Saturday, September 27, 2014

what I made for the zombie swap

   Now that my partner has gotten her package I can show you what I made for the Animated Zombie Swap. Once I saw her list it was a no brainer which movie to choose, Frankenweenie!  I down loaded pictures of Sparky and went to work.
    I found directions for making Sparky on a baking site called sprinklebakes. Instead of gum past I used paper clay and styrofoam balls to build him. Since Sparky is all ready a zombie dog I didn't go overboard on the gore but stuck to the original. His body to head ratio is off, other than that I was pleased with how he turned out.
I didn't take photos of the process because I'm sure the way I built him was not the easiest or correct way to do it.
  Did I ever mention my independent, self sufficient need to not follow directions?

  Sparky didn't make the size requirements so I decided to make another small zombie. This was the perfect opportunity to pull out my Zombie Felites book and have a go at one of the patterns. I chose the bunny because one of my partners favorite colors is pink. Other than enlarging the pattern I followed the instructions exactly. (Yeah Me!! ... The second zombie bunny, not so much). While taking this bunny's photo I used a funny carrot I had made one day with left over paper clay as a prop. After the photo shoot I had a light bulb idea and the sign Eat Your Vegetables was born.

  I've really enjoyed the zombie swap because it pushes me into a crafting area that I don't normally go.

Chris =]

Sunday, September 21, 2014

happy birthday to me, I got a coraline zombie

 This is the third time I have participated in Val's annual zombie swap over at yarnigras swapper spot.  This year the theme was Animated Zombies. We had to list our favorite zombie movies to give our partner an idea of what type of doll we would like. While I like making zombie dolls I don't really watch zombie movies. I thought about it for a while and this was my list; Coraline, the Nightmare Before Christmas, a really, really, really bad B movie that makes me laugh called Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and Little Shop of Horrors, while it's not a zombie movie I thought it still kind of fit the theme. 
 Coincidentally my zombie package arrived the day before my birthday. Yippee! 

 This year I was the lucky recipient of one of Debbie's awesome dolls!!

  Isn't Coraline perfect?! She is polymer clay over a wire armature and being very careful I can play with her. Mr L. smiled and shook his head when he walked by and saw me sitting on the floor posing Coraline for her photo shoot. Her outfit is flawless, right down to the dragonfly hair clip.

   I love anything in miniature and the raincoat is a perfect reproduction. Coraline is enjoying a few day of being center stage before her friends come out to play.

  Debbie sent fun Halloween tuck-ins, eyeball bubble gum, halloween photo album, ghost pez dispenser, handmade card and sweet Hello Kitty socks. The grey socks were too cute to wear so I turned them into halloween stuffies using felt on the back. 

Chris =]

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

365 reasons to be grateful days 215 to 245

 The best part of August? Ms.L's birthday.  Happy Birthday Sweetpea, I Love You Always.

Chris =]

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

back to school

I love new school supplies
     After four weeks of school I think (fingers crossed) it's safe to say that things are going well (knock on wood). This school year 6 of our 8 students are returning which is wonderful because they know the rules, the routine and us. I can't get over how much they have grown in three months, not just in height but in attitude, they are more confident and talkative.

A Funny:
  While sitting at the lunch table with the kids the Teacher was commenting about one of our students who doesn't go by his first name (we didn't realize it). When she said his first name he was munching on Cheetos staring into space, without looking at anyone he says in a monotone voice " He's not here now". The three of us bust out laughing. 

It's going to be a fun year, I can't wait.

Chris =]