I did have all of these grand aspirations to draw PaJaF right after I got home, but I’m kind of full of grand aspirations, so I chose to finish another one today instead. Despite my recent couple of weeks, I don’t revel in lying to you, my adoring public. But there’s another group that I probably definitely value a little more than you….maybe.
It’s come up before, but I work at a library. I’m in charge of having the most fun. I support this claim by sharing the fact that I was paid to fill water balloons today. To further illustrate this, I will, as a requirement of my job, peg children in the face with water balloons this coming Friday.
You might be coming to an understanding about why I love my job.
As a Teen Librarian I have to concoct mischievous happenings for me and my ragtag gaggle of chillun’. I play with and teach a diverse and highly talented group of kids. It’s quite the privilege, and I hope their parents never figure out the shenanigans we get into.
With ALL of that in mind, it is entirely frustrating that I’m part time. For many reasons, but mostly because I want to have so much more time to plan and improve the experience the kids have at my library. There’s SO MUCH to do, and what feels like so little time to get it done. Then I feel bad for not giving the kids everything I think they deserve, and the guilt cycle goes round and round.
Earlier this week I decided I’d punch that guilt right out of my life. Don’t know how long I’ll keep it up, but for at least a few tasks my work day will not stop when I clock out. I made a list of things that tick me off, and I’ll dominate them at home one by one.
To that end, I do have some art to show you.
This is our new book request box. I’ve loathed the box we have for months. But I’ve also made it very clear that you should not allow me to work on art at work. I wouldn’t have settled for a box that was less than this awesome monster. Which means I would have taken a work day and a half to make a….request box. Not exactly an optimum use of time.
Never changed that it bugged the crap out of me.
So I took a couple of packaging boxes, a lot of medical tape, paint, and one shaky exacto knife and came up with this gentleman.
You toss your request in his mouth, and I’ll pop by every week or so to see what’s inside.
I’m inordinately proud of his simple fasten in the back. I wish photos conveyed the weight great textures of sculptures better. It’s every aspect that makes a sculpture great, lost on a 2D format. So use your brains and imagine how satisfying this behemoth might be.
This will not be the last of my home projects. I was pretty excited about this guy (I knew it was a mistake to not clear my desk before work) so I finished him instead of focusing on PaJaF. The next couple of PaJaF are really simple, so hopefully no matter what other projects I make (I’m SO excited for one) I’ll have enough time for both.
Ah, and so some of you can get the Fantastic fix you need:
This is a small kokeshi, or Japanese wooden doll. We painted a bunch of them in Anime Club. The kids did an AWESOME job and graciously did not make fun of me for making yet another Human Torch item. That’s why they’re keepers.
And for those paying attention? I had to get paid to paint kokeshi. Too wonderful.
Thanks for stopping!