1 MORE day! Small Business Saturday Online Sale, and Pike Place Magic in the Market

Please check out Paper Scissors Rock’s online sale, this weekend only!
early bird alarm clock
And come see us tomorrow at Pike Place Market in Seattle. Santa, tree-lighting, fresh cut trees, entertainment and more!
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5 Tips for Having an Awesome Thanksgiving

5. Remember: Thanksgivukkah comes but once every 70,000 years! If you are Jewish, its especially important to honor the rare event of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving coinciding, termed Thanksgivukkah  earlier this year by a clever Bostonian on Twitter. Mashup specialties to include challah with gravy, mashed potato latkes, and of course, deep fried turkey…mmm.
If you forgot to come to Thanksgiving dinner bearing hanukkah gifts, come by the Pike Place Market on Saturday, and make up for it with my one-of-a-kind Judaica glass gem magnets, the perfect gift for the other nights.
(Like all my different kinds decorative magnets, they come in a nifty gift tin. The magnets are strong enough to pin up artwork or other items to. They will not fall off the refrigerator like so many do.)

Judaica gem magnets hanukkah Thanksgivukkah

4. Honor your host or hostess!
Preparing a Thanksgiving feast is a huge job. Of course, I think the best kind of Thanksgiving  is one where you cook together, but if you are not the foodie type, a nice gift of a centerpiece or something to decorate the home will show your appreciation for the cooks.

When in doubt, bring flowers.

When in doubt, bring flowers.

3. Don’t forget the pets. They really like to participate in Thanksgiving too. So be sure and set aside some unspiced pumpkin puree, a little lean turkey meat, or something special that is approved by your vet for your dog or cat friends’ consumption. They will be ever so thankful.

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2. Don’t stress about the shopping!  Eat leftovers and relax tomorrow, and save your energy and money for Small Business Saturday. Supporting local businesses means giving gifts with a heart for your community.
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Lots of businesses are running promotions on Saturday. Check out our online sale all weekend to celebrate Small Business Saturday  or come visit me at Pike Place Market in Seattle for one of the most unique and special holiday events locally.

1. Count your blessings. It feels good.

handmade unique heart wall clock

What are you grateful for?

I am grateful that I live in a neighborhood with a gratitude fence, a wonderful piece of private/public art near me.
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This fence is about a block from my home and studio in Olympia, WA.
Neighbors and passersby are invited to share what they are grateful for.
gratitude fence for the moment
It just makes me feel so lucky to live in this neighborhood, a community full of thoughtful, kind, warm people.
gratitude fence love 28 years
Reading each of these tags makes your heart fill up.
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What are you grateful for?
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3 more days until Small Business Saturday!

 

 

Only THREE days left to go!
Pike Place Seattle Christmas
If you are nearby, I hope you will come by Pike Place this Saturday, November 30th. It is such a magical place to be during the holidays, and such a perfect place to show your love for the local people who make Seattle work- artists, musicians, restauranteurs, and local retailers.
Not only is it Small Business Saturday, in fact, but it is the annual holiday kickoff at the market. A few of the fun happenings on Saturday:

Christmas Gem magnets homemade

My Christmas magnet set makes a great stocking stuffer.

  • FREE pictures with Santa in front of the famous Market clock and sign. (These make for wonderfully iconic Seattle holiday mailers for your loved ones far and wide…also a nice way of showing that you are supporting local shops with your dollars. Do not miss!

 

  • Kids’ cookie decorating party in the Market’s new Atrium Kitchen!

 

  • Holiday tree lighting, and lighting of the Market at 5 pm.
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Peace on earth.

  • Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition: Comedy and choral performance face-off! 1-4:30pm under the Market clock.

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Seattle magnets, for the Seattle fridge. 

  • Pick out a freshly-cut Christmas tree, holiday wreaths, and garlands direct from your local farmers.
  • Warm up with hot local apple cider, famous Pike Place hot mini doughnuts, award-winning chowder and of course, coffee!

Magnets for all the coffee lovers, from the birthplace of Seattle coffee!

Magnets for all the coffee lovers, from the birthplace of Seattle coffee!

  • Come find me in the craft day stalls! I have colorful, affordable, and useful gifts for all kinds of people on your list made from my paintings.
    Gem magnets, miniature alarm clocks, colorful wall clocks, night lights, bookmarks, and greeting cards. I have gifts suitable for stocking stuffers, gift exchange parties, secret santa events, hanukkah, and christmas.
    My designs are diverse, appealing to kids and great-grandparents, and everyone in between. You will find something to match the loves of many people on your list, and go with themes of decor in rooms in your house.
    Not to mention there are more than 200 other artists and crafts people with special and unique treasures for sale in the craft day stalls, a pillar of Seattle small business and arts community for the past 40 years.
    Come down. Bring your kids. Bring your friends. The Market on this day is an unforgettable experience.

 

7 Day Countdown to Small Business Saturday!

Small Business Saturday is November 30th,  just one week away, and there is no better place to enjoy it than with us at the Pike Place Market in Seattle! At Pike Place you’ll find hundreds of artists, local farmers, and great places to eat.
I am located in the craft day stalls, and like all the craft vendors, our location moves around from day to day. Just walk through the craft day stalls and you should see my display…I try to make it eye-catching so I am easy to find.
shopsmall banner paper scissors rock handmade gifts
Small Business Saturday is an event to promote holiday shopping at local small businesses around the US. Many small businesses in neighborhoods across the country are participating, and there are some great promotions.
For example, if you have an American Express card, you can get $10 just for shopping at a small business on November 30th. Online counts too, so if you can’t make it to Pike Market to see us, come visit the website.

9 animal pictures, then and now…(My teenage art)

Since I am a clock-maker, my work is involved in marking the passage of time. Many things change, of course, as time passes, but other things endure throughout our lives.
I went through a phase when I was about 17 of doodling different critters with this ornate crazy detail. I still have a few of these sketches, and it is fun to get them out and look at them.
My style is pretty different now, but I can see some similarities. I think its interesting to see what of my art work has changed and what remains over the years, emerging again and again. A few things seem to pop out here…
For one, my love of the colorful in art. You can see that I’m still in the habit of inking lots of little details and then coloring them in. Color endures!
Also, the word I most often hear people use in describing my style is “whimsical”. I think that word is a good one for the flavor of these older sketches too. So, whimsy endures, it seems. Don’t you think?

And three, I am still an animal lover and like to draw animals. You see a lot of cats, especially, in my gift designs, as well as a variety of other creatures. Critters endure!

There may be some less obvious things as well.
What do you think? What stands out to you?

1. Sleeping cat, then:
colorful teenage cat art

2. and 3., Sleeping cats now: (These clocks are called Big Fat Cat, and Home is Where the Cat is. You can click on them to visit to the respective galleries where they are on my website.)
one happy cat wall clockCat at home wall clock

4. Doggie, then:

crazy dog guy
5. and 6., Dogs now: (Dinner Dog night light, Arf wall clock, also linked to galleries.)
Dinner Dog Night LightArf Wall Clock
7. Bird, then:

parrot

8. and 9., Birds now: (Early Bird alarm clock and Peacock wall clock)
early bird alarm clockpeacock wall clock
This peacock painting on the wall clock is actually one of my newest designs, so its a good representation of my most recent work. (Click on the image to see the gallery of my other new designs.) Funny, I return again to something I guess I’ve been drawing for years…colorful plumage.
There are lots more cat, dog, bird and other animal clocks to be found on my website in the product galleries. There is also a lot of stuff that looks pretty different from my adolescent art work, but here I posted the ones where I see the strongest echoes of my 17 year old psychedelic animal doodles.
What about you has endured since childhood? Art/habits/style/loves…?

Opensky promotion update: I Won!

THANK YOU! Thanks to each of my customers, friends, and family for following me on OpenSky during the recent promotion.
I WON!! In order to win I had to get as many new followers as I could and the top ten merchants who got the most followers won. When I asked for help I was at #11. I was amazed at that since the other top scorers were huge stores with thousands of FB fans. But thanks to all of you, I made it to #4! WOOT!
This will save me hundreds of dollars, (if not way more) in commission, since I now pay NO commission on sales from Black Friday to New Years Eve. AND I get a feature ad on Black Friday. A great victory for a small business like mine! You guys MADE my Christmas.
Photo: THANK YOU! Thanks to every single one of my friends and family for following me on OpenSky. I WON!! In order to win I had to get as many new followers as I could and the top ten merchants who got the most followers won. When I asked for help I was at #11. I was amazed at that since the other top scorers were huge stores with thousands of FB fans. But thanks to all of you, I made it to #4! WOOT!
This will save me hundreds of dollars, (if not way more) in commission, since I now pay NO commission on sales from Black Friday to New Years Eve. AND I get a feature ad on Black Friday. You guys MADE my Christmas.

Hurry! Its not too early…to start being thankful, right now.

No Time Like the Present Wall Clock
As you probably know, I make gifts for a living…the whimsical kind– wall clocks, refrigerator magnets, night lights and things, with my original designs.
Since I am getting a small retail business ready for the busiest time of year, as you might expect, my holiday season starts in October. And let me tell you, its no vacay. This time of year, I am excited to premier my new designs, break out some awesome promotions and deals for my customers, and get my inventory prepared for the inevitable (I hope!) avalanche of holiday orders. Sometimes I feel like the squirrels you see in early November, frantically stockpiling their winter food stuffs and risking life and limb to finish in time. Yes, I understand that…
Yet its proven so important to my business and my art to not to totally give into all the rushing and frantic energy, even when I have a lot going on. In fact, I do not have to panic, even when unexpected problems arise. I do not have to, for example, jump out in front of moving vehicles to get there in time, as the squirrels seem to. Whenever I start to get crazy, I have to take a step back and recognize that this whatever is simply another problem to solve. And you know what? It works. Problems get solved, things come together, and I actually have time to be thankful for this moment and this day, even with so much work to do.
So even though it is only November 9th, I say it is not too early for Thanksgiving, and how I do that is by being present to right now. How about you?

(If you see me running out into traffic or anything, please feel free to remind me I am the gal who said this.)

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Win What You Love Contest on Open Sky!

If you have not yet checked out the website Opensky, you are missing out. You can find and order the full selection of Paper Scissors Rock clocks, magnets, night lights and other gifts in my whimsical style at my online store there. Every week I run special promotions and deals exclusively on Opensky, and you can follow my store to get the word about these. (It only takes a minute to register on Opensky)
This week I am doing this Win What You Love Contest, where you can win free gifts. Whatever products you “love” on my Opensky store, you’ll be entered to win. See the details below.
Plus there are thousands of other great merchants on the site– not only artists and designers, but food, clothing, useful items, and lots of other emerging brands from small businesses. I shop there all the time, and am always finding new beautiful stuff. This is such a great site to do your online holiday shopping on Cyber Monday this year, where you can support all kinds of small businesses with your dollars instead of those big companies That Shall not be Named…  And of course, this means that the money you spend on gifts goes back to sustainable families and communities, so these are meaningful gifts that you won’t have to repent of come January first, 2014. 🙂
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