November 6, 2008

Hello I'm still here...

I didn't fall off the face of the earth. My life has been super chaotic recently. First thing first, my daughter had this huge project due for English. The project was worth 3 test grades. The assignment was a choice between making a collage depicting the events of the play (Arther Miller, The Crucible), writing/drawing a cartoon about it, writing an essay, writing a journal, or writing a poem.

We chose the poem. Actually she chose the collage, but I convinced her the poem would be more fun. Here's what the final product looked like:

It looks a lot cooler in person. In the pictures the paper looks like I spilled my morning coffee on it. We stained the paper with tea to give it an old look. Then we burned the edges to make the pages look like they were saved from a fire.

The next big thing we had going on around here was Halloween. You know with a little one you gotta play those games. Here's this year's pumpkin:

It's Frankenstein, just in case you can't see it. Hubby did the carving from a stencil, but he kept saying no one would be able to tell what it was. Can you? (Here's last year's pumpkin)

I was also playing around a lot on Shared Reviews trying to win some contests. I got 3rd and 4th in two separate events to total $25. Not too bad for a little clicking.

The holidays are approaching quickly. I've been struggling with our Christmas decorations too (think Christmas Vacation!). We'll have a house full on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I can't wait!
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  1. Hi! Pretty Cool! I can't wait to see what score you get, oops! I mean what score your daughter gets! Just joking!

    I thought the pumpkin looked a bit like a gorilla to tell you the truth, but still pretty scarey and well done!

    Take Care,

  2. Sounds like you had fun with both "projects" the poem and Halloween!

    Since it's turned cold here, I've been thinking (a bit) about the holidays--I love to cook, so that's one of my gifts to myself.

    After NaNoWriMo!

  3. Muse:

    I remember those days of homework, and school projects. We spent many a late night with our youngest daughter trying to get everything just right. That's a cool looking collage. Very creative.

    On you pumpkins, I don't think I've ever seen anything more creative. Well done.

    Happy trails.

  4. Thanks all!

    Peter, I didn't even think gorilla, but you're right it does look like a gorilla.

    Conda, loads of fun! We're preparing for a big B-day tomorrow and Thanksgiving next week. So much to do and so little time.

    Swu, I think I push her to the perfection thing a lot. She didn't act like this with any other project.

    We have not gotten a grade yet...I don't know what's taking so long? I'm really anxious to see what we got.

  5. Great pumpkin, btw. I would love for your blog to be a part of – the world’s first blog-to-film competition. It’s free! All u do is link this blog to for a chance to win 2,000!

    – Kimberly (co-creator)

  6. Cool stuff!

    I see you've gotten as distracted/busy as me.

    OK so now I'm one ahead of you!

    I'm still alive too.

    Take care!

  7. I'm a little late (it's been crazy here, too) but I had to tell you that I loved the look of your daughter's project! How did she do on it?

    Oh, and the pumpkin? Loved it! I could totally tell what it was.


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