Frog Collectibles & Other Such Nonsense: 06/01/2005 - 07/01/2005

Frog Collectibles & Other Such Nonsense

A look at my frog collectibles as I get them and my wacky world in the meantime.

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Frog of the Day

Frog Bank
Originally uploaded by KenCalvino.
This froggy is telling me to start my retirement fund!

This collectible is a frog bank. There are no identifying marks on this item. It does have the rubber stopper in the bottom.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Frog of the Day

Stickabilities - Frogs
Originally uploaded by KenCalvino.
Once you get your first frog you'll find that the idea of collecting these fun creatures will just stick on you.

This set of stickers (2 sheets) is from Stickabilities. Cute!

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Global Warming Virtual March

Global warming is having a major impact upon all the species of animals of this planet, including frogs. With the melting of polar ice caps, polar bears have become threatened and penguins have had their feeding grounds disrupted. We must work to lower the greenhouse emissions that are having disasterous effects on our climate, as well as polluting our air and water. Please take a moment to join the virtual march against global warming (link is in right hand column).

Frog of the Day

Frog Tea Light Holder
Originally uploaded by KenCalvino.
The electric went off the other night and it's good to know that I have a frog to help me light the way!

This cute collectible is a Frog Tea Light Holder that was made in China. I do not have any other information than that, but it is really adorable.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Frog of the Day

With the 12th day over 90 degrees, I'm thinking about Christmas and cooler temperatures. And of course at Christmas time I'll be thinking about a nice warm summer, but that goes without saying!

This ornament is from the Robert Stanley Collection. It does not have a particular name. It dates to 2003 and could only be purchased exclusively at Hobby Lobby.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Frog of the Day

This froggie went to St. Augustine and found the fountain of youth and all I got was a scrubbie pad!

This fun collectible is from AGIFTCORP and is a St. Augustine wide mouthed frog scrubbie holder made of ceramic.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Frog of the Day

It's Saturday and a day to sleep in - good thing I have this frog pillow to rest my head on!

This arts and crafts project is a latch hook kit to make a frog pillow. It if from Caron International and is part of their Natura line. It makes a 12 inch x 12 inch pillow. Really cute!

Friday, June 24, 2005

Frog of the Day

Annalee - 10" Leapin' Frog
Originally uploaded by KenCalvino.
In this hot, humid weather which is supposed to reach 100 degrees today, it's too hot to play leap frog!

This collectible is from Annalee and is a 10 inch Leapin' Frog. It dates to 1997 at a time when they were still made in New Hampshire (that's no longer the case - they are now made in China, which has infuriated a lot of collectors). Annalee dolls are a "soft sculptured art form." They are made of cloth and wire. Frogs have been popular with Annalee for a long time.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Frog of the Day

It may be hot here at Frog Central, but the music's hotter! Just listen to the music that the frogs play every night in your own yard.

This is the last of a trio of verdigras finish frogs. This one is playing the trumpet. I have no information as to the manufacturer of this piece. They are quite heavy and while they may be safe for outside, I tend to like them on my collectibles shelf inside.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Frog of the Day

Frog statue
Originally uploaded by KenCalvino.
Here at Frog Central it's got hot and humid - and the frogs love it!

This little statue does not have any markings as to manufacturer. Just a cute frog for the collection.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Frog of the Day

I feel like royalty with an honor guard like this to escort me around!

This is part of the wonderful set called Frog Kingdom and it is the Honor Guard with Sword. This is a very interesting set and I'm glad they are a part of my collection.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Frog of the Day

It's turned hot here again at Frog Central, but I think it got a little hotter with these three!

This collectible is from Harmony Kingdom and is called Menage a Trois. It dates to 1998 and has since retired. Part of the fun of the Harmony Kingdom boxes is to see what's inside. The top lifts off to a deep box that has a tray with wine bottles, cheese, and a loaf of bread!

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Frog of the Day

Russ - Frog Prince
Originally uploaded by KenCalvino.
Happy Father's Day!

This plush Frog Prince from Russ stands just 3 1/2 inches high, but he has a big heart that says "I Love You" when you press it. With his crown and cape, he's on his way to becoming a Frog King!

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Frog of the Day

Katherine's Collection
Originally uploaded by KenCalvino.
Saturday! The weekend is here. Time to let loose - but not quite as loose as this frog!

This collectible ornament is from Katherine's Collection. Katherine's pieces are quickly sold out upon their release and as such are highly collectible.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Frog of the Day

Quarry Critter
Originally uploaded by KenCalvino.
The weather has turned really nice here at Frog Central and I was up late last night watching the frogs jump all over the lawn!

This cute collectible frog is from Quarry Critters. He is one of the smallest ones, standing just 1 1/2 inches high!

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Frog of the Day

Radko - Swamp Stompers
Originally uploaded by KenCalvino.
It finally cooled off here at Frog Central and so it was a good night last night to go down to the pond and listen to a wonderful group of performers - The Swamp Stompers. A good time was had by all!

This is another great ornament from Christopher Radko. It is one of the trio that makes up Swamp Stompers. This one plays the saxaphone. This ornament is made in Italy.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Frog of the Day

Happy Swing Clock Frog
Originally uploaded by KenCalvino.
It's time to make the donuts! Oh wait, it's noon . . . it's time for lunch! Bug sandwiches here I come!

This battery operated clock has a frog on the top that swings back and forth and croaks with each second. He has a chorus in the two on the bottom that alternate with the frog on the top. It is called Happy Swing Clock and other than a Made in China sticker, I can find no other information on the clock or the box.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Frog of the Day

Happy Flag Day!

This cute collectible is from Encore by artist Kathleen Kelly and is part of the Wannabe line. He is called Sir Hops A Lot Frog.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Frog of the Day

Votive Holder Frog
Originally uploaded by KenCalvino.
Another hot and hazy day here at Frog Central, but it's supposed to rain and thundershower later. I best be sure that all the candles are ready to go in case the power goes out!

This votive holder frog is made in China and hand painted. I do not have any further information on this item.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Frog of the Day

This garden frog may say he sees no evil, but it looks to me like he's peeking!

This frog is a garden statuary made in China and is part of a set. This one is See No Evil.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Frog of the Day

Yet another scorcher here at Frog Central, but it's never too hot to cuddle up with this cute plush.

This collectible is from Applause, Lou Rankin's Friends collection. He is a large plush called Happy Herbert Frog.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Frog of the Day

Kathy Wise - Country Frog
Originally uploaded by KenCalvino.
The heat wave continues here at Frog Central and it's important to put on your straw hat if you have to go out in the sun.

This collectible is from Enesco and designed by Kathy Wise. It is dated 1995. The bee is held on by a small spring.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Frog of the Day

Frog Cup
Originally uploaded by KenCalvino.
In this hot weather, the frogs here at Frog Central want to remind you to drink plenty of water and please bring your pets inside.

This cup with lid and straw has no identifying marks on it.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Frog of the Day

Fanciful Frogs - Hoppy Hour
Originally uploaded by KenCalvino.
It is so hot here at Frog Central that all you want to do is get a nice cool drink and sit back and relax!

This great collectible frog is from Westland Giftware. It is part of their Fanciful Frogs Line, number 11913, and is called Hoppy Hour.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Frog of the Day

Castagna - Frog Couple
Originally uploaded by KenCalvino.
The paparazzi are everywhere these days, aren't they? I mean a beautiful wedding yesterday and today the honeymoom photos!

This collectible is made by Castagna in Italy and is called Frog Lovers. It dates to 1996.

Monday, June 06, 2005

It's June which can only mean - Weddings!

This wonderful gem from Reuters:

KHOCHAKANDAR, India (Reuters) - Two giants toads were married in a traditional Hindu ceremony in eastern India at the weekend by villagers hoping to propitiate the rain gods and end a dry spell.

Some 400 people cheered and blew conches as women put streaks of vermilion on the female toad's head while a band played music and priests solemnized the marriage to the chanting of Hindu hymns.

The toads were picked up from separate ponds, dressed in bright red clothes and brought to the marriage venue in a decorated palanquin in Khochakandar village in West Bengal state late Sunday.

The married toads were released into a pond after the ceremony in the village about 365 km (225 miles) north of the state capital, Calcutta.

"Our forefathers used to organize marriages of toads to get sufficient rain for cultivation. We hope rain will be coming very soon," said Konica Mandal, one of the organizers of the wedding.

The village has been reeling under a severe heat wave with temperatures touching 44 degrees Celsius, drying up ponds and creating problems for farmers and their crops.

The southwest monsoon hit India's southern coast Sunday, about four days later than normal, but it will be some time before the rains wind their way to the rest of the country.

A heat wave sweeping India, Bangladesh and Nepal has killed nearly 100 people over the past two weeks.

Frog of the Day

Today is a very busy day here at Frog Central - and a very hot one! - so I'm getting around a bit early. It all just makes me want to sing and dance!

This plush is from DanDee and can sing and dance. It plays "Do You Love Me" while the head rocks back and forth. Although he has a pillow that says Prince Charming, by the looks of all the kisses I'd think he was fooling someone! I purchase this guy at K-Mart. It runs on 3AA batteries.

Remember, if you have a collectible that takes batteries to remove them when you are not using the item. The batteries can leak and ruin it.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Frog of the Day

Marvy Frog Punch
Originally uploaded by KenCalvino.
So the frogs here at Frog Central want to have a big parade and have asked me to make the confetti. Well, what other shape would you have me make?

This craft paper punch from Uchida Marvy is frog shaped and makes great little frogs that you can use in many craft projects.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Frog of the Day

Kathleen Kelly - Frogula
Originally uploaded by KenCalvino.
It was a late night here at Frog Central, but then again it's a late night every night when you're Frogula!

This collectible is from Russ, designed by Kathleen Kelly Critter Factory and part of The Country Folks' Li'l Treaters collection. It is called Frogula.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Frog of the Day

Lamp Shade Frog Sitter
Originally uploaded by KenCalvino.
Imagine my surprise when I went to turn on the lamp next to my bed and I find this frog hanging out! I think I woke him up!

This cute collectible is a lamp shade sitter and part of a set of 3. They have a sticker that says made in China but other than that I do not have any information on this cutie.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Frog of the Day

2002 - it was a very good year. Wait, that's now how the song goes, is it?

This is a calendar from Firefly Books for the year 2002. The yearly calendars are great because they show some of the most spectacular frogs from around the world, but don't forget the little guys who hop around our lawns. They were really active here at Frog Central last night and it was great listening to them croaking well into the wee hours of the morning. Remember to put out some toad abodes and you too could have a nice chorus.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Frog of the Day

Cairn Studios - Turnabout
Originally uploaded by KenCalvino.
Today's collectible is one of the favorites of mine - but then I always did like to play leap frog!

This piece is from Cairn Studios and was a collaborative effort of both Tom Clark and Tim Wolfe. It is called Turnabout and is their inventory number 6317. This was created in November 1994 and is edition number 96. It is a retired piece. I was lucky enough to have this signed by both artists - Tom Clark's signature is visible in this picture, Tim Wolfe's is on the other side. I just love the Cairn Studio pieces and they are a good investment - their value increases dramatically after they retire.

From the card:
Here's a new turn on the old game of Leap Frog. The Woodspirit was a little nervous to have the frog leap over him, but turnabout is fair play, so her removed his hat and hunkered down. The frog got a running start - one, two, three, ribbet! and cleared the Woodspirit's balk pate with a flawless jump. Leaping lizards, this is fun! These two friends join the other leap frogging duos who find their game uplifting - Jumping Jack, Hopt Tuit and Leap Frog. This addition to the Kindred Spririt Collection has two coins: a play money token and, to celebrate this unique style of transportation, a New York City subway token. Together they make "fare play." If you are a kindred spirit with the little people and their animal neighbors, you'll be able to find three faces hidden in the Woodspirit's beard.

The token and play money are at the right foot of the Woodspirit. Some of the other duos that the tag talks about have already been featured here, the rest is yet to come. And while I hoped to be a kindred spirit with the little people and animal neighbors, I can only find two faces hidden in the Woodspirit's beard.

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