December 19, 2014

German Toy Book

Hard to believe there are only five more days till Christmas! Before I hunker down with last minute preparations for our own family celebration I wanted to share this gem of a book with you. Published in 1938 it is a colorful catalog of classic German toys....spielzeug! Chock-full of whirligigs, kites, building blocks, anthropomorphic veggies, paper toys, hobby horses, jumping jacks and marionettes, there is something to tickle everyone's fancy. And with this plateful of eye-candy I bid you and yours a very happy holiday season. I'll see you back here in the New Year!

December 16, 2014

Small World

Small World, mixed media assemblage in wooden box

I've been puzzling out this piece in the studio over the past week. These assemblages are diy puzzles for sure....trying to find the 'right' shape to fill each gap and dabbing paint here 'n attempt to lend the illusion of balance to this small world.

December 13, 2014

Happy 10th Birthday

We're celebrating a milestone birthday with Lizzie today....10 whole years old! It's hard not to ponder the future and this decade that will take her from carefree child to capable adult. Plans today include a crafter-noon, Legos and chocolate cake. Happy birthday Lizzie!

December 11, 2014

December 8, 2014

Art Quilting Interview

I was interviewed by Amber Demien, the editor of Art Quilting Studio, a magazine published by Stampington & Company. The interview lends a peek into the process and creation of my 'book skin' quilts. You can click on the page spreads below if you would like to read the interview. I dare say there are more art quilts in my future as the pile of acquired book skins continues to grow.

December 3, 2014

Holidays At Sushipot

I've been tucking one or two (or three!) of these wee gift tags into every package that leaves Sushipot this season. They are printed on Moo MiniCards. I left the back blank so you can write your own message on 'em (a fine tip Sharpie works best).

My work table always looks like this during a session of ornament making. I'm adding a handful of the dangle ornaments in the shop today.

More jolly products from Moo....I've already run out of these jingle bell stickers but more going to arrive this afternoon. If you wanna give Moo a try you can use my referral code and get a lil' discount.

Jingle bells are everywhere in the studio. My little elf loves crafting with them too ;) Had to document 'em before removing them from their lovely retro packaging.

PS: Sushipot's Holiday Sale continues through Monday, December 8th.

December 1, 2014

December Art Blocks

A festive group of art blocks for the last month of the year. I think this will be the final set of holiday blocks unless they all sell out in the next couple of days ;) A big thanks to all of you who have shopped at Sushipot's Holiday Sale. The sale continues through midnight of December 8th....enter the code: HOHOHO for 25% off your entire purchase at Sushipot plus free shipping anywhere in the world.

November 28, 2014

Sushipot's Holiday Sale

Illustration from The Toy Shop Reader by Ada Van Stone Harris and Lillian McLean Waldo, 1915

The shelves are stocked with all sorts of treasures for Sushipot's Holiday Sale. Come on by to window shop and discover a unique gift for someone special on your list. 

Sushipot's Holiday Sale
25% off entire purchase 
with coupon code: HOHOHO
November 28th to December 8th
& free shipping anywhere in the world
Need it by Christmas Day?
Sushipot's Shipping Deadlines:
International, order by December 8th
Domestic (USA), order by December 19th
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