Last week Ann transformed her turtle pull toy in to a snappy serving dish and showed us all that an ordinary toy can become something extraordinary and useful with just a little modification. One of my favorite childhood toys were puzzles, not those terribly tricky 5,000 piece one that always ended up having only 4,997 pieces, but the wooden tray style ones with the reassuring dent right where one is meant to place each of the very few pieces. So when I went in search of a toy to alter, I was very excited to find a puzzle in the 70% Clearance section of Michael’s. Keep reading to see how I was able to make it in to a key holder in just an hour or so and for around $1.00.
Howdy y’all, Sarah here! Usually you are treated to the wit and wisdom of our dearest AnnPants for these weekly sneaky-peakies, but she is busy trying to keep her head from exploding, so Cindy and I are tag-teaming. Yes, sometimes it takes two of us to manage to be as clever as Ann.
Ann sez, : Remember those teeth I was making a mold for last week? I had imagined I would crochet them into a gnarly-mouthed monster, but when I saw this illustration by our friend Sal Scheibe,
I was utterly and completely smitten. With her permission, I started crocheting her fish. So far, I have only these few teeth molded and baked, but I’m going to try making a whole mouth full. (OMG check out more crazy awesome art by Sal here: http://www.slscheibe.com/)
This is Cindy’s week to work her magic on a toy to transform it in to something useful and cool, like Ann did with her adorable rolling turtle last week.This meant she had to take a break from making Valentines, but you don’t have to take a break from buying them so check out her shop to see which ones are still available.
You can have a little peek at what started out as a wooden puzzle and *fingers crossed* is going to turn in to a key holder. Stay tuned this Friday to see if she pulls it off.
This week honestly I’m playing catch-up on promised artsy stuff, but I have been doing my normal “do my day job and fantasize about new products” routine at 2:00 AM, so this week I’m dreaming of painted wine glasses, bubble brains, and zombie dolls with funky eyes. Madame Toddler and I played with clay and made some funky eyes just waiting to be sewn into zombie faces! (those swirly things? and black things? EYES!!)
Okay everyone out there, think happy “NO MORE HEADACHE, ANN!!!” thoughts, and be sure to check out all the entries from our February Contest and vote for your favorite HERE.
Oh it is almost my favorite holiday, and love is in the air at Wonderstrange! In this final week before Valentine’s Day, Ann indulged her love of the Spock while I drew a pair of pencils who may be number twos to the rest of the world but are still number one to each other… or at least the lady pencil thinks so. (Hee hee. I said “lady pencil.”)
These are number 8 and number 9 from our 100 Things to Draw list.
Note: The adorable pencils are now available exclusively in our wonderstrange digi shop!
It’s that time again, kids, time to vote for your favorite project of the month! The winner gets the undying adoration and devotion of the internets (and a sugar skull bunny), so vote carefully!
Voting ends at 11:59 PM on 02/09/2012
Karen’s Odds and Ends:
Now go, go forth minions, tell your friends to look us up on their iPhones, tell your gramma to get on the AOL (imagine that dial-up modem sound right now.. Come on, you know you want to), leave a note in your mailbox, but get those votes in!
Over Christmas, while I was in Michael’s, I saw this “Wooden Pull Toy” (it’s actually MDF, of course), and after exactly three seconds of deliberation, I bought it. I’m not sure why. I don’t have a thing for turtles. I don’t have a thing for MDF. I don’t even have a small child who needs something to pull. Whatever my reason, I’m glad I bought it, because for the month of February, we’ll be altering toys and giving them grown-up things to do – like hold salsa for a party or beads for your latest project!
This week, the women of wonderstrange have finally gone weird science – which is not to say Kelly LeBrock has been hiding in our computers or luring large groups of bikers into our living rooms. Kelly LeBrock has allegedly been hiding in our computers. The bikers came of their own accord, just to watch us work.
I have an almost embarrassing love for the Valentine’s Day, so this week, I took two of the more romantical (yeah, it’s a made up word) ideas off our list of 100 things to draw when you are bored and drew this saucy gal in her Kissing Booth (no.48) who never liked the song “Money Can’t Buy Me Love” much anyway and a guy with a mustache who may just be her next customer(no. 29).
Note: Mustache Man is now exclusively available in our wonderstrange digishop
Have fun using these images in your own Valentine art or to advertise your next Kissing Booth. Just click on the image you like and size to print , according to your needs.
If you want to see a full collection of Valentine stamps from all of the Wonderstrange artists click here!
Ordinarily, Friday is the day when we post our weekly tutorial, but this Friday, we’re changing it up and posting a pimptorial, in which we will blatantly hawk those awesome digital zombie stamps* but also show you three nifty-gifty things you can do with them for Valentine’s Day!
*Digital stamps are really just image files with a sexier name. Okay, “digital stamps” isn’t that sexy either, but image files do have this on rubber stamps: 1) they are much easier to store, because they live inside the computer; and 2) they can be resized, which rules.
Parasites and zombies and and viruses, oh my! Wanna know who has which? You have to read on!
This week, Ann gives us two adorable rejects who really wanted a job at the Renaissance Faire this summer (no. 27). In fact she just informed me that in the pursuit of some non-adult handwriting she even recruited her son to help her label the “shield.” (Thanks, O.) Better luck next year, guys!
Ann also drew Alice in Thunderdome (no. 98), and this Alice is so hard core even Tina Turner wouldn’t want to deal with the business end of those boots.
You can click on each image and size to your liking and then print.
(More interested in Valentine’s Day stamps? Check out the wonderstrange collection!)