Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Snooter-doots like to travel, don’t you? Snooterville Junction is a pretty small village, and we love it here, but there’s so much more to see and do out there!

We really hope that the same phenomenon as happens to garden gnomes (stolen, and photographed in various locales around the world - minus the ‘stolen’ part, of course) starts happening with Snooter-doots.

We know of one SnooterFolk family who took their Snooter-doot BFFs to Paris! They shared some pics with us on our Facebook page; that’s a great start! And, of course, Lennie and Bruce travel with Mama Snooter to every show she takes us handcrafted art-dolls to.

You may be wondering, just HOW do I travel with my Snooter-doot BFF? Here are some thoughts:

Since they are handmade from felted wool, Snooter-doots are quite packable, so any suitcase will do. But having their own backpack, like Lennie and Bruce do, is even better. That way they can be close to their HumanFolk, and easily accessible for that one ‘great’ photo opp.

Snooter-doots are satisfied with most any mode of transportation, just as long as they get there! But, if you choose to let them drive, be sure that they stay in their seat and use their seatbelts.

You may be tempted to let them take some photos. They’ve got a good eye and lots of whimsy, but with no hands, their attempts may become quite frustrating, so it may be best to just let them do the posing while YOU snap the shots.

When you’re on the road again, remember to bring your Snooter-doot.

And, please share some of your photos with us!

Happy Snooterin’!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Traveling with your Snooter-doot

Snooter-doots like to travel. Lennie and Bruce have made it their goal to see as many, or more, sites than the Travelocity ‘Traveling Gnome’.

They’re off to a good start. The boys went to the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival in California last year with Patty Pumpkin and the rest of the gang, and are looking forward to their trip again this October.

And, they’ve been all over Washington State, via the various festivals and art-fairs we’ve participated in. They’ve met lots of friendly SnooterFolk along the way

– often getting a photo with them.

Why should we travel with our Snooter-doot? Consider these thoughts:

• Since they have no mouths, they won’t be asking “Are we there yet?” incessantly.

• They don’t get carsick, so they won’t throw-up all over the back seat. Keep them inside the car windows, though; they don’t make good hood ornaments.
• Since Snooter-doots have no hands, they won’t lose their mittens.

• Snooter-doots are knit from the finest wool yarn and, when wet, will still keep you warm. Although, we do admit, they’ll smell a bit like a wet dog.

• They can act as neck pillows on long airline flights – saving you the outrageous costs of purchasing one of the airline pillows.

• Handcrafted and felted, Snooter-doots are very sturdy, so they won’t break if packed tightly in a suitcase.

• They can be a great conversation piece while being frisked by the TSA.

• Snooter-doots are warm and fuzzy, and a great companion for cranky young’uns to cuddle with.

• Since they are pretty much all eyes, they love to see all the sites. And they provide just the right perspective when placed near serious or overwhelmingly large vistas for those commemorative photos.

• For you single’s out there, they offer a refreshing ‘pick-up line’ - “Hey, wanna come back to my place to meet my Snooter-doot?” After all, as felted art-dolls, they’ll class up the joint.

• And, Snooter-doots just make you smile. Don’t we all need that these days?

So, when you’re on the road again, remember to bring your Snooter-doot.

Keep on truckin' (and send us some of YOUR photos)!

Friday, September 2, 2011

'BRUCE's BOOKS' Club Reviews - Vol 1


submitted by: Jacqui A

My favorite book receives that accolade for two reasons. First, it's a story that causes me to stop and think about life every time I read it. Moreover, I've probably reread it about 100 times. The second reason it's one of my favorites, is that one of my best long-term friends gave it to me, even though she misspelled my name when she wrote, "To Jackie (sic), Create a wonderful life for yourself up there!" as I headed off to Alaska.

Written by Richard Bach, Illusions, The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, presents Donald Shimoda, a modern day Messiah who walks away from adoring crowds to open the eyes and mind of the main character, Richard. Learning the lessons from the mysterious "Messiah's Handbook," Richard, too, becomes a crowd attracting Messiah who writes about the lessons in this book.

After reading this book, your mind turns over questions such as, what is reality? Is it just a perception or something else? Why are we on earth and what are we supposed to do? How do we know if we've done it? If you have the answers, you are a Messiah. If you don't have the answers, you're still a Messiah. Think about it. Read the book, it may help.

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submitted by: Popperfisk

Hidden Mickey’s: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World’s Best Kept Secret, by Dr. Steven Barrett

Headed to Disney World anytime soon? One particularly fun thing to do while you are there is to search for Hidden Mickey’s. There are over 800 images of Mickey Mouse that the Disney Designers and Imagineers have cleverly placed through out the World… they may be woven into carpets, pressed in to concrete walkways, painted into murals – just about anywhere you can think of .

This book is the quintessential guide to their locations and is organized into 6 different Scavenger Hunts complete with clues, hints and points – the harder they are to find the more points you can score! There is also a version of the book available for Disneyland, and there is an Ap available for your IPhone.

Dr. Barrett is also a regular Blogger on the Disney insider’s website AllEars.net, where he frequently posts about new Hidden Mickey’s and ones that have disappeared or moved – something those whacky Imagineers love to do all the time! Enjoy!

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submitted by: Mama Snooter

Time of Wonder, by Robert McCloskey

This ‘1958 Caldecott Medal’ winning book is one of my all-time childhood favorites, and is still relevant today. The illustrations are calm yet intriguing, in misty tones of watercolor wash – until the big winds hit the little island this family of four vacations on.

The story describes the islands around Penobscot Bay, Maine, and all that the folks who live there love about the sea, the shore, and the surrounding forests. Their island life is challenged by a coming hurricane, and the excitement of their preparations is profound. The best part is the wonder of exploring the UPPER limbs, trunks, and root systems of giant trees that were toppled by the storm. The girls find such treasures!

It all wraps up into the story of a never-to-be forgotten summer for two young girls, with boating and swimming and weather-worn rocks to climb on, and a close-knit family who takes care of each other. I just want to climb into the pictures and be with them!

I am so taken by this book that my ‘bucket list’ has always had a trip to Maine as one of my top three wishes. That wish was granted not too long ago, when my daughter was attending college in Boston. She arranged for a tour of Stonington, Maine, where she rented an old lobster boat and captain to tour the very same islands described by McCloskey. It was a dream come true! And, the lobster dinner afterwards, wasn’t bad either!

Robert McCloskey also wrote and illustrated: Make Way for Ducklings, Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Main, Homer Price, and Lentil.
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