In an upcoming issue of Teddy Bear & Friends, I get to show off the beautifully crafted artwork of miniatures artist Lisa Madsen. But, like many interviews for the magazine, not every photo or comment can make it into print. Thank goodness for the Plush Life blog. Here’s a chance to sneak a look at some of Madsen’s mini marvels and to appreciate her life story and how it helped her make such exquisite ethereal critters.
Movie stills courtesy of Dreamworks Pictures/Spyglass Entertainment
The other day while watching “America’s Got Talent” with my children—one of the few shows on TV that a parent doesn’t have to worry about grabbing for the remote control when topics get too “hot and heavy”—I heard the audience guffaw at a joke that I found mildly amusing. The contestant—an aspiring comic who had the deadpan delivery of Emo Philips and the eyeliner/dark look of an emo teenager—mentioned how he still sleeps with stuffed animals. Then he paused, and delivered the punch line: “I love taxidermy.”
Summertime definitely means more outdoor activities, but for some folks (like me) it means more chances to travel to historic mansions, Victorian estates, and the curio shops that surround these beckoning landmarks. Yes, it’s true that the summer means more sun, more warmth, and more excuses to exit your front door and soak in some much-needed, naturally occurring Vitamin D.