Unieboek Mug

Unieboek Mug, originally uploaded by robayre.

Well, it all started when I accidentally snapped the handle off of my smiley face mug. I had picked up that mug secondhand (probably for mere change) and it reminded me of my Grandpa Surdyk. There wasn’t a chance I’d come across another so easily, so I turned to Ebay. Turns out there were tons of them, but I have a short attention span. Next thing I know I was searching for gnomes, that was when I came across this beauty. It’s a 1979 Unieboek gnome mug and I fell in love. I jumped into the auction in the absolute last minute and snipe attacked, winning the mug for only $1 more than asking price. It arrived today. The gnome is perfect, but I’m equally smitten with the white trunk-like mug body. Now, if I can just keep from snapping off this handle.

So, while I celebrate “winning” this mug, let me share with you a few other celebrations:

Thing-a-Day 2011 is coming up February First. It’s my fourth year participating. It’s always a lot of fun, I get really inspired and I always meet new creative people. Sign ups are open now until the First. Remember, your daily thing can be as big or as little as you want. Bake a new meal, knit a hat, sketch a doodle, or anything in between.

Rosa Murillo was interviewed by Artist and Author Summer Pierre on her series of Artists and Motherhood. Check it out here.

Tiffany Teske was published in one of my favorite magazines, Cloth, Paper and Scissors. I’m so excited for her. This is actually a goal of mine as well – to get printed in that magazine, but first I’d have to contribute ;) Read about Tiffany’s contribution here.


Hi, I'm Robyn and I was Hatched from a Kinder Surprise Egg. Graphic Designer by day, Maker of things by night. I have worked as a graphic artist professionally since I was 16 years old. Went on to get my Bachelors of Art from NIU. I like to share my Artwork online at flickr.com/photos/robayre and on my own personal website http://www.robayre.com. I also have an online shop http://www.robayre.etsy.com where you can find more of my "crafty" sorts of things, as well as a random piece of artwork here and there. Oh, and I'm also an occasional contributor to Artomat (artomat.org).

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