Great Comic Characters

Just loved these adorable comic book characters.


They are originals put together by the comic creator. 


The characters are made from colored Perler Beads.


Once the beads are laid out into these awesome characters, they are iron-melted together.


Each of these was advertised for $20 (not the $15 listed at the top of the picture), but we got a deal. 


Together as a set, they are very cool, colorful, and fun to liven up any environment. 


I have them on a display at home and it’s nice to not be so serious all the time, and instead let loose with some creative juice.  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Who Says Flying Can’t Be More Enjoyable

This flight attendant is terrific here. 


She delivers the typical hum-drum public service announcements in a whole new way–now (maybe) you’ll actually pay attention.


Smart cookie and fun sense of humor. 


Happy Friday and enjoy!


(Thank you to Itzchak Ochayon for sharing this with me)

Trendy – Shoes and Bag In One

I thought this was a very creative ladies bag.


It combines two things that many love–shoes and bags!


No, you’re not putting your shoes in the bag.


And you’re definitely not wearing your bag on your feet (that’s another blog on innovation).


In this case, the shoes (and legs) are the design on the bag itself and make up the shoulder straps to carry it. 


Creative and fun thinking, right?


Also, I like the design of bold colors of the red and white sneakers and the blue jeans on the black bag. 


This is both functional and cool, and I like the trend of “mixing it up.”


The straps are the legs and shoes–pretty smart! 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

@Sawgrass Mills Mall

Thought these alligators were pretty cute at Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise, Florida. 


Sawgrass with over 300 stores and outlets is the 10th largest mall in America. 


And much of it is very upscale–apparently, the economy is very good for some people.


By the time, we got out of there, my head was spinning with sampling the stores and merchandise.


It was a delightful retreat to pass some nice outdoor eateries by the Colonnade with these creative and colorful alligators. 


Remember most of this place was built on Everglades swamp, so there are plenty of real alligators to go around. 


My favorites from these:


#4 – Forever Glades


#7 – The colorful blue, pink, and orange gator.


#9 – Relax and Rejoice


What are yours?


Not sure, why I took #1–the watermelon alligator–in the other direction, but it adds effect and I hope you enjoyed these. 😉


(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)

Pirate Cake Pops

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Shiver my timbers!


That really is a chocolate eye patch. 


And a frosting with sprinkles head scarf.


This pirate’s brain is vanilla cake!


What a Monday morning treat.


I’m smiling and hope you are too. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Culture Intersects With Preparedness

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Just really loved this emergency preparedness poster by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).


It builds off of the #1, hit TV show, The Walking Dead that films in Atlanta where the CDC is. 


The show is about a zombie apocalypse and the story of how people survive (or not) amidst a global pandemic and the murderous awakened dead that feast off of the living. 


Here’s a link with what the CDC recommends you have in an emergency preparedness kit. 


The CDC also has a comic book with a zombie outbreak theme that further drives home the importance of a preparedness kit and what to have in it. 


I think it’s great when government thinks outside-the-box in ways that appeal to everyday citizens to serve them, help them, and especially keep them safe from disasters. 


(Source Photo: here with attribution to CDC)

Tarzan Confronts Jane

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Thought this was pretty funny.


I went to the gym to do some lifting. 


And low and behold, someone had left this funny message:


“Dear Tarzan,
Please put the heavy weights back so I can move the bar up and down.”
Thank you,
Jane”


How creative a message was that!


Tarzan and Jane, nice sense of humor. 


Effectively asks for what she wants–put away the weights when you’re done!


Is polite about it–please and thank you.


Must’ve worked because the bar was unencumbered and moving up and down fine, and there was no leftover heavy weights to be found. 


A little thoughtful note can go a long way. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Taste The Snowman

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Thought this was quite creative 


And probably tasty too. 


A snowman made out of vanilla ice cream. 


With red fruity eyes. 


(and a dangerous–do not eat–green thumbtack nose!) 


The hands are little flags from the Silver Diner. 


Very cute, festive, and mostly edible. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

It Doesn’t Get Better Than This

This video was composed and produced by one of my very talented colleagues, David Ausman (2015). 


I was really impressed by the skill and creativity of this music video as well as the vivid portrayal of a fantasy vacation to Havana, Cuba. 


He recorded it in his own voice and used Garageband and his digital piano to jazz it up. 


When I asked him how he got the idea for this, he said that his associates overhead and told him a friendly conversation they overhead that went like this:


“Bob: Bill! I haven’t see you in ages. How have you been?


Bill: Bob, you old sob! How ya doing?


Bob: I’m doing great, especially since I’m no longer posted in [edited out].


Bill: I know, I know. So how are you liking it back home?


Bob: (pointing his finger at Bill) It doesn’t get better than this!


Bill: (pointing back) Yeah, it doesn’t get better than this!”


Now that he shared this funny story with me, I also can’t stop thinking about some fantasy fun trip somewhere. 


And most important that when we appreciate everyone and everything we have in our lives then “It [truly] doesn’t get better than this!” 😉

Hey, Lady On The Shirt

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This was just a really cool shirt that I saw.



It’s has an image of a lady standing out front with what looks like a volcano in the background. 



The volcano is shooting up its hothead steam, and looks like it’s blowing the cloud on the left sideways, off-kilter. 



What’s nice about the lady on the shirt is that it’s not just drawn on, but has materials sewn in to make it 3-D.



The black and pink fabric for the dress, the green and red beads for the shirt, the pink and silver over the black patches for the sunglasses, and the yellow for the hat. 



Also, like the way she’s standing all confident wth her hands on her hips and her elbows out–like “Hey, that volcano is nothing (compared to me)!”



The shirt is so simple, yet very smart. 



That’s the way most things should be. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)