So these were some small dragon hand puppets I had planned, and may finally now build. They just seem like such a nice little group.
Their purpose was to be like a theater class of kids who were assigned to put on plays by Mrs. Fiddlehead, who was the teacher we never saw.
After a long absence, I finally started building puppets again. I have a little bit better ways of working and scheduling myself now which has made things tons easier.
I was getting very burned out on my art therapy with seniors after dealing with many, many deaths. I think that is all I want to say about that.
My first new commission was for my dear old friend Brett Roberts, who I have made several little puppets for before. He wanted a miniature, puppet version of the character Honk seen in the old 1970s show Far Out Space Nuts.
Honk was a full body suit character played by Patty Maloney, and I really like the character, so I was happy to do this one.
Here is the original character,
And my puppet version! Beep beep!
It’s that time, at last, everybody!
Here’s our pumpkin display for this year. I try to add a new fake pumpkin each year, and I also carve a real one..or two, as sometimes the first one I carve doesn’t last.
This year I decided to be a part of The Teal Pumpkin Project. The Food Allergy Research Project, or FARE, estimates that 1 in 13 children have food allergies, which means they go trick-or-treating, and almost every house is offering candy, and the kids get home and can’t enjoy their bounty.
That royally stinks.
A Tennessean mom named Becky Basalone once thought that really stunk, too. So, what if Halloween could be made a little more fun for kids with food allergies?
Eventually her idea took root like a pumpkin vine and grew to become the Teal Pumpkin Project, a nationwide effort to encourage folks to offer up some non-candy or food treats on halloween night. Participating is easy: Place a teal-colored pumpkin or a sign on your door(or in the yard) and offer trick-or-treaters stickers, glow sticks, rings, pencils and pens, small toys, etc., as well as candy for the kids who can have it if desired.
First promoting the idea nationwide in 2014, Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), a non-profit advocacy group, runs a very informative website that includes an interactive map showing teal pumpkin house locations.
FARE even has its own licensed Teal Pumpkin Project products such as foam pumpkins and painting kits at partner retailers— CVS, Michael’s, Party City and Oriental Trading Company. For its research, education and advocacy programs, FARE receives a portion of the sales.
Want to participate? Here’s how:
• Paint or buy a teal pumpkin and put it where trick-or-treaters can see it. Or just put out a sign (free downloadable versions are at FARE’s website).
• Get some non-food treats. Suggestions from FARE include: glow sticks, bracelets and necklaces; whistles, kazoos and noisemakers; bubbles; vampire fangs; playing cards and bookmarks.
• If you choose to give out candy, too, put it in a separate bowl. Offer both options to all trick-or-treaters — and do not be surprised if children with no food restrictions take some of the non-food items, previous participants say.
This may well be the best dangblasted Hallowe’en I’ve ever had. Why, do you ask? I’ll elucidate:
I spent this day:
Being clawed by Freddy,
Being choked by Jason,
And laughing my head off at Robert Englund scratching (or picking??) his nose with MiniFreddy’s claws.
Yes, it has been a marvelous Hallowe’en,everyone. I will report more on these events after I’ve come down from my starstruck/sugar high.
I was commissioned by a high school’s theater department to make several puppets for an upcoming production; I’ve worked with them before so I jumped at the chance. One of the puppets is an aging, sad-eyed dog, life size, mixed breed,brown with white patches. Her eyelids are still pinned on here, but I think she is looking pretty good.:)
She is indeed life size and is a bit hard to wrangle around to work on. But who could resist that sweet face?