Favourite things: crafty people

Honestly, the talent and creativity of some people never cease to amaze me. I look at what they do and think, "How did you even come up with that?" Let alone make it so wonderfully. 1. Clever cardboard creations How brilliant is this typewriter, made out of used packing boxes by Stacie Stone? Take a look at her fabulously-named Etsy shop, Little Teeth Marks.

2. PJs for penguins Following an oil spill off the coast of New Zealand, people from all over the world knitted sweaters for penguins affected by the spill, to stop them from ingesting the oil when they preened themselves. Operated by yarn store Skeinz, you can follow this adorable campaign on their blog, The Yarn Kitchen.

3. Styled literary heroes Ever read a book and formed a perfect image of the character in your head? John Januzzi styles contemporary editorials of literature's heroes and heroines on his blog Textbook. What would Alice in Wonderland wear if she were alive today? How about Jay Gatsby? Eliza Dolittle? Pictured above is how Miss Havisham of Great Expectations might dress today.

4. Recycled paper Artist Jennifer Collier creates amazing sculptures of household objects from recycled paper. The content on the paper itself often provides the inspiration for what Jennifer decides to create, and she says her work is about "giving new life to things that would otherwise go unloved or be thrown away."

5. Book surgery I know I've gone heavy on the "art made out of paper and cardboard" this week but, seriously, it's not my fault people are so talented! I couldn't resist just this one more. Artist Brian Dettmer has been nicknamed "the book surgeon" because of the incredible sculptures he creates out of old books.

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