Whale of a Week!

You should see my house right now.

VBS prep and the County Fair just collided on our schedule and my house looks like Hobby Lobby on Black Friday.

I have pool noodles in the dining room, glue bottles on the kitchen table and a shark costume on the living room floor.

There’s piles everywhere.

My mind is just as cluttered as my house.

This year’s VBS prep includes costumes for a turtle, a shark, and an octopus.

I’ve never made a shark costume before and the instructions on Pinterest were vague. “Put the shark fins were you think they should go.”

Seriously? I’ve never even considered where shark fins should go!

You don’t want to know how many times I’ve ripped out Sharky (as we now affectionately call him!)

And then there’s the octopus.

I kind of went a little wild with the tentacles and the entire costume has a life of it’s own.



Every once in a while I take off the VBS hat and put on the 4H leader hat and help with projects, design the club’s backdrop and help write project reports.

And occasionally I’ve even put on my mom hat and cooked.

But more often than not, when one of the kids will ask about food and I’ll tell them to cook something.

We’ve eaten a lot of hot dogs.

My poor husband should get a medal.

Our conversations have been a bit one-sided this week and have gone like this –

“How’s the best way to attach elastic straps to a turtle shell made of cardboard and flannel?”

“Can you print the 4H sign?”

“Would you make some coral reef from this spray foam? And paint it?”

“What should we use to pad sharkie’s head?”

“Can you find the 4H backdrop?

“Can you pick up elastic on your way home?”

“Where do shark fins go?”

“Can you tell me again that I’m wonderful and that I can do this?”

And he does.

And I do.

And little by little we’re gaining on it.

The next 10 days are gonna be crazy!

But one way or another – we’ll make it!


PS:  Where do shark fins go?!


Treasure Cards

Once again, Angel Girl, my creative one, came up with an original card to decorate the presents we took to our family get-together last weekend.

They went perfectly with the treasure themed gifts!

She’s really into burning things to give them an aged look, and the flower with the pearls in the center is her signature!

You’ll Need-

card stock
pages from an old book
glue stick
hot glue gun and glue
school glue
candle and matches
scissors or paper cutter
paint brush
pearls or beads
a quarter

First you take a piece of card stock, cut it to the size you want and fold it in half.

Then you rip out a page of your book and use a glue stick to attach it to the front of the folded piece of card stock.

Once its dry, its time to age it. Carefully take the card and hold it over a lit candle until your satisfied with the smoky look. You can carefully burn a few of the edges – but be ready with a wet rag to keep things from getting out of hand.

Once the page has cooled, take a paint brush and brush on a layer of school glue. The purpose of this is to make sure the char doesn’t chip, and you fingers won’t get covered with black when you hold it.

Your basic card is done, now it’s time to embellish!

To make the flower, take a strip of card stock and a strip of a book page and glue them together. Then take a quarter and trace out 5 or 6 circles and carefully burn them, and glue paint them.

When they are dry you can attach the flower on the card where ever you would like by hot gluing one piece on at a time, layering them to make a flower.

Finish them off by hot gluing some pearls or beads in the middle and your card is finished.

All it needs now is a personal message!