October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

Our little pink butterfly is finally asleep after a long night of trick-or-treating. There is enough candy in the house to last until next year. Hope you had a Happy Halloween too!

October 30, 2010

October 29, 2010

Halloween Box by Joel

If you're looking for a fun Halloween project to do over the weekend this Halloween box scene by Joel Henriques is just the ticket! Above is Lizzie's version with a few leaves added to the spooky tree and a small hill with flowers in the background--I tried to make it into a gravestone but Lizzie insisted that flowers were lacking. She'll have fun playing with it all weekend until it's time to head out for trick-or-treating.

October 28, 2010

Leaf Doodles

Lizzie and I did some leaf doodles the other day. It's a bunch of fun--you should try it! All you need is a leaf and a fine tip Sharpie. Happy doodling!

October 27, 2010

My Outdoor Light Box

Looking down at my makeshift, outdoor light-box this morning I'm realizing that I'll need to start photographing indoors by a window soon. It was chilly and windy which is not a good combination when taking product photos. That cup of coffee was the only thing keeping my hands warm between shots! Yes, more holiday blocks are on the way into the shop.

October 26, 2010

1950's Toy Catalog

With the recent onslaught of toy catalogs arriving in our mailbox (only eight weeks until Christmas!) I thought I'd share one that I truly enjoy pouring over. Sometime last year I purchased this circa 1950's toy catalog. If I remember correctly, I paid around thirty dollars for it--more than anything in the catalog was originally sold for. Don't forget that you can click on any of these pages to get a closer look as some of the descriptions are priceless. For instance on the image below..."dolls are more fun than people". Enjoy!

October 25, 2010

Our Jack O' Lanterns

Our jack 'o lantern carving efforts were successful! All three of us were pleased with how they turned out and we had a bunch of fun making them together.

October 24, 2010

More French Plaques

A grouping of four more French historical figure plaques were posted in the shop this evening. From right to left: Josephine, Duc de Reichstadt, Jeanne De Bourbon and Duchesse D'Angouleme.

Doll House no 355

Doll House no 355 (with child)

It's been a while since I created a "leggy" doll house. The illustration on this piece is from an 1889 obstetrics book.

October 22, 2010

Pumpkin Portraits

We're planning to carve our pumpkins this weekend. Lizzie posed for me with the one she picked out. She was emphatic on choosing one that she could carry all by herself.

We didn't want the mini pumpkin to feel left out of our photo shoot.

Have a beautiful weekend!

October 21, 2010

More Holiday Collage

More holiday collage blocks were posted in the shop last night. I went to bed before finishing all of these so a few more will be listed today. It's starting to get really festive around here!

October 20, 2010

Spirograph Patterns

Did you ever draw patterns with a Spirograph as a child? I picked up a copy of Kenner's 1967 Spirograph instruction booklet at an antique shop in Alma, Kansas a few months back. The designs are mesmerizing to look at and as I remember it kind of puts you in a trance to draw them too. You can view a collection of the various sets manufactured over the years right here and don't miss this photo of an obsessive Spirograph-ist.

October 19, 2010

More Stuff

Here is Lizzie's list of things to do today. Yep, still into the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books. 'More stuff' will include the things on my list like going to the post office, the library and possibly a couple other stores. It's going to be a busy Tuesday.

October 18, 2010

Doily Bird Ornaments

These doily bird ornaments were finished up over the weekend. I was thrilled to have found the little hand carved birds at Will & Kay Studios on Etsy. Lizzie had fun helping me photograph them. Don't you just love the fake tree? Oh well.

October 16, 2010

Holiday Collage Blocks

The first of Sushipot's 2010 holiday collage blocks are being posted in the shop this afternoon AND check out their new (lower!) pricing for the holiday shopping season. Enjoy!

October 14, 2010

One Fall Walk

Finally....the leaves are starting to turn here in Kansas. Lizzie and I found the above evidence on one of our recent Fall walks. Our routine 1.1 mile jaunt around the neighborhood always produces new things to document.

A bird flying south for winter? There were so many soaring overhead but the snapshot only caught one.

The destination during this time of year are some large jack-o'-lantern yard ornaments in a cul-de-sac we pass. As long as I promise that we'll "visit the pumpkins" I have a very willing walking partner.

Our crossroads.

Once home we empty our pockets and document the treasures on the front stoop. Polly Pocket always claims the acorn tops for use as hats and bowls.

October 13, 2010

I Love Turning Pages

One of many benefits in starting this blog nine months ago has been the connection to designers and artists around the globe who share an analogous fondness for the little things in life. For instance, I love Turning Pages, a blog by the talented Ellen van de Sande, a graphic designer of North Holland, Netherlands. Ellen's blog is full of wonderful design finds and from time to time she shares images from her amazing collection of vintage games. When you visit Ellen's blog be sure not to miss the side bar filled with her doodles--they are a definite treat!