Tuesday, March 15, 2011

TMI On So Many Levels

This past weekend, my partner in crime and I spent an ungodly amount of hours constructing our Peeps diorama for this year's Washington Post contest.

In the wee hours of the morning on Saturday, I bolted upright in bed, knowing that I must do a Snoop Dogg figure -- and not knowing how I would be able to construct his realistic-looking braids. (As realism is paramount when using Peeps as your art medium.)

Then, I remembered the doll heads.

You see, last year, when we did the Blue Man Group as our Peeps diorama, I bought three dolls from the dollar store to use as the Blue Men. We used the bodies but had no use for their heads (insert analogy for Charlie Sheen's "girlfriends" here). However, I've been in the diorama game long enough now to understand that I may need them for a diorama in the future, so I kept them. And in the past year, Canetto, Avery and I have enjoyed playing the doll head game. We take turns leaving the three creepy doll heads on each other's pillows, in each other's underwear drawers, in cereal boxes...so that the other members of our family will come upon them unexpectedly and have a heart attack. Oh -- the hi jinks that ensue!

As it turns out, I found them in the second underwear drawer in which I looked and promptly scalped one and made tiny little Snoop Dogg braids from her hair.

And then I spent the rest of the day questioning my existence.

14 comments:

Moooooog35 said...

I spent the whole day on Sunday posing my hamster in pictures in the role of a religious assassin.

We are soulmates.

Brutalism said...

Moooooog - Realistic looking braids on a Peep are one thing...posing your hamster in pictures as a religious assassin is just weird.

Just kidding. We are totally soulmates.

The Vegetable Assassin said...

Dude, I posed X-Files dolls in compromising positions and photographed them, I can't judge ANYONE. :)

Brutalism said...

VA - One of my favorite posts of yours, ever. This is why I love my fellow bloggers.

Trucking Tumbleweed said...

I am INSANE with jealousy that I have never done a diorama with Peeps. What kind of sheltered life have I been living, what else don't I know??**shakes angry fist at self**

OneZenMom said...

Oooh! Peep art is one of my favorite harbingers of spring. Can't wait to see yours!

You're Lucky I Don't Have a Gun... said...

well i USED to br proud of my dioramas that consisted of cotton balls and hand drawn rainbows, but i see we're bringing out the big guns here.

Sarah Lindahl said...

Hamsters are hard to pose. They make you frustrated and irate. Then you ask yourself, is he(she? because honestly, who knows) just incredibly stupid or is he/she trying to ruin my project/creative flair/life? I'd much rather work with peeps. In fact, I didnt' know anything about the wonderful world of peep dioramas. I looked at your old ones and I can't believe you never even got an honorable mention. Those other peep dioramas must be really good. Or maybe it's political. Did you anger a judge maybe?

Brutalism said...

Trucking T - Beware. It is highly addictive. Soon you're scouring the dollar store for mini furniture, reading current events not because you care about what is going on in the world, but because you're wondering if it will translate to the mini Peep stage. A slippery slope.

OneZenMom - I know. I so look forward to seeing all of the creative entries. Until I realize how much better they are than mine. Bastards. (I say that in the spirit of Easter, of course...)

YLIDHAG - Rainbows and cotton balls are still good -- just stick a few Peeps in there with them.

Sarah - a) The Post obviously does not recognize true artistic genius b) Perhaps the judges did not like my "flaming bag of peep" suggestion from last year c) They are all bastards. (and d) they get almost 1000 entries, and some are truly phenomenal...)

dilettante07 said...

e) you still haven't tried sleeping with the judges. Got you your cushy day job, didn't it?

Brutalism said...

Tante - Yes, but I was younger then. I simply don't have the energy anymore.

lisak555 said...

Thanks for the groovy "doll head game" idea. Just thinking of the potential hiding places makes me laugh, although my 8 year old will probably freak out when he finds a barbie head in his underwear or book bag. Or maybe we can hide them this spring instead of Easter eggs.

Hillary said...

Just getting reading this now for obvious reasons...

This is my favorite line: "I've been in the diorama game long enough now..."

@Tante - Tried it. They just won't give it up like they used to. Take their jobs too seriously.

Brutalism said...

lisak - doll heads in easter eggs is brilliant. In terms of marking the exact date that therapy will be necessary.

Hillary - Plus, Dan Zak is too pretty.