Every girl has a weakness for smaller versions of regular things. There is something about a common item in a mini format that is irresistible to the female psyche. Chihuahuas, bonzai trees, muffins, and even babies which are, after all, miniature humans. Think about it, would girls be so taken with babies if they were chubby full-size humans who cried and needed their diapers changed? Doubtful.
Take a brief walk through any Container Store and you'll find a place that caters to the "small"-minded. The place is lousy with miniature jars, boxes and containers in every color and style. I, too, fall victim to the diminutive proportion of these goods that would normally be of no interest. A chrome shopping cart in my kitchen? No way! But a mini chrome shopping cart that could hold lemons on the counter? Of course!
My mind races as I walk through the aisles, "Oh my gosh, this is so cute, what could I put in it? Buttons? Spices? Loose diamonds?" "I have been looking for a new paper clip holder just like this one!" Inevitably, the minimalist angel on my shoulder pokes me in the ear and I leave them all on the shelf with a wistful look back.
The same self-control evades me when I can find a reason to buy a miniature for someone else. And so it went when I found these happy little silicone prep bowls at Cost Plus World Market for my friend Elaine. My eyes got big and I threw them straight in my basket without hesitation. They were just too tempting to leave on the shelf this time. But first, a couple pictures.