Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Three-Ring Circus for the Living Room

I'm here! Bede and I have both been working on the school auction, which has claimed a lot of our attention. Our daughter having a low fever this morning was a mixed-blessing, because it meant we all got a little more rest after Bede and I wrapped up around midnight. In the meantime, parents from Lucia's class got together to assemble the three-ring circus we collaborated upon. Each class puts together a project, and parents the early childhood classes have to put together projects as well. The circus is not yet done, but I can show you the photos that the auction project leader took last night. While there are a few props that were purchased, as well as the three bendy families in attendance, just about everything else was made by hand.

Photo 1: I don't know if the 3 drums are done, but each drum is a circus ring that stores the animals, people and constructions. The circus top that's hanging will have cloth attached to represent the tent.

Photo 2: The tightrope! (Okay, it's a plank.)

Photo 3: The strong-man makes me laugh out loud. I know a lot of attention and thought went into his creation. Your eyes do not deceive you: that is a baby camel playing with a ball.

I love those seals. I'm glad someone made cotton-candy for the stand, because I was feeling twinges of guilt for not having gotten to that part of the plan.

The circus-master and the fortune-teller were both commissioned by another parent (the one who got me addicted to Etsy.com) and created by Dannielle of Princess Nimble-Thimble.

There's more to come, and the three elephants are fantastic, but 5 photos are enough!


tanita s. davis said...

Twinges of guilt for not getting to the cotton candy!?!?

Dude, did you leave anything for other people to do?

This is gorgeous! How many people does Lu have in her class? I can't imagine parents THIS creative... I really can't.

Saints and Spinners said...

Tanita: You're funny! Point taken. There are twenty-one families in the class. Some people made things, some people bought things, and some people contributed money. All contributions were welcome.

With the economy the way it is, attendance is going to be down at the auction this year, which is a shame, because there are so many wonderful things on the table. I should know, as I got to edit most of the entries and add a J. Peterman-esque spin to them. Next year, when the two main woodworkers go on to first grade (i.e. their kids), I wonder what we'll do for the class project. Maybe we'll actually scale back so we're not stressing around this time of year. Over the years, I've developed a personality that's gone from procrastinator to "Get things done ahead of time." It doesn't always work out that way, but I value deadlines.

(Shhh, School Library Journal, I know you have something to say on that matter.)

Lone Star Ma said...


jama said...

That is SO cool. Love the strong man and all those little bendy people. I wanna shrink so I can go to that circus!

Saints and Spinners said...

It's definitely a humane circus. Just look at how happy that camel is.

Beth Kephart said...

My goodness. The worlds you create.

The way that you see....

mamakopp said...

awesome. just brilliant!

Dannielle said...

Oh wow! How wonderful that the gypsy and ringmaster I made get to live in such a magnificent world!!

What incredible fun that whole circus is!