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Fobot of the week–Beelzebot

beelzebotBow down before Beelzebot, Prince of Semi-Darkness, Lord of the Underwear,  King of Heck.  Worship me with offerings of rusty things and chocolate! 

I’m cute?  Who said that?  DO NOT CALL ME CUTE!  I will destroy you!*

Beelzebot is 18.25″ tall.  His principal components include a Baby Brownie camera (so cute), lamp burner part, cleat, clock gear, anti-kickback pawls, barbecue fork, chocolates tin, amp meter, wrenches, valve springs, and porcelain faucet covers. 

*The opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of the artist.  But they might be…


Fobot 200

harold_hill2Let us now take a moment to welcome the 200th Fobot into the world.  Meet “Harold Hill”.  Musical theatre fans will recognize him as the lead character in “The Music Man”.  Some of you have already started humming “76 Trombones”.  The truly nerdy have bypassed “76 Trombones” and “Trouble in River City” and have proceeded directly to “Shi-Poo-Pi”, a song for which there is no excuse.  But I digress…

Harold stands 19.5″ tall, from the car lens on the top of his toy coffee pot head, to his jello mold feet.  In between, there are clock gears, a rhinestone brooch, wrenches, a pocket watch movement, hydraulic fittings and valve springs.  And, of course, the Mattel Merry Music Box, with its charming and colorful graphics of a charming and colorful stereotypically ethnic Italian organ grinder and his monkey.  Many years ago, a child would hang this music box from a string around his/her neck, and turn a crank on the right side to play a tune until adults in the vicinity went mad and paid him/her to stop FOR GOD’S SAKE STOP!  In this case, the tune is “The Farmer in the Dell”.  Would have been better with “Shi-Poo-Pi”.

You won’t be seeing “Harold Hill” or many of his really cool brothers and sisters on  In fact, you won’t see many available bots at all on the website.  Between saving bots to bring to the St. Louis Art Fair and filling reorders from galleries, fresh Fobots are in short supply.  And I know St. Louis is still 3 months away, but if I don’t start holding some Fobots back, we’re going to look pretty stupid standing there in an empty tent.


cha wrap-up, then on to Philadelphia

cha-2009-263I’ve been back from Anaheim–as well as Phoenix and the California bay area–since Saturday, and I’m wondering what the statute of limitations for blaming one’s spaciness on jet-lag is.  I’m hoping for a week.  Because the alternative is to blame it on a to-do list so long I go into minor meltdown mode whenever I look at it.  A week from today we leave for ANOTHER  trade show–this time, the Buyer’s Market of American Craft in Philadelphia.  There, I’ll be showing the Fobots to gallery owners who will fall in love with them and clamor to have them in their stores.  At least, that’s what I’m hoping…

But first–CHA.  A great show, well worth the relatively small investment.  Well, small compared to Surtex.  Sometimes it seems like my HOUSE is a small investment compared to Surtex.  But I digress…. The new location of the License and Design section, right in the middle of the Anaheim Convention Center show floor was a huge improvement over last year’s Siberian outback.  The show management flew in 10 VIP buyers from a variety of companies who license art, and who spoke with each of the exhibitors.  I’ve got a good feeling about some of these contacts resulting in some actual contracts, but I’m such a pessimist… I’ll believe it when the check clears.  But the best part is getting to visit with old friends, meeting new artists, and sharing information.  One Photoshop tip I picked up from another exhibitor (thanks, Robin!) had me so excited, I couldn’t wait to try it out.  That’s me in the picture, in my booth, working on my laptop.  Only regret–The day we had set aside for Disneyland was cold and rainy, and the hotel room was warm and dry…

Note to self and future exhibitors–if you’re planning on shipping anything from the convention center’s FedEx office–DON’T.  Take a cab to any other FedEx office–it’ll be cheaper than the $45 “handling fee” they stuck me with in addition to the shipping costs.  But aside from that, a great show.  I could go on and on, but the to-do list is calling.  Not just calling–screaming.


Greetings from cha, anaheim 2009

Oh, how I wish I had a picture to include with this post.

Maybe a picture of the opening parade.  Yeah, that’s right, a parade inside the convention center, with a Scottish pipe and drum corp.  Because nothing says “I’m here to craft” like a buttload of bagpipes.  There’s only one thing that could have made this event even more surreal.  And that would be to have the Craft and Hobby Association employees (Hi Lauri!  Hi Anthony!) all pulling craft carts like a precision drill time.  You know, like those precision lawnmower drill teams, weaving in and out in tight formation.  Man, that would be sweet.

Or the disorderly procession of large women dragging their overflowing craft carts and fleeing the building this morning.  Around 10 a.m., all the fire alarms went off, accompanied by a voice on the P.A. system that could have been Charlie Brown’s teacher, but after a while was replaced by a human voice saying something like “This really IS an emergency.  Please evacuate the building immediately!”  I dunno, maybe someone’s glue gun caught fire.  Never did find out.  Bagpipes would have been nice…

Or the celebrity guest appearance of Paris Hilton.  Some of you may be asking, “What would Paris Hilton be doing at a CHA show?  Does she knit dog cozies?  Has she written a craft book?  Can she read a craft book?”  I do not have an answer for you.  Couldn’t get anywhere near the event.  Darn.

But seriously, it’s been a really good show so far.  We (the License and Design section) are right in the middle of the show floor, not off in Siberia like last year.  The manufacturers know we’re there now, the VIP buyers have been great, and show management is working really hard to make this a viable alternative to Surtex.  As for potential licenses, it’s looking good–much better than I anticipated–but only time will tell.  Hate to count those pre-natal chickens, ya know.


Peace and Warmth

theoMy Christmas greetings to you this year–Peace and Warmth. 

This design was a collaborative effort.  On Christmas Eve, two years ago, Phil (the lovely and talented husband) and I were throwing our annual Christmas Eve Party, wherein guests had to bring in the worst, ugliest, most profoundly unsuitable gift they had received that year for a REALLY nasty Santa gift exchange.  Amid the frivolity, as one strove to unload that plastic Buddha with the magic eightball in its bottom and acquire the enormous plastic jar of popcorn shaped like a guitar with Elvis’ picture on it, something lovely happened.  Our elderly cat, Theo, who was clearly on his last legs and didn’t like parties, entered the chaos and laid down in front of the fire, the very picture of contentment.  Phil quickly snapped his picture, before he could change his mind, but he stayed for quite some time.  Poor Theo died a week later, at the age of almost 21. 

I took that photo, and with a program called Corel Painter, was able to “smush” the pixels around as if they were wet paint.  The effect is absolutely remarkable.  And this year, the painting was featured on a Christmas card.  The samples just arrived, and once again, I’m a little misty over the thought of Theo and that Christmas two years ago.  That and the Elvis guitar popcorn container.

October 2021

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