January 31, 2012

Embossed Alphabet Blocks

Playing with blocks never gets old to me and luckily I've got a job that enables this tendency quite a bit. I really enjoy photographing handsome objects such as this set of beautifully embossed alphabet blocks. I've kinda been drooling over the varied patinas on each surface so I thought I'd share several of sides of 'em.

January 26, 2012

Jill's Journey

An adventurous little piece was posted in the shop today. Jill's Journey is making me wonder if I've read Little Toot one too many times?

Chaos Theory

Chaos Theory, collage on found (scribbled) box top

January 24, 2012

Filling Drawers

Remember this metal cabinet I recently claimed for my studio? Thought you'd like to see the drawers are now filled up with inventory and a few of my rotating vintage collections. I didn't realize when we brought it home that each drawer slides out and removes easily--like those old school card catalog files in the library. This drawer-removal feature makes it super handy to quickly make up game parts and game ephemera packets for the vintage shop. All this stuff used to be stored in plastic totes, stacked on a shelf which worked ok but this is even spiffier and more efficient.

January 20, 2012

Doll House no 373 & 374

Doll House no 373 (with heart)

Doll House no 374 (with heart)

I've been gleaning my collection of old physiology textbooks for anatomical hearts. A couple of new doll houses (with hearts of course!) are in the shop. Valentine's Day is 'round the corner folks!

January 18, 2012

January 16, 2012

The Oz Adventures

Last night Patrick and Lizzie finished reading the 14th book of the original series of Oz books by L. Frank Baum. They had begun the series this past summer and have continued reading a few chapters together every night. Today was Patrick's birthday and we celebrated with a fitting journey to the Oz Museum. They've now decided they will delve into more Oz adventures by reading the additional canonical books which I believe total a whopping 40+ volumes (thank goodness for Amazon Prime!).

And to Patrick....I just want to say thank you for instilling such a love of reading and adventure in our girl....Happy Birthday!

January 13, 2012


Why thank you...I believe I will take this old-school metal cabinet full of practical drawers. It could be more than useful to me and I will fill its drawers with all kinds of goodies (or inventory). Hmmmm...we shall see....rearranging the studio sounds like a fun weekend project to me.

January 12, 2012

Thrifted Zippers

Thrifted zippers anyone? Thought you might enjoy some retro zipper eye candy this evening!

January 9, 2012

Veggies, Shells & 'Shrooms

I've been saving some of the best-est illustration plates from this French dictionary. Well...maybe I was tempted to hold onto them myself but have now posted them for sale in the spirit of freshening up the vintage shop for the new year. You can browse the available selection right here and I plan to post more throughout the week.

January 7, 2012

Collage Block Preview

The very first selection of Sushipot Art Blocks for the new year will be posted in the shop later on today. A handful of Valentiney ones are sprinkled in (I know...already!). Send me a message if you'd like one reserved...first-come, first-serve!

January 6, 2012

Crewelwork Sampler

My favorite-est birthday gift, presented by Patrick, was this unfinished sampler of different crewelwork stitches. Does he know me well or what?! Eventually we'll have it framed up, needle and all--the growing pile of "art to be framed one day" is another story. For now, I've rearranged the inspiration boards in my studio and have hung it front and center. It's a mesmerizing muse and color palette of stitchery for the new year.

January 3, 2012

Resolution: Time

With the onset of the new year comes the chatter of resolutions being made and much advice on how to keep them. I go back and forth each year on whether to set to paper (or blog) a resolution or goal for the year. In truth, I'm making resolutions all the time, setting little goals for myself and marking off the milestones I make in life and business. As I've mentioned before I'm a dutiful list maker to an obsessive degree.

So this year, in lieu of a list of resolutions, I've decided to take to heart a word/theme/sound I've been mulling over lately and that is TIME. You know....tick-tock.....tick-tock.....tick-tock....in all its forms! As I come up for air after such a busy season in my shops I want to rein it in, slow it down and embrace it. I want to name those things that fritter it away and spend it wisely. Kind of like the day back when Lizzie was only two and we decided to throw away our television permanently! I want that feeling of freedom again--the gift of time--time to live, time to love, time to read, time to create, time to savor all those little things that sprinkle our days.

In order to be more mindful of my time and how I spend it I'm starting by identifying those little "time thieves" in my day and deciding on which ones can stay and which must go and what I should cut back on. No...I'm not planning to do anything rash like throw out my iPhone, but I will cut back on how many minutes of attention it receives!

One big decision that I've wavered on is whether or not I need/should post here on my blog every week-day as I've tried my best to do for the last couple of years. Even though it may only take a few minutes of each day to create a post, there is much brain-time spent mulling over what to post and time spent keeping up with the extra photographing that is involved. Looking back to my pre-blog days I can see I had a bit more studio time and that is what I crave. So...my first little experiment with TIME in 2012 is to scale back here in this virtual space. I'm thinkin' 2-3 posts a week as opposed to 5 or 6. I know all of you artist/maker readers will understand and I thank you for reading what I think is my longest rant (errrr.....post) ever and feel free to call me out if you see me frittering my time away here or Twitter or Instagram or even (oh the tragedy!) on Etsy.

All mixed media collage images by Suzanna Scott, 2007 & 2009

January 1, 2012

Welcome 2012

A Happy New Year to you! We welcomed in 2012 with a family game night--complete with Operation, Bananagrams, Spot It, Hedbanz, Gobblet and Blink. How did you celebrate?