Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Random Memories of Puppetry

As a kid I was pretty obsessed with my puppets. 
Big surprise right?  Hahaha...
At some point I was "too cool" though and figured I should give them away.  
My mom thought otherwise.  And I'm glad she did.  
I still have most of the puppets from my childhood, specifically the Muppet ones.
I had more than just Muppet puppets, but only a couple made all the way to adulthood with me, while almost all the Muppet puppets did.
A few were so worn out they got tossed, and a couple did disappear.  
Last year Alex and Marie even gave me an old Fozzie Bear matching one that disappeared years ago...  Pretty good friends, huh?
I'm a lucky guy for sure...

Today, while poking around the internet I came across this picture...
And a couple memories came rushing back... 
I had that stage!  Hahaha!  Man, I gotta track that down somehow!
And that Big Bird, Ernie and Bert too...  They all disintegrated over the years.
But thanks to my mom, I still have that Cookie Monster!
And it reminded me of a Grover puppet my brother had.  
He loved that thing.  And it's one that is gone now.  I wish I knew what happened to it.
I'm definitely going to have to search that out someday.
I remember the stage well.  It was a birthday gift.  Cardboard is really all it was.  Meant to stand on a table.  The inside was white and I have pictures in my head of drawing ideas and puppets and things inside it.  And I can remember being in my room putting on shows for no one but maybe the dog, Cassie, and loving it.  
Funny how a picture can just make your mind run wild.

It was fun to have this come back to my mind today, a day that most of the Elmwood gang got together and went over our plans to the first half of the year.  We're going to be super busy, and it's exciting!  
Can't wait to get started filming!

And I'd be crazy not to mention...  The most Muppety thing we have done so far, "ANIMAL BEHAVIOR" is now online to watch!
Click HERE to see it!

Good Morning...

Today is a new day.  A new opportunity.  A new chance.
I plan to make it good.  Fun.  And full of smiles.

And coffee.  
 OK...  Back to work...  Got a ton of puppets to design, and build.  And a lot of writing to get done!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Nutmeg Chatter

In December of 2017 I was the guest on J. Timothy Quirks radio show 
We went over all things Elmwood!  Had a blast on the show, and hope to do it again!  Give it a listen HERE!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Urban Art Flow

Late in 2017 Ricky and I were guests on the awesome podcast Urban Art Flow!
We had too much fun on this one!  Feel free to give it a listen HERE!

Monday, January 1, 2018

New Year... NEW SHOW! Animal Behavior!

is now on Elmwood's Vimeo/VHX page!
Be the first to check it out!

I could not be happier with how it came out!
Thank you to everyone who worked on it!
This is the kind of thing I started Elmwood out to make!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Animal Behavior! 1/1/2018!

CLICK HERE, and save this site!  On 1/1/2018 Elmwood Productions will premiere 
FINALLY!!!  Yaaaaaaayyyyy!!!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

I Believe In Santa

Christmas Eve at The Wooden Beaver!

Last Christmas Wes and Quig got stuck at their bar, The Wooden Beaver...

And when you're done, feel free to check out all of 
"The Risley Brothers" adventures on Vimeo/VHX HERE!

Have Yourself a SCARY Little Christmas!

Today's Mug - Merry Christmas

I only use this one once, maybe twice a year.
It was my grandfather, John Risley's mug.
When I was a kid I used to love looking at this at his house at Christmas, it's one of those things that makes me smile and brings me back to those good times as a kid...
And good times are what we need now.  
So I'm sitting on my couch with a great cup of coffee...  
And John Denver and the Muppets are singing...

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Sweet dreams, Ripper

At the Humane Society they had named you Al.
You were definitely an Al. 

But I know you preferred to be called Ripper.

Thanks for being my best bud all these years, Rip!  I'll miss you buddy.
And thank you Brie, for being the best mommy a cat could have!

"Clicks, clacks, riding the backs of giraffes for laughs. S'alright for a while..."

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thank you Pam!

2nd year in a row...
Thanks Pam!!!

Prince cookies rock!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Friday, November 24, 2017

1/1/18 - Animal Behavior!

So, finally, after, like forever - ANIMAL BEHAVIOR is getting released!
Once it's out I'll write about what took so long to get it out there for the world to see...
But for now I just wanted to share the date!
January 1, 2018!
It'll be complete on Elmwood's Vimeo/VHX page!
This is a project close to my heart, and that may be why it's taken almost as long as "Chinese Democracy" did to create! Hahaha...  
Can't wait for you to see it!

Thursday, November 23, 2017


I was with my dad last week and we started talking about the holidays.
And he said he hopes I had good one's as a kid.
And to be honest, I only can think of smiles, and love.
We didn't always have it easy, and there was always some sort of stress from illness in my family...
But we would rise above it, at least for the holidays.
And they were wonderful.

I'm thankful for that, and for the wonderful friends and family I am surrounded by now.

Thank you.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Was thinking today...
This life... It's good.