Sunday, September 5, 2010

It's all in the details

I picked these up at a dollar store recently to surprise Simone while she was elsewhere.

When I gave them to her, she was pretty excited about the little group, and played with them for about 15 minutes or so. Then she put them down and told me that these aren't real Toy Story toys.

What do you mean, "they're not real"? They were made in China with actual plastic by a company that purchased a license from Disney/Pixar! Of course they're real.

Then she explained her reasoning to me. Something was missing. I totally understood.

I fixed the problem with a Sharpie, and now hopefully Buzz, Woody and Jessie (and that company that undoubtedly overpaid for the license to make them) will get the respect they deserve.


What's better than rats, but not quite as good as Daddy?

Let's take a look at Simone's latest homework project for the answer to this one:

Tin Can Stilts, Pumpkinhead Style

We were inspired to make these after reading "Ramona and Her Father":

We found some large coffee cans at a garage sale and decided to decorate them to suit our tastes. First, we had to prime the cans. Yes, we used latex Kilz and watercolor brushes. That's the only primer I had, and we were doing this Simone's way. She wanted to use her blue sparkly brush (it's ruined now).

While the primer dried, we went to the store for some colorful permanent markers. Then we each decorated a can. (She is not getting grey hair from Kindergarten stress -- that's paint!)

I attached some cord and we went to test them on the porch. Success! Only one minor spill that required reshaping the can. On my turn, one of the cords snapped (see the frayed part on the inside of the left stilt below), and she banned me from using her stilts, claiming that I am too big for these stilts. Thanks.
You may notice that she apparently did not care for my drawings. She re-created my pictures on her own can, then crossed out mine. She even drew sad faces next to a couple. Quite the art critic, huh?