The top ten culture posts from 2014.

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Culture is one of our odder sections; we always put the arts there, but a few years ago wanted to start doing more WeeHugger coverage without starting a separate site. So we get a mix of fine art and fine childrearing. Time to rethink our categories!

10. Mesmerizing wet clay drawings created on spinning potter's wheel (Video)

Mikhail Sadovnikov /Video screen capture

There's nothing as primal as drawing with wet earth and in the video below, Russian ceramics artist Mikhail Sadovnikov starts drawing with wet clay (also called "slip") on a spinning potter's wheel and videotaped the mesmerizing results. More in TreeHugger

9. When kids share a room, awesome things happen

© K Martinko

One of the greatest challenges of living in a small house is figuring out bedroom-sharing arrangements for little kids. It’s one thing for adults to inhabit a small space, but it becomes much more complicated when you’re trying to sleep-train a newborn in the same room as a rambunctious toddler. More in TreeHugger

8. Babies don't have to cost that much

© Katherine Martinko

Katherine writes from personal experience: "When I became a parent a decade earlier than anticipated, one of my biggest concerns was money. How on earth would I afford to have a baby, I wondered, when I was still an indebted university student? All my life I’d been led to believe that babies were exorbitantly expensive and that it was hard for anyone without money to do a decent job of raising kids. How wrong I was." More in TreeHugger

7. World's first trampoline park to open in abandoned slate mine

© Bounce Below

This looks like a fun adaptive reuse. This conversion of an old slate quarry, however, is certainly in a league of its own: touted to be the world's first and largest underground trampoline installation. More in TreeHugger.

6. It's time to tear up the swing sets and let our kids play somewhere like this

© Play Free Movie

Good luck with this, Katherine: "We have become a society completely paranoid about possible dangers during play. Most kids are not allowed to engage in risky play, which Norwegian early childhood education professor Ellen Sandseter defines as the following: (1) exploring heights; (2) handling dangerous tools; (3) being near dangerous elements, such as fire and water; (4) rough-and-tumble play; (5) experiencing speed; (6) exploring on one’s own." More in TreeHugger

5. Study links certain parenting tactics to increased materialism later in life

Jim Pennucci/CC BY 2.0

If you want to raise appreciative and grateful children, here's what NOT to do, especially at this time of year. More in TreeHugger

4. Egg-shaped burial pods feed the trees and turn cemeteries into forests

© Capsula Mundi

In another twist on green funerals and eco-friendly burials, two Italian designers envision a new way of paying it forward, even after death. More in TreeHugger

3. Japanese granny's embroidered spheres show nature's pattern language

NanaAkua/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Kim has a real eye for this stuff, things like this collection of embroidered spheres made by an 88-year-old Japanese grandmother, who started crafting these in her sixties. More in TreeHugger

2. Don’t stop knitting! It keeps you healthy.

Jenia M/CC BY 2.0

Clearly, knitting is being embraced by people from all walks of life who benefit from its peaceful, relaxing repetition. It got me wondering – what’s really going on when people knit? Why is it so tremendously popular? More in TreeHugger

1. Environmental photographer of the year shows climate change issues across the world

© Tuyet Trinh Do, Fishing net marking in Mekong Delta, Vietnam, 2012

Wow, this was the most popular post of the year on TreeHugger, because stunning photos. Can't say much more than that! More in TreeHugger.

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