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weirdest teacher gift ever?


well, technically, these were for the class. a mrs. field and mrs. morales doll. i thought they'd be strange and entertaining for the classroom's dramatic play area. after all, what student doesn't want a chance to be in charge of the teacher for once? 

it seemed like the perfect idea in the wee hours of the morning while chip and i were working on them, but when school time came i was a bit nervous that the teachers would not only have no idea what to make of them, but would think they were a serious gift. a very weird and slightly disturbing serious gift. but, happily, mrs. field received them with a big laugh and the two teachers immediately began concocting plans for the many jokes and fun to be had with the crazy little dolls. 

the bubble jet set and rinse that i have stored for the last two years were finally put to use and totally worked. after a wash and a dry, the image was holding fast. eve and ruth have begun making demands for their own dolls, so naturally we will have a little family soon. perhaps even an extended family in doll form, a la angrychicken. and maybe we'll throw in some animals too, a la salvor. . . yes, we'll definitely need some animals. . . the bad luck continues around here. after a break of several months we decided to surprise the girls with a new fish for christmas. in the middle of stuffing stockings chip called my name, i looked over to see him holding the pitcher with our beautiful new goldfish. . . belly-up. at least the girls never saw it during the five hours it was alive. 

more to come on the christmas festivities and a few other last minute projects. . .  happy holidays!


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Reader Comments (13)

So sorry about the fish, but those dolls are so cute and fun. I'm glad to hear that the teachers liked them.

December 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeatherann

so want to know how you did that on the computer, I have wanted to make dolls like that for a while. They are great! are you ever going to try to get another fish?

December 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJeanie

excellent! they could also be used, in a pinch, as voodoo dolls.

December 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersara

Maybe we could loan you our fish-- Amazingly, come our anniversary in a couple months, Chaser will be a whole 2 YEARS old... Do fish live that long??

December 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

we used photoshop to fuse the bodies eve drew to the pictures i took of the teachers. then chip used the charcoal and charcoal/chalk filter. . . print and done.

December 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

That's a really cool gift! There are all sorts of possibilities with this. btw - I linked this on my blog: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/cool-idea-teacher-stuffies/2008/12/29/

December 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteranne weaver

man katie, our fish is still going strong! 1 1/2 years. at this point i think the fish deaths are funny. i mean, where does it end? if you bought one tomorrow would it die? next week? now i'm just curious.

those dolls are so cool!

December 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPam


I really love the 1960s feel of the drawings (nice work, Eve).
Have you ever seen "What About Bob" -- the family dolls can really come in handy for settling family disputes. Ha!

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterABBY

ok, that just cracked me up! thanks for the humor to start off my day. thanks too for the advice on the lens! the one you recommended is actually what i was leaning toward, so that just confirmed my thoughts. sorry i didn't thank you sooner- for some reason, i never received notice that there was a new comment. i found it by accident, and was so glad i did. happy to see that your family's doing so well this christmas!

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbrandi

Nice work, team Rich!!

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlynne

Such a cute idea - glad they enjoyed! Happy New Year!

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterplease sir

Now those are a teacher's gift! I teach Design at a local high school and I can safely say that all the teacher's in my department would brag and brag if we got such a cool gift!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

Love these!!! You have to read (and maybe share with these teachers) the book "Leon and the Spitting Image" (http://www.amazon.com/Leon-Spitting-Image-Allen-Kurzweil/dp/0060539321/ref=pd_sim_b_1) I just stumbled across your blog via a link to your man quilt someone posted on pinterest.com. I'm hooked. thanks for all the great ideas :)

June 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaryellen

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