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fire eating show – stage and street (with audience volunteer)
I’ve got many more in this old noggin of mine, so be sure to come back for updates in the future. It might take me some time, as it’s easy to put toys on paper, but harder to sew them by hand!
I began a new painting about a month or two ago. I haven’t been able to figure out how to finish it, but I know it isn’t nearly finished. I hung it in my front hallway so that every time I pass by I might eventually see something in it. It hangs next to the coat rack and front window and every so often tree-like, coat rack shadows get cast onto the canvas that make me want to do a mad dash for the acrylics and splatter up the hallway right then and there.
I’ve got a name for it, but I don’t want to actually name it until it’s finished. …which it isn’t.
“There’s nothing in the dark that’s not there when the lights are on.”
I have made somewhere over 50 (but probably less than 100) “Frankin-Toys” in the past 6 years. They make for a fun, guaranteed one-of-a-kind, inexpensive and thoughtful gift. And if you can sew at all, they can be extremely fun to create.
How to make a Frankin-Toy
1- purchase a heaping pile of second-hand toys. Name-brand preferred, but the most important quality in all of them should be their clearly distinguishable body parts. For example, teddy bears are generally only good for their heads. Once torn apart, a teddy bear’s leg or arm simply looks like a stump. But if that’s the sort of frankin-toy you’re going for – a stump monster – then by all means!
2- disassemble said toys
3- sew back together in amusing (yet preferably non-offensive) arrangement
4- assign silly name and give away as Christmas (and/or any-or-no occasion) gifts
Sadly, I’ve given away most of my toys without having taken pictures. I can’t remember all the toys I’ve made.
If you’re one of the lucky jerks to have received a Frankin-Toy in the past, I’d love it if you took a snapshot and sent it to me! I’ll post it on the site. I miss my babies dearly. Each one is special.
Squeeze her fuzzy claws and she says things like,
“You’re beauuutiful” and, “Crayons make me happy!”
Big Bird gets eaten by a fish. A moment of creative genius, I must say.
“The Bert Bullet”
WHAM! POW! Shot straight through the belly of a very indifferent flamingo!
“Frog Legs McToots”
The latest toys, Christmas 2008
I call them “Tigger Time, Times Two” BFF’s.
They hop and twitch and giggle and sing. They even sense when they’ve fallen over, but the one on the left is no longer able to do somersaults since I “modified” him.
I recently attended the lovely holiday party (since we, in the professional PC world no longer say “Chr-r-r-ristmas”) of BookShorts, Moving Stories Film Festival, and Pages Books TINARS (This is Not a Reading Series). It was the last stop of the nationally touring Moving Stories Film Festival, in which my film screened with a consistently pleasant reaction.
The Hollywood theme gave me an excuse to wear my nice jewelery and pose in a photo with a gun, and the season gave me an excuse to create a new batch of Frankin Toys, to give to producer Judith Keenan.
Read my instructional post on “How to build a Frankin Toy”.