American Artisans: Milkfly Felt Food




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American Artisans Milkfly felt turkey2
Milkfly's exquisite handmade felt food is part toy, part fine art!

Milkfly is the fourteenth in my Sunday series featuring American Artisans. There are so many exceptionally talented craftspeople, designers, and small companies across the country who share my love of handcrafted quality, and this is my chance to introduce them to you. These artisans are creating beautiful, useful and delicious products that elevate the experience of everyday cooking, dining, and entertaining. They’re using skills, techniques, and materials that might otherwise be lost in our era of mass production. Their work makes me happy, and I hope it does the same for you. Each feature will be paired with a giveaway to give you the chance to experience their work for yourselves. I’ll be doing these features every other Sunday for the foreseeable future, so be sure to check back, and enjoy!

American Artisans Milkfly felt turkey2

I have a feeling you’re going to flip over Huong Huynh and her playful felt food.  I went crazy the minute I saw her exquisite reproductions of everything from a whole turkey (with removable parts!) to a perfect apple tart.  Part toy, part art, these imaginative creations are going to make you smile, guaranteed.  Born in Malaysia, Huong lives and works in Houston Texas, where her family immigrated as refugees during the Vietnam War.  She has a degree in fine arts (in painting), but turned her talents to felt food after seeing a book on the subject ten years ago.  She trained herself through experimentation and has clearly mastered the art — from crisp bacon to whipped cream, Huong can recreate your favorite food in exquisite detail.   I’m so glad to have her here today, she’s one of a kind!

American Artisans Milkfly felt apple tart

One look at Huong’s work and you realize it’s difficult to categorize.  On the one hand her beautiful pieces can be heirloom quality toys for very lucky children, and on the other, they could be objet d’arts, or even pin cushions!  Her creativity is really astounding — just look at the flour dusted surface on the artisan bread below!  I was immediately smitten with these pieces because when my girls were young, play food was one of their favorite toys and it was the pretend picnics and tea parties more than anything else that got my husband and me down on the floor playing along with them.  Only problem was that our play food was plastic…I can still taste that horrible rubber!  Huong’s pieces fit into the Waldorf tradition of tactile, handmade toys made from natural materials, that teach children through play as they imitate daily activities around them.  Our family would have had such fun with these.

American Artisans Milkfly felt bread

You can’t help but grin when you see Huong’s work.  I mean, come on, handmade felt macarons?  And her creativity is only matched by her skill…just look at the edges of those cookies.  The variety of textures and finishes she gets out of the felt is really astounding.

American Artisans/Milkfly Felt macarons

I can’t think a better birthday gift for a young child than this Confetti Cake, just imagine the hours of creative play a kid would get out of it.  Special toys like this are remembered for a lifetime and I’m sure Milkfly’s felt food will inspire lots of passionate future cooks.

American Artisans: Milkfly felt birthday cake

Huong makes every piece by hand, to order.  She will do custom orders, too, and my mind spins with the possibilities.  She will even replicate your favorite family recipe — what a fabulous gift idea. 

American Artisans: Milkfly studio

 As for her whimsical career choice, Huong tries not to ‘over think’ it… “Realizing that this life truly is short, I make stuff “just ’cause'” I want to see what it would be like. Simply for myself. Creating is one of the greatest joys of my life.”  Don’t you just want to move into that studio and play with her?

American Artisans: Milkfly felt food creations

Whether you’ve got a child, a grandchild, or just a corner of your kitchen where one of these delights would be right at home, you’ve got to check out Milkfly — it’s amazing .

American Artisans: Milkfly Felt Berry Tart

Milkfly is generously giving away a handmade Summer Fruit Tart to one lucky reader!

You have two ways to enter, please visit Milkfly, HERE, and poke around, then come back and comment.  For a second entry, join me on my email list HERE, and let me know in a second comment (if you are already on the email list, leave a second comment letting me know)…you have until Friday October 2nd to enter — good luck!

American Artisans: Milkfly Felt Cheese Platter

(Giveaway ends on Friday October 2nd )

*I use Random.org to pick the winner, and will announce it here on Saturday.

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    Catherine
    May 31, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Hi, just discovered your blog–beautiful!– and these artisan recommendations. These are going right on the birthday list for my toddler. Amazing!

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      Sue
      May 31, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      I wish my girls were young again, I would definitely get these for them, I’d even enjoy playing with them :)

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    Alexis
    July 18, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Beautiful!!! I checked out her entire shop and suscribed to your blog here! I dabble in a little felt food making for my nephews/nieces but nothing to this extent. Would love to be the lucky winner!!!

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    Chris Scheuer
    September 28, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Unbelievable! Wow what unique and beautiful talent. That apple tart would look so pretty under my cake dome!

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    Susan LP
    September 28, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Already a subscriber. Love these. So cute.

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    2 sisters recipes
    September 28, 2015 at 9:21 am

    We just subscribed to get your emails – don’t know why we didn’t do it sooner! Looking forward to getting them – have a great day Sue.

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    2 sisters recipes
    September 28, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Your friends website is amazing!
    And the little tart is adorable. Thank you for introducing her to us. Have a great week.
    Xo Anna and Liz

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    Toni | BoulderLocavore
    September 28, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Oh my isn’t this adorable! Looks so real too!

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    Olivia
    September 28, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Those are completely amazing.

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    Maeghan
    September 28, 2015 at 5:51 am

    I’ve subscribed to your mailing list.

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    Maeghan
    September 28, 2015 at 5:49 am

    These are adorable and really up the ante on kid food toys! My kids would cherish these lovely delights!

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    Sabine
    September 27, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Already on your email list;-)

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    Sabine
    September 27, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    These are so lifelike, wish I was that craftsy! The apple tart looks amazing!

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    John
    September 27, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    I LOVE these!! Who ever came up with the idea is a GENIUS! I love the whole chicken!! Great idea!

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    Karla Curry
    September 27, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Adorable! I bet my kids would love these for their pretend play! Don’t think they would appreciate it as much as I do, though. :) The variety and attention to detail is amazing.

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    September 27, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    I already receive your emails :) and love them one and all! Have a great week Sue

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    September 27, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    These are so cool! I can’t believe how talented and creative – great post!

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    Debbie G
    September 27, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    these are too cool!!!

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    Linda L.
    September 27, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    I’m on your email list and have already commented.

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    Linda L.
    September 27, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Wow!! Her things are amazing – just thinking them up is enough but being able to bring them into being is beyond creative. A great find, Sue!

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    Heidi Hess
    September 27, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    I need these! Any one of them. They are truly amazing. I’m on your email list.

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    cheri
    September 27, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Hi Sue, what an amazing artist……..at first glance you can’t even tell. I’m already subscribed.

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    clare
    September 27, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    These are so SO cute! I love every one, I don’t know how you chose which pictures to include here! Just incredible.

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    zerrin
    September 27, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    They all look so cute! I wouldn’t even realize they were from felt!

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    Deb Harris
    September 27, 2015 at 11:27 am

    I’m on your email list.

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    Deb Harris
    September 27, 2015 at 11:23 am

    These are just beautiful! Like you, I thought how much fun my kids would have had with these. I still have grandchildren that would love them. So would I.

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    Doroth
    September 27, 2015 at 11:01 am

    OMG These would make a wonderful hostess gift!

    Already an email buddy!

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    Teresa Davis
    September 27, 2015 at 10:32 am

    The macaroons are too cute. Such talent. <3 <3

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      Teresa Davis
      September 27, 2015 at 10:34 am

      The question marks on my first post started out as hearts! And, yes,I am on your email list.

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        Sue
        September 27, 2015 at 10:41 am

        Haha, fixed it for you!

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    Janet T
    September 27, 2015 at 10:29 am

    I am on the e-mail list.

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    Janet T
    September 27, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Beautiful! I love the French Madeleines.

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    judith
    September 27, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Whimsy and art is my favorite combo. These are amazing.

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    Pattie @ Olla-Podrida
    September 27, 2015 at 10:12 am

    These are really clever. I have to say that I love those loaves of bread.

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    Pattie @ Olla-Podrida
    September 27, 2015 at 10:10 am

    I have long been on your email list.

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    Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
    September 27, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Oh my gosh – how fun! I’m amazed by how real everything looks…and from felt! I love the loaves of bread and the cheese. These would make such fantastic personalized gifts for food lovers.

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    Jenny Stone
    September 27, 2015 at 8:36 am

    I can’t over these!!! SO adorable. Wish I had these for my dolls growing up!