Friday, May 28, 2010
A Brief Interruption. Big Bad Collars.
Yesterday was the end of the school year for us here is Arizona. The summer heat puts us on little bit different schedule (I have always thought the sunbelt states really should go opposite: the big break in winter when the weather is great. Summer is when the cabin fever epidemic hits here.) I wanted to throw this out there since I know most out there are still a couple weeks from the end...and I am really proud of how things turned out!
It was time for the kids to make their end of the year gifts. Of course there are kid projects of all different levels. As usual, I like to make things that are useful. Since there are always limitations when it comes to construction for the kids, I like for the kids do the planning and design as much as possible...(when possible...as in I actually start before midnight the night before...cough cough...). This year we did fancy pens for the teachers. The girls went to Hobby Lobby and chose everything out themselves: feathers, matching ribbon and of course the silver and gold pens were the bomb! It is great way to see their developing aesthetics!
Then came the eight year old. While working on the other pens, my 2 year old was playing quietly and happily beside the table...with the remaining feathers in the dog water. Sigh. So I pulled out replacement supplies from a work room that is the bane of my husbands existence. You see I have an affliction...I hoard craft supplies...but you never know when a two year old will steal your ostrich feathers and swirl them in the dog water...this was just the emergency one must be prepared for! So out came the box...
My older daughter also gave shopping bags / purses she had proudly designed for me to sew.
In the end it wasn't quite the budget saving project I had hoped. $6 in ruined ostrich feathers, $10 a yard peacock trim, swarovsky crystals...but...
It was a success. The girls had gifts they had designed and constructed themselves and were proud to give.
PPS. The pens were not my original idea. I had bought a couple of a similar concept at an art fair for prizes for the girls. Sadly, the stationary store I bought them from did not survive the economic collapse here. Support your downtown.