“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


Welcome to The Toymaker’s Creative January Newsletter!


“Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.” — Theodore Levitt

Storm the Castle!

Here's a paper trebuchet to make. It shoots Cheerios, cat treats and M & Ms.

Dustbuster not included.


(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.)


Butterfly Card

“And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in a bud was more painful that the risk it took to blossom.” -Ana is Nin



Valentine's Day is just around the corner! Make some!



Hello and hello

Have you ever noticed how the world is full of kind people. They are everywhere, opening doors and saying please and thank you. You have to look for them, because unless you are paying attention they are invisible, like birds in the forest.

Rude people are impossible to overlook. You remember the ones who cut you off on the freeway, yell into cell phones and make the lives of others around them worse, not better. One rude person can drown out ten polite ones.

So, to the teenage boy that held the door, the older man who offered to help me lift a case of bottled water into my car and the wonderful mom and daughter who gave us homemade jam so we could taste the pleasures of real rhubarb, I say thank you. You make the world a better place.


Best thoughts,


"O terque quaterque beatum”
We are three or four times blessed.


Rhubarb, Antique Guitars, Knott's Berry Farm, The Stink-Eye... Read it here...


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We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential.
~ Ellen Goodman





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