January 27, 2014

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
And another!!
Spring Phyllis by Grace age 8!
And two from Sue!
Phyllis makes a prediction (after looking at the world's upside) by Sue Heavenrich

Phyllis modeling her 6 more weeks of Ski Season togs by Sue Heavenrich
Sunday Best Phyllis by Heather Greene




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64 comments:

  1. Michelle Heidenrich BarnesJanuary 27, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    You do know how to throw a party, Susanna! I look forward to viewing the parade of fabulous entries on the Groundhog Walk of Fame.

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  2. This_Kid_Reviews_Books_ErikJanuary 27, 2014 at 7:10 AM

    WOO! Phyllis contest! :D Josie wants to do it too! Now have to think of fashion... Hmmm... This is hard, I have no fashion sense. I will have to rely on Josie... ;)

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  3. The fun never ends at Chez Susanna! I really don't think I'll have time this year (though I had tons of fun last year with the Where's Phyllis contest) but can't wait to see how people dress her up!

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  4. How do you do all this, Susanna? You're superwoman, running classES, a blog, and another contest!

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  5. Phyllis is so lucky to be getting these makeovers!!

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

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  6. Oh Phyllis, we couldn't ever forget about her :-) This sounds like such fun.

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  7. This is going to be a fun one!

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  8. That's such a neat idea, Susanna! I'm completely rubbish at Corel Draw so far but this will be good practise.

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  9. You come up with such awesome ideas each year for Phyllis! And I hadn't forgotten!

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  10. Wow. This sounds like fun, but I am artistically challenged. I think I will ask my granddaughter if she would like to try her hand at this. She is quite the little artist. Is that okay?

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  11. My daughter is actually headed to Mexico on Saturday for a mini-fun-in-the-warm-sun vacation...I'll have to check out her wardrobe and see if I can grab an item that will fit Phyllis...what fun!

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  12. Hmm. Putting on my crafting cap!

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  13. Phyllis is very daring in her wardrobe choices and is willing to try anything... once :) I hope you find something suitable! :)

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  14. Absolutely! That would be wonderful! And I am totally artistically challenged and am going to do my best to come up with something in time for Sunday, so if you want to give it a try, I'm sure mine will look worse :)

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  15. Phyllis and I knew YOU hadn't forgotten, Joanna :)

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  16. But Catherine! You are an artist! You don't need computer programs, you can just draw!

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  17. Oh YAY! I'm so excited you think so Heather! :)

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  18. Put Chipmunk on the job if you don't have time, Angela! Rosi says she's going to get her granddaughter to do one, and I'm sure Erik will join in so there will be other kid entries! :)

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  19. She is going to be SO FASHIONABLE!!! And just in time for her BIG DAY! :)

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  20. This isn't a hard contest, Tina :) No writing judging to do! I hope this will just be tons of fun for everyone :)

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  21. Pshaw, Teresa! It would take you all of 3 minutes to whip something up! You are an artist! You can print the Phyllis figure and DRAW something on her in seconds flat, I'm quite sure! :)

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  22. I know it! Won't it be fun??? I can't wait!!! The only hard part is going to be coming up with my own outfit for Phyllis :)

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  23. Oh, I was just wondering what on earth I could do to keep procrastinating from typing up this article.... now I know! what fun!

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  24. You see? I am always here for you, Sue :)

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  25. Did someone say costumes? Of course you know I am up for that. In fact, I remember a certain toga that I could dust off....

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  26. I have no fashion sense either, Erik, and neither does Phyllis, so no worries! I'm sure you will come up with something very entertaining :)

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  27. Ah! The toga! Phyllis looks ravishing in that! :)

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  28. This sounds fun! I hope I can enter... I'll have to buckle down and finish my to do list. :D

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  29. Michelle Heidenrich BarnesJanuary 27, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    I'm sure it will be brilliant! Personally, I'm happy enough watching from the sidelines this time around. :)

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  30. What a great idea - if I have time, I'll do it!

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  31. Yay! I hope you'll have time Sylvia! :)

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  32. Your blog is always rockin an awesome contest, Susanna. What fun!

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  33. I hope you'll join in, Ruth :) Phyllis is in desperate need of some new clothes :)

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  34. Whoa...super creative contest, Susanna. Would love to see Phyllis in a bikini...or a snowsuit...or '80's stirrup pants & a fancy new perm!

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  35. Oh you are always so full of great ideas, Susanna! Fun! I'll try to come up with something when I get a moment...

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  36. Oh, and Linda's sunny entry is delightful!

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  37. Thanks, Iza, here in CA. we have sun to spare so I wanted to make a Phyllis to melt the long winter back east.

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  38. Four seconds of hair pulling. At least 5 minutes of blank stares. :D I am whipping through my to-do list so I bet you will see a Phyllis out of me!!

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  39. Hah! You're quite the comedienne too! I loved Stacy's steampunk Phyllis and don't think I can do anything to top that. ;)

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  40. Isn't it great?! I KNOW I can't top it, but I've got to come up with something :)

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  41. Oh YAY! An Iza Phyllis would be amazing!!!!!

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  42. She has been thinking about you too, Beth, and wondering if you could please send her friend the Canadian Royal Mounted Police Horse to visit because the snow is deep and she would like to ride through it :)

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  43. No brainer for me, it's Carnival time and everybody's having fun, including Phyllis. See what happens when she visits New Orleans this month. Thanks Susanna, this was such a fun idea!

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  44. OMG! Can't wait! Are we going to get Mardi Gras Phyllis???

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  45. Queen Phyllis! LOL. And she has cousins down south too...the nutria.

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  46. Somehow I missed your reply. That RCMP horse would come in handy, wouldn't it? Maybe she'll have to ride a spotted pony instead? ;) I've just posted my entry -- Opera Singer Phyllis!

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  47. Susanna,
    please delete my link for #11 (I have no idea why the title uploaded incorrectly) please keep #12 Phyllis's Allonge`

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  48. Hope I got in on time.... What great fun!

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  49. You did! What fun! She looks so cute :)

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  50. I've done it! I've fashioned a Phyllis. :D Fun contest as always Susanna. Perfect for a snowy winter day!

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  51. Help! When I try to get to link #17, the Square Dance one, I just get to a reiteration of this post. Can you fix it, oh wonderful Susanna? I've seen the post, and it's FABULOUS! Here's the real link: http://pennyklostermann.com/2014/02/01/punxsutawney-phyllis-and-her-pre-groundhog-day-celebratory-square-dance/

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  52. I found the problem before I saw this note, Beth, so it's already fixed :)

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  53. So glad you had fun, Meg :) Love your Phyllis :)

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  54. I'm delighted to discover that my Substitute Groundhog is one of the prizes. I will be happy to supply a personalized autographed bookplate to the winner so he/she can add it to his/her copy. Happy Groundhog Day to all!

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  55. Oh! That is lovely of you Pat! Thank you so much!!! I'll let you know when we have a winner of your book :)

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