So, you can imagine my joy (or maybe you can't..but humor me) when I was perusing Etsy (as one does) and I came across a great shop called DollFood that has tons of cool stuff - including an amazing vintage burlap banner depicting all sorts of nature, animals and household items made out of pasta, beans and spices. Burlap craft was another staple of the seventies. Once again, two great things that go great together! (Are you still humoring me?) I'm pretty sure that I squealed with glee. And then click. click. click. bought it! When it arrived, I was so amazed at how detailed it was and how many clever uses of different food staples were used. Three feet of crafty awesomeness complete with a little bell so that I can tell if someone is trying to steal it.
Here are some highlights. :
Look at those owls! And that worm! He looks like a snake to me but hey, alphabet pasta
The top of the banner suggests conversation - about this groovy banner, no doubt!
That little bug is moving in for a caffeine fix! Or he could be just trying
to get a closer look at that coffee pot made out of spaghetti. "Look at that perfectly crafted handle" he says to himself. Yes, even bugs appreciate fine art.
Look at the turtle! And that butterfly! Eeee! See how alphabet pasta was used to make the
These flowers are made of cloves and sunflower seeds.
A wee wagon carrying more pasta shells as supplies for the craft making masses!
That bee is darling down to every last detail - and that caterpillar made out of rotini...
Pretty wild, huh? One has to wonder if the person who made this already had all of the supplies on hand or did they just completely clean out the pasta and bean aisle at the supermarket with visions of the masterpiece to come? Or maybe they were in a craft class where a whole table of folks sat around and made these. That's it! Quick! Someone get me a time machine...I'm going back and I'm carrying mass amounts of macaroni!
Speaking of fun with food, I've been wanting to share the work of one of my good friends for a while now. I met Miss Retro Modern on Flickr years ago and have always been impressed with her very own style of crafting. I'm talking peanuts with googly eyes, people. In beautiful scenes and in sweet little movies. Here is a great movie that she made that makes me both giggle and cheer. Keep your eyes peeled for the pasta guest stars! :
And here is her latest creation. She did this a day before the royal wedding in prediction of what the bride and groom might look like:
I think that she came pretty close. Just look at the happiness in their eyes!
Do yourself a favor and check out Miss Retro Modern's peanut people set and photostream on Flickr for more amazing photos and videos.
It's going to be hard to see these foodstuffs as mere staples in the pantry ever again, isn't it?
Until next time (go on! play with your food!)
x's and o's,