ArtistaDonna Nata

ArtistaDonna Nata
Artist/Writer

Friday, January 31, 2014

Phyllis's Allongé

Time For Some Fun!!!

So, here we are.

It's still January.

It's dark.

It's really, really, really COLD.

And Spring seems like an impossible dream.

We could wallow in the doldrums...

...but I say, LET'S HAVE SOME FUN!!! :)

(Yep.  You know what that means.  Time for another Hare Brained Scheme! :))

As some of you may realize, GROUNDHOG DAY is nearly upon us.  (And in case you DON'T realize, someone at my house who gets VERY excited about it is here to remind you!)

This whole thing is her idea.  She was worried you might not even REMEMBER Groundhog Day (quel horreur!), what with all the hiding out indoors under piles of blankets due to that pesky polar vortex, and that would be UNTHINKABLE!

Therefore, in celebration...

ARE YOU READY...?

..we are going to have Phyllis's Fun Fashion Show!!!

It will be easy and fun and everyone can join in, and there will be prizes!!!

Here's what to do:

Think up something you think Phyllis would look dazzling in.  An evening gown?  A loin cloth?  An Eskimo parka and mukluks?  A polka-dot bikini?  A sari?  A sundress?  A kimono?  A burlap sack?  Jeans and a t-shirt?  A pineapple?  A Broncos sweatshirt?  Or a Seahawks sweatshirt?  Whatever you like!  Let your inner fashion goddess/god run wild! :)

Then dress her up!

And feel free to accessorize!  Hats, handbags, scarves, jewelry, shoes/boots, spurs, parrots, hair ribbons, walking stick, gloves, pony, canoe...maybe a football in honor of the fact that this year Groundhog Day and Super Bowl Sunday are one and the same! :)

High-Tech Option:  You can do it by photoshop or MS Paint if you're handy like that.  (Feel free to help yourself to the Phyllis heads or Phyllis figure below so at least that part is done for you, or use the Phyllis action figure HERE.)

Mid-Tech Option:  You can use Face In Hole.com or similar

Low-Tech Option:  You can print out one of the Phyllis heads or the whole Phyllis figure supplied below and draw, paint, sew, or make paper clothes to stick on.  Or cut something out of a magazine.  Or make her an outfit out of feathers :)  Or raisins :)  Or whatever :) (Or again, use the Phyllis action figure HERE.)

(And if the ones I post below don't work properly, just email me and I'll send you the files!)

Then post a photo (or your photo shop version) of your dressed up Phyllis on your blog along with your prediction: 6 more weeks of winter, or early spring???  (Or email it to me and I'll post it here if you don't have a blog but would like to join the fun.)

The outfit does not have to match your prediction.  After all, if Phyllis decides there will be 6 more weeks of winter, she might hightail it for sunny Cancun in a polka-dot bikini :)

(If you would like to also help Phyllis in her quest to stay in print, she would be most appreciative of a link to her page at your local indie, Amazon, B&N, or wherever you feel like.)

Anyhoo, post your Phyllis Fashionista on your blog (or email it to me for posting here) anytime between now and Saturday February 1 at 5 PM EST and add your post-specific link to the link list below so we can all come see how gorgeous she looks!  Feel free to post more than one if you're having fun :)

On Sunday February 2 - GROUNDHOG DAY! - I will post all the photos here in a special post - the complete fashion show! - and we'll let everyone vote for winners :)

Doesn't that sound like fun???  I totally can't wait to see what we all come up with!!! :)  I think we're going to be taking the cat walk to hitherto unprecedented levels.  Look out, Gisele, Tyra, Heidi!  You've got nothing on Phyllis!  Short, stout, furry, and dressed to the nines, you're about to see how a groundhog struts her stuff :)

Here are the heads and figure for your convenience: (with many thanks to my daughter who did this on photoshop since I am clueless!)


you can color this one in if you like...

or there's this one that's already colored...

you can cover what she's wearing here with whatever you choose for her :)
And prizes.  Hmm... prizes...

If we get 12 or fewer entries, 1 prize shall be awarded and it shall be the winner's choice of a signed hard cover copy of Punxsutawney Phyllis (if by some chance you don't already have one :)) or an unsigned (but still free!) hard cover copy of Gretchen Groundhog It's Your Day, or your choice of two of the following because they're all only available in paperback: Go To Sleep, Groundhog by Judy Cox, Substitute Groundhog by Pat Miller or Mr. Groundhog Wants The Day Off by Pat Vojta or Ten Grouchy Groundhogs by Kathryn Heling, any of which shall be purchased from Merritt Bookstore.  If you should happen to want something besides Groundhog Day picture books (which Phyllis is unable to fathom, but no accounting for taste :)) you may alternatively select any book of your choice up to a price of $17.95 to be shipped to you from Merritt.

If we get more than 12 entries, we will award 1st - 3rd and all winners can pick from the choices listed above.

Golly!  I'm excited!

Phyllis is jumping up and down!

We are having so much fun we've forgotten the dark and the cold and the still faraway whisper of spring!

So come join us!!!

Have a marvelous (and warm!) Monday everyone! :)

And whenever you have a Phyllis Fashionista, add your post-specific link to the list below!

And LOOK!  Here's our first one from Linda who says EARLY SPRING!!!

by Linda Boyden
And here is our next one!
Olympic Phyllis by Katie Hill




1.Steampunk Phyllis2.Ain't Nothin' But a Groundhog
3.Done With Glum Phyllis4.Queen Phyllis of the Krewe of Marmotte
5.Have You Seen That Groundhog?6.Opera Star Phyllis
7.The dark side ;)8.Divergent Phyllis
9.Watch out Bruno here comes Phyllis10.Phyllis's Photo Shoot in Paradise







 

Phyllis is performing an Allongé, dashing out of Winter and gliding into Spring!

 allongé(aa-lohn-jay') To stretch out, to make longer.


 


Copyright 2014

14 comments:

Martha Hubbard said...

Phyllis is gorgeous, Nata! Great job! :)

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Beautiful, Nata! It looks so delightfully spring-like! Oh how ready I am for that! Thanks so much for joining in the fashion show fun with your wonderful original art!

Nata ArtistaDonna said...

thank you Martha and Susanna! Phyllis thanks you!

patientdreamer said...

Wow! Beautiful!

Beth Stilborn said...

Wonderful!

Nata ArtistaDonna said...

thank you patientdreamer and Beth!

julierowanzoch said...

WUNDERBAR! Love her taking us where we all want to go!

Angie Karcher said...

Phyllis is lovely and looks so happy to saunter into spring!

Nata ArtistaDonna said...

thank you Angie! we should all follow Phyllis into Spring!

pennyklostermann.com said...

Stunning! Love this! You have such talent!

Sue said...

So nice and Spring. Lovely flowers, beautiful outfit. Delightful.

Nata ArtistaDonna said...

thank you Julie, Penny and Sue!!!

Neighbor Girl said...

This picture is AMAZING!
-Neighbor girl

viviankirkfield.com said...

Stellar outfit! Phyllis is all ready for Easter.:)