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…towel.

We're gonna try and teach her how to dry dishes.

Thanks to Mirek and John for the gift,

-Shady

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A few months ago, our good friends Erik and Robyn gave Grey and West (but let’s be honest, it’s really for me) an amazing gift.

In 1981, Colorforms released a set of Muppet Shrinky Dinks. I assume everyone reading this is familiar with Shrinky Dinks, but just in case (as I recently ran into three people who had no idea what I was talking about), here is a description from the Muppet Wiki:

Shrinky Dinks are craft kits that consist of several sheets of flexible plastic, printed with coloring-book style line drawings. Young shrinkers cut out the pictures and color them in with colored pencils or markers. When the pictures are baked in an oven, the plastic pieces shrink down to make small, hard plastic curios.

You can learn more about the set I’m about to reference here. It’s the second set listed—the Muppets Play Set—not the Piggy/Kermit set listed at the top.

Anyway, Erik found someone online who was selling the lot of original artwork from the set. Like, the actual drawings and paintings the set was created from.

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

It’s a massive amount of artwork. Here are a few pics.

These are the actual (I assume) gouache paintings of the character sheets:

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

Also included were the paintings of the stage set and theater:

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

The lot even included original art from the packaging, like this “how to” painting.

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

Some of the artwork came with parchment layovers that had handwritten instructions of how to most accurately match colors and print plates.

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

Also included was a large mockup of the box.

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

There is so much cool art in this set (it’s gonna be a bitch to frame), but this is my favorite piece:

Original artwork from the 1981 Muppet Play Set by Colorforms' Shrinky Dinks.

Keep in mind this artwork was created when I was just four years old. Insane.

Thanks for the thoughtful and generous gift, Erik and Robyn. Here’s hoping Grey and West like the Muppets!

They better if they know what’s good for them,

-Shady

…I took my cousin Alex’s senior photos.

In return, I got this:

Pee-wee Colorforms!

With all of the pieces still intact!

Thanks to Teri and Alex for the awesome payment.

Totally worth it,

-Shady

An awesome Chaplin print from Salomon.

…for this Chaplin print!

It glows in the dark,

-Shady

I smell a MURRRDERRR!

…which was awesome. But now, thanks to our good friends Erik and Robyn, we’ll be getting clues to help solve a MURRRDERRR every month!

Thanks to those two victims—er, I mean friends—for our new Hunt A Killer subscription. KB and I are on the case!

Beer and murder go hand-in-hand,

-Shady

…know that I appreciate both the gift and the joke.

So many dicks...

Unfortunately, I have a strong aversion to gummy candy, which means all of these dicks are probably gonna end up in KB’s mouth.

...so little time.

That’s hot,

-Shady

…for sending Mr. Fabulous a gift that officially makes her one of us!

The Fab in the hat!

By Dr. Fabulous!

She was feeling so left out,

-Shady

Claire + Jasika = Good Friends!

…for this amazing (and handmade by Jasika) baby quilt…

Beautiful!

…that has this wonderful little quote (taken from a text KB once sent to Jasika) sewn directly into it.

You are smart. You are funny. You are going to be president one day.

Amazing!

This preceded a basketball game,

-Shady

Ollenbooties!

…for these handmade booties!

They literally watched a grandmother knit these in Portugal,

-Shady

…visited a few weeks ago, and he brought me a gift.

Loren! And a new Shady sweatshirt!

A new Shady sweatshirt to replace my old ruined one!

Believe it or not, Loren came across this sweatshirt at Goodwill. So awesome.

Thanks for extending the Shady sweatshirt legacy with your generous gift, Loren.

He can come to Food Night anytime,

-Shady

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