Posts Tagged ‘Humor’

What would happen if monsters went back to school? They would get school portraits.

Here are my friendly fiends.

They are acrylic paint and chalk on blackboard tablets I found for $1 each at the wonderful Scrap Exchange in Durham, NC.

Of course each of these monsters have a story…

Gwenn – She’s a little misunderstood because she sees the world from a different point of view, but she’s a party girl with colorful dots that go with any outfit.

Simon – Loveable, big and red, but be careful he has claws and a mouth full of teeth

Stella – She molds her way into everyone’s heart, but she is kind of all over the place.

Rowan – Giant building eating monster. More of a butterball than a bully.


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We welcomed a new truck into the family this month. His name is Bruce after the shark in Jaws. He is blue. He is an suburban shark.

I made this little felt Baby Bruce for the rear-view mirror. Be careful. He bites.

Big Bruce

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In honor of the next space shuttle launch, Atlantis on its STS-132 mission to the International Space Station,  and the Space Tweep Society 1st Anniversary Twelebration, Brian and I made Meco – the Space Tweeps Society’s birdonaut mascot.  According to the Spaced Tweep Society’s founder @flyingjenny he was named after the acronym MECO, which stands for Main Engine Cut Off, a critical point in rocket ascent. We’ll be entering them both into a contest to win some sweet prizes.

UPDATE: We won!!! Brian won Most Unique and I won Most Creative. We got sweet prizes from Think Geek including a Hi-Def Art Pad, Space Origami and a external battery pack. We also won the “Geekest Shirt Contest” with Brian’s Captain Kirk shirt – another Crawford craft project!

Here he is!

We loved making these little guys. They are made out of fimo-type baking clay, imagination and a whole lotta geek power.

I made a Luke Skywalker Meco vs. a Darth Vader Meco. Their light-sabers have glitter in the clay!

R2-D2 even showed up to the photo-shoot.

Brian made a Meco as he is falling into a black hole. Meco is experiencing the theory so well described by Neil DeGrasse Tyson as spaghettification as you pass through a black hole. Yes, that is real spaghetti.

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My boss had a brilliant idea of bringing some levity to our team by having our own Peep Show! The Washington Post is in its fourth year of hosting a contest of sugary fantasy called “Peep Show.” The Peep dioramas are a feat of creativity, silliness and abstract art. I’ll post some photos from my co-workers and here is our piece.

For the Crawford household nothing says Easter like zombies. This is Brian and my CCIC Peep Show entry entitled “Night of the Living Peep” and is, of course, inspired by the classic Night of the Living Dead.

Note our heroine Barbara being chased by some zombie peeps, with one just on her heels.

See the gore of her ill-fated brother becoming dinner.

Here is a wandering zombie by Brian that is munching on a bunny ear.

Even one peep is trying to escape from his grave.

We made funny tombstones hand-painted by Brian with fine mossy accents.

We made this diorama with cardboard for the base and tombstones. I used balled-up plastic bags to make the hill. Covered it all with burlap. I used Easter grass to make, well, the grass. We used human bite marks and lots of paint for the zombies. I used fabric for our protagonist’s outfits. It’s all adhered with our old friend hot glue and scotch tape.

Just remember this scene the next time you enjoy a fluffy, fresh peep. Beware!

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9 = Creepy

This is my first attempt at a soft sculpture – he is supposted to be 9 from the movie 9. He has a wire skeleton, sculpty movable hands, sculpty feet, felt skin, filled with fluff, authentic zipper, styrofoam head, textured with spray paint through burlap, his eye scopes are a part of a pen, he has little googly eyes and he’s all stitched up with tread.

Honestly, I thought the movie was really horrible, but I really liked the idea of trying to make a little creature.  And now he pretty much creeps me out.

I wish I could have made his head and mouth better – ah c’est la vie!

My favorite part is the freehand stitched 9 on his back and the spray paint texture technique.

So, what do you think? Is he creepy or cute?

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This is our crafty year in review through photographs that we made, enjoy! (You can click on the photos to see a full-size image)

Dawn got a new job as the Communications Director at the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition – suddenly all things vaccinations are important


Remember when Joaquin Pheonix when crazy? Yeah, so Brian got grizzly and looked striking like Mr. Pheonix. Just google “Joaquin Pheonix on Letterman” to relive the career train wreck.


Colorado Blizzard – 13′ of snow!!!

B’s new ride – Mazda 3

We renovated our half-bath, project done that was started in late-December


Hot Cross Buns – This is my very first try, ever!

Every Easter we decorate eggs with gusto!

Dawn and her favorite easter egg

Dawn went to the National Immunization Conference in Dallas, TX with her fabulous co-workers Lydia and Heather


Funny looking weed

Tulips fron our yard – spring is here in the Rocky Mountains

We took a road trip to Jonesboro, AR - we stopped in KS to take a silly photo
We took a road trip out to Jonesboro, AR – We stopped in KS to take silly photos

Even Herman got to go for the trip

We stopped in Branson, MO – wow, what a place…

Went to a cousin’s wedding in Jonesboro, AR

On the way home we stopped at Prarie Dog Town to see the ‘World’s Largest Prarie Dog” – never again…


Dawn’s birthday bouquet from the yard – peonies, poppies and more

Our veggie garden growing

We went to Garden, Grapes and Hops at the Denver Botanic Gardens – they happen to have dinosaurs at the Gardens too!


Our summer vacation was in North Carolina – First stop was the Outer Banks for 4th of July on the beach

The ocean is incredable in NC – taken at Cape Hatteras NP

We even visited the sight of the first flight

The next stop as Durham – deep in the tobacco belt

Even caught a Durham Bulls Game

Last stop was Raleigh where we checked out thier museums


Sunflowers in full bloom

Our backyard bed filling in

Veggie garden ripening


Our veggie garden at its peak

Zucchinis as big as a dog


Dawn got to go to Washington DC to present at the IAC Social Media Summit 2009

We had a GREAT crop of pumpkins from our garden – we even got to give some away to friends

We had second damn blizzard this year – WTF

Our Jack o’ Lanterns all lit up

Our pumpkin stars – Swine Flu and Zombie by Dawn. Futurama Santa by Brian. Tiny Pumpkin by Dawn.

Favorite thing of the season – We dressed up as zombies and went to downtown Denver for the annual Zombie Crawl

Brian was a duche bag zombie

Had to get my pic with the Storm Trooper


Turkey Time!

Brian was hungry….for brains

Someone is a ham bone

Brian installed recessed lighting during Thanksgiving weekend – dirty project

Job well done!

Sooooooo pretty!


Brian was part of his very first art show – Bordo Bello – he made this super awesome Star Wars/Space Invaders themed skateboard

Christmas at the Crawfords

mmmmmm – Candy Cane Crisps – A Crawford tradition

Love is baked and decorated here

Our charming Nightmare Before Christmas Tree

White Kitchy Tropical Tree

The end of December was a 11-day staycation – We went to the Denver Art Museum

Brian in a special exhibit – Embrace! at the Denver Art Museum

With the CCIC ladies at DAM – Me, Lydia and Erin

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Obi Wan

Thanks to Geek Feed (www.twatgeek.com)

5-second craft. Herman in a hood (aka cut off t-shirt sleeve) and ta-da Obi-Wan Kenobi.

The Force will be with you, always.


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