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Sunday, July 25, 2010


We made Devon's Pikachu cake. The girls helped decorate this year, and I think they did quite well. Happy Birthday Devon!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

L is for Love

I drew Love for the letter L of my Abstract Nouns Alphabet. This was also fashioned after my parents' hippie Peace, Love, and Joy curtains from the early 1970s.

While researching hearts, I came across these Candy Heart generators via has many interesting categories, such as Oddly-named Candy, Top 10 Grossest Candies, and Top 10 Simpsons Candy Moments. And here is my favorite, the Candy Wrapper Alphabet Quiz.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

K is for Knowledge

Knowledge is the letter K of my Abstract Nouns Alphabet. I was tempted to illustrate knowledge with something poetic, like a torch or flower, or symbolic, like the National Library symbol. In the end I decided to keep it simple and draw it imprinted in the convolutions of a brain.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Octopus Cake

Speaking of cakes, my sister made an octopus cake for my niece's birthday using this Williams-Sonoma Octopus Cake Pan . The cake was supposed to look something like this (see left). Unfortunately my sister forgot to grease the pan, so it came out like this instead (see below). Anyway, it was delicious.

I noticed that the Octopus Cake Pan is no longer available at Williams-Somona, but perhaps recent events will prompt them to bring it back.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Another Cake

Devon's birthday is coming up, and she has asked me to make her a Pikachu cake. I just looked up "Pikachu," and it seems fairly straight forward.

Of course this request may (will) change several times between now and the 25th, but that's fine. Here are some of the other cakes I have made over the years.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Nagging Question Answered!

My coworker offered me a piece of Toffifay candy the other day. I had never tried Toffifay before, but the taste was instantly familiar. So familiar, in fact, that I asked all of my coworkers if they happened to remember a caramel chewey candy from the 1970s that tastes just like Toffifay. One had a vague recollection, but could not remember the name.

So I turned to Google, and searched for "caramel candies from the 1970s." After a few false starts, I found the answer: Rothchild's Candies. Here is the commercial they reference.

Now that that's answered, I can pay attention to my children again and enjoy the rest of the weekend. Happy Sunday!

Friday, July 09, 2010

J is for Joy

I used J for Joy. The illustration was inspired by my parents' hippie "Peace, Love, Joy" curtains that hung in our kitchen in the early 1970s (see below). That's me in the high chair -possibly on my first birthday.

Monday, July 05, 2010

I is for Idea

I used Idea for the letter I of my Abstract Nouns Alphabet. I decided to go with the cartoon thought bubble instead of the traditional light bulb. It ended up looking a bit vintage Electric Companyish, but I like it.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Aunt Ethel's War

I found this site while searching for WWII political cartoons:

Aunt Ethel's War

At the beginning of World War II, a great aunt of mine, Miss Ethel Snoddy, began clipping political cartoons from newspapers. She faithfully kept this up for the next five years, pasting her cartoons into five large photo albums, one for each of the war years. By war’s end, she had compiled nearly 3,500 cartoons.

The purpose of this website is to bring a portion of those cartoons to light. I hope you find them interesting and I invite your feedback. Please click on Email Me below for any comments or questions you may have.


Bob Rice

Carmel Valley, CA

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