Oh, the places you’ll go with ImagineNations

I used to love spinning my family’s globe around as a child. There was a game my brothers and I played where we’d spin the globe, close our eyes, and put our finger somewhere to stop it. Wherever our finger landed, I think it represented where we would live in the future. I don’t actually remember what the spot represented, but the game always led to a lot of questions to my father about the world. The last time I took a look at our globe, I noticed that many of the countries no longer existed or had a name change. It must be over 15 years old. Wendy Gold has taken globes like my own and given them a new life with ImagineNations. I first fell in love with these globes thanks to Design*Sponge and they’ve been making their way around the blogosphere ever since. Wendy decorates vintage globes by hand with recycled materials and they can even be customized. Not only is she changing worlds through her artwork, Wendy donates a portion of her profit to local charities. Her globes are all one of a kind masterpieces. I’ve chosen my favorites to show here, you canย view more here.

Every time I see these globes I’m reminded of a How It’s Made episode on globes that I watched about a year ago. This truly is a small world, Wendy has a clip from the show on her blog!
I’ve posted it below for you to take a look:

(Image clickable straight to source: ArtOnGlobes.com)


Justine @ Urban Scarlet
16 March 2011 - 7:36 pm

I think that is so amazing & cool! That black globe is way awesome and now I want.

16 March 2011 - 10:56 pm

What a funky way to recycle. I used to play the ‘Globe” game with my brother as well.

Misty :)
16 March 2011 - 11:01 pm

Wow! Those globes are awesome! And its pretty cool how they make the globes! I had no idea it would take that long! I remember making globes from paper mache back in elementary school. That was fun! I want one of these globes now. They are really expensive though ๐Ÿ™ All the ones I really like are the Price Code “C” which are $399!! This was an awesome idea for your post!! What made you think of it?

Jackie | Sweet Little Thrills
17 March 2011 - 12:00 am

These are so clever and cute! My house would look great with one of those in it.

Brandi {not your average ordinary}
17 March 2011 - 5:05 am

I really do adore these. If I had the money, I’d totally have one of these in my house, and I’d spin it every day.

17 March 2011 - 11:29 am

When I was little, I used to LOVE how things were made shows (like the factories on sesame street?!) this is totally cool.

Clare B
17 March 2011 - 12:39 pm

That’s such a great little video. I love maps and globes, especially old ones – I could look at the for hours and study old country boarders and the discovery of different areas of the world in the 1700s

17 March 2011 - 4:27 pm

i used to play the same game when i was little ๐Ÿ™‚ these are amazing!

17 March 2011 - 11:57 pm

I’m glad to know I wasn’t the only one who played “the Globe game”. Do any of you remember what the stopping point really was supposed to mean?

Misty – The first time I saw these, I absolutely loved them and wanted to post them right away. Obviously I’m not for buying things that are bad for the environment so finding out these were recycled and handmade… I just had to post them!

18 March 2011 - 12:43 am

Oh my gosh, I am absolutely obsessed with these.
I PLAYED THAT GAME TOO! haha what a small world. I played with my cousins, not my brothers and I remember once getting Greenland and being so worried. ๐Ÿ™‚
Interesting to see the globe making process. The flattened star shaped globes would make cool wall art.

19 March 2011 - 6:41 am

I love these. I always wanted a globe.

19 March 2011 - 3:46 pm

I am in LOVE with vintage globes and those globes are stunning!! I wish I could have one!! So pretty! xox, have a nice weekend,

21 March 2011 - 12:22 pm

These are amazing!! I especially love the family tree and butterfly ones. Wow. There’s just something so special about a globe.

viv @ the eclectic life
21 March 2011 - 2:25 pm

Oh my goodness! I had no idea she had painted the globes. They are gorgeous art pieces that I would love to display in my house.

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