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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Poetry Day 2011: Keeping the Tradition Alive by Posting Extremely Late on: June 17, 2011 04:01:29 PM
So, again, to preface: I work in a high school library, and in that high school library National Poetry Month is an event. It is important to me that each year be bigger and better than the last, so for the last two years I have tried my darnedest to make our culminating Poetry Day extravaganza a fun and engaging time for the students and staff. For the last two years I have perhaps been a bit--how to say?--overly excited. Some of you may remember my giant, fire-breathing Shakespeare and Vanilla Ice display (  ); others may remember my giant, enraged Shakespeare and Lady Gaga display (  ). This year, my third year, I created a giant Lady Gaga (our returning champ) and Emily Dickinson display.

And I have close-ups this year!

Lady Gaga wearing a delicate metallic tissue and construction paper mask

"BORN THIS WAY" detail cut on heel

Emily Dickinson with motherlovin' pin-tucked paper tuxedo bib and paper lace

close up of her desire to WIN

Just look at that intensity!

In addition to the paper display I made a "meat dress" 1, a steak sauce head piece, a white wrap dress, and a skeleton plush named Yorick. It was a lot of work, but it was all worth it. Everyone had a blast, and the kids surprised us all by voting Emily Dickinson as the new Poetry Day champion. If any of you are interested, here is a dramatic reading from Poetry Day!


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You can see a blown up version of my original sketch in the background.

1. It was a shift dress made of felt in the shape of one extremely large steak.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: frames on: April 11, 2011 11:44:35 AM
Those are pretty cute, and I have the same Ryan Berkley prints! Awesome.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Painting spree [kinda Image heavy] on: November 19, 2010 03:20:21 PM
Oh man, oh man! I want those boots! Those boots are made of win!
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: birds of a feather! on: October 07, 2010 07:51:09 PM
the pink owl is definately my favorite Cheesy

I totally agree with this person right here. That pink owl is ADORABLE.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Music Video for High School Library on: October 01, 2010 06:25:27 PM
Okay, dudes, I am not going to lie: This project was a real challenge for me. I've never done anything with editing film before, nor have I really laid down or mixed a phat beat at any point in my life prior to this. But for this project I did BOTH. There are some things that aren't perfect, but I am really proud of how it came out.

Programs I used include Windows Movie Maker, AutoTune, Paint, Wavosaur, and plain ol' Sound Recorder. Remind me never to use Movie Maker again, though, please. 'Kay. Thank you.

Also, I made the silver lobster sometime back in April for Poetry Day. It is posable with a bendable skeleton. Another note is that I cobbled that book skirt out of string and some of the Sweet Valley High series. I think that is a detail which Lady Gaga could appreciate.

But seriously about the Movie Maker thing.
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Another Poetry Day Paper Display, albeit very late on: October 01, 2010 05:59:02 PM
Note: I know this is months and months late, but I feel as though it is still worth sharing.

So, I work in a high school library. That school library kind of makes a BIG deal out of National Poetry Month. It's gotten that way partly because of my, uh...enthusiasm. The first year I was involved in Poetry Day I had made a giant, fire-breathing Shakespeare and Vanilla Ice display, which can be seen here: .

This past Poetry Day, to get the kids excited about poets and poems again, I made another door display. (I apologize in advance for the poor quality phone camera pictures to follow.)

Yes, Shakespeare returned to battle the one and only Lady Gaga. I did the same thing I did last year to make it. I did a simple sketch of how I wanted the combatants to stand, and I graphed them out. Then I spent some overtime measuring and cutting out the various pieces of paper. Again, every line and every detail is a piece of paper. Here are closer pictures of the two fighters!

Lady Gaga


Shakespeare's face without glue

It was a really fun day. Besides the door we had "Team Shakespeare" and "Team Gaga" shirts, I made a dress out of bubblewrap and wore a silver lobster on my head, and we had the students vote in a poll via text message. Everyone enjoyed themselves thoroughly. Especially when a certain artist's lyrics were read aloud. It was moving stuff, man.

Oh, and I totally already have next year's Poetry Day planned out. There's going to be a smoke machine. Wink
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Classic X-Men Rogue on: August 19, 2010 02:46:24 PM
Awesome sauce. This Rogue was my favorite too. You did an amazing job.
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Please let me know what you think of my logo ideas on: July 25, 2010 09:37:26 AM
I think the first one, the one with the single button, is nice. It's simple and to the point, and it's easy to read. I immediately understood that "oh, hey, the button is an 'o'." Maybe it's my ADD acting up, but when I look the second one I get too caught up looking at the multiple button and I forget what I was reading in the first place.

I think changing colors for different events and seasons is a good idea, but I think you can still do that with the single button.
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: logo advice on: June 15, 2010 01:03:48 PM
I am torn between B and C. Option C ties in the text, though, which might make it a better choice.
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Life is an Adventure! Mixed Media Piece for an Elementary School on: June 12, 2010 11:23:18 AM
That is amazing work. And I'm sorry to hear about your job. The same thing happened to me, so I know how many lemons it sucks. But you have the right attitude!
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