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Frosty fails

Posted: December 6th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

How great is it to come across a cheerful snow person on a field of freshly fallen white stuff? The sight of so much nice ice warms the heart just enough to take the chill off the cold season.

But bringing these frigid folks into the kitchen in the form of holiday treats is tricky. Many have tried, and many have failed.

Thinking of giving it a go? Here’s a useful hint. It doesn’t help to use yellow icing!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted: November 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

 

How lucky we are to have such a wonderful family.
Let our roots grow deep in our love for each other.
Let our hearts, friendships, and homes be blessed with truth and forgiveness.
Let us honor each person for their unique qualities and special characters.
Watch over each and every one and keep them safe,
Fill their lives with  goodness,
And weave us all closer together.


Outsider art

Posted: November 13th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Scottish sculptor Andy Goldsworthy heads into nature to create works of art by arranging leaves, sticks, rocks, and ice into dazzling patterns.

Andy Goldsworthy

His art is transient. Wind can blow it away. Movement can scatter it. Heat can melt it. But for a short, precious time it brings beauty, order, and innovation to the wilderness.

Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy

“When I make something, it may vanish, but it’s part of the history of those places,” he says.

See more of Andy Goldsworthy’s amazing art here. And check out his books. They would make wonderful holiday presents!


Happy Halloween!

Posted: October 31st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Pumpkins, this is not your year. You’ve had a good run, but Halloween 2016 belongs to PINEAPPLE JACK-O’-LANTERNS.

Here’s how to make your own pineapple porch fright. It’s easy!

What—? DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT THIS YEAR, BELL PEPPERS. Try again next October.


Howl O’ween

Posted: October 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

It’s not so easy to come up with the perfect Halloween costume. These dogs have put a lot of thought into it and come up with something to bark about.

Here’s a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Donatello, to be exact, the team inventor. This crafty canine definitely exhibits Donatello’s special genius for cobbling together something special from stuff he’s scrounged from the trash heap.

The Dynamic Duo lives again in doggy form! Batman and Robin are ready to save the day. And fetch.

This greyhound doesn’t need to chase the bus. He IS the bus. MIND BLOWN.

And, in the not-so-subtle-hints department, these fast-food impersonators are practically shouting “Fill the dog bowl, silly human!”


House haunters

Posted: October 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

Toward the end of October shuddersome shacks attract house-haunters looking for a pad to possess, and hair-raising hangouts put an Unwelcome mat by the front door. Dying to meet your neighborhood poltergeist? Knock at your peril. But don’t be surprised if your ghost host avoids the living room.

Oh—and be warned. Why are haunted houses always the tallest in town? Because they’ve got hundreds of horror stories!


Creatures featured

Posted: October 4th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

Celebrated for his magical illustrations, including a comic strip he drew that brought an L. Frank Baum Oz book to life, American writer and artist Walt McDougall published his own weekly fantasy stories for children in Sunday newspapers from 1902 to 1905.

Walt McDougall

Not to be outdone by the beasties of Oz, McDougall invented his own magical creatures. Behold, the thirsty Panjandrum!

Walt McDougall

And the gas-guzzling Gastritus.

Walt McDougall

And the aptly named Three Strange Things!

Walt McDougall

Not to mention the Jagmetty.

Walt McDougall

And the Pollygus, as Jimmy saw him.

Walt McDougall

Many more of Walt McDougall’s fanciful creatures and much of his art can be found online, though his books are no longer in print. Thank you, Internet!


Taking it to the next level

Posted: September 14th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Artist Telmo Pieper takes flat, tw0-dimensional drawings by kids and renders them into visual marvels you would swear were three-dimensional.

Telmo Pieper

Telmo Pieper

Telmo Pieper

Artist Wendy Tsao takes two-dimensional drawings by kids and turns them into actual three-dimensional toys. In fact, you can commission her to make a soft, huggable version of any drawing you send her!

Wendy Tsao

Wendy Tsao

Wendy Tsao

Obviously Telmo and Wendy have discovered the secret of what it takes to turn imagination into reality. It’s just a little extra imagination!


Something to keep in mind

Posted: September 5th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »


Crop critters

Posted: August 18th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Fruit and veggies play an important part in everyone’s diet. But they’re usually simply sliced up and stuck on a plate. How boring! This is where food artists get creative. How much funner is it to eat a banana that looks like an octopus? So much funner!

A kiwi koala—too cute to crunch?

Here’s how a cucumber orca breaks the surface of a dinner plate.

A melon owl keeps watch with grapes  eyes peeled for anyone looking for fruit for dessert.

And “snow peas, please” is all you need to say about this fresh garden dragonfly!