I’ve been in recovery mode from in some form or fashion for what seems like forever. First there was grieving (well that’s a bit ongoing), then there were sick littles, then a sick husband, and then a sick me. *cough cough* … and you know what? Life doesn’t slow down during all of those things. It doesn’t slow down for half a second. *sigh*
Looking on the brighter side of things, I am recovering. The coughing and congestion is slowing. I am having more good days and that is a good thing. So after a short break from crafting, I am starting to feel an urge to get back into the swing of things. I will gladly take the inspiration that I am having and run with it.
We’ve had plans for the littles to be a part of the Kids’ Market in our community this year, but with all of the “recovering” (mentioned above) going on around here we almost failed to get any prep work done for the event. The youngest managed to create a couple of beaded bracelets and the eldest made a few rainbow loom bracelets. Just days before the market, I took an assessment of what had been created, I knew we needed more things!
We turned to Pinterest for some quick inspiration. Dragonfly clothespins was a fairly simple craft, and my daughter was happy to create those.It wasn’t long until she switched to making her version of a bookworm, which we started calling “pencil buddies”.
At this point my son was less than enthused about any of it, but he offered up an edible idea- chocolate pretzel treats. They were super easy to create and not very costly. We put two of each pretzel treat in a small zip-lock bag.
My daughter switched gears about half way through the dragonfly craft. You know how Pinterest is… you go there to find one thing and get sucked in. You just cannot stop looking and the next thing you know 2 hours is gone! So anyway, she found some cute button and flower paperclip crafts. After a little discussion, we decided to make a combined version of this craft and we would sell them as bookmarks. I cut out several flower shapes with the Silhouette Cameo and put her to work assembling them.
In the middle of punching the circle backings with a 1″ circle punch, I had a happy accident. I somehow managed to get a google eye stuck to my glue laced, sticky fingers. As I was removing the google eye, it occurred to me that the yellow circles that were meant to be the backs of the flower bookmarks (shown above) would work as Minions. I pulled out a bunch of blue paperclips, some large google eyes, the glue and we were on our way with a new craft.
On Friday night, in the final moments of preparation, my daughter suggested that we make bookmarks of some of the foam hearts that she had in her stash of stickers. So we created a handful of those as well.
Here is the entire display of clips.
Here they are at the Kids’ Market. I am so proud of them for the hard work and effort. I am also very proud of the sales skills. It was certainly a fun learning experience. They didn’t make much profit, because they did some shopping at some of their peers’ tables, but it was still a fun day!
In closing, I will add that in the midst of all of the recovering we had a major book report project due. My son’s book was about the Dust Bowl and boy was this an epic craft!
So what are you recovering from? I’d like to hear tips on how you muddle through life when things are not always sunshiney and bright.