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Allison Hoffman crochets amazing, miniature replicas of celebs and common folk alike and writes about them on her blog, CraftyisCool. Her story is one of the classic Never-Could-Happen-Before-The-Internet success stories of our generation. In her own words: "I started CraftyisCool in 2007 when I had trouble finding Yo Gabba Gabba toys for my little boys. I crocheted my first toy and after many requests for the pattern, I started up an online shop and a Ravelry store soon after. I created a Conan O’Brien doll and teamed up with Mike Mitchell from “I’m With Coco” for a giveaway. The doll went viral and was blogged about by everyone from Perez Hilton to Entertainment Weekly. After I sent a big crocheted blimp to Conan O’Brien on a whim, he posted a picture of himself with his gift on his blog, Twitter page, and Facebook showing off my handiwork to the world. Soon after came several tweets from Pee-wee Herman, linking his followers to my Pee-wee, Chairry, and Jambi dolls, as well as several famous faces posing with dolls I created in their likenesses. Jimmy Kimmel was gifted a little Jimmy for his birthday from his sister, who had seen my work online..."
And so it goes. Now she's a big local celeb in Austin, TX, where she lives and is working on a fun crochet book. Maybe someone needs to crochet a miniature of her now and repeat the, er, pattern.


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Every Emoji Ever, Arranged by Color
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What lies at the end of the emoji rainbow? It's not a pot of gold, but rather an exclamation point—a fitting way to round out the Every Emoji Ever print created by the design experts over at Pop Chart Lab.

As the name suggests, every emoji that's currently used in version 10.0.0 of Unicode is represented, which, if you're keeping track, is nearly 2400.

Each emoji was painstakingly hand-illustrated and arranged chromatically, starting with yellow and ending in white. Unicode was most recently updated last summer, with 56 emojis added to the family. Some of the newest members of the emoji clan include a mermaid, a couple of dinosaurs, a UFO, and a Chinese takeout box. However, the most popular emoji last year was the "despairing crying face." Make of that what you will.

Past posters from Pop Chart Lab have depicted the instruments played in every Beatles song, every bird species in North America, and magical objects of the wizarding world. The price of the Every Emoji Ever poster starts at $29, and if you're interested, the piece can be purchased here.

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8 City Maps Rendered in the Styles of Famous Artists
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Vincent van Gogh once famously said, "I dream my painting and I paint my dream." If at some point in his career he had dreamed up a map of Amsterdam, where he lived and derived much of his inspiration from, it may have looked something like the one below.

In a blog post from March, Credit Card Compare selected eight cities around the world and illustrated what their maps might look like if they had been created by the famous artists who have roots there.

The Andy Warhol-inspired map of New York City, for instance, is awash with primary colors, and the icons representing notable landmarks are rendered in his famous Pop Art style. Although Warhol grew up in Pittsburgh, he spent much of his career working in the Big Apple at his studio, dubbed "The Factory."

Another iconic and irreverent artist, Banksy, is the inspiration behind London's map. Considering that the public doesn't know Banksy's true identity, he remains something of an enigma. His street art, however, is recognizable around the world and commands exorbitant prices at auction. In an ode to urban art, clouds of spray paint and icons that are a bit rough around the edges adorn this map of England's capital.

For more art-inspired city maps, scroll through the photos below.

[h/t Credit Card Compare]

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