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         Should these be called, “Button Nose Pets” or “Button Nose Buddies?”  I couldn’t decide!  They were a natural offshoot of Zip Lips, and were created, simultaneously, as  part of a continuing safari, into the darkest jungles of my mind.  This modest line of animal containers represent a few of the first steps, on what might have become a continuing adventure, exploring the the potential possibilities of traveling by handbag, destination: Hades!  That is a route that I have traveled frequently, throughout my life.  Like Zip Lips, these drawings too have never been shown. They are more of an afterthought than an effort that should stand alone.   But as there are a several designs, here, that I really like, I chose to give them a whole page of their own.
          My partners, KISCOM had no customers for items such as these.  Nor, for that matter, did they have any desire to venture beyond the confines of  the toy industry.” Nonetheless, I often threw practicality to the wind, and did them anyway.  To willingly pursue a dream that I knew to be impossible, was a form of fun and luxury to me.