During the time Mog lived with us, one of the most incisive questions I was asked was – what do you do? Fairly harmless I thought at first, but I had no idea that a primary school ecosystem was based on bartering. I had no trouble answering “Oh my husband and I own a web design company and I am a craft blogger on the side”. This, as I soon learned, was a gateway to a slew of interesting requests – can you help me pick a wireless router, would you mind terribly taking photos of the girls’ dance recital, can you send that picture to my husband, are you able to put that on youtube so my family can see, etc. In retrospect, I was more popular in the playground this time around, than I ever had been when forced to attend that exact same school as a child. However, my time there did yield some great opportunities. I had only been there a week when Mog’s teacher asked if I might like to teach an arts and crafts group one afternoon. I was SO excited. I had been lucky enough to receive a copy of Beci Orpin’s Home prior to its release and my head was swimming with ideas.
There are so many fantastic projects in this book that I would have liked to tackle with the kids, but ultimately the decision came down to a matter of supplies. I had enough twine and left over scrapbooking paper to furnish an entire class room with mobiles. The natural objects could easily be collected from the school yard.
When making my demonstration mobile, I used the off-cuts from Basic Grey’s Persimmon Collection. I had used the 6×6 pad for a PL layout back in September and had quite a few 2×6 strips leftover. We found the feather in the playground, along with the sticks. The beads, washi and floss had all been left over from previous projects. The only thing I went out of my way to make was the pom pom. I had not thought the project would turn out as well as it did. The mobile still hangs where you see it in my study. I smile every time I see it.
It took a little over an hour and a half, but all the kids in my group went home with a finished mobile too. Mog’s had a decidedly more Mardi Gras feel than mine. She had managed to get a hold of some doilies and those vibrant dyed fluffy feathers. Credit where credit’s due – she found the perfect Amy Tangerine scraps to accompany them and it looked just fab! In the end, I found it really hard to believe they were just 6 years old. Their creativity just blew me away. The kids adored using the shape punches and were more than capable of making their own 3D objects. One little boy even taught me a thing or two about washi tape. Now that I think about it, I think I might like to “volunteer” again.