Some days, it’s hard to not bring the feelings from what’s going on outside – freezing rain mixing with piles of partially melted dingy snow – to the inside. Gray skies make Spring feel far away. While I know that it’ll come sooner than I want it to in the weeks that fly by, the hours are long. Even this year’s early upcoming daylight savings doesn’t lend enough brightness. Knowing that springing our clocks forward will mean that daylight will stay later makes me happyhappy. Also, daylight without sunshine is blah.
We’ve had snowdays and cabin fever and real fevers.
We’ve also had fun, thankfulness, and unexpected triumph with a DIY 100 Day School project that turned out pretty awesome considering there’s a reason that this site doesn’t have any crafting projects on it (unless you count my Ghetto DIY Tampon Box Carwash).
Here are a few of those moments. The ones that were “On Fleek.” (<—- blame Kenya for that expression and 10 points if you know what it means without having to consult Urban Dictionary and 1001 to her for trying to keep me cool-ish).
On a day when school wasn’t cancelled for snow or cold the way that it has been at least once each week since the holiday break, we instead had to visit the doctor to find out that Tucker had come down with Fifth’s Disease (it’s actually not bad but in our case, was followed by a fever and flu for the both of us). While his cheeks looked red and blotchy…
his smile didn’t.
A week ago, we had nine hours of warmth and sunshine. We made a snowman and pulled out our beach toys to create castles and forts. We had fun. Even found a few warm enough moments to sit our waterproofed butts in the snow to build.
We had unexpected beauty on a frozen tree when the ice in its branches looked like a beautiful spiderweb.
I had IRL lunch with Dana. And talked and talked and almost missed getting Tucker off the bus but found myself here, just in time, smiling because well Dana is awesome.
We celebrated Tucker’s 100th day of kindergarten. The assignment was to create a shirt with 100 tags of some type on it. I consulted the Almighty Pinterest and found a cool eyeball monster that we could make together. It meant drawing a blob with arms and legs and glueing 100 Googly Eyeballs to it. Something like this:
I showed it to Tucker. Excited. Relieved I’d found a craft that we could probably do easily together. He looked at it.
At me. And said, clear as day “But I want a Mummy.
(F******) “No problem!” I said, as I consulted Pinterest and Google and Yahoo for images of a DIY Mummy Shirt. Nothing. I found nothing.
So I did what any good mom would do. I poured a glass of wine, located my Googly Eyeballs for the eyeball monster, binge watched Netflix and went to bed.
Then, I had this idea! I could make a mummy!
And a mummy I made.
Here’s what I did to make a 100 School Day Mummy shirt for my little boy’s 100th day of school.
1 black t-shirt
3 rolls (only needed about ½ of one) of ⅜” white ribbon
Fabric paint pen
Red embellishment dazzle fake ruby things (Scrapbook section)
I cut the ribbon into 100 different sized pieces and drew a little mummy pic on a piece of paper so that I’d have something to consult while making the one on his shirt.
Glued a rough outline of a mummy on the shirt and Tucker and I then stuck ends of all of the ribbon pieces to make the shape of it. Filled in the ugliest parts with more ribbons, and glued on the eyes.
Wrote on the back of the shirt. Let it dry and felt hugely crafty.
You, too, can make a DIY 100 Day Mummy shirt for school! See? Also – at first I was a little bummed that you could see the glue dots and ribbon ends fraying but my husband assured me that real mummys are kinda messy so I’m embracing his imperfections.
Ever made a craft that you thought was beyond your skills? Does this give me a pass from all crafting activities until like 7th grade? Do tell.
This has been a Ten Things of Thankful post because duh – there are like 87 things here people.
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