New from old: An American mother of three knows how to save money on clothing. Caitlin Trantham taught herself how to sew, and she now uses her skill to transform second-hand clothing into modern pieces. She tries not to spend more than about $10 on any one item, but does allow herself a few dollars for things like buttons and zippers. Her creations include turning a 1980s prom gown into a cocktail dress, a huge printed shirt into a snazzy, belted outfit, and a plaid, collared get-up into a spaghetti-strapped sundress. Trantham, who plans to donate some of her creations, shares her work on social media.
Sandy beach? Homeowners who would like to have their own backyard beach can call a Spanish company called Piscinas de Arena, which translates to Sand Pools. This company builds pools that look like a beach oasis. They use a special sand/concrete mixture that looks like sand, but is actually a smooth surface. This sand slopes into a turquoise pool of calm, clear water, so sunbathers can seem to be wading into the sea. The builders then complete the mirage by rimming the area with rocks, shrubs, or any other natural items that suit the owner's fancy.
Movie lovers: A couple from Germany like to go on vacations, and their unique hobby takes them to different locales. Robin Lachhein and Judith Schneider enjoy re-creating scenes from movies. They research the location of a scene, find facsimiles of the actors' clothing in thrift stores, and then pose for the shot. They've done scenes from La La Land in California USA, Game of Thrones in Spain, Lord of the Rings in New Zealand, P.S. I Love You in Ireland, and many more! Of course, they pick scenes with a male and a female character, and they limit touch-ups of the photos to colour correction only.
Just can't win: Daredevil dirt bike enthusiasts love a competition, and there is none more challenging than the annual Andler Hillclimb in Belgium. In fact, it is such an impossible climb that no one has ever reached the top, although many have tried. The conditions on the trail include changes of surface and steep inclines that have proven to be unconquerable. To be named as a successful competitor, a rider and bike must reach the top. The closest to do so was a daredevil whose front wheel crossed the finish line, but he fell back before the whole bike crossed over. Try, try again!