Back to School Gift List

Back to School lists are out, and now is the time to stock up for a great year. Pencils, binders, backpacks, new shoes, and don’t forget this unique alarm clock from Paper Scissors Rock. This tiny clock makes a great gift for your favorite teacher, ensuring that they will start their day right, bright and early.

Clock with an apple on the face and the words "to teach is to touch lives forever" with floating pencil second hand

My alarm clocks are not just for teachers. Look through the dozens of designs in my alarm clock gallery to find the perfect one for the student in your life- preschool through graduate school!

ballet alarm clock
The clocks feature reductions of my original paintings and collage work, on a tiny 2 X 2 clock face. They are cordless and lightweight- perfect for travel. But what makes them totally unique is the miniature image that floats around the face counting the seconds. For instance, on the ballet alarm clock above, its a miniature ballerina. Check out the whole collection for great back to school gift ideas.
Its also the perfect time pf year to get a classroom in shape and off to a great start with clever decorations that celebrate the work of teaching and learning, such as this teacher wall clock.

teacher wall clock

And don’t start off the year without these stylish glass gem magnets, perfect for displaying student work, reminders, and to-do lists.

teacher glass gem magnets

Here’s to another great year of learning, growing, and teaching!

Here comes the sun…4 facts and 3 gifts to help you enjoy it

sun alarm clock

Its summer and we’re finally starting to get more sunny days here in the Pacific Northwest. Time to get outside and enjoy some of the benefits of the sunshine…load up on that vitamin D for the year. If you love summer, check out the celestial gifts I make featuring my original paintings of the sun. (Moon gifts also available)

A few solar facts:

1. We need the sun! Our bodies need sun exposure to make vitamin D. Many people are deficient in this nutrient which builds our immunity, and protects our hearts, muscles, and mental and emotional wellness. Enjoying 20 minutes outside every day, rain or shine is good for maintaining healthy vitamin D levels.

sun wall clock

Here Comes the Sun wall clock on a light-weight break-resistant non-ceramic tile.

2. Don’t enjoy it till it hurts! Getting a bad sunburn raises your risk of skin cancer significantly. Enjoy sunny days in moderation according to your skin tone’s tolerance.

sunlight

3. Clouds, pollution, and water change the sun’s effects! You may think that a cloudy or hazy day is a safe day to be outside all day, but the sun can be powerful enough to give you a sunburn even when covered in clouds. Water makes the sun far more intense, so always cover up or use sun block at the beach.

sun night light

Sun night light keeps it burning through the night.

4. Every hour the sun beams enough power to meet the world’s energy needs for a year! Solar power in its primitive form began in ancient times with harnessing heat through magnifying lenses. Now solar technology is highly advanced and cheaper than ever. Check out how you can use the sun’s power in your home and save or even make money.

 

The Voice’s Stephanie Johnson at Pike Place Market

Stephanie Johnson and Dan at Pike Market
Stephanie Johnson from The Voice was our guest bell ringer at Pike Place Market last weekend, February 1st. Stephanie is an amazing singer, and if you didn’t see her on the show, you missed a real treat. Stephanie met me early in the morning for our “Behind the Scenes” tour. I showed her around, and told her all about the lives of the craftspeople at the market. Above you can see her with Dan Gregory, who gave her some of his art as a gift.

Stephanie was so appreciative of our story, and truly understood what living the life of an artist is really like. She too, follows her passion every day. Josh Swanson of Kobo Art Garden presented her with a glass heart. She loved it!

Stephanie Johnson and Josh at Pike Place Market
Stephanie told me that when she was a little girl she sang all of the time, she woke up singing, came home from school singing, she sang constantly – and she sang well, even then. Her older brother was so impressed by this that he convinced their parents to get Stephanie singing lessons – and a star was born. Sadly, her brother passed away when he was 21, a tragic loss for Stephanie and her family. But he left her with a huge gift, the support and opportunity to to follow her passion, which changed her life forever. So he lives on in her, every time she sings.

Stephanie opened up roll call with a song.

After roll call, I brought her around to meet a long list of craftspeople who asked to meet her and give her gifts of their work. Stephanie made friends all over the market, as she engaged with everyone she met as if they were old friends. She is just an incredibly beautiful, warm, lovely, person. It took us from 9am until noon to get to everyone who wanted to thank her for coming, which many did with gifts of their art.

I wanted to give Stephanie one of my clocks, so I let her pick out her favorite. She chose the bouquet wall clock.
bouquet wall clock

I also heard some great stories about her travels all over the world and her days singing on the cruise ships. She has led an amazing life. When she left, Stephanie gifted me with her newest CD, Hollatchagurl which I listened to on the way home. It’s fabulous! I highly recommend you download it on iTunes. What a voice!

You can follow Stephanie on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/musicsaj

or on Twitter https://twitter.com/MsStephanieSaid

Her Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/callmecodify

Top Ten Gifts for Valentines

Romance is in the air, and its time to find the perfect gift for the one you love. I am posting my top ten love-themed valentines gifts, but they are not just for lovers! These whimsical gifts are are also a great way to show your affection and admiration for family, friends, and kids. There is something for everyone on your list.

Tulips alarm clock

10. Tulips are one of the most popular flowers of February– giving the first sign that spring is on its way! For a unique and personal gift, give a tulip mini alarm clock. It will never fade or wilt and will wake somebody up with a cheerful memento year-round.
The tulip clock is a great addition to a guest room or other room in your house that could use some colorful sprucing up. Our alarm clocks are also perfect for travelers, as they are light-weight and battery-operated.

Grapes wine Alarm clock

9. Paired with a fine vintage, the Fruit of the Vine alarm clock is the perfect V-day gift for the discerning palate of a vino lover. While you make memories lingering over a bottle together on February 14th, this clock will mark time throughout the year with a nod to your romantic night…

heart night light

8. Is there someone who lights up your heart? Show them so with this glowing heart night light. The heart night light is also a great valentine gift for the kiddos in your life. What better way to quell nighttime fears than by showing that your heart shines for them all through the night?

roses gem refrigerator magnets

7. Organic gardeners will love these roses, complete with a friendly ladybug. Give the traditional gift in a non-traditional way with these gem magnets, pesticide-free. These magnets are powerful enough for practical purposes- something your valentine can really use as well as admire.

if the shoe fits alarm clock

6. Do you love someone who loves shoes? Knock her socks off with this unique shoe lover’s alarm clock with magical floating high-heel action.

hearts magnets

5. Show the right sentiment when you affix love notes, snapshots of your loved ones, and treasured children’s art to your fridge with these super-strong glass gem magnets. Enough hearts for all your valentines.

my heart ticks wall clock

4. How long will your love endure? Count every second with the My Heart Ticks for You wall clock.

frog prince alarm clock

3. Do you know someone who loves a good fairytale romance? A magical kiss can turn a frog into a real prince. The frog prince alarm clock is the perfect way to awaken your dreamer from their slumbers…a kiss for froggie magically floats around the face of the clock, marking off the seconds.

love message magnets

2. Creative types will enjoy leaving messages on the refrigerator with our love themed glass gem magnets. Unlike candy message hearts, these durable magnets will deliver the message all year round, without tempting anyone away from their healthy eating habits.

heart wall clockheart alarm clock

1. Simple and straightforward, this heart wall clock and heart alarm clock show big love with lots of color. Wake that special someone up with this gift on Valentine’s Day this year, or declare your love for all to see by displaying this wall clock, a joyful complement to any room in the house.

My line of gifts are all lightweight enough to be quickly and easily shipped to your loved ones anywhere. The wall clocks look just like a hand-painted tile, but are actually made of a durable lightweight material, and can be hung with a thumbtack.
The gem magnets come in an attractive gift tin.
The alarm clocks are 2″ square, and are cordless, and simple in design.
All these can be ordered direct from my website, or purchased from one of many quality local retailers which are listed on the site. Just add a note to request a card and we’ll enclose a free heart card with your message. Just tell us what to write!
Happy Valentine’s Day!

How to fix your wall clock: part 2

Posting these very short 2-minute troubleshooting videos about problems that people call me about with the wall clocks. In this video we look at the clock that simply does not tick.
There are 3 possible reasons/solutions for this problem:

1. Yes, there is an on/off switch on the back of the clock. If you didn’t notice this, don’t worry, you are not the first one, and this is the easiest fix. Turn the clock on!

2. No battery or you’re using an expired or exhausted battery. Try a fresh battery before you conclude that your wall clock is broken. Even if you think the battery is fresh, try a battery from a different pack or from a device that you know is working.

3. The hands have been bent and are stuck on one another. (Note: this is due to mishandling of the clock- please use the knobs to set the time, not the hands!) Watch the video to see how to gently straighten the hands and check that they have clearance.

In the unlikely scenario that you have tried all of these and your clock still does not tick, please do give me a call so we can address the issue. This is super unusual though, so please do test carefully for the issues in the videos first. These are the most common issues, and the easiest to fix!

As in the first video, the clock you see pictured here is the 12 Things to Make Besides Money wall clock. Click the link to view or order this clock in the wall clock gallery on my website. These clocks are arranged in alphabetical order, and its under “T”.

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.

dinner dog wall clock

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.
shoe fits wall clock shopping
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

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.
peace dove alarm clock painted

Peace on earth.

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

Seattle theme refrigerator magnets decorative

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.

 

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.)

squirrel alarm clock

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. 🙂
Win gifts clocks nightlights Paper Scissors Rock

How to be Alone video on Paper Scissors Rock blog

Struggling with the single life or some other kind of solitude? Check out this amazing video, How to Be Alone by poet Tanya Davis and filmmaker Andrea Dorfman.
I have also learned to love my alone time, as a self-employed artist for more than 25 years. Though I admit there are times I’ve enjoyed it less than others, mostly I have learned to appreciate the freedom of being by myself, the joy of the creative process, the contemplative time I have to reflect, and the comfort of self-care.

Inspiring, the way Tanya Davis phrases it:
“It’s okay if no one believes like you. All experience is unique, no one has the same synapses, can’t think like you- for this, be relieved. Keeps things interesting, life’s magic things in reach.
And it doesn’t mean you’re not connected, that community’s not present, just take the perspective you get from being one person in one head and feel the effects of it. Take silence and respect it. if you have an art that needs a practice, stop neglecting it.”