Jun 20, 2015

California Here We Come...

Hello...Oh my goodness...it has been so long since I wrote here. I have been busy and lazy all at the same time. Anyway...enough excuses. Above are a happy little group of "Funnies" who have gone to California...Roger's Garden's in Corona Del Mar to be exact. There they will be my little ambassadors representing FunTown for me. Suffice it to say...they are over the moon to be in such hallowed surroundings as this is a very famous place to be.

"Chicky-Boo" of course was so excited to put her little webbed toes into the Pacific Ocean....as this is what her dreams are made of...crashing waves, handsome lifeguards and bright sunshine. Before she left I packed several giant sized bottles of sunscreen in her tote bag as she sunburns easily.

"Hoopy-Pooch" was also pleased as the weather is so pleasant in California...this allows her to practice her Hula-Hooping all day long. She is a two-time winner of the Hula-Hoop Challenge and she wants to continue and set a record one day. She was a tad nervous before she departed...as she was carrying her hula-hoop on board the plane and it can be so troublesome to fit items in the overhead compartments. I told her to be charming to the flight attendants and they will take good care of her.

This is "Lady Berry-Bug." When she was told that they were going to a Garden Shop she was overjoyed. She has dreams of all of the flowers and the fauna and with that comes some interesting bugs. There is much excitement as she will be there at the height of the strawberry season.

"Berry Bun-Bun" will be right by "Lady Berry-Bug's" side as they are the best of friends. Their love of sweet red strawberries makes the them a happy two-some. Miss Berry loves to hop around in the garden...but after a rambunctious romp she loves to luxuriate atop a magical strawberry throne...so we promised that she could take that with her. Uh-oh...there might be some arm wrestling between her and "Hoopy-Pooch" over those darned overhead bins. I am sure that they will behave...after all they do come from "FunTown" and manners are important.

And last but not least "Sally Sunshine" pleaded with me to join the travelers... shining in sunny California is a dream come true for all of sunbeams, as we have heard that many who live there are sun-worshippers. She is yearning for all of the attention she hopes to get.

Well...off I go as I have much to do. For those of you who live in Southern California or if you should happen to be vacationing nearby...please stop in and visit them...My book "Welcome to FunTown" will also be there. I am very honored to be included as I think that Roger's Gardens is awesome.

Have silly fun today...Jody

May 7, 2015

Vacation Plans...

Hello...Oh my...Whilst looking at my calendar I see that it is May...Just days away from summer...Summertime means bikinis...A scary notion these days.

Summer also means planning vacations...Going to the sea-side is always on the schedule. Saltwater Taffy is a necessity for all of us in FunTown. It is also important to use a quick mode of transportation as there is much traffic en route.

Fun friends should be included...It is a good thing to surround yourself with happy revelers.

Carpooling is wise...All of us in FunTown are responsible conservationists.

Traveling by rail is convenient...Sometimes you meet new traveling companions.

My goodness...We will have to rent a large beach house as our numbers are increasing. This is also a good thing as there will be many dancing partners at our parties.

I am longing for ocean breezes, long walks along the sand, the sound of flip-flops, sand castles, frosty pink lemonade, relaxing on a colorful beach towel...Oh I could ramble on forever as I dream about summer. I need to mention that my favorite thing is going to the ice cream stand...MMmm...Ice cream always tastes better when you have sand between your toes.

Have silly sea-side dreaming fun....Jody

Mar 16, 2015

There is no Business Like Show Business

Hello...After returning from Sanford, FL where I participated in Earth Angel's Art Show at Jeanine Taylor's Folk Art Gallery I thought I would share with you what my table looks like. I was fortunate enough to have this wonderful cooler to display on. Many of you have never seen me at a show so I will share these snapshots with you.

I previewed my book Welcome to FunTown in Japan but this was my first outing here in the states. I met so many charming people that enjoyed my book. I do so enjoy sharing my story and I am very proud of this book. Ten years in the making...seeing my dream come true.

This is my display this past fall at the Country Living Show under the Earth Angels Tent...I love exhibiting at shows. The people that attend are looking for an adventurous day, they appreciate handmade pieces and they are just happy people.

Here I am in Costa Mesa, CA exhibiting with my friends at the "Gathering of Friends Show"...as you can see I love bright colors...

This was the Ghoultide Gathering Show in 2013...

This is small corner in London at the Hugglett's  Show.several years ago.

This is from 2005...my first visit to Tokyo at the Mitsukoshi Department Store in Ginza...

I will be attending the Country Living Shows with the Earth Angels this year.

Nashville, TN    APRIL 24, 25 and 26

Rhinebeck, NY  June 5, 6 and 7

Columbus, OH  September 18, 19 and 20

Atlanta, GA October 23, 24 and 25

I hope to one day meet you....Have silly fun...Jody

Feb 12, 2015

My StoryBook...Part Two...

Hello...Before I share more of the story I would like to share some of my musings about our adventure in FunTown. I don't know about you but...I think that an adventure begins with...A buying trip to purchase some new fashion ensembles...after all...there will be many snapshots of me and my traveling companions...We all want to look our best. Next is the packing of our suitcase...so much planning...the right shoes, the evening wear, the casual sportswear and let's not forget the bikini should you be going the seaside. The excitement builds as you set your alarm for your departure.

 I believe that a true adventure begins when you cross a body of water...it suggests that you are going somewhere far away and exotic.

An international journey requires a currency exchange...How fun is it to have a pocket-full of foreign currency. In FunTown they use Tiddly Winks for money...Very clever of them...this way if you want to play a game with a new friend...you can.

Oh...Your lodging is integral to the success of your trip. Tasty food, a comfortable bed, scenic views and let's not forget the little shampoo bottles. Party favors are good.

The cuisine at your destination is always so tasty. It is so fun to go to the famous eateries that are suggested in the travel brochures...as we often tire of the hum-drum  restaurants in our hometowns.

These thoughts are what I had in mind when I imagined Ginny McFinny's visit to FunTown. My first international vacation was in Paris. The excitement of the new country stamps in my shiny new passport. the Euros in my new handbag, the pastries, the fancy meals, the touristy snapshots, the glasses of French red wine served at sidewalk cafes and most important...the warm memories that I will cherish forever. This is what I wanted Ginny to experience. I hope that you enjoy her warm memories also.

My Storybook Welcome to FunTown is available here at my web site.

Have a Bonnie Voyage...Jody, the smiling traveller

Feb 2, 2015

Once Upon a Time...

Hello...I realize that over  the last few months I have shared photos from my storybook...but I haven't shared the story with you. If you want to visit the shop...click here...

Let us begin at the beginning,

Allow me to introduce you to Ginny McFinny and her trusty little sidekick, "Pip-Squeak." The story begins when she discovers that the Goody-Goody Gumdrop Candy Company advertised that they were sponsoring a candy-selling contest with the Grand Prize being an all-expense paid trip to FunTown, a place that Ginny had dreamed of all of her life.

So she and Pip-Squeak went door to door in her hometown selling the tasty Goody-Goody Gumdrops...she was very successful as she is charming and quite determined to win.

Hip-Hip Hooray! She was the winner. A lovely little fellow named Hoppy-Go-Lucky escorted her on her journey.

Hoppy was a charming tour guide...I got to make friends with all of the fine citizens of FunTown.

Here is the cliff-hanger...To Be Continued...

Have silly curious fun....Jody, the teaser

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

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