1. V is for our Vegetable garden.
We have a large flourishing vegetable garden this year. So far we have had a heap of fresh lettuce and lovely little finger sized zucchinis. The squash is just taking off. Last Sunday's roast dinner included our first roasted beetroot of the season. To quote Oklahoma the musical, "The corn is (nearly) as high as an elephant's eye" and should be ready to pick in a week or so.
2. V is for convincing fake textile vegetables.
These vegetables are all handmade fiber fakes. They are crocheted, knitted, sewn and embroidered or needle-felted. It makes you realise just how beautiful and intricate the humble vegetable is.
I can't find the original artist credit for the following set of photos. All I can track down is that they are the work of a Dutch design duo Scholten and Bajings for Milan design week. More photos here at Design Boom.
Jung Jung. a japanese crochet designer makes the most amazingly intricate crocheted vegetables. A lot of these are designed to be worn as brooches.
Laura Lee Burch makes needle-felted toys including these play vegetables.
Do you know that Mr Potato Head turned 60 in 2012? He really doesn't look his age does he? The first Mr. Potato head set hit the shelves in 1952. It was a set of facial features you added to your own real potato. Eight years later, Hasbro included a plastic body as well. Mr Potato Head can thank his recent surge in popularity to his starring role in Toy Story.