Monday, February 22, 2010

Cute Olympics

The Olympics aren't generally known for their cuteness (Beijing was disappointing in this department), but this year the mascots are adorable! They are designed by Meomi whose desktops I've been using for years. They are masters of cute at this design firm. Check out the Vancouver Mascots Web site - the recycling game is actually pretty hard!

I bet you didn't know sports could be so cute. Well, leave it to the softie artists to make anything cute. Schmancy organized a Softie Olympic Challenge and these skiing moon buns are some of the cutest athletes that came out of it. I just wish the real athletes were that cute.

Saturday, February 6, 2010


A couple weeks ago we went to Nicaragua for my friend Kate's wedding! We had a great time and visited a bunch of places. In general the Nica aesthetic does not place a lot of importance on cute, which is what I expected. However, I did come across a few cute things in my travels.

This limbless turtle is actually a light! Along with all its legless, headless turtle buddies, it sits around the edge of this fountain in a public park. Presumably at night it shines light on the pool, but this was a daytime sighting. This example shows that Nicaraguans do in fact have an understanding of cute - instead of just using a regular light, they made it look like a turtle - nice work.

I found these cute little critters in a museum of ancient stuff in Granada. What's really cool about this is that they're so old - evidence that even the native Central Americans loved cute stuff!

Lastly - a cute hammock tree! You may know that Nicaragua has a huge hammock industry - they are a people with a love of lounging, which could be why I got along so well there. Adult-sized hammocks are sold all over the place, but this store really knew how to do cute - mini hammocks, many of them, and they're hanging in a tree! Maximum cuteness right there!

In conclusion, though cuteness may not be an integral part of Nica culture, don't forget that you can find at least some cute stuff wherever you go! So if you have cute things you've come across in your world travels, feel free to share them with us!