Thursday, October 29, 2009

Life In Tiny

Tiny things delight me.

Little mini cupcakes, tiny envelopes, small trinkets - i have always been drawn to the Tiny. Kelly made a comment on one of my recent posts saying that when she was little, she would imagine shrinking down to fit into her dollhouse.

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My sister and I had similar Miniature Aspirations. Whenever we went on road trips, we played this game where we could pick five things that we drove past that we could shrink down and have as our Mini Kingdom. We had to be careful what we chose though, because we could only pick five things, so we had to make sure not to be hasty with our shrinking powers - we needed to pick the perfect things to make our Mini Kingdom the best. Sometimes I would see a cute baby in a stroller and I would pick that, but then I would kick myself when we drove past a hospital that I knew would be full of cute babies that I could have shrunk instead.

Perhaps this is why I love Tilt Shift so much. It's a photography technique where the perspective and depth of field is set in a way that makes whatever you photograph appear tiny. And for those of us who don't have the patience, I came across this Tilt Shift Maker website through How About Orange back in May that will do it for you. Here are some of my photos that I have miniaturized.

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I would love it if you'd play this game with me! What five things would you shrink?

(PS - my lovely friend Kaye has a giveaway at her blog at the moment. Stop by here to enter!)

40 comments:

one9designs said...

That is such a cute game you used to play with your sister!!! :) I don't know what I would shrink though. My bed...so I could bring it with me and then take a nap whenever...but it would be too small if I shrunk it. My kids or pets, so I could take them with me all day, but I'd want to be able to unshrink them later. And really, it would be selfish of me to bring them with and not let them have their own lives. Maybe giant chocolate cakes? But only if the calories were miniature too.

I don't know! It's a tough one to ponder!! :)

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

amazing thing that tilt shift! tiny things are so sweet!

Inspiration in Italy said...

Amazing post!! I would definitely shrink a seaside cafe, so cute!

abigail said...

I love tilt shift photos! I have to try this, now!

Tracy-Girl said...

I love shrinking the cars when I look at them from far away. I can smoosh them between my fingers. I love the football field with the tiny players! :)

Pretty Neat Designs said...

So clever! If I could shrink 5 things to keep forever... an oak tree, a 67 Mustang coupe, the Boston Public Library, a pumpkin patch, and the shoe department at Nordstrom.

MYSAVIOR said...

So this is to shrink 5 things and make them my kingdom - Does shrinking myself count? I would have to shrink my pets so they can be with me. I would have to shrink my computer to stay in touch. I guess I would have to shrink my entire room so I could live in it. That is way more than 5but I could not be comfortable otherwise! I love miniatures - always have.

Michele said...

How cute! I love all things mini myself! I love mini foods and things cooked in little ramekins. It's so cute!

When I was a kid I was obsessed with Alice and Wonderland. I loved when she shrunk. So I used to eat a rolo whenever I saw eat me and I had my mom fill up a washed out mini liquor (airplane size) bottle with a boxed juice drink for whenver she drank something. It was a little game I played with myself. I used to also love books about anything little. I think there was a book or perhaps a series called The Littles. I loved how Jimmeny Cricket slept in a match box. I just loved the cutesy.

I can't think with that same imagination now for some reason. But this post was absolutely adorable!

Kristin said...

I pretty much adore any miniature food. I'm canape obsessed! I would also love to shrink my little man so I could carry him around in my pocket. Ah ha

Jaime said...

I love tiny things... I would shrink the Empire State Building, any big monuments like Mt. Rushmore, a volcano, my puppies!

Pamela said...

Oh my goodness...what a cool technique! I love it!

Phoenix said...

Such a cute post! And I love the Tilt-Shift Maker so much, I just recommended it to a friend who was experimenting with photographing trains and trying to make them look miniature.

I collected dollhouse miniatures for quite a while as a kid... and I always loved the little books and furniture. But most of all I loved decorating my huge dollhouse for Christmas - so I guess I'd shrink down five different Christmas decorations, including the tree! :)

Yelena R. said...

Love your blog :) So lovely!

Chelsea said...

Aww how cute!!! That is really cool!!

Kaye Prince said...

Aw, thanks for mentioning my giveaway Dionne - you really are the best and a great friend!

Let's see, what would I shrink? A library so that I could have all the books I wanted at hand, a big fabric shop (you know why), a big grocery store because I really do love to grocery shop, a beautiful house so that I have a place to live, and Alex of course because he'd need to come with me!

the Lost Earring said...

Ha ha! Saw my name at the top and went oh yeah that's me she's talking about :) Thank you for sharing that website!!! I can't wait to use it!

Oh my gosh. 5 things to shrink. You mean I can't just miniaturize everything? I guess if I did that nothing would be miniature anyway :) Hey, maybe we are miniature and we just don't know it! Okay, here we go:

(1) Me (childhood dream come true!!)
(2) Devin (can't go without my sweet fiance!)
(3) Gracie Meow
(4) The Rose House (it's a historical house in our neighborhood that is just magnificent)
(5) Our car? Maybe our bikes instead?

It's funny, I love tiny things but the chance to be tiny would be too good to pass up! Great post :)

Carissa said...

what a fun effect! I love all the things you shrunk! If I was to shrink five things, I'd miniaturize a pack of playful puppies, a Victorian house, a library (stole that from someone else, I thought it was a good idea), a park (for the puppies, of course) and ... I guess me! :) how else would I get into my mini kingdom?

Lovely Scribbles said...

Your site is adorable as is your tiny images post! If I could shrink 5 things, I think I would shrink a sky scraper, a semi truck, the Great Wall of China, the Grand Canyon, and a red wood tree, since it's intriguing to see the vast constrast.

Smileyfreak said...

5 Things I would shrink-

Family
Friends
House
Supermarket
Beach

Sarah said...

My imaginary shrinks would be:

A Christmas Tree forest
A Carnival
Disney World
New Zealand
Giant paintings

Gaia said...

my shrinks:
Lucilla(my vespa)
my camera
Mr B (I'm lost without him around)
my home at the sea
the sea


Thanks for your sweet wishes!
My day has been great!

Dash said...

my five things would be

1. library
2. stationery (thatd be sooo cute)
3. beach side cafe (like you!)
4. all my keys!!
5. the world-itll make travelling soooo much more pleasant!

Hello, darling said...

I would shrink:
Sweden
My house back home with my parents
My parents
And my sister so I could carry them around with me
My friends, cause I need them too =.]

Little Miss Tiara said...

hahaha... my cousin had always told me about my obsession to anything tiny. =P I love miniatures too! Haha...

and what would I shrink? Ah, should be everything! And I'll make them my pendant necklace :P

Torie Jayne said...

Wonderful post! Everything looks so cute! Have a sweet day!

Maki said...

Aww such a cute post, Dionne!!

I would definitly shrink...

1. Space Shuttle
2. Statue of Liberty
3. Hollywood Stars
4. My friends and family
5. my home; Hawaii

Bri said...

I am totally obsessed with minuatures, and feel the same way about tilt shift! When I found the tilt shift maker I attacked pretty much every photo I've ever taken. Yours looked great!

avant garde said...

wow, what a great program, i'll have to check it out. hmmm... quickly 5 things i would shrink, first my son, to keep him around forever :) ummm, maybe the ocean to be able to swim farther, i'd shrink the distance from my house to finland to visit my best friend more often, an elephant so i could play with it and maybe my appetite for cookies :)

Eric said...

Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Dionne. This blows my mind!

Shrink me! Please!

Tali Schiffer said...

Great Tilt Shift photos Dionne! I've done a few myself and I just LOVE the effect you get! Love that football field image especially!!

Hanako66 said...

that is amazing!!!!!

I can't wait to check out the site!

Tender Branson said...

The football picture looks awesome. My wife has messed around with the site but I haven't (mostly because the pictures I've been taking don't seem like they would work).

Kiki said...

I've never heard of that effect before! It's so cool! I have never really given thought to what I would miniaturize, so I wouldn't know where to start! lol

sinnlighet said...

So glad I stumbled on your lovely lovely blog today, it's always nice to find other blogger out and about on the net!

Agneta & Sweden

Sarah said...

Fantastic! This will be so much fun to play with! Love the football image!

Mo said...

i would shrink myself to fit in my bf 's pocket when he goes away...

I would skrink my giant puppy so i can put him in MY pocket and bring him back to Sweden with me...

Torie Jayne said...

Happy Halloween!
Thanks for all your sweet comments on my Halloween posts! x

photojoy said...

This is a cool technique.
I'd love to try it.
Your post remids me of "Alice in Wonderlnad". When I was small, I was so excited to shrink as Alice but I was scared as well how should I make myself back in full size. Lovely post.

Petergaye S. Kisielewicz/ Yahgie said...

I would shrink my belly after all the Halloween candy.

Des said...

What cool effect and technique. Thanks for sharing this.