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A dad who happens to be an artist in the video game industry put his skills to work crafting a tree-shaped reading room for his daughter.

It’s definitely among the most impressive parent DIY projects we’ve ever seen.

The process required 350 hours of free time over an 18 month period and cost about $4,250. The final result includes a sitting area with a reading light and illuminated knot hole fairy windows that are on a dimmer, providing “awesome nightlights”.

The project is detailed in the gallery below, and judging from his daughter’s smile, it was well received.

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So long Siri, sayonara Cortana, adios Alexa – there’s a new digital home assistant in town, and she’s holographic.

Japanese startup vinclu Inc. have posted a concept video for a holographic assistant called Gatebox. Trapped within Gatebox, like Tinkerbell in a glass jar, is a character named Azuma Hikari. She’ll wake you in the morning, greet you when you get home from work and communicate with other smart devices in your home so you can use her to turn on your TV, adjust your thermostat, play your favorite music, etc. Think of it like an Amazon Echo with even more personality.

Will this spark some pretty creepy relationships? Probably.

At any rate, Gatebox is just an idea right now, but it looks like vinclu Inc. is gearing up to launch a crowdfunding campaign later this year.

See the concept in action in the video below.

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If you let a gnome into your garden, they’ll bring a friend. Then that gnome will bring a friend, and so on. Before you know it, you have an infestation.

It’s time to call in the dragon.

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Help! The dragon has run amok!

It’s time to call in the Super Gnomes.

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Emily Rose is a self-described artist, geek, and fangirl. She’s also a mom who’s raising a budding fangirl of her own. While Emily’s 7-year old daughter has been a Star Wars fan since before she could walk, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has really given her someone to look up to.

Emily’s daughter has fallen head over heels in love with Rey. She tells Buzzfeed Life:

“Here was a young girl learning to use the Force like a Jedi, and flying the Millennium Falcon, and shooting a blaster,” she said. “It was amazing, and I was happy she loved Rey, and that she could imagine herself as the hero of the story.”

How does a geek mom celebrate her daughter’s new found hero? In this case, Emily painted a surprise mural for her daughter featuring Rey and BB-8. She was thrilled.

Lucky for us, Emily documented and tweeted the reaction. Check it out below.

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We are huge fans of PokeMasterCrafter’s Poke Ball crystal series, and now he’s applied the unique design to display pieces that League Of Legends fans will undoubtedly enjoy. He notes:

Each Crystal is made of a high grade k9 crystal the same material used in high end home decor. The crystal comes in solid 4 inch rectangle chunk and then is sand blasted by hand it into a hexagonal diamond. Using the latest in 3d engraving technologies we then burn an image straight into the crystal. This laser is 5 times more precise than traditional 3d engraving to offer amazing detail and realism to each Crystal. We then hand polish each side for a smooth edge and clean finish.

Each diamond comes with a special custom made display case that can open or close to professional display your crystal.

Included is a high-powered custom LED light base designed for the diamond. A USB power adaptor for the base is also included so you don’t need to use batteries. Comes with an American plug head.

Check out more pics below.

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Expand Furniture has reimagined the T-Rex as a minimalistic shelving unit in a “put up yer dukes” pose.

I guess you could saw off the tail portion and have an Atari version of E.T. in a “put up yer dukes” pose if you prefer.

The creativity comes with an option of black and white colors and an inflated price tag of $300 – ensuring that he’ll be able to knock you over without ever throwing a punch.

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wave city

The “Wave City” coffee table is the work of designer Stelios Mousarris and is described as “a well balanced mixture of wood, steel and 3D printed technology.”

I was also “inspired by a film”. You may have heard of it. Leonardo DiCaprio was in it. He did not win an Oscar for it. That was a useless hint. Oh what could it be?!

Seriously though, this is one of the most amazing coffee table designs we’ve ever seen (and we’ve seen a few). I want it real bad—but not €4000 (or $4300) bad.

Check out more pics below.

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Courtney Bonnet is a mom and librarian who found a pretty awesome way to inspire her own kids to read.

See Also: The Best Reading Nook Is A Harry Potter Cupboard Under The Stairs

When she purchased a new home in June, she decided to take the unused (and kind of unloved) space under the stairs and turn it into a Harry Potter cupboard bedroom-themed reading nook. A little carpentry, some book pages as wallpaper (from a damaged book, so no worries there) and a few Harry Potter touches and now she has a space where she can read to her boys or they can go off and read on their own.

Take a closer look at the space in the images below.

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Earlier this year we featured the amazing custom crystal Poke Balls made by PokeMasterCrafter and he sold out his inventory for six months.

Well, they’re finally back in stock and better than ever. But the store is only going to be open for a week.

Each Crystal is made of a high grade k9 crystal the same material used in high end home decor. The crystal is carved into a 80mm diameter(baseball size) ball and has fine point 3d laser engraving done to it. Using the latest in 3d engraving technologies we burn the image straight into the crystal. This laser is 5 times more precise than traditional 3d engraving to offer amazing detail and realism to each Crystal. We then hand press a flat glass button to offer a protruding effect to the ball and then hand paint black rings to offer more depth and detail to the poke ball.

Each ball also comes with a custom made display case and a USB power adaptor for the base. If you want one, you had better jump on it quickly.

Check out an additional image below.

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This Stay Puft Marshmallow Man candle is a miniature version of the Mr. Stay Puft we all know from Ghostbusters, complete with sailor hat and maniacal smile.

See Also: Dinosaur Egg Candle “Hatches” With Fire

Now you can enjoy the ambiance and sweet marshmallow scent of a flaming Sumerian god.

Check out more pics after the break…