Welcome to The Toymaker’s October Newsletter!

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Raising children doesn’t just mean correcting their failings but isolating and nurturing their strengths.”
~ Martin Seligman


Off to the races!

Off to the races! Here is a colorful bi-plane to make from the magical town of Trans Port.


(Computer Tip – If the new toys are not showing up on your screen, try hitting the refresh button on the browser bar. If that doesn’t work try emptying your cache.)


Halloween is just around the corner. Time to make pumpkins, black cats and things that go BOO!



Quite a few children from India wrote and asked for toys for Diwali, the Hindu New Year. So I cheerfully obliged with these little toys.



"Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born."
~ Dale E. Turner


Hello and hello!

It’s October, we’re back in a rhythm and everything has settled down to a gentle roar. We did get off to a noisy and bumpy start when a water pipe broke underneath the house the same day that school started. Most houses here in California are built on concrete slabs.

Let me tell you, my friends, hearing the words “plumber” and “jackhammer” used in the same sentence can not be good! We survived and have running water now. The floor is finally being fixed so everything just might be back to peace and quiet by the end of next week.

Other than that, everything is just fine here at Casa Del Aguas. My father is home now from the convalescent hospital and comes over twice a week to visit. We play with blocks and dominos to work on his speech and hand coordination, It is a great gift.

My other happy news is that I received a call from Scholastic Books to see if I might be available to illustrate a book for them. I screamed politely into a pillow and said, “Why yes, I would be delighted.

Best thoughts,


"If my encouragements are encouraging then that encourages me.
~ Steve Barker


Extreme pictures of plumbing horror!

Exotic doodles and drawings!

Never before seen movie and book musings!

Rare images of Small Dogs and Dinosaurs – See it all here!


And do say hello! I’d love to hear from you!


"Our work is our signature upon the world,
let us write with care and love."
~ Phillip Zaleski



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