Saturday

Limerick Contest Winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered my limerick contest! Here's the winners.....drum roll please......

Third prize of $100 in my Etsy shop goes to Juliane for her ditty about my goat cake toppers!

For the wedding of the goat and the goat
They did not ask for a single bank note
They didn't want any goodies
Not even bedsheets or hoodies
All they wished for was Martha Stewart's vote

Second Prize (also for $100 from Bunny with a Toolbelt's Etsy shop goes to Donna for this one that cracked me up:


There once was a girl and with wood
created what few of us could
she ‘Martha’ed’ with paint,
she ‘Martha-ed’ with glue
the only thing left is to be ‘Martha’ed’ by you!

And our first prize winner ($250 of Bunny goods!!!) is Janet. (I'm a sucker for the saw reference.)


“Every tree has a story,” she said,

as carved animals formed in her head.
What’s more “American Made”
than a girl with saw blades?
Martha, help her dreams be more widespread.



Thank you again to everyone who entered--this was a lot of fun! I'm still waiting to hear the contest winners, but you made me smile along the way.  

Sunday

Limerick #20!



Working with wood with past lives,
She whistles for animals to arrive
With whimsical clout
The zebras all shout,
"Martha, you should give her a high five!"

Another entry from Käthe!

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Click here for the limerick contest rules! Keep 'em coming, folks!

If you don't want to write a limerick, you can still help out by voting for Bunny with a Toolbelt in the American Made Awards!  Click here to place your six daily votes, every day between now and October 13!  Dankeschön!

Limerick #19!



Here's another one from Käthe!

The sheep and the fox never battle
But the penguins and poodles they tattle
She breathes life into old wood
Giraffes stand proud on baked goods
And say, "Martha, tell those others to skedaddle!"

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Click here for the limerick contest rules! Keep 'em coming, folks!

If you don't want to write a limerick, you can still help out by voting for Bunny with a Toolbelt in the American Made Awards!  Click here to place your six daily votes, every day between now and October 13!  Dankeschön!

Limerick #18!


Her zebras sit top of the cakes
Elephants kiss well all the aches
Love bugs fly over seas
Buzzing "Please pick her please!
Hilary is a genius, for darn sakes."

This one from Käthe!

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Click here for the limerick contest rules! Keep 'em coming, folks!

If you don't want to write a limerick, you can still help out by voting for Bunny with a Toolbelt in the American Made Awards!  Click here to place your six daily votes, every day between now and October 13!  Dankeschön!

Limerick #17!


There's little that I love more
than Martha’s Living when it gets to my store
unless its a tree 
that Bunny made me
and to see them together -
well, SCORE!

Donna's smoking the ballot box!

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Click here for the limerick contest rules! Keep 'em coming, folks!

If you don't want to write a limerick, you can still help out by voting for Bunny with a Toolbelt in the American Made Awards!  Click here to place your six daily votes, every day between now and October 13!  Dankeschön!

Limerick #16!




A zebra with cake? well, who knew?
It’s a thing you don’t see at the zoo.
If Martha picked it we’d see
that our minds could be free
to imagine all things could be true

Another entry from Donna!

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Click here for the limerick contest rules! Keep 'em coming, folks!

If you don't want to write a limerick, you can still help out by voting for Bunny with a Toolbelt in the American Made Awards!  Click here to place your six daily votes, every day between now and October 13!  Dankeschön!

Limerick #15!



For the wedding of the goat and the goat
They did not ask for a single bank note
They didn't want any goodies
Not even bedsheets or hoodies
All they wished for was Martha Stewart's vote

This one's from Juliane!

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Click here for the limerick contest rules! Keep 'em coming, folks!

If you don't want to write a limerick, you can still help out by voting for Bunny with a Toolbelt in the American Made Awards!  Click here to place your six daily votes, every day between now and October 13!  Thank you thank you thank you!

Limerick #14!



There once was a dog with some cake
Martha, I swear it looks just like you’d make
But Bunny, she did - 
and she’s only a kid,

so please chose her now for Pete sake!

Yet another entry from Donna!

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Click here for the limerick contest rules! Keep 'em coming, folks!

If you don't want to write a limerick, you can still help out by voting for Bunny with a Toolbelt in the American Made Awards!  Click here to place your six daily votes, every day between now and October 13!  Thank you soooooooo much!

Saturday

Limerick #12!


A dog and a rainbow what bliss!
Martha, it doesn’t get cuter than this
So pick Bunny today, 
do it with out delay
so we all can get our wish!

Yet another entry from Donna!

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Click here for the limerick contest rules! Keep 'em coming, folks!

If you don't want to write a limerick, you can still help out by voting for Bunny with a Toolbelt in the American Made Awards!  Click here to place your six daily votes, every day between now and October 13!  Thank you thank you thank you!

Limerick #11!


There once was a Martha - its true -
she’s the one people wanted to woo
So Bunny made art and then swore 
that she’d do it some more
until Martha picked her style too.

Another entry from Donna!

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Click here for the limerick contest rules! Keep 'em coming, folks!

If you don't want to write a limerick, you can still help out by voting for Bunny with a Toolbelt in the American Made Awards!  Click here to place your six daily votes, every day between now and October 13!  Dankeschön!

Thursday

Limerick Entry #10!


There once was a bird from Nantucket,
a black-beaked magpie with a nut it
wanted Martha to share
with her friends everywhere

but began to despair and said “F.........ind as many people as you can and ask them to vote up to six times per day every day until October 13 for Bunny With A Toolbelt at http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/87921/crafts/bunny-with-a-toolbelt!”

Another entry from Janet!

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Click here for the limerick contest rules! Keep 'em coming, folks!

If you don't want to write a limerick, you can still help out by voting for Bunny with a Toolbelt in the American Made Awards!  Click here to place your six daily votes, every day between now and October 13!  Dankeschön!


Monday

Limerick #9!

American Made, hand-crafted for you,
Pugs, squirrels and ‘gators – your own private zoo!
A marriage isn’t complete
without pink bunnies or sheep
atop wedding cakes, two by two.

submitted by Janet H.

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Click here for the limerick contest rules! Keep 'em coming, folks!

If you don't want to write a limerick, you can still help out by voting for Bunny with a Toolbelt in the American Made Awards!  Click here to place your six daily votes, every day between now and October 13!  Muchas Gracias!

Sunday

Limerick #8!





“Every tree has a story,” she said,
as carved animals formed in her head.
What’s more “American Made”
than a girl with saw blades?
Martha, help her dreams be more widespread.

submitted by Janet H.

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Click here for the limerick contest rules! Keep 'em coming, folks!

If you don't want to write a limerick, you can still help out by voting for Bunny with a Toolbelt in the American Made Awards!  Click here to place your six daily votes, every day between now and October 13!  Thank you sooooooo much!

Saturday

Limerick #7

There once was a kitty called Cloud
who had a tail tail that made him quite proud.
His body of blue
with splotches of no hue,
contrasted with the stripes colored quite loud

submitted by Deb S.

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Click here for the limerick contest rules! Keep 'em coming, folks!

If you don't want to write a limerick, you can still help out by voting for Bunny with a Toolbelt in the American Made Awards!  Click here to place your six daily votes, every day between now and October 13!  Thank you sooooooo much!

Friday

Limerick #6

Oh Martha you are such a tease
for getting us crafters to please
you with our vote-getting
it causes such sweating
'cause you know my work is the bee's knees.

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Click here for the limerick contest rules! Keep 'em coming, folks!

If you don't want to write a limerick, you can still help out by voting for Bunny with a Toolbelt in the American Made Awards!  Click here to place your six daily votes, every day between now and October 13!  Thank you sooooooo much!

Limerick #4

There once was a girl and with wood
created what few of us could
she ‘Martha’ed’ with paint,
she ‘Martha-ed’ with glue
the only thing left is to be ‘Martha’ed’ by you!

submitted by Donna Erickson

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Click here for the limerick contest rules! Keep 'em coming, folks!

If you don't want to write a limerick, you can still help out by voting for Bunny with a Toolbelt in the American Made Awards!  Click here to place your six daily votes, every day between now and October 13!  Thank you sooooooo much!

Wednesday

Limerick #3



Hey Martha, could I bend your ear
'bout a bunny who makes things quite dear
out of recycled wood
for the earth it's quite good
just like a cold IPA beer.



Don't forget to vote for me today in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards!

and here's the rules for the limerick contest too. 

Tuesday

first entry! and second entry! the contest is alive!

Hurrah! We have two entries to the limerick contest! I'm posting all entries here, but want to remind everyone of the first rule of the contest, which is to write a limerick to Martha Stewart to convince her to pick me for her American Made Award!  Still, I love a good limerick and these are too good not to post.  Thanks Vicki!!  

There once was a bird on a twig
who stood there as if she were big
but she wasn't at all
she was really quite small
although she could eat like a pig!


Puss had a heart and a ring
tied to her tail with a string
she brought tears of laughter
to all who came after
and taught them all how to sing!

from Vicki F

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Click here for the limerick contest rules! Keep 'em coming, folks!

If you don't want to write a limerick, you can still help out by voting for Bunny with a Toolbelt in the American Made Awards!  Click here to place your six daily votes, every day between now and October 13!  Thank you sooooooo much!


Monday

Woohoo! It's time for a limerick contest!!!!

THE BUNNY WITH A TOOLBELT LIMERICK CONTEST (AKA PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PICK ME MARTHA!)

1. Your limerick MUST be on the topic of convincing Martha Stewart to pick me for a winner in her American Made contest.

2. I strongly suggest you choose an item from my Etsy shop to use as your muse--that way I can illustrate your entry with a nice photo.

3. Must follow traditional limerick form, as in the Edward Lear example above, or see this link on how to write a limerick.

4. I know it's traditional to be bawdy, but these limericks must employ clean language and activities. The point is to make Martha laugh and think I'm cool (and me too if you want to WIN!)

5.  You can enter up to six different limericks per day. Send them to me at bunnywithatoolbelt@gmail.com by midnight PST on October 13th, 2014, so I can publish them all before the voting period at Martha Stewart HQ runs out.

6.  Vote vote vote vote vote vote every day for me! Click here and employ whatever you need to remember that you can vote six times daily! Let's show Martha what Bunny with a Toolbelt fans are made of!

7.  Top winner will get $250 to spend in the Bunny with a Toolbelt Etsy shop and two more runners up will each receive $100 to spend in the very same shop!

8.  Woohooooo! I'm already a finalist. Can you help make me a winner? If so, I think that makes us ALL winners!  Woohoooooooo!

Thursday

I'm famous in Japan.....er....Hong Kong!

Nice video showing my deck and another very cool one that I just ordered on Amazon! You know where to get mine by now, right?

Saturday

Meanwhile, down on the farm.....

I've gotten some great commissions this year - the first is a llama bride and groom with all the markings from the couple's actual pets!



And here's a custom goat set. The little pink one is to represent the couple's child.  These are made in the style of Alpine Goats.  The groom has a toolbelt on.....be still my beating heart.....






Tuesday

Playing Card original work at Oregon College of Art and Craft!

Hey Beautiful People! I am showing original work from last year's playing card deck at Oregon College of Art and Craft this month! The show runs through the month of April. Decks and uncut sheets are also available, as well as a new batch of King and Queen of Hearts animals featuring animals found in the deck! Here's a sneak preview of some of my favorites.






Friday

Color naming contest winners!

Here's the final names for my color chart. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Saturday

Help me name these colors and win BIG!!!

Hey Beautiful Person!  

There's a brand new contest afoot!  For years I've been wanting to come up with my own color chart with names that express the playfulness and humor that is Bunny with a Toolbelt. I decided it would be much more fun to do it as a contest. As you see here, I have 46 colors I most often use for custom cake toppers, pets, etc.  You can enter your suggested names up until midnight PST on March 1st, 2014 and for each one I choose, you get $10 towards any item in my Etsy shop! Download the chart by clicking here!  Multiple entries are definitely allowed, so you could rack up a pretty penny if you're good at this! For multiple suggestions of the same name, if I choose that name, I'll give the credit to the first suggested, so I encourage you to enter early and often! You can send your brilliant entries to me at bunnywithatoolbelt@gmail.com or enter on the Bunny with a Toolbelt Facebook page!   

Okay....that's it for now! Looking forward to seeing your color-savvy minds at work!


Tuesday

cardinal, serpent, and revised elephant


Hello Beautiful People!
I took a little break from the studio for the past few days, but will make up for lost time this week as I complete the artwork for our deck of cards! I'm just about done with the animals for our heart/water cards, but today I'll catch you up with the few stragglers from our other suits.
First, I have our last bird for the spade cards--a red cardinal who will grace the 7 card. He's on a skateboard and sporting some fashionable attire for his ride.  
The rainbow serpent will complete the clubs/imaginary animal cards. Here's my take on this animal most familiar to Australians.
And last, I have my remake of the elephant for the ace of diamonds. I mentioned before that my original elephant was too horizontally-oriented for my tastes, so I remade it with a more upright position and accessory. Rather than a pencil, he'll have a flying fish sushi roll on his back. Look out for the pencil in one of the remaining dozen cards I'll release in the next week.
Back soon with the hearts!

sneak preview of hearts critters!