Friday, December 31, 2010

A Smart Business Plan-Joke

A new shift manager was being shown around the Latex factor where he was just hired. The plant manufactures various latex products, and has a reputation for using cutting edge technology in their manufacturing process.

On one side of the building, the factory makes baby bottle nipples. The machine makes a loud "hiss-pop" noise, and the shift manager asks his tour guide what it's doing. "As the rubber is being injected into the mold, it makes a hiss noise." he says "The popping sound is from needle poking a hole in the end of the nipple."

On the other side of the building, the two men look at the condom making machine. This machi

ne makes a "hiss.. hiss... hiss-pop" sound during the manufacturing process. "Wait a second," the future shift manager says, "I know what the hiss, hiss is... but what's with the 'pop' noise every once in a while?"

"Oh, that hehe. It's the same as the baby bottle nipple process." says the guide... "It pokes a hole in every third condom."

"But that can't be good for the condoms!" the observant shift manager replied.

"Nah, but it's really good for the baby bottle nipple business!"

Triple Decker Cone - Kids Coloring Pages

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Triple Decker Cone - Kids Coloring Pages

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

 Because I couldn't help myself, I finished my new little doll (now named Milena), before quite finishing the installation for my redhead.
 Milena is in the shop as of today.
The redhead is still awaiting her bower, her embellishments, and a name.

Gypsy Girl - Kids Coloring Pages

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Gypsy Girl - Kids Coloring Pages

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

 And then there's this.
 This mysterious creature, as yet unnamed, is still second (or third or fourth, depending on how you count) in line in my ever-increasing roster of projects "in the hole".
 And yet, as excited as I am about the rest (which is very), this one has taken over my mind and heart.
 I'm in love with it. Maybe even slightly obsessed. I love the way its limbs fall akimbo when it sits in my hand, the weight of it, the perfect palm size of it, the different attitudes it takes as gravity works its magic.
I can't help propping it in different corners of the room as I work on other projects, glancing over at it from time to time to see what it's doing, how its personality is taking hold of my environment.
 I love its waxed-twine joints and its awkward knees, its mysterious smirk and teddy-bear hood, and its Pierrot buttons - created with the help of my daughter, who was dying to try her preternaturally-agile hand at a little clay sculpting.
As many projects as I have to complete before I finish bringing this one to life, I can't wait to see how it turns out. And you?
 Goodness, many, many new things in the works for the shop to announce!
 A new series of illustrations...
 As well as a new series of romantic necklaces, both dramatic and nostalgic...
 Including some featuring cameos details from some of my most beloved illustrations.
 Some in the shop already, and many, many more to come (including another doll very soon!) in the weeks to come.

(update: the second necklace shown here is already sold, but I'll be working on many more in the next few weeks!)

(Update: both the necklaces have been sold, but there are a couple of new ones in the shop, and more to come in the next weeks!)

Watering the Garden - Kids Coloring Pages

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Watering the Garden - Kids Coloring Pages

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Wow, what a whirlwind of a year! Only a few more days until 2011!
In shop news, I have a few new customized prints in the shop for a limited time, just from now until Valentine's Day!
All prints are 7" x 10" on 8.5" x 11" cotton watercolor rag. Beautiful paper, suitable for framing, each signed in the lower right corner. 

More special Valentine's offerings to come over the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime, enjoy your family and your celebrations, one and all! OX

Girl with a Purse - Kids Coloring Pages

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Girl with a Purse - Kids Coloring Pages

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

 I'm very proud of this lovely girl in her windy-day hat that I've been working on all week. She's a commission, and is off to her new home in China tomorrow.

Next up....a new one for the shop. This time a redhead!

crazy stupid pics

Feeding the Ducks - Kids Coloring Pages

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Feeding the Ducks - Kids Coloring Pages