Long, long ago, this is how I fell in love with rats: I saw on TV this stop-animation film by the geniuses at Cosgrove-Hall and was immediately smitten. Back then, before computers and DVD players, it was nearly impossible to get a copy of this film although eventually I was able to get a VHS copy. To this day, the film is not available on DVD but today I discovered that someone has uploaded an excellent quality copy of this 30 minute film. This is the very best version of this story I have ever seen and I am thrilled to be able to share it here with you! The rats, the rats, take a look at those gorgeous rats! My babies were inspired by these beasties! And when the Mayor refuses to pay... brilliant, just brilliant!
Enjoy "The Pied Piper of Hamlin"! The film is in 2 parts but seamless.
Feb 27, 2014
Feb 23, 2014
I try to help animals all year, not just with my online Hallowe'en Studio Tour. So when an opportunity presents itself that combines my love for baking with helping animals, you betcha I'm in!
Monday will be the 2nd annual National Cupcake Day to support Humane Societies and SPCAs. My local shelter is on the list so I inspired the folks at work to bake and to eat all the tasty treats to support the creatures in need.
And it's not just cupcakes: I baked apple-cinnamon-almond brioche, oatmeal-almond-berry muffins and lemon cheesecake squares so there were lots of choices while my co-workers made sure cupcakes were well represented.
We even have an online bakery, check it out!
So celebrate National Cupcake Day and next year why don't you consider getting a team together and taking part in this excellent fundraising idea!
Feb 16, 2014
Feb 13, 2014
I read this quote attributed to Rebekah Joy Plett and wanted to share it with you: purchasing a piece of handmade art means a great deal to the artist!
To everyone who has ever adopted one of my critters, thank you from my heart. And to all those artists from whom I have adopted or purchased, you are most welcome and I so enjoy seeing your new creations I am extremely pleased to be a part of your success!
As February 14th fast approaches, I thought to share this fast, easy and inexpensive craft idea with you: 3D paper hearts.
I made them using an ordinary glue stick instead of staples and created a LOT of hearts with only 6 sheets of paper (2 red, 2 pink, 2 pale pink).
They can be used in different formations, like these glued in the round to create bright sunshines or flowers (which, considering this winter, we REALLY need).
And I also thought to share this with you:
It certainly does make a clear statement. Enjoy loving your people tomorrow, be they furry or feathered, 2 or 4 legged!
Happy Valentine's Day!