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Apr 26, 2009
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Nationally known silhouette artist Clay Rice brought his rare skill of cutting silhouette portraits to Portsmouth, NH Wednesday, April 22 when he created over 70 of these heirloom memories for local residents. His scheduled day was packed full with fans of this simple art form.
The term derives from Etienne de Silhouette (1706-67), French Minister of Finance under Louis XV, who cut shadow portraits as a hobby. Until the end of the 18th century silhouette portraits were more commonly known in Britain as ‘profiles’ or ‘shades’. This form of portraiture, being relatively quick and inexpensive to produce, was very popular from the 1750s to the 1850s, when it was overtaken by photography.
Mr. Rice proved to be as interesting as his art. “I started cutting silhouettes at about age 6 when my grandfather showed me how to cut out simple shapes such as barnyard animals and trees.” In fact Carew Rice, Clay’s grandfather was hailed by Poet Carl Sandburg as “America’s Greatest Silhouettist”. His hauntingly beautiful landscapes of Southern life and lands are sought after by collectors worldwide. Rice’s first paying job as a silhouettist didn’t come until he was 20. “I was living in Nashville, TN, learning to write songs and commuting home to the South Carolina lowcountry in the summertime to make extra money cutting silhouettes at the Pawleys Island Hammock shops for vacationers from the upstate."
Feb 24, 2009
One of the best things about going to Toy Fair is being able to see the toys up close and in action. Most companies are demonstating their products, and encouraging you to jump right in and play! "The Touch" is a geat new game for kids ages 5 and up. It's "hands on" in the true sense of the word! Players use their sensory,memory and matching skills to locate objects. It can be played competitively or cooperatively! This multi-award winning game will sure to be one of our new favorites!
Feb 23, 2009
Let the conversations begin!
Some of our favorite products come from the conversations we have with our customers. This is definitely a great recommendation! "Gather 'Round Dinner Game" is a new game is from a company called Family Time Fun. We had the wonderful opportunity to meet the owners of this Massachusetts based business! They have added a new game with each new year of their growing business, and we thought we'd give this one a try! "Spice" up the dinner family meals with this inventive conversation starter! This great new game should be on our shelves in no time!
Feb 23, 2009
Feb 23, 2009
Running a toy store takes a lot of hard work and a lot of hard play! Sometimes our work and our play look a lot alike!
One of the fun things we get to do for our work as toy store owners is to visit NYC each year to take part in the New York Toy Fair! The New York Toy Fair is held at the Javitt's Center, and over 100,000 products from over 1200 exhibitors are on display! Talk about sensory overload! It took us 2-1/2 days to walk the aisles, and we could have used even more time!
One of the most exciting parts of the Toy Fair is meeting the people who develop the toys we carry on our shelves. We get to hear how they came up with such great ideas, and how they took their ideas and made them into reality! Their stories are fascinating and inspiring!
Our next couple of blogs will give you a glimpse at some of the cool new toys that we found on our visit to the New York Toy Fair!
If you want to see some live coverage of the Toy Fair from the Toy Fair TV, Click Here!
Feb 04, 2009Check out Coraline by Neil Gaiman! (We always recommend reading the book first of course) Coraline is now a major motion picture being released this February 6, 2009
"When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.
But there's another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.
Coraline will have to fight with all her wits and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life."
Check out this interview with Neil Gaiman on one of my favorite podcasts: Just One More Book!
Jan 01, 2009
First, I'd like to say Happy New Year! It's January 1st, a cold wind is blowing outside my window and as I write this I feel very grateful to have heat & power. ( a few still don't after the ice storm several weeks ago.) The turn of the calendar typically allows us to think about the year ahead; the opportunities we'll enjoy and the challenges we may face. Without trying to gloss over the difficulties that many people face right now, we always look to the new year as a time of revitalization. At G.Willikers! this is a time where new ideas can emerge. Ideas that we hope will keep our store exciting, competitive and relevant in our community. There are always new innovations this time of year in the toy industry and 2009 will be no exception. We look forward to showcasing many of these new products & playthings while we continue to carry the best toys the planet has to offer. Our 30th Anniversary year is behind us now but we're wasting no time as we prepare for a new year, a new president and many new initiatives.
Jun 01, 2008
For almost 2 months now, we have donated a dime to a local "green intiiative" when our customers go bag free, use our 100% recycled G.Wllikers! bags, or use their own bag.
This has been a small step that has seemed to have a big impact. Our customers are supportive and enthusiastic about this, and already we have saved over 600 bags, and will be donating over $60 to Little Harbors Eco-Camp Program.
For the month of June our dime a bag donation will go to the Seacoast
Science Center to celebrate their educational approaches to keeping our
The Seacoast Science Center informed us that sea turtles and other marine life think plastic bags are jellyfish and they try to eat them. Together we can take small steps that make a big difference!