Craft Bits — Knitted Food, Vintage Swimwear and Fancy Sewing Machines

Posted by on May 16, 2011

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Knitted food, Donkey Kong bookmarks and a scavenger hunt featuring handmade toys … this week, crafty internet is embracing its inner child. And we can’t help but smile, despite the massive attacks of seasonal allergies hitting CraftFoxes HQ. But we (cough, cough), digress. Let’s start off with the fantastic amigurumi food by artist Ed Bing Lee. Made completely from yarn, the sculptures in the “Delectable” series depict everything from popcorn to burgers. Doesn’t it make you oddly hungry?
Check out Ed Bing Lee’s amigurumi food sculptures with a side of fries.

vintage-inspired retro swimwear
Retro Swimwear Is Back

Though we never really thought it went away in the first place. This summer you’ll see the return of higher-waisted bottoms, halters and retro prints like polka dots. It’s super nice for those of us who love the more figure-flattering vintage style.
Read more about the vintage swimwear trend (and where to buy vintage-inspired swimwear) at AZ Central.
Brisbane toy drive
Handmade Toy Drop Brightens Up Brisbane

All of Brisbane, Australia, is a toy box thanks to a bunch of nice folks at BrisStyle and Toy Society. Members of the nonprofit groups have hidden toys throughout the city to brighten the day of tots affected by the recent floods. We think this is a great alternative to the typical toy drive (just make sure to hide the toys near kiddie locales like schools and day care centers).
Read more about the Brisbane toy drive and be prepared to be inspired.
donkey kong bookmark
Donkey Kong Bookmark

Um, did you hear that it’s Geek Craft month? If not, it’s time to catch up. And here’s a great project to get you embracing your inner nerd: A cross-stitched bookmark featuring Donkey Kong. It’s Level 5 awesome.
Check out the Donkey Kong bookmark tutorial over at Craft Magazine.
high-tech sewing machine
Sewing Machines Get Tech-y

Just when you thought that a sewing machine couldn’t be improved upon comes a boatload of new technologies that rival a smartphone’s capabilities. USB ports and high-resolution touchscreens galore! And here we were excited when we discovered our machine’s zipper foot.
Learn more about the new generation of sewing machines over at the Wall Street Journal.
craft fair rules
The Do’s and Don’ts of Craft Fairs

It turns out there are a few rules to shopping craft fairs that we didn’t know about, but make perfect sense. 1) Don’t wear too many handmade items to the event (unless you want people to think you’ve shoplifted wares) and 2) Arrive late (to avoid the crush of earlybirds). But then there are others that leave us a bit puzzled. Like, um, do people really need to be reminded to wear deodorant (#3)?
Decide for yourself by checking out the craft fair do’s and dont’s list at Denver Westword Blogs.

Image credits from top: Ed Bing Lee,, Taryn Davis, John Lohman, Darren Hauck/WSJ, Sarah Myers

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