Thursday, 31 December 2015


Although I never read the Harry Potter novels, I did enjoy the movies. The linked article includes a series of excellent pictures of the model built for depicting Hogwarts in the series - and the size is stunning indeed. First seen here.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Face two face

Found via a Jenny Downing buzz some years ago. This is one of the most ingenious optical illusions I have seen, please click the link and the linked Flickr page on that link for the full story. Trust me, it is worth it. First seen here.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Dinner time!

A fun shot - well, it put a smile on my face at least. First seen here.

Monday, 28 December 2015

The pen is mightier than the sword

No, this is not a mislabeled Plastic People post - these are actual sculptures, only half an inch high, created by UK-based artist Nic Joly. Well worth clicking the link to see more of them. First seen here.

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Wedding photography

This is such an amazing combination: an excellent wedding photograph, combined with the shot how it was taken. It's all about the angle. First seen here.

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Santa University

A funny image, but apparently this is for real: there is a Santa University - a four-day training program that takes place every summer at ‘Noerr Pole’, the corporate office of Noerr Programs in Colorado. First seen here.

Friday, 25 December 2015

Ho ho ho!

Merry Christmas everybody! This must be one of the weirdest Christmas cards I've ever seen - it was made in the Soviet Union. First seen here.

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Merry Crisis

Brilliant word play. Even better because my first interpretation on reading this was the usual seasonal wish - that's how the brain works. Unfortunately, still topical five years after I first saw this. First seen here.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Christmas with Kico

There have been oodles of bad Christmas album covers (see also the link), but this one is a candidate for the #1 position. First seen here.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Monday, 21 December 2015

Christmas pick-up

American Kris Marshall decided to turn his old pick-up into something outrageous that would draw attention. And he succeeded. His Christmas Truck has about 60 light strands, each featuring 50-100 light bulbs. First seen here.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Han and Leia towels

Unavoidably, there is a ton of merchandize riding the wave of the new Star Wars movie. I like this set of towels, which includes famous lines from the first trilogy. First seen here.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Eat your words?

Well, with this typewriter you can go one step further... you can eat the complete typewriter, as it is made from gingerbread. B-o-n-A-p-p-e-t-i-t. First seen here.

Friday, 18 December 2015

From raisins to grapes

Logic sometimes works backwards in the realm of plastic people. Lovely image by Pierre Javelle and Akiko Ida. First seen here.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Fish forks

This giant fish skeleton sculpture, a creation by Colombian artist Carols Bonil, is constructed completely with plastic forks - a fantastic idea and achievement! First seen here.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Dinosaur egg candle

This is such a fun and unique product. This egg-shaped candle slowly but surely reveals a little baby raptor inside when it burns. First seen here.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Step-by-step pulp painting

I have featured brilliant illustrator Steve Thomas before in my main art blog with some of his specialized retro art deco posters. In a post in his own blog he describes in detail the steps leading to the creation of a commissioned wall painting in the style of the pulp novel covers of the early and mid 20th century. Fascinating to see how he arrives from the first ideas to the final product. First seen here.

Monday, 14 December 2015

Someone is going to pay for this

This is now officially my favourite cat photograph of all time. First seen here.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Message in a bottle

A small art project by an artist called Kaslito. It brought a smile to my face. First seen here.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

A head full of dreams

I haven't heard a second of it yet, but the cover of the new Coldplay album by Pilar Zeta is simply awful to my taste. First seen here.

Friday, 11 December 2015


Very, very clever design for a combination of vases. Found years ago thanks to a Jenny Downing buzz. First seen here.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Van Camp's Pork and Beans

My goodness. Was there ever a time when people looked at this advertisement and were not terrified - let alone persuaded to buy food that makes kids look like this? First seen here.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Cuteness overdose

Taken from a post with great pictures of turtles and tortoises. Our lucky animal by the way. First seen here.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Magazine eyescapes

Amazing craft and rather artsy too, but just falling under the Potpourri umrella rather than my art blog. New York artist Nate Page makes these fascinating magazine cut-outs. First seen here.

Sunday, 6 December 2015


Another fun "wrong perspective" shot. The guy's facial expression is the icing on the cake. First seen here.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

London skyline veggie style

Carl Warner and his team of five model-makers spent three weeks crafting the famous London landmarks out of 26 different types of vegetables and fruits, ranging from melons and tomatoes to asparagus. First seen here.

Friday, 4 December 2015


A wonderful piece of imagination, this plastic people scene by Japanese artist and photographer Tanaka Tatsuya. First seen here.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Button sculptures

Artist Augusto Esquivel makes stunning three-dimensional sculptures from sewing buttons, depicting objects like gramophones, clocks and pianos. Just falling on the Potpourri side of the fence between my two blogs. First seen here.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015


Well, I laughed. Love the expression, even disregarding the funny text. Saw this one on a bulletin board discussion.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Six years of Potpourri

Six years ago today I started this blog after a few years of experience with my main blog. The posts before November 2012 have vanished in the re-start (although a lot of them have been reposted since then), but here we have the original first post in the blog.