Although I don’t knit or crochet myself, I thought I’d share these free patterns in the spirit of the season. The advance of autumn is a beautiful time in Western Pennsylvania, with hillsides of hickory and oak turning every shade of orange and red. But for those of us whose moods are affected by the … More Craft corner: teeny tiny sweaters from across the internet
In the world of Matteo Stucchi, Italian pastry chef, cookies and cakes become elaborate landscapes where tiny workers smooth layers of chocolate, powdered sugar, and glaze atop his culinary creations. Stucchi’s scenes are both a play on scale and a reminder of the love and care that dessert makers put into every detail of their … More Did you know? Desserts are actually made by tiny construction workers.
Using driftwood and debris, mixed media artist Kirsty Elson creates tiny sculptures of the seaside architecture of her English hometown. The wood she finds along the beach is crafted into rows of boxy, blue and grey miniature homes, complete with perfectly weathered details gleaned from the detritus. Chimneys are made from rusty nails. Bits and … More Kirsty Elson makes charming miniatures from driftwood and pistachios
With thousands of honeybee colonies dying per year, these precious pollinators deserve to be pampered. Plans heralded by politicians are a step in the right direction, but focus more on safeguarding bees from the greatest threats to their survival—rather than providing the resources needed for them to thrive. Artists from the Robin Collective – “food … More The Grand Beedapest Hotel is absolutely magnificent
What happens to discarded dolls? This one got a new look at Fresh Kills Landfill. What a lovely accident. I’ve always found doll head planters charming, and love the idea of using live moss for doll hair to create a dynamic, living piece of art. This piece is actually a plastic doll cut into a … More Dollmaking after the apocalypse: mossy textures
The most adorable dumpster fire I have ever seen. In a stroke of pure genius, toy maker 100% Soft creates a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive that perfectly describes the attitude many attendees have toward the show: a Dumpster Fire. This resin toy will be debuted at SDCC and you can find it at booth #1532. There … More Toy Maker 100% Soft Reveals ‘Dumpster Fire’ Toy As San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive
It’s been raining a lot this week, causing the garden fairies to run for cover under nearby rocks and mushrooms. While most fairies don’t mind improvising, they typically delight in the use of miniature umbrellas. These may also be used for dollhouse and indoor fairy garden displays. Here are a few options for DIY miniature … More Craft corner: fairy umbrellas
With today’s fad diets promoting the elimination of refined sugar, candy lovers often feel shamed, told that their favorite foods are “empty calories” or “have no nutritional value.” Now a cafe based in Shanghai, with locations throughout Asia, is fighting back for sugar aficionados worldwide. Sweet Little Rain, created by Mellower Cafe, features a cup … More Yes, putting candy in your coffee is normal and proper
Have you ever wished that thousands of bees would descend upon the strip malls, invading every corner of their sweaty fast food restaurants? Thanks to Swedish set designer Nicklas Nilsson, who created the world’s smallest McDonald’s, that fantasy is now a reality. To rack up some PR points for World Bee Day (May 20), McDonald’s … More Miniature McDonald’s swarms with live bees
As hermit crabs outgrow their shells, they must consider fashion as well as function. Some prefer a classic look, with neutral patterns and colors, while others wish to turn heads. The most inventive crabs select a hollow vessel that is both comfortable and distinct. Watch the video here!