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Tiny Art Collection

I’ve got an unnatural fascination (bordering on obsession) with miniature things.  The smaller, the cuter, the better.  When the boys and I went to Minnesota, we collected (lake) shells.  Then I noticed a few teeny tiny ones and began searching for nearly microscopic shells.  And I found some, quite a few, actually.  Rather than keeping these mini cuties in a jar or drawer, I dug out glue, black card stock, and an empty frame to display my collection.  A small dab of glue holds each shell in place, arranged in a neat grid.


I hung the frame near my computer screen, so I can admire them while I work and remember a fun beach day with my boys.  From across the room, the shells seem to be white dots, which makes people want to go in for a closer look.


To round out the group, I added a few more small art pieces.  A wooden block with mine and Ben’s thumb prints, an old photo of Ben and his brothers, and a mini business card.


This business card from Mai Autumn is a tiny version of her Landscape with Birds painting, which is beautiful full-sized, and completely smile inducing as a mini.


I plan to buy or make a small frame and further expand this little art collection.  Because I’ve got a big thing for little things.  Whatever makes you smile, right?

Please tell me you’ve got a strange fascination with miniatures.  Or something else like turtle figurines.

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  1. Your shell art is adorable. Until reading your post I never gave much thought to little things, but now you’ve got me thinking about adding mini somethings to our home. lol

    • Hey Alli!

      Thanks! I’m almost positive anything miniature is cuter than anything actual size. :) If you add mini things, pretty please send me a link so I can drool. :)


  2. Barbara H.

     /  November 30, 2012

    Love the snails! The miniature painting business card is pretty special, too.

  3. Hey Amanda. I totally get where you’re coming from with the small shells! I can spend hours hunting them down myself on the beaches close by. And you’re right! Less is more when it comes to these little beauties. :) Also loving that mini picture. Good on you for sharing! Cheers Hx

  4. jarrahjungle

     /  December 2, 2012

    The shell art is adorable. I can definately see you adding a bit more to this collection and making it into a real wall of art. Thats the cool thing about wall art you can slowly add to it bit by bit until you get the look you want :)

  5. That’s funny because I used to have a serious thing for turtle figurines. Shelves and shelves of them. Then I realized I didn’t want to be known as the crazy turtle lady so I keep just a few of my favorites out and the rest are packed away in a box.


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