Intro to Bento


Kindergarten Bento #266, originally uploaded by Wendy Copley.

I came across fellow crafty mama Wendy Copley's blog, Wendolonia, via her Taggie Monster tutorial featured on Craft Gossip. I loved the tutorial so much that I started perusing the rest of her blog and came across the wonderful world of bento.

I didn't realize what bento was at first, but I was giddy over the whimsical lunches she makes for her two sons. She uses everything from food markers, to cookie-cutter sandwiches, to sprinkles on fruit to liven up the everyday lunch box.

Maybe I'm just weird for thinking this is really cool (moms live in a very different world), but I love how she uses this as a creative expression to show her children how much she cares about them.

From what I can gather from searching online, bento is a Japanese meal tradition in which food is carefully prepared and is meant to be aesthetically pleasing. We could all use a little more art everyday, couldn't we?

I haven't even begun to delve into the depths of the world of artful lunch-making, so hop on over to Wendolonia--and check out her Bento Box FAQ page where she shares where she finds her bento supplies and why she's crazy enough to spend more than five minutes making lunch!

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