Small Things Are Cute

tiny globeThere’s something intrinsically and undeniably adorable about miniature anythings. I remember once when I was a teenager, I saw a sample-sized tube of toothpaste. I grabbed it off the shelf and showed it to a friend, saying, “Awwww! It’s so cute!” It was a tube of toothpaste, people. Nothing cute about that! Except… it was tiny, and its mere tininess softened my heart. (Remember, I was a hormonal teenager at the time. Cut me some slack.)

I have a tiny globe in my office that is utterly useless. You certainly couldn’t use it to figure out the location of a specific country. It only vaguely shows shapes of continents. But I saw it, and I had to have it because it’s just so darn cute. (I bought this as a hormonal adult.)

I felt the same way when I received my author copies of A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY this month. The book came out in hardcover last year and is being reissued in paperback on May 6. It’s a regular sized paperback, but since I’ve grown accustomed to seeing it in hardcover, I opened that box and was immediately overcome by that “so tiny, so cute” sensation.

Seriously, look at them together. The paperback is like a little mini-me!

A Cookbook Conspiracy in hardcover and paperback

A Cookbook Conspiracy reading mini-A Cookbook Conspiracy a bedtime storyI imagine the big book taking the little book out for ice cream. Reading it a bedtime story. Tucking it in with its little blankie. Eventually, the little book will get older and start to rebel against the big book because the hardcover is too stiff and unyielding…

Clearly I have an overactive imagination.

Today, I’m going to have a last hurrah here on Romance Bandits for the hardcover edition of A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY. I’ll give away one copy to a random commenter. Tell me something you love because it’s tiny and adorable!

Also, don’t miss the contest I’m holding right now at I’m giving away one gorgeous Bibliophile Mystery brick bookend per month in April, May, and June. Mark your calendar so you don’t forget to enter each month.

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  • Jane says:

    Hello Kate,
    I love those little toothpastes. I grab a bunch when I visit my flight attendant cousin and she has a few of those amenity kits lying around. Some of my favorite tiny things are these super tiny figurines I got in Asia. They were these good luck/fortune cats. They’re similar to the ones pictured here.

    • Wow, Jane, those cats are adorable. Even the rooster agrees with me!

    • Those kitties are adorable, Jane! 😉 How could they bring anything but good luck?

      You know, the tiny toothpaste tubes are great for cleaning the beak of the Golden One. He’s a dirty boy and needs a good scrubbing from time to time!

    • I sooooo needed that! I woke up way too early this morning, and that just perked me right up. So cute!!! The one of the four puppies crashed out on the floor completely melted my heart.

  • Helen says:


    The book is so cute 🙂 and yes I have to agree with thei little is so cute and of course my favourite little thing is babaies and they grow so quickly and you all know how much I love Tim Tams well you can now get them in little bite size ones 🙂 you gotta love them

    Have Fun

    • Oh my word, my brain is still tired. When I first read your comment, Helen, I thought you said something about bite-sized babies. Snork!!!!! Have a cup of coffee, Kate. Sheesh!

      Yes, babies. Precious. Cutest thing ever. Not bite-sized.

  • Amy Conley says:

    Babies, specifically my own grandbabbies. Babies (and children) are our future and just looking at them makes m y mind go crazy wit ghosts their possibilities.

    • That is so sweet, Amy!!! Isn’t it fun to watch children grow and change? And so surprising, sometimes, how different they are than we thought they would be. Still wonderful, just unexpected.

  • Kate, I know exactly what you mean about small things. I remember being in alt, as they say in the best Regencies, when we stayed in motels when I was a kid and they had mini soaps and shampoos. Actually I think it was just soaps – things weren’t nearly as sophisticated as they are now when you can stay in places that nearly give you a mini first aid kit in the bathroom accessories pack!

    • Hotels have mastered the art of small, for sure. Of course, their shampoo bottles are so small that I never dare following the “Repeat” instruction. A tad larger would be helpful. 😉

  • Annie West says:

    Kate, as an Australian I hate to admit it (rabbits being a scourge in this country) but miniature rabbits are adorably cute and hard to resist.

    I love the photo of your two books side by side. No wonder you’re pleased!

  • Mary Preston says:

    I’m a lover of small things.

    I have been baking mini cookies for a while now. I have a theory that just because they are bite sized, there are less calories & I can eat more.

    Slippery slope my friend!!!

  • Lucy says:

    Gorgeous covers and yes the mini cover does look even cuter!
    I have just discovered mini melting moments in one of our local shops. They are so petite, there are no problems eating 3 or 4 as it can’t be as bad as eating a whole normal size one 🙂
    My other weakness is for tiny lambs. When one of my merino ewes has a baby lamb – they are white, fluffy and when they wiggle their tails you can’t help falling in love with them!!!

  • Caren Crane says:

    Kate, I’ll admit that tiny things are adorable. I, however, am such a pragmatist that I generally roll my eyes and walk on. Even the most adorable, tiny animal babies grow up (as evidenced by my kitten, Kimba, who is now 7 months old and quite the teenager).

    For some reason, I’ve also not ever been enamored of miniatures, like dogs and whatever. Except ‘Lil Sebastian from Parks and Recreation. ‘Lil Sebastian is magical! Maybe it comes from being from a big, rambunctious family. And having huge feet. I feel like anything miniature is far too wee to survive my life, so I don’t bring it home.

    Still, those little animals are SO CUTE! 🙂

    • I’ve been having strong yearnings lately for a puppy or a kitten, but thus far, I’ve satisfied myself with writing them into my books. 🙂 Not sure how long I’ll be able to resist, though. Especially today, seeing all those precious baby animal pics!

  • sandyg265 says:

    Puppies are cute.

    • Puppies are cute! The heroine of the Fixer-Upper Mysteries, a series I’ll launch in November, has a Westie. I had so much fun looking at Westie pictures. They’re cute at any age, but wow, as puppies…. sooooooo cute!

  • Susan Frank says:

    Both my mother and grandmother were artists and in their later years did miniature room. Search out the Narcissa Thorne rooms. I have them in my home. Much like your books I picture myself in that book or room. It’s a delightful escape and makes me smile every time. Tiny can be wonderful.

  • Sue Foster says:

    I just heard I will be a Great Aunt to a new little baby girl so of course that is first on my mind today. The other thing that pops into my head is jewelry. I used to collect a piece from every place I visited.

  • Sara Grotz says:

    I am going with miniature food. Adorable and oh, so delicious! Plus, anything smaller has less calories, so you can eat more, right? Normally, I might say babies but I am getting ready to head out on a field trip with a bunch of 10 year old kids today so I am not even going there, lol.

    • LOL!!! 10 is right on the cusp of not so cute anymore. 😉 (I’m kidding! I love kids, I swear.)

      Miniature food with giant-sized flavor? Sign me up!

  • Aimee says:

    My favorite tiny things are the Lego Minifigs I have been collecting. I don’t have even close to a complete set; I only get the ones that have meaning to me. A year and a half ago, my family and I took a dream vacation to Scotland, and I brought 3 of them with me, and took pictures of them in all the spots we visited. I love to look back at them!

  • Marsha Paul says:

    I could say kittens…but don’t you just love to see baby pigs! They are soo cute and always look like they are smiling!

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    Kittens and puppies! How adorable is that. Also, I had a special key chain made that has three books with the actual covers, that I consider favorites. I absolutely love it. How she got them that small and put them on charms I will never know but now I can carry a part of my favorite pastime with me.

  • Robin Driscoll says:

    My chihuahua, Mercedes. She is so loving and cute you just want to hug her continuously!!

  • Diane says:

    I am interested in small things, such as cute, small boxes that are used to store jewelry or stones. I think that they are unique and pretty.

  • anne says:

    My granddaughter is a peanut but smart and adorable. My grandson is tiny and a sweetheart.

    • Awwww! I saw a daycare the other day that had the perfect name, I thought: The Peanut Gallery. Isn’t that an adorable name? Instantly makes my heart go soft.

  • catslady says:

    I too love cute little things lol. I am a collector of mugs (among other things) and my one daughter got me the cutest little cup – maybe 3 inches high – I’m sure it could be used for an espresso but then for Christmas she got me the teeniest, tinnest cup ornament and I am so afraid every year of losing it on the tree (we get a live tree that gets thrown out).

    • See, that’s what I’m talking about. There’s nothing intrinsically adorable about a cup or a mug, but make it tiny, and it sets off our maternal instincts. For a dish. Seriously! 🙂

      You should get a tiny Christmas tree to decorate every year with tiny ornaments! Ohhhhh, I just love that idea!!!

  • Debbie says:

    Well of course babies, but I also have a fascination with baby fingers and toes, especially toes. I also have a mini orchid I bought because it was cute. When I lived in Pgh. Pa. they had a section in their museum that contained miniature rooms, I was amazed at the details in each room. Needless to say, I am fascinated with mini anything.

  • Patty L. says:

    Cute mini me book. 😉 Mu first reaction to something tiny and cute was to mention my daughter. She was 4lbs at birth and only 12lbs on her first birthday. She was walking and talking and barely coming past your knees . She garnered thousands of she is so cute and the inevitable why is she so tiny. No reason for her being little except we said she was afraid of heights. Lol She now stands 5’2 and is considered petite and she loves to tell me how boys think she is “cute”.

    • Oh my gosh, Patty, 12 pounds at a year old??? She really was tiny! It’s wonderful that she has embraced her size as a good thing. I always wondered what it would be like to be petite. I shot right past that when I hit puberty.

  • Minna says:

    I have a tiny globe, too. But it’s not useless. You can see the countries in it and it’s also a coin bank.

  • ellie says:

    small is my motto. Small purses and wallets since they are light and easy on the shoulder.

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  • Jill George says:

    I would love to win this book it is on my read list but haven’t gotten to it yet

  • pearl says:

    Small earrings since I am petite and have tiny ears and earlobes. Hard to locate but lightweight,s mall are the best for me. Unusual to say the least.

  • Aw Kate, your mini me book is so….cute!

    I have to confess to one of my favorite things in the entire world.


    I know, it’s so hard to believe a hardened OB nurse of 34 years still loves babies. Not the crying, I’m starving or soaked kind of babies. Nope.

    I love the I’ve been fed, I’m dry and I want to snuggle my head against your warm chest and listen to your heartbeat kind of babies.


    Oh, well, pretty sure I’m gonna get my fill of that later this year! 🙂

  • Ruth Schroeder says:

    My grandbabies, of course! The two girls were especially tiny since they were both born 6 weeks early.

  • Pissenlit says:

    It’s so true! Usually, things that are small are somehow cute. Curse you, cute small things! I’m currently loving the My Little Pony blind bag mini figures. I don’t even like My Little Pony! And what use do I have for small little plastic ponies?? But…they’re cute small little ponies! And some of them are clear and covered in glitter! *shakes fist*

    That picture of the big book reading the little book is adorable…but I’m a little weirded out by the little book’s itty bitty legs…

    • What nefarious genius thought of tiny *and* with glitter???? Who could resist that?! Not fair!!!

      LOL on the little legs creeping you out! That got a big laugh out of me!

  • Vicki Highley says:

    Over 50 years ago, my mom took a ceramic class and made little open books on one side is a picture of Jesus and the other is the Lord’s Prayer. This is my favorite small thing.

  • Shannon says:

    What I remember as cute (or beautiful depending on the item) is the doll clothes my mother sewed for my Barbie. She did fabulous ball gowns, mini-ti-dyed (sp?) hippy outfits, and even a business suit. At one point, my Barbie was going to be a lawyer by day and a socialite by night. More often than not she was headless or legless after one of my brothers got ahold of them.

    My grandfather liked to whittle. My mom has a loon (small enough to fit into one’s palm) that he carved for her when my Dad was courting her.

    And at Williamsburg, the basketweaver was doing miniature baskets. Definitely cute.

  • Robyn K says:

    I love my cat! He’s small and adorable! He fits perfectly in my arms and on my lap! 🙂

  • Pat Cochran says:

    Hello, Kate,

    For me it has to be my grandchildren, all ten of them. I was there in the hospital when they were born. I got to hold each within an hour of being delivered and they were so tiny! Especially the five who arrived prematurely! So sweet and so TINY! (The preemies were singles, not multiples!)

    Pat Cochran

  • Cassondra says:

    Aw, Kate, I also am attracted to small things in that same way.

    Yes, even the toothpaste tubes.

    Tiny baby socks and especially those teensy baby shoes. I don’t have a kid, and have none to buy for. But when our friends were having babies, that was fun shopping.

    I’m attracted to tiny dishes. Like those eensy teensy tea sets they suck you into buying. I have about as much use for a tiny tea set as I do for pond scum. But still, they’re cute, and when I see them, I want them.

    Teensy working musical instruments get me every time. As do tiny pocket knives, tiny oil lamps and even those cute four-cup coffee makers. I don’t need any of that stuff. But I want it anyway.

    Teensy tiny dogs. I don’t even like those teacup dogs. But how can you not want them?

    Maybe that’s why human offspring are born small….so we’ll keep them around long enough for them to grow up.

  • ali salvaggio says:

    My hubby started collecting tiny sea shells when we go to the beach & now my son is doing the same. They’re really cute & they take up a lot less room…I’ve requested this book to be ordered for my town library so I can borrow it,but nothing yet;)

  • Kate, fun post! I love small snowglobes. I gave a USS Enterprise (starship version) one that’s under 1.5″ high.

    I never had a non-Barbie dollhouse, but I like looking at small dollhouse furniture. The boy had tiny Playmobil knights with interchangeable capes, armor, and weapons that were great fun.

    And speaking of great fun, RT came today, and you, Ms. Carlisle, got a Top Pick for The Book Stops Here! So whoo-hoo, and congrats! Can’t wait to read it.

    • Thank you so much, Nancy! That was my first RT Top Pick. So thrilling, such an honor!

      And yes, yes, YES on the dollhouse furniture! Especially when it’s made beautifully, by a real craftsman.

  • Tiny dogs, of course! I have chihuahuas and two miniature dachshunds who are just precious. So long as they are sleeping. The rest of the time it is a madhouse here and I am constantly trying to avoid stepping on anyone. My Mom has the tiniest chihuahua I have ever seen and she has all of these cute little dog clothes!

    I have a collection of little cow figurines called Moo Moo’s. They are all dressed in human outfits and each figurine has a theme. The little boy cow in overalls and a John Deere cap is too precious for words. They serve no useful purpose, but they make me smile. And sometimes making me smile is a big deal!

    You know I love your books in big or little form !

  • Lindar says:

    Lego 71001 Series 10 Minifigure Librarian!

  • The winner is Pearl!!! Congratulations, Pearl, and than you so much, everyone, for celebrating with me today!

    Pearl, please send your mailing address to me at I’ll mail your copy of A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY right away!