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Saturday, February 22, 2014

As fairy tales go, this one's pretty Grimm...

But it's another school project successfully completed. It goes without saying that homework is a lot easier when Amelie's not involved, but on this occasion I've had to contend with input from not one, but two creative klutzes. Not only did Amelie photoshop the model in the background and print it out without asking, but Lisa insisted on joining in too. By the time I was called in as emergency project manager, it was looking like a scene from DIY SOS.

But as the Sarah Beeny of shoe boxes, I like to think I've added some kind of value to the property. The brief was to create a fairy tale scene in a shoe box, so with the theme of footwear very much central to proceedings, you'd expect us to go with Cinderella, Puss in Boots or The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe Box. Which also describes my mother-in-law's life at the sheltered housing. Unfortunately Amelie chose Rapunzel.

Needless to say, I had a few issues with scale, and if I'm honest, the Prince wouldn't really need to climb Rapunzel's yellow-string hair extensions, as he's already taller than she is. The tower's a bit on the bijou side too. It's no wonder Rapunzel wants to be rescued. She's clearly lacking the space for a separate bathroom to wash her hair. The Prince appears to be losing the thread of it all too, as his clothes unravel down the side of his horse. Although I was forced to dress him as Joseph, so that's probably no bad thing.

Anyhoo, if you ignore the swirly watermarks on the fence, which were designed to stop people like me printing it off the internet without permission, then I think the whole thing's a triumph. Although how Amelie's going to get it to school without it falling apart is anyone's guess. The first gust of wind and Rapunzel will be straight out of that toilet roll.


Peter Chapman said...

That's a work of art. If parents of Amelie's classmates read this blog, they'll be terrified at how inadequate their creations are.

Phil's Mum said...

You took the words out of my mouth, Peter. Amelie will be hated for evermore because she comes from such an artistic household and no-one else can compete.

Phil said...

Well, thank you both. Although to be fair, I think I was just lucky to have stumbled across the secret to successful homework. Which is to keep Amelie as far away from it as possible.

Phil said...

Oh, and I didn't make the horse.