With more than 10,000 furnishing provided by art collectors and handcrafted by artisans, the Astolat Dollhouse Castle has been appraised at $8 million. Designed by artist Elaine Diehl, it took thirteen years to complete. it’s headed on a world tour in the fall, to benefit Autism Speaks.
Despite its incredible detail and luxurious fittings, the Astolat Dollhouse Castle isn’t very homey.
For that, here’s an equally detailed doghouse recreation of the house from the movie Up. Fun and cozy beats precious and grand in my opinion!
I have a new holiday story to tell. It’s Rude-olph, the Rudest Reindeer. Forget about Rudolph. Rude-olph could chew him up for breakfast and spit him out at lunch. He’ll tell you you’re really smart…on Opposites Day. P.S. It’s only ten dollars. How many can I put you down for?
Hey, George! The holidays are not a time for disrespect and bad manners. And charging ten dollars for this story is nine dollars too many. All I can say is that I hope Rude-olph learns to overcome his rudeness and is able to join in the festivities in a considerate and neighborly manner.
Demilked.com has posted some wonderful new hybrid creatures born of the wonders of Photoshop. There may never be an opportunity to sight these animals in the Wild, but it’s best to know their names, just in case.
Behold the Butterphant!
And the Koaowl!
And the Orangupanda!
For further education on a few more important (and imaginary) species, refer to Demilked.
Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford creates coloring books that take a little more time and effort to keep the color inside the lines. Complicated and beautiful, her coloring-book drawings include a special ingredient.
Just look at these images from The Enchanted Forest, and you’ll have to agree!
Sloth-crossing signs are a familiar sight in Costa Rica, where the slow-moving creatures abound. Injured and orphaned sloths have found tender loving care at the Sloth Sanctuary, run by Judy Avey-Arroyo, Luis Arroyo, and their family.
Since 1992, the Sloth Sanctuary has rescued more than 500 sloths, treating and releasing as many as it can and providing a permanent home for those unable to survive in the wild due to disability or other issues.
As far back as Callum can really remember, he's been living in the Wild as the furless mascot of a wolf pack. But when his pack sends him back to live with his own kind—humans—fitting in is quite a challenge. He doesn't remember English very well, so he accidentally says his name is "Clam." He's spent most of his life eating fresh-killed elk, so dining with vegetarians is tricky. And when he tries to impress the Alpha student in the school cafeteria by stealing food, people seem offended!
"A positively giddy comedy."—Kirkus
"This debut is comical but also poignant."—Booklist
You might see it in paperback!
This blog has earned it!
—Teachers & students—
I am available for classroom visits via Skype. Give me a holler! ☺