass by Tale

Following the lunar cycle, Tale Co., Ltd.’s moon glass reveals each phase of the moon as it goes from full to empty.

The construction behind the ceramic glass is the trick to the illusion of the changing phases. Depending on how full it is, different amounts of the curved interior are shown.

The designers wanted to show that like the moon, glasses are both filled and emptied. Both objects can also be studied and appreciated. The two available colors also have their own function. The black accentuates the brightness of clear rice wine, while white complements the hues of colored wines and tea.

The designers behind TALE branded the company as one that tells stories through objects. By involving themselves in the production process from planning to promotion, they seek to combine design with culture. Established in December 2010, the company has won several awards.

Dominon GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

As the sun sets and the temperature quickly drops, more than half a million lights illuminate the grounds at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition at the garden in Richmond, Virginia.

In this year’s “East Meets West” theme, familiar plants stand next to those from across the world. They are placed to juxtapose, yet harmonize, with each other.

Thousands of lights adorning hedges and trees greet visitors once they enter the garden. From there, the visitors can choose to walk along the path, go through a dragon tunnel of lights (pictured), and cross Sydnor Lake via the glowing Lotus Bridge.

Framed by the “East Meets West” theme, this year’s GardenFest features a tunnel of lights, moongate, sea serpent, peacock (pictured), and more. Dinner is served at a teahouse at the end of a bamboo-lined path that goes over a bubbling stream.

Other features include a brightly lit garden maze and tree house for the kids, as well as a firepit.

A short walk away from the entrance is the conservatory, where greenery surrounds a central fountain. A man in a Christmas hat answers questions about the hundreds of plants housed inside.

The back room houses a toy train track snaking around miniature Japanese tea houses. A large painting of Mt. Fuji sets the stage for this exhibit. Standing in front of the exhibit, welcoming visitors, is a tall, festively decorated Christmas tree.

Low lighting enhances the calm atmosphere of the left room of the conservatory. White, pink, and purple flowers cover the ground, while an enormous chandelier made of 2,500 origami paper cranes hangs above. An arched arbor is decorated with strands of colorful origami cranes and glowing paper lanterns.

Visitors walking along the path can read the story of The Empty Pot, a children’s story about a small boy who tries to grow a plant from a seed given to him by the Emperor. A model of the inside of a teahouse stands at the end of the path, leaving visitors to imagine their own tea ceremony in the peaceful garden.

The garden hopes to inspire its visitors, whether they are “traveling east from Short Pump or Japan, or traveling west from Varina or Turkey.”

The event goes on every evening from 5-10 p.m. until January 7th.