If you are between 8 and 108 years old and like to read middle grade books, then you are especially welcome here!

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!”

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Perspective!

Posted: July 20th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Posted: May 8th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

Moms do it all. They put up with everything. Today’s the day to say, “Thanks, Mom! You’re the best.” A big hug is mandatory. And breakfast in bed wouldn’t hurt!

Image found at fanpop

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Happy Easter!

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

Bringing its A game to this year’s Easter festivities is…

the Automeris larra caterpillar, from South America!

Photo by Marco Fischer

Photo © Marco Fischer

This one gets all the Easter colors in one festive package…and isn’t afraid of showing it off.

Later, it brings it down a notch, changing from an eye-popping caterpillar to ride out the Spring as a simply  stunning moth. Well done, Automeris larra!

Image found at Wikipedia

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Spring has sprung

Posted: March 20th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Today is the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, meaning it’s the first day of spring.

Look around. Everything’s bursting into color. Oh, and the flowers are coming up, too!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Posted: March 17th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

“Meow!” says this leprechaun. Which means good luck!

Image found on Random Internet. If this is your image, let me know!

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A big tiny house

Posted: January 17th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

Astolat Dollhouse Castle

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.

Astolat Dollhouse Castle

Astolat Dollhouse Castle

Astolat Dollhouse Castle

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!

Up doghouse

Up doghouse

Photos of Up doghouse found at Lifebuzz

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