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

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!


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


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!


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?


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.....


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.


Color naming contest winners!

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


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!


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!


4...3...2...A....and funded (?!?!?)

Hey Beautiful People!
There's still a few hours left in my Kickstarter campaign, but I have a hunch that we've got a card deck on the way. Here's the last update I'll do while the campaign is alive, but don't worry--I'll be back to continue to update you as I spend the rest of the month creating the red cardinal for the seven of spades, the Rainbow Serpent who will adorn the six of clubs, and the majority of the water animals for the heart cards, including seahorse, giant tortoise, beaver, koi (considering changing this....will ask for feedback,) angel fish, ibis, alligator, iguana, otter, penguin, lobster, and kissing fish. 
Here's the last few critters from the diamond suit:
The four of diamonds is the fox, as seen in my video. I want to do a super close-up of the face on the actual card, showing that fur and feathers can be friends.

The three of diamonds is the armadillo shooting photos. 

Our two card is a very girly leopard. 

And the Ace card is one of my classic elephants with a huge pencil on its back. I'm actually considering remaking it so it's elongated--I squished it for the sample card to see how it fit into that rectangular format and would like to continue to play with that with an actual sculpture.

I put together a finalized sample of the uncut sheet to wrap this Kickstarter campaign up. I plan to fine tune each card after the photo shoot, particularly to make sure the suits are all consistently sized, and I'm also thinking they should be a tiny bit smaller. Taking the time to do this mockup is something I've done with my two books and it helps me tremendously as a reference point when doing the daylong photo shoots. (click on image to see it larger)
Thanks to everyone for your financial support of this project, your kind messages of encouragement, feedback of all sorts, participation when I asked for brainstorming assistance, and patience with me as I tackle the technicalities of a new format for my work. This is the fourth summer Kickstarter project I've embarked on and it's really improved my normally solitary studio practice. 
Take care, and I'll check in later in the week and show you some studio scenes as I work on the final fourteen in our menagerie.



Hello again beautiful people!
Ready for a few more critters? I thought so.

The nine of diamonds is the knitting sheep. Since I'm not a knitter myself, I asked my friend Kristin to whip up a little sample for the card image. Thanks Kristin!

The eight of diamonds is a happy hiking bear, complete with walking stick. (Valderi, valdera-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha)

The panda plays us a little ditty on the seven of diamonds, accompanied by the accordion playing pig on the six card.

And our friend the gray squirell has made us a tasty apple pie. So sweet.
Don't forget, you can get a high-quality 8x10" print of any of these card images by adding $15 to your current Kickstarter pledge! 
I'll check in again tomorrow before the Kickstarter campaign ends to reveal the final four critters I made for the diamond cards.  Hoping you have a swell Sunday!