Thursday, November 29, 2007

Letter "M"

Well, my collection of letter M's is slowly taking over my room and even I have to say I'm getting a little worried with my obsession. With moderacy and self control in mind, I have promised myself I wouldn't spend anymore money on letter M's....Huh! Well...I will at least try. In the meantime, I already have a couple of "M" art projects in mind. I'm happy to say that one such piece has been published in the Winter 2008 issue of Somerset Studio Gallery. In this issue, there are over 400 amazing pieces of artwork including Paper Mache Book Shrines by Rima St. John whom I had the pleasure of meeting at one of Terri Ventura's fabulous art classes at Tinsel Trading Company. If you are in the area, you MUST stop by the store.

Here is a picture of my Letter "M" fairy (before her hair and outfit got rumpled in the shipping process to the editors). She is not for sale as she is one of my favorites.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Missing Tooth Clown ~ Dexterity Puzzle

Get the four beads into the gap of the clown's teeth in 30 seconds or less!

This easy to solve dexterity puzzle is a fun addition to my circus themed puzzles; two of four. Made using a vintage clown image, glass beads, glass, paper, acrylic paints and a coat of beeswax. Measures 3 3/4"H x 3 3/4"W x 1"D.

Check back next week for the 3rd piece!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Circus Elephant ~ Dexterity Puzzle

This Circus Elephant Puzzle is the first in a series of four that I have made in the theme of the circus. A functional piece of art that was a delight to make and so fun to play with!

Made using cardboard, paper, acrylic paints, glass, copies of vintage images and a coat of beeswax.
Measures 4 1/2" H x 3 3/4"W x 2"D.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Dexterity Puzzles

One of the simplest toys a child could have is a board puzzle. But more challenging than that are the dexterity puzzles that seem almost impossible to solve. One such clever little puzzle I had growing up was a 3 inch plastic square; within it were smaller, numbered squares and one empty space. The goal was to shift them around until they were in sequential order. I don't think I ever solved it! And of course there were the triangle puzzles, the ball in joint puzzles and the ever famous rubik cube.

My next postings will be some of my own dexterity puzzles in the style of Robert Journet. Check back next week for the first of four dexterity puzzles in the theme of, The Circus!

Robert Journet, maker of dexterity puzzles

Robert Journet started his toy shop in 1878 in Paddington, England. His father hand-made the first puzzles circa 1891. Sales greatly increased after they attended a British Industries fair and the puzzles were introduced to American companies. His son, Frederick took over the business in the 1930's and expanded it; picking up many advertising orders. Often copied but never surpassed, Journet puzzles went on to become the world's most popular dexterity puzzles, selling millions of "Popular Perplexing Puzzles" and entertaining generations. It remained a family business until it was sold, in 1965, to Abbey Corinthian Games who produced the puzzles from 1966 until the 1970's.

Rob's Puzzle Page website has dozens of vintage dexterity puzzles examples and has new and some reproduced challenging games.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Night Light Hot Air Balloon

Circles and stars cut into this hot air balloon softly illuminate a darkened room with a disco ball like effect. 11" x 7 1/2". Email for pricing.