I wanted to do something different. Something other than the traditional Easter egg hunt. Then an idea came to me, why not a piñata? Knowing my son, he’d enjoy whacking it to pieces. So I began to construct…
…The Egg Piñata!!
First, a game plan and then supplies. I looked up other piñatas and got ideas. I didn’t want to use crepe paper nor did I want to do a easy decorating technique. Apparently, I like things long and complicated. Now that I focused on a design, it was time to get the supplies. Everything I used was either free or cheap.
Thank you Dollar Tree!! Everything $1! I got the balloons, tissue paper, and candy there. I got the glue and paint from Wal-Mart. The paper I used to I got in the mail, sales paper. I used flour and water to make the paste.
Time to start crafting!
First, I blew up the balloon to the desired size. I found out too late that it was too big. I covered it with the ripped up sales paper and paste. I did several layers to make sure that the piñata didn’t collapse once I popped the balloon. I also found out that I put on too many layers. My son couldn’t break through. That was an amusing learning experience.
Next, the base coat. I chose white since I didn’t want to buy different shades of paint and I want to keep it light and springy.
I cut open a small flap near the top and filled the egg with candy. Next, was the decorations! This was the hardest and longest part of the egg’s creation. Man, it was long. It took me a day and a half for each color. Well, minus blue. Blue only took a day. Why so long? Because I’m the mother of a two year old and the technique I used took some effort. I cut up the tissue paper into 1 to 1 1/2 inch squares, twisted it around a pencil (then eventually popsicle stick) and glued them on.
A few months ago, I was able to surprise my mom with a random visit. Her reaction was one of joy, shock, and excitement. In other words, priceless. I’ve watched the video of her reaction several times and it still brings a smile to my face. She missed us, the baby and I, and we missed her just as much. The visit was needed. We had fun and I got to see my new nephew!
I got to visit downtown Seattle and took way too many pictures of the glass museum. Of course my son was bored so we didn’t stay long. Overall, my trip was a great one and I hope I get to surprise someone else with a visit. Nothing can top my mom’s reaction. It just warms my heart.
Chihuly Glass and Garden
Why I liked It:
- It was funny. I actually laughed out loud at some parts as well as my husband.
- The message to pursue your dreams no matter how much your crappy family doesn’t believe in you. Remember, someone out there does.
- Samuel L. Jackson as a snail.
- The music was nice. The kids loved dancing to it.
- Ken Jeong as Kim-Ly, the nail lady made her funnier.
- White Shadow
My Favorite Part:
Recommend: Yes. Especially if you have kids and generally like animations. It’s not the best film of the year but it’s cute enough to cheer you up after a stressed day.
Number 50 is crossed off! Added a few more to the list and revised number 77!
For some reason I decided to do, what I call, the statements of joy that I saw in the current issue of O magazine. All I did was complete the statements, which are underlined, to the best of my ability without much thought. Here is what I came up with.
✓ I could blow an entire rainy afternoon watching and listening to the rain.
✓ When I was a kid, I used to love looking at the media files on Encarta Encyclopedia.
✓ I‘ve always wanted to become really good at painting and singing.
✓ If I could do one thing everyday of my life, it would be to create.
✓ I can lose track of time when I’m into a project.
✓ Nothing clears my head like writing.
✓ When I’m feeling drained, all I want to do is be quiet and alone.
✓ I feel most connected to my body when I’m doing yoga
✓ In my daydreams, I imagine myself being happy.
✓ I get a shot of energy when I travel.
Yes, believe it or not, these things bring me joy and sanity. What are your statements of joy?
What if Oprah is the Anti-Christ?
Just a thought…
I know, I know. Blasphemy. Shame on me.
But gets you thinking don’t it?? ^_^