There’s something appealing and comforting about small ideas. India’s Shirali Patel specializes in polymer paper clips, magnets, push pins, flash drives and other little delights. She calls her business just what it is – Small Ideas. Her visual jokes and mementos are what Shirali describes as, “Whimsical craft with purpose.”

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She flattens favorite sports figures into Splatta Coast’z or brightens house plants with funny garden stakes. She cooks up your favorite Indian food – in miniature. This meal also serves as a computer flash drive.

Shirali was trained as a biochemist, worked in fashion design and landed in her polymer studio where she’s worked 10 to 12 hours a day since 2011. You can tour her immaculate studio on her Facebook page. Here’s her site, her Flickr page, and her Pinterest presence. Have some small pleasures this weekend.

  • reply Marianne ,

    Her “How I spent time in my Studio” is hilarious! (and oh-so-true!)

    • reply Lorrene Baum-Davis ,

      This is flat-out amazing work. I would never have the patience….. she is uber talented. Thanks for the post.

      • reply Shirali Patel ,

        Many many thanks Cynthia. I feel so honoured to be found and featured here.

        • reply Christy Dickerson ,

          Cynthia, Didn’t have an idea what to get my collage coach husband for his birthday – until I saw your post of the basketball player in black & gold(our team colors) mug holder! Perfect!
          Thanks, Christy

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