Valentine’s Day may be over, but you can still get something super sweet for your four legged sweetie, courtesy of Ottawa Dog Blog.

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To celebrate the one year anniversary of her site, Liz Kerrison is giving away a set of 3 Room Candy toys plus your choice of either a mug/clock/bag to a lucky winner.  I’ll have Liz’s dogs show you a couple of the toys up for grabs.

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This is Corduroy, a Malshi (gesundheit!) with our chocolate sprinkle-licious donut toy.

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And not to be left out, here’s Paddington (Morkie), getting a well deserved white ice cream cone “snack” after burning all those calories doing the down dog pose.

But wait, there’s more!  The Ottawa Dog Blog is not your typical dog blog – it’s really a comprehensive resource for all your doggie needs (e.g. Parks, stores, services) for folks living in the area.  I just wish that Liz could clone herself and do a similar site in Los Angeles.  :)

Thanks for including our toys in your giveaway, Liz!  Happy anniversary, and I’m looking forward to many more!

Linny

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Itza A Puppy!

December 14, 2008

I was surfing Youtube the other day and came across this video of a Yorkie puppy called Chewie playing with toys.

Wait a minute – isn’t that….

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By golly gee, it’s our Lulu The Lamb toy!  I’m such a dork, I started cheering at the screen when I watched the video.  And not to be left out, there’s our Joey The Monkey toy as well!

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When I designed these big head toys, I wanted to make the head ball-like in shape so that they will roll around on the floor.  Looks like mission accomplished!

Cue the obvious pun: I just realized a second ago that the video is about Chewie chewing on plush chew toys. :)  And what a perfect name for this boisterous boy because Chewie is so cute I can just eat him up!

Linny

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HH Backer Pet Trade Show

October 7, 2008

Every year, I participate in an industry trade show called the H.H. Backer Pet Show in Chicago, IL, and this year was no exception. For me, doing a trade show is similar to going to boot camp – it’s five days of very intense packing, unpacking, setting up, chatting with hundreds of people, furious scribbling, and more packing at the end of it all. It’s tiring as heck, but so much fun, though! Since I had my camera with me, I took some pictures of my booth for those of you retailers that couldn’t make the show last weekend.

Can you tell it’s a garden theme? :) It’s also a happy coincidence that the yellow spotlight that shone from the ceiling made the booth look like it’s a sunny day out.

I have to confess, I am such a procrastinator when it comes to planning these trade shows, I always drive myself crazy a couple weeks leading up to the trade show scrambling to get all the booth fixtures and materials (toys, beds) ready. I got my idea for the garden theme thanks to these wonderful tissue paper pom poms by Martha Stewart that I saw at Walmart.

Who knew you can get these fluffy looking floral pom poms just from a stack of thin colored paper? Beauty does come at a price, because it took me a good two hours to separate out the paper layers to get all five pom poms up. A few feet of fake grass turf, a lawn table and fold up chairs, and I’m all set for the show. If I weren’t so much in a rush, I would have also packed myself a straw brim hat and a pair of sunglasses to really complete the look!

Front view of booth. In the past, I had my dessert style dog toys on a cake platter, but kept it simple this year and put everything up on a peg board. Notice something new? Why yes, it’s our new Xmas-themed donut toys!

I know it’s only October, but it’s never too early to start planning for Christmas! If you need to stock up these toys for your stores, they are already in stock and ready to ship.

Talking about donut toys, the booth directly across from me were the folks from Rockin’ Doggie, and their two french bulldogs Louie and Lulu were just darling. Here’s Lulu having a field day with our pink donut toy.

She was a real pro at finding all three squeakers in the toy!

A girl needs a nap after all this sugar rush!

Jelly donut beds and hand knit toys.

Our new JUMBO toys. That Millie caterpillar toy is so long, it took up the whole width of the rack!

Our talking poodles, our rattling unicorn toys and our big head toys.

Sea animals and jungle toys. I usually sell my samples at the end of the show, and the first ones to go were the jungle toys and the shark toys. I guess I’m not the only one who’s a fan of the National Geographic and Discovery channel. :)

Our small dog toys all fit neatly in a rack. Needless to say, our toys have grown exponentially in both selection and size!

Extra yummy: We are honoring our show special until the end of the month, so give us a call at the office to find out which toys/beds qualify for the show special pricing.

Linny

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Under My Bella

September 27, 2008

Got this lovely e-mail from Courtney a few weeks back about her new English Bulldog puppy, Bella:

I just wanted to tell you how much I love your products! We just got a new puppy, and I stocked up on your super cute toys beforehand (the muffin boy is my favorite). Our puppy, Bella, loves them, and so do we! (She loves her Room Candy bed, too!)

Thanks for making such cute things. :)

Love,

Courtney & Bella

Ciao Bella! Even at her young age, Bella is already a pro at being a top model.

Wanna take a ride on my bike?

Modeling is hard work! Time for some beauty sleep!

Thanks for sharing these pictures, Courtney! She may be an English Bulldog puppy with an Italian name, but she’s an all American sweetheart!

Linny

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Adventures In Lala Land

August 28, 2008

For the last two weeks, I’ve had the honor of being a tourist in my own city. Like so many SoCal folks, I moved here five months ago, seeking somewhat of a new start at life. Settling into my Torrance apartment, I promised myself I’d explore the sprawling megalopolis, taking full advantage of all its wonders. I’d learn to surf in the Pacific, Ski on Big Bear…maybe even plunge into Hollywood’s notorious club scene…where I’d be ::melodramatic gesture:: discovered! Because there _had_ to be parts for a chubby, alternative-looking chick out there somewhere, right?!?

I’m sad to report that I haven’t yet been ::melodramatic gesture:: discovered (to think – the world shall never know my bottomless raw talent). Really, after securing my job in Santa Monica, I’ve rarely ventured outside the general area. A brief dip in the ocean is the closest I’ve come to surfing, and the mountains remain lovely regions experienced from the comfortable climate-control of my car. Yet over the past two weeks, I’ve come a bit closer to discovering L.A. Thanks to the presence of my mom, whose return flight to Cleveland took off this afternoon, I’ve visited some fabulous attractions (unfortunately) likely to be ignored by any self-respecting Angeleno.

Sometimes residents of large, well-known cities tend to take pride in being “too cool” to visit “touristy” neighborhoods and attractions. Being open and comfortable with my utter lack of cool, I had no pretense to cast aside. However, even if you do – forgetting where you live and taking a few days as a tourist in your own city can rock. Below, you’ll find a few of the places my mom and I visited during her stay. Both out-of-towners and temporary tourists should have fun checking some of these out. Besides, in this city, we’re all from _somewhere_ else, right?

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1) If you know a kid who digs dinosaurs, or if you’re into paleontology or geology yourself, you’ll probably love the Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits. The museum houses no dinosaurs, but it holds fossils from more than 40,000 ice-age mammals, birds, and insects. There’s even a stone-age human! Each member in the museum’s collection was excavated from the surrounding oily pits (“La Brea” means “tar” in Spanish, though the pits really hold asphalt). Kids will walk away with plenty of trivia for classmates and teachers (did you know the pits were usually only a few inches deep, and the animals become trapped in place, rather than slowly sinking? I didn’t either.)

In addition to the reassembled mammoths, saber-tooths and the like, there’s an area where curious parties can watch paleontologists at work sorting, scraping and polishing fresh fossils. The tar pits, scattered about the surrounding park, are a stinky experience not to be missed. If you visit on the right summer day, there might even be an in-process dig in Pit 91. I’d recommend the Page Museum for families first and foremost, but kids of all ages will be awed by the tar pits’ preserved denizens.

Image source: wikipedia

2) Prefer French Impressionism to Fossils? No problem. Next door to the Page Museum stands the first class Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Hidden among its sprawling wings are paintings, sculpture, textiles and other treasures form all corners of the globe. My mom and I came here after visiting the tar pits. On a positive note, after 5 PM there’s a pay-what-you-can admission. Unfortunately, as we discovered, there’s no way to see even a tiny fraction of what this museum has to offer in four hours. What we did explore was the LACMA’s excellent Japanese Gallery. The permanent collection is impressive, encompassing an excellect collection of Ceramics, sculpture, and prints from the Middle Jomon period (c. 2000 BC) through the 20th century.

Image source: LACMA

Through September 14th, 2008, the Japanese Pavilion’s featured exhibit is “The Age of Imagination: Japanese Art from 1615-1868. On display are Edo-period Japanese painted scrolls and screens from the collection of Joe Price. I’d highly recommend the exhibit, as well as the LACMA in general. Next time, I’ll just pay full price and spend the day…!

Japanese Garden, Little Tokyo

3) If the Japanese gallery has you jonesing for more modern J-culture, look no further than Downtown LA’s Little Tokyo. Every conceivable Hello Kitty plushie is available here.

Hawaiian themed Hello Kitty with our Tiki The Monkey toy. Aloha!

Seeking that new Polysics or Hikaru Utada CD? You’ll find that here too, along with anime collections and full Gothic Lolita outfits (be still my beating heart!) The area is also home to the Japanese-American National Museum, which chronicles the history of Japanese immigration to California and delves into the horrors of WWII-era discrimination.

When hunger strikes, why not head to Oiwake? It’s L.A.’s first, and I believe only, karaoke restaurant. Nine dollars buys you unlimited karaoke and access to an all-you-can-eat Japanese buffet that’s sure to soak up your liquid courage. Other nightlife options include Bar C, where you’ll be served drinks and tapas by super-kawaii Japanese “French Maids”.

4) Every city has at least one “Little Bohemia” — an area which attracts artists, intellectuels, and plain ol’ nutcases. As a child, it was a bit of a tradition for me to drag my mom into these cesspools of human waste. This time, however, it was her who discovered Venice Beach. Those seeking a fun time in this city to the north of Santa Monica won’t have to look too far. In fact, to be entertained, one need only choose a spot and watch as the endless multi-hued sea of humanity shifts, flows and dances about. It’s the classic California beach-scene from so many movies: The tanned muscle-hulks pump it at Muscle Beach as perfect-10 bikini babes frolic by and buskers ply their trades.

Yes, Virginia, Venice Beach actually has sand and water…

Cool Graffiti Art seen on Venice Beach.

Actually, the area’s buskers are, in my opinion, the heart of the beach. Their acts are far more varied and interesting than mch of what I see in other area of the country. In the few hours I spent along Venice Beach Boulevard, I noticed a man on stilts, dancing about in African war paint and leaves, a South American spirit-dancer in full regalia, and a piano virtuoso who managed to play beautiful, complex pieces without the aid of sheet music. Even a few homeless drunks got into the act — one referred to himself as the “World’s Greatest Wino”, and offered to tell jokes for a dollar. Far more entertaining than the old pitiful cardboard sign standby! My advice: if you like a performer’s act, tip them! The buskers of Venice work long hours in difficult conditions, boldly display their talents, and depend upon your tips for sustenance. Donating a few dollars will help to keep your favorite busker in business.

Jonathan, a Vendor’s Child at Venice Beach, poses.

5) The Queen Mary enjoyed multiple incarnations and adventures before assuming its current station in Long Beach. Larger than the Titanic, the ship began life in 1934 as a British luxury liner. It served as a troopship for the Allied Forces during World War II, but returned to its cruise ship capacity between 1946 and 1967. The Queen Mary has since been overhauled, and now serves as a floating museum and four-star hotel in Long Beach. Tours are available daily from 10 AM – 6 PM, but watch out! Rumor has it the ship is haunted by the spirits of WWII sailors who died at sea.

The Queen Mary’s Ballroom

6) Royalty of a different sort beckons from Arcadia, in the San Gabrial Valley — specifically, all the majesty of the plant kingdom. The 167-acre Arboretum houses plants from around the world, including some you may have thought existed solely in nightmares (look out for the Carnivorous Plants Greenhouse). Among the many specialty gardens here are an herb garden, a floating garden, and a tropical forest.

Cactus with Mickey Mouse ears.

Juniper Trees

Life is just peachy!

As if those weren’t enough reasons to visit, the park also houses its own extended family of peacocks. The Arboretum is open daily from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. and, along with the LACMA, is my top recommendation.

Father peacock

Mother peacock and chick at play.

Although I enjoyed my brief stint as a hometown tourist, it wasn’t 100% perfect. There are some tourist attractions that I recognize as overpriced and overrated — Santa Monica Pier and Tours of “stars’ homes” being standout examples.

Santa Monica Pier

I mean, this is L.A. — celebrity sightings for us are as common as butchered versions of our favorite songs at karaoke — which, in the wake of my mom’s departure, I must be off to.

Tiger (cat): REOW!

Rachel: AFTER I feed Tiger!

Tiger: Darn skippy. Feed me and maybe I’ll let you pet me.

::Rachel feeds Tiger::

Tiger (running off): Sucker!!!

Rachel: In conclusion, don’t shy away from “touristy” attractions in your own city, people! You may be denying yourself a fabulous time — and in this city, even being ::melodramatic gesture:: discovered!

~~By Rachel~~REOW!! ~~AND Tiger…~~

Rachel, off to discover more adventures in LA.

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One of the perks of walking my dogs is getting to know my neighbors and their dogs that we bump into, and Jill is one of those people that I’ve gotten to know over the years. Jill has a shih tzu called Molly, and she is entirely devoted to this furball! Molly gets two walks daily, and she even has play dates with my other neighbor’s shih tzu Abby. What a life! Jill is also a cat lover, so I visited her house yesterday and got to know the other animals in the household.

Hello, Molly! Molly is eight years old this year and is quite the lady!

A lady always sits with her arms properly crossed!

Oh, it’s not easy being this beautiful.

It’s so funny that Molly always can go from full go-go-go mode to plopping down and tucking in for a quick snooze. She seems to know where all the good spots are in the house too!

This sofa is a good spot.

And who says only cats can enjoy a catnap on a cat tree?

What a ham!

As I mentioned, Jill is a lover of both cats and dogs, and it’s evident by her home decor. Check out these humorous dog and cat paintings!

And cat themed mini teapots!

Talking about cats, this is Misty, a rag doll that Jill adopted seven years ago.

Jill also two other cats named Suzie and Tiger, both which were a little camera shy that afternoon. Misty is a very expressive cat, and she was not shy in expressing her displeasure by all the commotion caused by the humans and the other animals during the photoshoot. I couldn’t help chuckling every time she would pass by me as I was snapping pictures of the other animals and emit a disapproving and drawn out meowl. A very adorable grouch that one!

Misty has her own mini sofa. A pink shabby chic sofa with mini pompom trim on the bottom!

And surprise! Jill told me that she had found three kittens in her backyard born by a feral cat, and has been fostering the threesome for a couple of months now. She would have loved to keep them for herself, but having three cats and Miss Molly (plus a very understanding husband Alex) is quite a handful already, so if you live in the Pasadena/Arcadia area and are interested in adopting any of the kittens, please e-mail Jill directly at jferris392@aol.com. The kittens are currently about 14 weeks. Let’s get to know them a little better, shall we?

This is Claudia, the only girl of the bunch. She is definitely an outgoing kitten, and was the first one to come out and play.

Claudia loves to play with her toys, and is both outgoing and mellow at the same time. Such a lovely gal!

That Pepe Tiger toy looks like someone I know…

Hi, Jerry! Jerry, short for Jeremiah Sunshine, is a little shy at first, but quickly warms up to strangers. Jill told me that Jerry acts as big brother to the two kittens, and Claudia is especially bonded to him. Every night, Claudia will knead her paws on Jerry and they will both cuddle up for the night.

These two adore each other!

What’s that up there?

The other boy in the litter is Casper, and he’s the shyest of the three.

Casper checking out the scene from a safe distance.

Getting closer…

We finally lured him out into the open with a little kitty food.

I guess she’s okay!

Casper’s got the most amazing markings and mesmerizing amber eyes. He reminds me a little of our Leonard the Leopard toy!

Doesn’t it look like a painter took a thick brush and drew across his body with bold black strokes?

Casper’s sitting style is the Tuck, where he curls his four paws under his body.

What a sweet boy! Due to his shyer nature, Jill’s wish is that whoever adopts Casper would also adopt either Claudia or Jerry so that it will make the transition for Casper easier. I think it just takes a little patience with this handsome guy. I was only at Jill’s place for a couple of hours, and within that time, Casper was already comfortable being in the same room with me and playing a couple of feet away.

Towards the end of my visit, all the kittens were pooped and settled down for a catnap.

Claudia settled for the top of the cat tree.

She looks like she’s having a good dream!

Jerry’s favorite toys. Jill had given Jerry the small white bear on the left as a sleeping companion when he was smaller, so he has a special affinity to white furry things. What a coincidence, I had brought our white oodles of poodles donut bed with me as a gift, and I decided to see how Jerry would like it.

What is this giant white bear?

Oooh, it is as soft as my favorite teddy bear!

Getting sleepy….

Okay, Pepe, you take the right side of the bed and I’ll take the left.

Awwww!!!

I think this is the best photo I’ve ever taken! I’ve read somewhere that all cats are photogenic, and I have to agree! It is impossible for Jerry to take a bad picture!

Even with the camera in his face, Jerry drifted off to sleep again.

Closeup of Jerry’s pink paw pads.

How can you possibly resist this boy?

Sweet dreams, Jerry!

Again, if you live in the Pasadena area and are interested in any of these kittens, please e-mail Jill directly at jferris392@aol.com. Claudia, Casper and Jerry already have their kitten shots and are litter box trained. They are also good with other cats and calm dogs like Molly. I will also give a free bed compliments of Room Candy to each of the lucky families who adopts these special kittens so they will be set for their new homes. Please pass the word to your friends and family about these kittens!

Linny

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I was browsing through my local toy store recently and found this Magic Garden crystal kit.

Image source: Schylling Toys

Oh my gosh, I used to looooove this kit when I was a kid! Of course, the one I played with was the single tree version, where you basically put a paper card shaped like a tree trunk into a shallow dish of the crystal solution, wait an hour or so, and voila! Instant crystal blooms!

This version is certainly more elaborate with the mountains and hedges and pink trees. Hold on, did I just end that sentence with just a period? Let me do a mulligan. Blah, blah….and PINK TREES!!!!!! I shall have to document the process so that I can savor the pinkness. Here are the shots I took of the kit over a period of six hours. I actually made a flipbook on Photoshop that I wanted to post here so that you get the cool National Geographic style time lapse effect in fifteen seconds, but alas, wordpress is not letting me upload the flipbook file, so here are all thirty pictures in sequence. If you just scroll down the page real fast, hopefully you’ll get the idea!

Ready? Scroll!

Cool, right? I suppose this is an homage to Japan’s Mt. Fuji and the country’s iconic pink cherry blossom trees. Did you know that on our cherry toy, there is an embroidery of cherry blossoms as well?

Real life cherry blossoms’ blooming period only lasts for a week, but our cherry toys are pretty hardy!

Closeup pics of the crystal version. So pretty!

So if you can’t travel to Japan for the annual Hanami Festival (flower viewing festival) or Washington DC for a similar National Cherry Blossoms Festival, you can at least get the Magic Garden kit here and enjoy a little flower appreciation day right at home!

Linny

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I Love Ikea!

August 19, 2008

Ikea ranks as one of the top five companies I admire greatly – not only because they have such an amazing array of products, their ability to innovate and continuously come up with great designs at unbelievably low prices is enviable. I just received my new Ikea catalog the other day and wanted to check out the items myself, so I made the pilgrimage to the one in Burbank, CA yesterday afternoon. Here are the products that caught my eye. You should grab yourself some refreshments and a light snack – this post is gonna take a while to go through!

Look, it’s a cherry patterned sofa! What can I say, even Ikea knows that cherries are timeless!

Gotta have matching cherry curtains to go with those cherry sofas.

How cute are these side tables? The one thing I love about Ikea is how bold they are with their colors, and so spot on with that bright yellow! The curve and stance of these table legs kind of look like those of a french bulldog’s.

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See what I mean? A few of my retail customers have french bulldogs themselves, and these compact dogs are adorable in person. They are really sturdily built and very muscular, but they tend to waddle when they walk because they have a wide stance. So cute! No wonder there is usually a long waiting list for a french bulldog puppy!

Entrance to the kids section. This is easily my most favorite section of Ikea because kids just get the coolest furniture (so unfair!). Or it could be because in Burbank, the Ikea kids section is right next to the cafeteria!

Frogs and dragons and mice, oh my!

Aqua themed mobile.

And fishies in every color!

Red air balloon mobile with little plushies in the basket. Someone help me call a doctor because I’m overwhelmed by all these cuteness!

Glowing night lamps in the shape of ghosts. They are also squishy to the touch – too clever!

Our scully toy is spooky cute too. I wonder if he’ll make a good night lamp?

Whaddaya think? :)

Plush finger puppets. You get ten different styles per pack – what a great deal!

Penguin dining set. The clear blue plates even have air bubbles trapped inside them.

A seal top that doubles as a ski mask? Awesome! I’ll have to try this look with our penguin toy using a tube sock soon!

Frog themed dining set kits. Now your kids can go ribb-eat like a frog!

And now we’ve come to the toy section.

Whale, what do we have here?

Hello, Foxy Mama!

This bulldog means business!

Same with this beaver!

I bet this rat toy can smell the yummy food in the cafeteria right next door!

Give those prince charmings a kiss!

But watch out for that bug in his mouth. :)

I first thought the winged frog toy was related to Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit characters, but I guess not. I’ve never really read her books, but her watercolor illustrations are so full of personality. No wonder they are so well loved!

Free Beatrix Potter desktop wallpapers found here.

Ikea also has crocodile plushes galore.

Tiny crocodile plushies with red polka dots. My two nephews recently came down with the chicken pox – I should have gotten them these crocodile plushies to cheer them up!

JUMBO crocodile bolster…

…and the life sized, JUMBO-JUMBO crocodile plush! This plush is over five feet long!

Saw this on the floor of the toy playground/showcase area. Hey, there’s a kid wandering around with his left croc slipper missing!

Now that you have your arms full of Ikea stuff, where to store them?

You could use these colorful hanging net bins which also come in mini sizes.

My personal pick has to be these mini storage bins in the perfect shade of pink.

Phew! Walking through Ikea was quite a workout – time for those swedish meatballs with tart lingonberry jam! A lot of the products you see are available on the Ikea website, although most of the plushes are only available in the physical stores. You know how the Room Candy’s company slogan is “always yummy!”? If you apply that same concept to Ikea, then it would read: Ikea – So Swede!

Linny

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Lucky Number Eight

August 18, 2008

I bet if Michael Phelps gets a dollar for every time his name is mentioned by someone, he would easily be a millionaire this past weekend! I’m one of the many who’s been on pins and needles this past week watching his every race in pursuit of eight gold medals, and even when I cheated and found out beforehand that he had won race number “x” in the late afternoon via the internet, I would still watch the same race later on at night on TV and cheer like a maniac when he was in the water. What an amazing feat indeed! Not that the guy needs any more accolades thrown his way, but here’s a Room Candy tribute to his amazing accomplishment.

Count them – eight goldfish!

And let’s not forget about Darra Torres, who got an impressive three silver medals herself! Silver may be second place in the olympics, but considering that she beat dozens of swimmers half her age, I say she should consider those three medals as platinum, which is worth more than gold!

Three silver sharks

Thank you, Michael and Darra, for providing a week’s worth of such high entertainment for us all. Well worth the few dark circles under my eyes for staying up late every night watching the olympics!

Linny

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Paint By Numbers

August 16, 2008

Back in the day when I was going to school in Singapore, we would have mandatory arts & crafts classes which were great because it’s basically a scheduled hour of playing with colored crayons/pencils/paints and enjoying one’s creative side. I don’t know why companies don’t do a mandatory “arts & crafts” hour with their employees once in a while – maybe it’ll cut down on employees’ stress levels! By the way, at Room Candy, I usually take the crew out for a nice meal every so often because that’s how we lower our stress levels. Especially if there is dessert to look forward to at the end of the meal. :)

Talking about arts & crafts, these are Paint By Numbers kits I found at Michael’s (only $1 each!), so I thought I’ll make an afternoon activity out of it.

Puppies and kittens!

You even get a practice paper to perfect your brush strokes!

So I gathered up my bowl of water, popped in a movie into the DVD player, and was all gung ho about creating a mini poster of a puppy.

Look, it’s my Martha Stewart moment!

….fifty-five minutes later….

Okay, I give up! The problem with this activity was not the paint by numbers part, it’s just that for $1, the paint that comes with the kit ain’t exactly easy to paint with. The plain water could not really dissolve the glob of dried up paint no matter how hard I agitate the paint glob with a toothpick, not even when I tried using hot water.

Let me start over. I was mulling painting the puppy with crayons, but at this point, this art project is more complicated than it is relaxing! Let’s see, what’s relatively easy to draw? How about our cherry toy?

Forget the bowl of cherries, I’m just going to do that one cherry by itself!

Step 1: Get yummy colored crayons

Step 2: Draw outline of cherry and fill in primary colors

Step 3: Use darker colors for shading and experiment with different colors to make the drawing pop

You can see I kind of screwed up the shape of the second cherry, but no worries, I will redeem this drawing with a happy background and an authentic signature!

Ta-da! It’s real art imitating a “fake” cherry toy that’s imitating a real cherry – it’s the circle of art!

Linny

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