Jan 12, 2015

Behind the Scenes in FunTown...


Hello...When putting together my storybook there were sacrifices to make. When I was making the buildings...I put second stories on most of them....consequently, to shoot the whole backdrop my characters were too small. So...with this blog I will share with you the story behind the story...so to speak. This is the FunTown Welcome House. As a child my family took a road trip to Florida...A fond memory was crossing the border into Florida they had a welcome station and generously gave you a glass of fresh Florida orange juice...At our welcome house you get a whistle...I just love party favors...don't you?


May I introduce you to Lu-Lu Ella and this is her kitchen at Silly Billy's Fun Eats Cafe where she bakes her famous "French Vanilla Cupcakes with Red Jimmies on Top." In the book you can't see the details. I made her a cherry rug. My husband Tim made the cabinets and shelving and the stove is an old toy stove. I had so much much fun...it was like building many dollhouses.


Here is the FunTown Bank & Trust. My goal was to give it a stately appearance.



This is the Bloomer's home on Garden Avenue. Note that their home is green. The sun shines brightly on this family...note the little blue flower...His name is Bud...and he is "Potty Training"



This is GoodNight Irene in her Bed & Breakfast kitchen where she prepares her legendary pancakes. Once again Tim made the cabinets and the window. I had fun making the syrup box,the flour bag and pancakes. Details are very important.


I had such fun making Miss Cherry-onTop's ice cream shop. I would love to live above the shop. Imagine going downstairs every day and choosing new and tasty treats...


This is a bird's eye view of Whistling Dixie's Toy Shop...Now this was such fun. The little sand bucket is an inch tall.


The FunTown Airport was based on the American Airline's Hangars at LaGuardia. I love the weathervane...after all FunTown is famous for those cupcakes. Buffalo has chicken wings, Chicago has hot dogs and FunTown has cupcakes.


This is Good Time Charley's Party Goods store. I grew up in LaGrange, Illinois and we had Murray's Party Goods store. With all of the festivities in town...I had to include this specialty store.


FunTown also has industry...the Goody-Goody Gumdrop's Candy Company. Little Lucy Gumdrop, the great-great granddaughter of the late Morris Gumdrop is the president. She employs many of the Funnies...this is a good job because you can sample all of the candies every day.

Off I go to my sewing room as Valentine's Day is coming up and I am making some fun toys...

Always remember to Have Silly Fun...Jody

Dec 29, 2014

My Book...


Hello...I do hope that all of you enjoyed your holiday...Those of us in FunTown are still celebrating...not only did we have sugary holiday cookies, candies and bubbly party punch...FunTown is over the moon about their book. They have patiently waited for me to get this book completed for so many years. They had just about given up. But...now there is dancing in the streets.


The day before I left for Tokyo  this giant truck pulled up to deliver my storybook..."Welcome to FunTown."


My helpful husband Tim...the president of the Small Potatoes Publishing Company Shipping Department prepared the books to ship out. That was nice of him...


He sealed them in plastic wrap just to insure that they would not get wet.


Next I filled the car with my happy parcels and off to the post office I went.


So, as you can see there is harmony in FunTown yet again as our dream has come true. Our book is a tribute to many of the citizens in town. It has 97 colorful pages.


There is much singing...


And dancing...Happiness reigns in FunTown once more.

If you are interested in getting a signed copy the price is $29.95 with $3.50 shipping in the U.S. Just contact me at my email address.

I hope that all of your dreams come true for each and everyone of you in 2015.


Always Have Silly FunTown Fun....Jody, President of Small Potatoes Publishing Company


Nov 28, 2014

A Sneak Peek into my Book

Here is a glimpse in the window of my FunTown Storybook...Myself and all of the Funnies so hope that you enjoy your visit...Contact me if you are interested at 

the cost is $29.95









Oct 9, 2014

The Party's Over...


Hello...Well...I have returned from the Ghoultide Gathering Show. Oh what fun we had. Scott Smith and Bill Gilmore, the RingMasters, once again put on the Greatest Show on Earth. The artists and the guests were all so nice. Yes, a fun time was had by all. I had a great show. There are some pieces left over. So for those of you who couldn't attend I will share these with you. Above is "Fraidy Manor" an 11"x5" haunted house made of felt. This is the curbside view...


Side view...


This is the back yard...notice the Halloween costumes on the clothesline...


Lastly, the other side. I had so much ruin making this. It is a one-of-a-kind and the price is $250.00


This is "Eggy and Peggy"This piece is 7' tall...the eggplant car is made of velveteen and Peggy is made of felt with a lantern. She is $185.00. Also a one-of-a-kind.


This is "Lady Bloodiva" a 12.5" flat, yet slightly stuffed skeleton wearing a vintage silk and organdy gown. Also a one-of-a-kind...$85.00...


This is "Jackie-Can" a 5" tall little party pumpkin tin boy. a one-of-a-kind at $95.00...


This is "Professor Van Hootin...7.5" to the top of his top hat....made of mohair, with wired arms...a-one-of-a-kind...$180.00


And his lady friend..."Woo-Hoo" 5.25" tall...$170.00...one-of-a-kind...

Lastly...


A scene from FunTown...a 19"x15"...on a wooden board with a stand in the back...Petey's Pumpkin Patch. This really got me in the Halloween spirit. A great backdrop for Halloween collections...one-of-a-kind and $250.00.

So...I have never put my work up for sale on my blog...I feel like a Tupperware saleswoman.

If you are interested my email is:

jodbatt@gmail.com

phone #770-993-0734

So, I hope you enjoyed my little gallery show...Have silly "Pumpkin-Picking" fun...Jody

Sep 13, 2014

Ahhh...It is Sweater Time


It is that time of year...Put away the flip-flops and bring out the turtleneck sweaters. Just think that while we do this the pumpkins are busy getting bigger every day.


The squirrels are out there in gathering their nuts. Sadly, they gather our bird seed as well.


The owls are preparing for the longer nights...


It is time to celebrate the harvest. This is Tutti and Fruity...a happy PAIR...


Every one is scurrying about as soon it will be October and these two will love all of the attention that comes their way.


In FunTown the Fashionistas are shopping for their Harvest Moon Ball Gowns. Yes, it seems a tad early to me too...but it is important to look their best. This way you get more dance partners.



Yes...everyone seems so busy...including me...I am readying for this great show.... The Ghoultide Gathering Show. I highly reccomend this show. So why don't you join us. The artists aren't only talented...they are lots of fun. Plus...they give you candy...How great is that?


This is Sunshines Nellie...a proud citizen of FunTown. She is smiling because they days are getting shorter...this is good for her. Now she can catch up on her T.V. shows.

Have silly sweater fun...Jody

Jul 22, 2014

Friends are Good...



Hello...Well...I am having a great day. I received a surprise...Don't you love surprises? The UPS man delivered a parcel from my good friends in California. I was so excited while I was opening it as  these pals have really good taste. Imagine my delight when I saw this awesome toy.  It is amazing that this set remained in tact. The Mother of the child that played with this must have had a large beach bag. I want to go make a sand castle now...Oh...that would mean a bikini...maybe I will hang it in my sewing room instead.


Since I am an ardent fan of tin lithography I thought I would gather a few. It is so fun to display old toys with these old tins. It is like having an excuse to buy more toys.


He so enjoys getting a ride in this little buggy...he would be bored just sitting on a shelf. Monkeys don't like to sit still.


 Whooo doesn't like a comfortable little tin cup to nest in with a friend? Plus they are serenaded by this handsome Basso Profundo.


See how fun tins are? Now you have an excuse to buy display pieces.

So to Jami, Janis, Debbee and Carolyn...Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this treasure. I will think of our fun times when I look at my new toy.

Have silly "Friends with good taste are good" fun,   Jody

Jul 4, 2014

May Your Doodles be Dandy...


Hello...It is a good day to be a proud American. Here are a few parade participants. I hope they are wearing comfortable shoes.





Here is our honored Grand Marshall for our Fourth of July Parade. He will proudly ride in a shiny red convertible.


After the parade there are many activities that are available for our pleasure. The Movie House is a good alternative as they serve tasty movie snacks, have cool air conditioning and plus it is entertaining. How good is that?



If you have a boat it is a good day to take to the high seas. Maybe you will even find a mermaid. Wow, that would be a treat.


Picnics are fun. Find a scenic spot in a grassy park, bring a basket full of treats and enjoy the fresh air. A note of caution...beware of the hungry little buggers...they love this holiday also...it is like gigantic buffet for them.


A day of hanging around the house is a holiday also. You can catch up on the household errands. A day in the garden with freshly laundered clothes flying in the gentle breeze is a satisfying feeling.


Many of us will go to our town squares for fireworks and live music. We will stand for our national anthem..."The Star Spangled Banner." I usually tear up, so I bring a hankie just in case. There is nothing better than singing this with your friends, family and community.


Dancing in the moonlight...it doesn't get any better than that.


Oh my goodness...after a holiday a good night's sleep is welcome. I hope that your day is a holiday.

A note of caution...don't put firecrackers in your pockets...you will thank me later.

Have a silly "Macaroni Salad" fun day,   Jody
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