With our Halloween clip getting closer and closer to being finished, there's a real sense of the season in our house right now. And I'm happy to report, my eldest felt the need to share the joy with our resident squirrels :)
Inspired by a new kit we're developing, she decided they needed a little halloween scene of their own, complete with pumpkin!
I love how pleased with her results she was, and I love the results themselves!!
PS the squirrely Halloween clip should be ready to share by next week, so stay tuned :)
The Natural History Museum has asked us to participate in another of their fantastic museum events. So in a couple of weeks we'll be celebrating the "haunted museum" with another crafting extravaganza.
The theme they are working with is `Dia de los Muertos' so that's been on my mind for a couple of weeks.
I'm happy to share our exciting ideas :) The main event will be bright skeletons with big skulls and colorful teeth!
And just to have on hand, I figured out how to twist up some tiny skulls too. Hope to see some of you at the museum on the 25th!
Schools can be amazing places, and our local one is one of the best I've seen. Beyond the superb education, the extra curricular activities always abound.
This week was "Reflections" week, and those who took part were tasked with crafting something that reflected what they felt would make the world a better place. I was actually coaching my youngest on the soccer field while my eldest built this wonder!
I love that nature is so high on her wish list. I also love the way she expressed that wish! Truly Squirrel King as another parent remarked to her :)
PS Perhaps camping this weekend paid off more than just the rejuvenating effect I felt!
One of the joys in life is getting glimpses into the myriad possibilities the world offers. So yesterday, how fun to be a trucker for a day :)
Our big shipment of new card deck instructions finally arrived and I was on the bill of lading to pick it up!
Having visited the warehouse to pick up the goods - which was the size of at least a couple of football fields - I now want a turn with the forklifts!
Keep an eye out for fun new opportunities yourself and share what you know with someone else; this morning I'm going to open my daughter's eyes to Pascal's triangle and the amazing world of binomial coefficients :)
The squirrels have entered the graveyard and the Halloween shoot continues.
Over the weekend, my wonderful and talented friend Tom Clancey (the cinematographer, not the resurrected writer) stopped by for a couple of days to lend a hand on the graveyard shift. What ensued was a master class in photography for me :) Learning is such a joy and learning from a good friend is all the more fun!
Then yesterday, I watched Boxtrolls with my youngest, and at the end of the movie there was a little piece showing the makers moving the individual characters shot by shot. It was pretty cool, and it made me want to share a couple of images of the concentration that goes into making our little pieces - here's a couple of images my lovely wife caught of me :)
Even squirrels like to Trick or Treat and of course they get dressed up for the occasion!
So far we have skeleton squirrels - insisted upon by my youngest, and now my own personal favorite - a witch - complete with broom - and still to come a ghost squirrel and of course the mummy, a regular favorite.
Finally, there's the stomping grounds including the night sky and the moon!
Super excited to put the final touches together and shoot these later this week. I'm pretty sure everyone will have a good chuckle :)
PS there's a mystery guest character in the Halloween clip, see if you can guess :)
I've seen some wonderful uses for duct tape including the construction of bags, but I had not until this weekend witnessed the sheer joy that can bring young ones :)
Returning from a tea-party with friends, my eldest sat me down to school me in the ways of duct tape construction. Specifically, she led me through step-by-step, her method for making a purse. Check out the spectacular results!
As we prepared for the big shipment to Canada, it occurred to me that it would be fun to document the chief squirrel overseeing our packing job. And so without further ado, here it is for your viewing pleasure :)
Four pallets in all, and all headed north. If you live in Canada, keep an eye out in your nearest Mastermind Toy store :)
There has been a lot of talk of late of boxes, so I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone what's inside all those boxes ... Acorns!
A big part of our hectic schedule over the last couple of months has been an expansion of color choices and a wonderful overhaul of the tags. So without further ado, I present to you, our Sunshine Pack, that sets you up for pink, yellow and orange squirrels, and ...
our Forest Pack that has the fixings for purple, blue and green!!
Super excited to see the squirrels you guys make with these new colors :) Keep an eye out for them, they're starting to head out into the world!
We've been very busy here at Squirrel King headquarters working out production of acorns. In the meantime though, the squirrels themselves were building a title card. Here's what we caught of the action :)
It's been a chaotic last few weeks and we've traveled far and wide ... and it's been too long since I posted here!
The upside of all this is that The Squirrel King is spreading out across the country :)
We've been flat out attending trade shows for the first time ever and the response we've garnered is a little overwhelming. People - from Florida to LA, from Dallas to Canada - love our product and more generally the philosophy underpinning what we're doing.
To all our new friends, it's been wonderful to meet you!
Stay tuned for more updates, I'll try to get back to at least once a week :)
I have always been a firm believer in the adage that life is not a spectator sport. And I've tried very hard to instill this into my kids, encouraging them to partake in sports, learn to ride a bike and just generally get out there.
All of that is simply a backdrop to my next observation: spending family time crafting while watching the world cup has been a great joy over the last week or so. I shall share the results shortly, but in the meantime I encourage you to enjoy some sport with your young ones. At the end of the day, spending time with them is a the rewarding common denominator :)
The last week has been chaos for us! We flew to Dallas to meet McManemin - our new reps in that part of the country - and to partake in our first ever trade show. And did we ever meet a slew of great people!!
Pictured here is Kooba Karl tearing it up in the showroom. Karl comes care of Samm, one of our new favorite peeps. He's is a great ambassador for the game Kooba that amused us to no end. To read more about Karl, click here.
For those of you in the south, thanks for the hospitality and look out for acorns in stores near you :)
I've always been a big fan of mixing media right back to the day my mind was blown when I first saw "Who Framed Roger Rabbit". For those of you similarly inclined, here's one to enjoy. It's fun and whimsical and just reminds you how wonderful simple ideas can be :)
Hope you enjoyed Hombre McSteez and much as I did!
Our stadium is getting much closer to completion and the stands are starting to fill with spectators, so my supreme helper decided that the time had come to start warming up the goalie. Check out the action:
At The Squirrel King we think a lot about recycling, repurposing and just generally taking odds and ends and making them more beautiful. It's all part of our Oath.
And it buoys me whenever I'm reminded that Mother Nature has a similar philosophy.
The other day I stumbled across this lovely example of her work. A beach that was once a dumping ground now now sparkles in a unique fashion of its own! I take this as a shining example to all of us to keep at it :)