I get these ideas in my head. Ideas that, in my head, seem great. I love doing craft projects with my kids. I do not love the mess that follows. Today we went to Micheal's. Since the kids didn't have school today, I told them we would pick out a fun craft project to do. I watched two extra kiddos this afternoon and knew I had to be creative to keep them semi-quiet so my little man would take his usual 3-4 hour nap. Yes, I know how lucky I am!
I found some unfinished wood jack-o-lanterns that were flat. I envisioned them painted, sprinkled with glitter and then attached to some wooden yard sign sticks. Cute little jack-o-lanterns lining my garden.
I forgot to picture what 6 kids, 1 dog, 1 crazy mom, orange and brown paint and glitter would look like when we were done. I was so smart. I'll do it outside on the back patio. The mess won't be in my house, it will clean up easily. Smart.
I forgot about the wind. Wind + glitter = a big mess. I forgot about the kid factor. Kids can make a mess out of anything. I forgot when I turn around, they shake the glitter on everything. In the end, we had six painted jack-o-lanterns and glitter EVERYWHERE! I mean everywhere. My entire patio was covered in the stuff. Somehow my dog was covered in it. And of course, orange/gold glitter is hard to find, so I had to buy the expensive Martha Stewart (aka fine as dust) glitter. It doesn't come off. I hosed down the patio so now our grass sparkles. But I can't seem to get it off of me. I need a shower, but have company coming and have a house to clean up. If they could only see it now. They might not come over!
The kids had fun, but I bet I don't use glitter for a while.