Let’s Get This Party Started!
~ Toy Mashup
~ Toy Mashup
Food is a multifaceted, sensual experience that extends far beyond the taste buds. A beautifully prepared meal is easy on the eyes, a treat for the nostrils, oftentimes soothing to the chef’s touch, and a ripe subject for bonding and togetherness. Netherlands-based designer Leonie Anholts explored the many ways food brings us together, literally and symbolically, with a delicious game titled “Anatomy of a Recipe.”
Think of the game as a revamped version of classic dominoes, with each tile containing within it a food ingredient locked in resin. However, the gorgeous game pieces feel more like exotic specimens to be shown in a museum display than your average spotted domino tiles. Every tile corresponds with a particular recipe, all of which are included in a cookbook with the game. The first player to use all of her tiles is the winner, and her final played piece is the chosen recipe. Anholts’ creative vision combines the communal nature of food with its many aesthetically pleasing qualities, transforming the stress of dinner time into an opportunity for beauty.
Is it dinner time yet?
Michael Keaton is a shoo-in to receive an Oscar for his role as Birdman. Just wonder if he could also snag an Oscar for BatMini? Hmmm….
When the Academy Awards denied The Lego Movie a Best Animated Picture nomination, below, is the awesome way its co-director responded. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all responded to rejection like this…with humor, creativity and a great toy mashup like this?
Reposted from Mashable 1/15/15:
“Everything is not awesome in Oscars-land.
The Academy Awards snubbed The Lego Movie Thursday morning, denying the brick flick a nomination for Best Animated Picture. Lego Movie co-director Phil Lord responded to the snub on Twitter with perfect, plastic grace.”
Reposted from: http://geekpaperscissors.com/2012/03/freaky-fun-toy-mashups/
Usually, LEGOs are simply a choking hazard as far as eating them is concerned. But Japanese artist and designer Akihiro Mizuuchi has solved that problem by making everybody’s childhood dreams come true – he has created edible chocolate LEGOs.
The bricks, which are made of white, milk, dark and pink chocolate, are totally functional. In fact, the artist has even built a series of chocolate LEGO robots using these bricks.
And for your end-of-holiday enjoyment, a little Lego Star Wars Christmas Album.
Above scenes by Chris McVeigh
Above scenes by Larry Lars
Santa Yoda by From Bricks To Bothans
What appears to be a still-life painting of an armchair is actually a tromp l’oeile artwork on which you can sit. Created by Japanese design studio YOY—composed of Naoki Ono, a spatial designer, and Yuki Yamamoto, a product designer—this off-the-wall optical feat is achieved by printing an image of a Victorian-style armchair onto elasticized fabric that is then stretched onto a frame designed to lean against a wall. Removable cover is machine washable.
Available now HERE. http://www.momastore.org/museum/moma/ProductDisplay_The%20Canvas%20Chair_10451_10001_185051_-1_26707_26707_185085
Side view of animal toy bowl-tiger.
When it comes to kid knickknacks, there will most likely come a day when they end up in some under-the-bed shoebox or bin, cast aside like Rudolph’s “misfit toys”. No biggie…many of us have done the same thing with our stuff as youngsters. Good news is, by keeping my ear to the creative crafting tracks, I’ve devised a fun and functional way to upcycle these tiny trinkets. With the help of our friends from HomeRight, I armed myself with their Heat Pro Plus heat gun to turn about 60 or so discarded plastic animal figures into a fabulously whimsical and decorative bowl.
Upcycle unused toys.
Toy bowl supplies.
• 60+ plastic figures (animals, dinosaurs, insects, army men, etc.)
• metal bowl – to shape your bowl
• heat gun – I used HomeRight Heat Pro Plus
• heat tolerant bowl or plate – to set your heat gun on during project
• gloves and eye protectors
Begin by mindfully placing and puzzling together your plastic toy pieces.
Step #2: Slowly begin heating up the toys on low. Start with the low setting on your heat gun and begin gently warming the figures. I actually tested the heat gun on some plastic trees that were mixed in with the animals that became the base of my bowl (which was so fun, by the way!). It’s a good idea to start with some pieces you least like to get a feel for how fast they’ll melt.
Gently heat the toys on low.
Step #3: Carefully and mindfully melt the pieces together on high. Be careful! Melt the pieces just enough for them to adhere to each other and keep rotating the bowl as you go. If you melt them too much, you’ll lose their detail and charm. If you find that you want to add more animals…go nuts! Just repeat steps 1 -3. Safety note: The Heat Pro Plus can get as hot as 1000°F on high, so be sure to wear your gloves and eye protection. Additionally, make sure to read the safety instructions of your heat gun before use.
Carefully and mindfully melt toys together with your heat gun on high.
Step #4: After melding pieces together, place in the freezer. Once you’re happy with the shape of your bowl, you need to cool and set it. Place a hot pad in your freezer, then set your bowl on top of it and leave it for about 15-20 minutes. Note: Before putting your bowl in the freezer, you can press the pieces together to make sure they have bonded. Do this with your gloves on, as the plastic will be hot and possibly a bit sticky.
After melding all the pieces together, place bowl in freezer to cool and set.
Step #5: Remove from freezer and turn bowl upside-down to remove. Be very gentle when removing your new plastic toy bowl so not to break it. Check to see if it is well-bonded and enjoy! Note: I had a few pieces come loose, so I simply returned the plastic bowl back into the metal one, turned on my heat gun and melted them back together. Voilà
Finished toy bowl!
Great for a kid’s room…
…but, because of its fragility, it might be better as a great way to add a little humor to your bookcase!
Finished bowl side view.
Tipped side view of toy bowl.
Fun and functional toy animal bowl.
Don’t know what to do with all of the hangers from your dry cleaning?
David Mach used his hangers to create this massive coat hanger gorilla sculpture. Wow! www.incrediblethings.com
Here’s something to transport you to a galaxy far, far away…the AT-AT Rocker.
Check out EPBOT’s website for the template to make a wooden AT-AT Rocker, www.epbot.com. The completed rocker measures approximately 33″ x 37″.