Jen Tuttle of Miniholiday is one of my (Traci's) favorite artists--she loves contributing, has a great attitude, and creates delicous-looking food, among other things. When Melissa was working with Martha Puff on the "minis as jewelry" gallery (American Miniaturist May 2013 issue [AM121]), she was sharing some of the artists who were going to be included, and I was looking them up to see what sorts of sweet treats I could find. On Jen's Etsy page, I found a pair of Twinkie earrings.
YES. I KNOW. TWINKIE EARRINGS.
My lifelong best friend, Shani, and I would always give each other Twinkies for various occassions--birthdays, Christmases, random get-togethers. So when Hostess filed bankruptcy and we thought Twinkies were gone forever, we lamented, and tried to find an appropriate subsitute in Little Debbie Cloud Cakes or Mrs. Freshley's Dreamies. Somehow they weren't the same. When I saw the earrings, I knew I had to get them.
But wait! Would she even wear Twinkie earrings? Is that a socially acceptable accessory in the presumably serious financial investment company where she works? I debated until I saw that Jen's earrings could also be created as wine charms, and I knew immediately what Shani's birthday present would be: four wine charms, each of one of her favorite foods. The Twinkie was just the beginning! Jen, bless her heart, set up a separate listing for my random collection of foods, and a few weeks later they were in my apartment.
I brought them to Shani with a bottle of wine (obviously) when I visited for her birthday, and she loved them--particularly the banana cream pie, which I'd custom-ordered from Jen since Shani likes that flavor better than the lemon meringue that was listed. "Look at the little banana slices!" she kept saying.
In the same box she used to send those, Jen also included the pair of brownie earrings that she'd done a tutorial on and that she sent as a giveaway for Dollhouse Miniatures May-June 2013 issue (DHM33). Don't they look unbelievably delicious??
YUM!! Brownies with frosting are my ultimate sweet-tooth craving. So, big thanks to Jen for both making my friend's birthday special and also for this fantastic giveaway for DHM readers!