Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Happy 4th Birthday Nicholas! We love & miss you always!

Here is what my daddy writes today in honor of  my brother Nicholas Stephen Lock:

Four years ago today we were blessed with and then lost our son Nicholas. While the pain and loss hasn't gone away, it has lessened or maybe my perspective has just changed. The loss of Nicholas made it possible for our son Ryan to join us and while neither one could ever replace the other, we're thankful every day for Ryan. Nicholas is no longer here physically, but he is in spirit, so for now, I'm thankful for that as we celebrate his birthday, all of us together.  Still miss you Nicky - Happy birthday buddy!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Better way late than never....'s been so long, I almost forgot that I had a blog, but nevertheless, I remembered and just in time for Fall and Halloween!! My favorite time of the year!  So, despite not posting anything for God knows how long, I have been busy.  Kids and work have kept me pretty busy this past year, but I have managed to create a few things and I've broken out some of the old stuff too.  Here are some of the items that are currently for sale in my Etsy store...  In case you're wondering, it's Artsy Fartsy Studios, with me trying to be clever with the name...anyway, enjoy and stop on by the shop!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

New stuff...

It's been a long while, but I'm slowly getting back around to creating some new pieces that are now up in my new Etsy shop... Check 'em out and let me know what you think...

Monday, March 28, 2011

We have winners....

Congratulations to Rufus and Scrappydoo!! Both ladies won a free signed copy of one of my books, and all they had to do was post a comment…..doesn’t get much easier than that!! A special thanks to my friend Marlene ( for hosting the give-away! Check out her blog, she’s one funny chick! If you weren’t lucky enough to be Rufus or Scrappydoo for a day, don’t worry, you can still pick up one, both, or several copies of either of my books…signed of course. They make great gifts for kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, that two-bit punk that keeps knockin’ down your mailbox, and yes, they’ve even been child tested and approved for adult consumption! Here’s your chance to be ahead of the curve on that next BIG THING…so order now!! No operators are standing by, but my dog does check my e-mail, so order now!!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Books for sale....

I've written 'em now all you have to do is buy 'em! I've written and illustrated the following two books of fun children's poetry. Great for kids of all ages to read or be read to (makes for great bathroom material for the adults too!). You can get your very own signed (by me!) copies now for just $15.00 a book (plus shipping). If you'd like to order or just want to drop me a line, shoot me an e-mail at Want a chance to win your very own signed free copy of each book? Then check out my friend Marlene's great blog at Check out her hilarious posts and watch for her upcoming give-away of my books. If you don't win one, come on back, I've got plenty!

There's a Hippo in my Bathtub
Whether you have hippos in your bathtub, a lion in your closet, or have always wondered what it would be like to soar as a kite, there’s something for everyone in Brian Lock’s There’s a Hippo in My Bathtub. Rediscover the joy and wonderment of being a child again, or watch that old familiar twinkle creep into your children’s eyes as their imagination lets them blast off into outer space from the comfort of an old cardboard box. You can drift away on the clouds, or run amok with monkeys, reminisce about riding your first bike or encounter a talking crab; this collection of poetry is fun for both kids and the kids inside us all.
Crayons & Paste*

Billy ate the crayons,
I just ate the paste,
He did it for the attention,
I did it for the taste.

Now when Billy smiles,
His teeth are orange and blue,
I can’t even smile,
My mouth is stuck with glue.

Let this be a lesson,
Please learn from my mistake,
When my mouth finally opens,
I think I’ll stick with cake.
Toys they break,
From time to time,
But toys that break,
Aren’t usually mine.

My big, dumb brother,
He took a fall,
Right on my toys,
He crushed them all.

Over my toys,
I cannot flip,
For I’m the one,
That made him trip!
I bought a new goldfish,
I taught him a trick,
I taught him to sit, to stay,
To catch a brick.

I taught him to fetch,
I taught him to speak,
But since that brick,
He’s played dead for a week.

* All work, both here and in the book, is copywritten and may not be used without my consent.

Chicken Lips & Rocket Ships

In the much anticipated follow-up to the widely popular There's a Hippo in my Bathtub, Brian Lock again asks those lingering questions that few dare to ask: Do you have a purring rhino under your bed? A pet dinosaur in your backyard? Maybe you're just planning on building an elevator to the moon. Sound impossible? Chicken Lips & Rocket Ships will open the door to your imagination and introduce you to the purple-spotted Frozard, April May June, and what really happens when you tell a joke to a lactose-intolerant cow. Make friends with that thing under the stairs or the new squid next door. Find out why rusty old robots are the best and learn that while we may have to grow old, we don't have to grow up.

Lactose-Intolerant Cow*
I’m a lactose-intolerant cow,
Don’t ask me why,
Don’t ask me how.

Don’t tell me jokes,
Of the funny sort,
Because if I laugh,
I’ll begin to snort,

And if I snort,
My milk it blows,
Not through my udders,
But out my nose!
Finger Painting*

Finger painting,
Sure is fun.
I like to do it,
On the run.

I put the paint,
Onto my fingers.
On mommy’s wall,
My artwork lingers.

Of my work,
She’s not a fan.
Now on painting,
There is a ban.

With something else,
I’ll have to play.
I wonder if Picaso,
Started out this way?

I tried on my swimsuit,
It’s two sizes too small.
It’s hard to believe,
That it fit just last fall.

It took me an hour,
I had to shimmy and shake.
I probably shouldn’t have had,
Second helpings of cake.

So off to the store,
I guess I’ll be making that trip.
For I’m sure no one wants,
To see me skinny dip.
*All work, both here and in the book, is copywritten and may not be used without my consent.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Craft Show leftovers...

Come get 'em while they're hot!!!

Halloween's gone for another year, but I've still got some craft show goodies laying around. Check 'em out...priced to sell. Need to make some room for the Christmas goodies. All Brian Lock originals.

Get 'em now, they make great gifts and spooky stocking stuffers. Have questions? Shoot me a line. Most items shipped using USPS priority mail. Usually arrive within 3-4 days.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Bad, bad blogger...

Ok, so I've really, I mean really, been a bad blogger. Haven't posted in quite a while, but I haven't fallen off of the face of the earth....yet. New job and a quickly approaching craft show have kept me busy. Here are some quick pics of some of the things I've been working on. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

More Halloween goodies...

I'm back, not that I've really gone anywhere, just busy. Started a new job last week and loving it. Here are some Halloween goodies for my upcoming fall show. I seem to make everything else, so I figured that I'd give earrings a try...(had to throw in a snowman!). Also, another holiday bear.....Enjoy!!