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Be brave enough to live life creatively.

The creative place where no one else has ever been. ~ Alan Alda

Hello from the Toymaker

And Mystery Scissors

Do you collect things? Some people collect paper dolls or squashed pennies, stamps or Legos. My two obssessions are books, especially antique books on toymaking, and an indecent amount of art supplies. A good friend of ours sent me a box of antique scissors last week and they were so lovely I drew a picture of a few of them as well as some of my own favorites.

From left to right above, Hair cutters, thread snips, paper shears, fabric shears, Gingher embroidery scissors, Dahle paper snips for detail work, Gold Swiss Victoria's for needlework and on the far right, an odd pair of three bladed scissors that cuts a 2mm fringe. If you have any idea what a three bladed scissors are used for let me know. It's a mystery!

Wishing you a creative week!

Best thoughts,




Mystery Scissors






Spin Mills!

These happy little spinners are easy to make and twirl in the wind.

I've been obssesed with them all week.

Click here to go to the Spin Mill Page


Who has seen the wind?

Neither you nor I but when the trees bow down their heads,

the wind is passing by.

~ Christina Rossetti



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If that doesn’t work try emptying your cache.)





Thank you to my lovely Patreons

Thank you so much to all my supporters on Patreon.

Your generosity allows me to make more paper toys to share!

I've been posting little creative treats, previews and sketchbook pages on most Sundays.

This month you will see, A Flying Aeroplane, Farmer Wombat's Garden, and Kitten, Pumpkin, Moon.

I've also added two new tiers, Shining Stars and Magical Beings.

(Magical Beings will receive a handmade Fairy Letter in December)


Join the fun!

Join the fun. Become a Toymaker Patron!


Thank you, Shining Stars!

Krista Kausen

Heather Gillbanks


And a Special Thanks to you,

Wonderful Magical Beings!

Theresa Burkhardt

William Scott





Mysterious Math Carnival

School has started. Help make someone brush up on their math skills in a fun way.

Click here to go to learn more about the Mysterious Math Carnival


"I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework."

~ Lily Tomlin



Halloween is right around the corner.

Click here to go to the Happy Halloween Page



Toymaker's Workshop


“Whatever may be the tensions and the stresses of a particular day,

there is always lurking close at hand

the trailing beauty of forgotten joy

or unremembered peace.”

~ Howard Thurman


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