Five Words to Define a Year

I’ve written about Five Words to Define a Year in the past. In those posts I’ve been thinking more about my own personal journey than our larger, collective journey here on the blog. But all these end of year reflections we’ve been doing on the blog got me thinking: What …

Life of Toy Photographers

What is Life of Toy Photographers? It’s a book we created showcasing the amazing artists we featured on the blog in 2017. We created Life of Toy Photographers to celebrate our first anniversary as a blog. For a limited time only, we’re offering you an opportunity to purchase this book. …

Five Words to Define a Year

Back in January I wrote about five words to define a year. While I had originally meant these words to guide my personal work I thought I would look at the blog through this lens as well. Growth Starting this blog was a giant leap of faith. Would anyone follow …

Cheers!

Shelly recently expressed her gratitude. Now it’s my turn to say cheers. Pardon my knucklehead-ness I’ve proudly worn the knucklehead moniker since I started taking photos of toys. I should point out here that I am a bit of a dingbat. Last year I thought I was turning a year …

Feeling Gratitude

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. William Arthur Ward If you’ve been a reader of my writing for any length of time you know I periodically like to take a moment to pause and reflect on all I have to be …

With Gratitude

It’s been awhile since I’ve created a gratitude post. But their have been so many changes these first few months of 2017, I thought it was high time. I’ve always felt it’s worth a moment to pause and take time to reflect on what it is really important to me: friendships and …

Change is Hard

Change is hard. Even though I knew Kristina’s last post was coming, it still broke my heart. I respect Kristina’s decision to go her own way, and I’m grateful she will continue our challenges, at least in the short term. I will confess there’ve been a few too many changes on …

Make Art

Last week I received a package in the mail that was most unexpected. It was a small box with a well wrapped object inside. The accompanying card simply said: ‘Make Art’. I was incredibly touched by this thoughtful gift from my dentist.

Not Your Typical Challenge

Recently the Instagram toy curatorial site Toys4Life has been running a challenge, and not your typical challenge either. This challenge has no winners or losers, it is more of an opportunity to acknowledge the people on Instagram that are part of your IG Family; people you admire and appreciate. I generally don’t participate …

Grateful

It’s a beautiful spring day here in Seattle. Basking in the lovely sunshine inevitably turns my thoughts to all that I have to be grateful for. I did a series of “grateful” posts back in August and it seems like an appropriate time to add to the list. First up, I am grateful …

An Oasis in the Desert

Eight months ago, Shelly (@xxsjc) Paul (@bricksailboat) Nick (@wiiman) and I sat at a bar in Seattle, enjoying a cold beer on a warm afternoon, having just finished a group photography outing. We marveled at the engaging experience our photo safaris tended to be and decided to invite others to come …