A busy week for me this one, with a touch of madness I feel. I sometimes wonder why I volunteer myself for such things, why I choose to put myself out there so much at times. But then how can I not? How can I be a stay-at-home-mum with no employment to speak of, and not get involved with activities at the Little People's school when I am Time Rich?? Of course I can't shake my head and say no. Of course I have to jump in with both feet and get involved.
So this week finds me leading the way in organising a Mothers Day craft project with the school children. The hope is that it'll be a fun activity for them to do, resulting in a lovely gift for all those Mummies, and also a little cash will be generated to put in to the schools coffers.
I've had a few weeks to get it together with this project, but in typical fashion I don't prepare in advance and instead choose my usual fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants approach. Its OK I think, because The Idea has already been sorted. The Creative Design has been established, my ideas got a Nod at the recent PTA meeting. All I need to do is bring it all together. Purchase craft materials and the such like. Eaaaasy, no probs, I can get away with doing this oooo let me see, the day before? The day itself? I kid you not, this is generally how I operate, you would not want me on your team.
So want to see what my Idea was? Want to see the Creative Design?
Ok, well here you can see we need lots of brightly coloured card. A heart punch too.
Many, many frazzled minutes are spent cutting and punching and snipping.
Components for the Creative Design are assembled....
Hearts (two sizes), butterfly bodies and butterfly wings, all cut by hand.
With-love-from labels printed, and little cards cut and folded too.
Butterfly wings and bodies are glued together.
Butterfly wings are decorated, my-my I'm enjoying this.
Butterfly attaches to folded card with a jaunty label glued inside.
Space to write ones name, and a little x too.
Now if you pass me the selotape I can stick the whole butterfly ensemble to a brightly coloured lolly pop stick, and ta-dah!!! A Sticky Butterfly!!!
Hmm sorry, what was that?
What am I proposing to do with this butterfly stick?
Where am I gonna stick it, excuse me???
Well....into a PPP of course!!
A PPP, yes :: a Pretty Potted Primula!!!
Don't you just think the Little People are going to enjoy making these?
And don't you think all those Mummies are going to love them?
Simple, yet effective.
Now then, need to figure out where/how to purhcase 100 PPP's.
Need to go and harass poor unsuspecting plant man on the plant stall at the market.
Plant man is very nice indeed, says I can surely pop to his nursery and purchase 100 PPP's.
And so this morning (the first day of The Project) I pop to the nursery and fill my car boot up with glorious PPP's.
I dance around with delight when I get home, opening and closing my car boot several times just to get that ker-pow effect of seeing all this floral goodness in there.
Open-Ahhhhh!!!-close. Open-Oooooeeee!!!-close. Open-ohhhhhHHhHhhhhh!!!-close.
It absolutely thrills me to bits to have a car full of flowers.
And this afternnoon, off I go to school and spend a couple hours working with the smallest class which happens to contain my own Little Lady. We successfully transform 30 PPP's with crafty Butterfly Goodness, and everyone is delighted. Teachers are wowed, children are excited, me, well, I'm both of those things and a few others besides.
Tomorrow afternoon I shall go back for more. And the next day. And the next. We have one hundred of these to get through, four more classes of children.
And then there will be The Moment on Friday afternoon, when one hundred Little People will come tumbling out of classrooms, clutching their PPP with its sticky Butterfly to proudly present to their Mummy.
Ahhhhh, I am SO looking forward to that moment, I shall have two of these coming back at me from my two Little People, and I'll be very happy indeed I expect.