Aug 27, 2011

Spoon Faces, Earthquakes and Hurricanes--Oh My!

We had an earthquake here the other day and since we aren't used to them (We're in the Baltimore, MD area), we weren't sure what in the world was happening at first!
 It was my first earthquake and so rather than being scared, I was more startled. It obviously wasn't until after the shaking was over that I was sure what had happened. 
One of the distinctive things about the shaking that I remember most vividly (besides the rumbling noise) was the clinking of all the china and the rattling of all the pictures on the wall. Most specifically, a mug of spoons that my daughter pretend-plays with jingled on the table.

After the quake was over and it was clear that we would be safe, we resumed all normal activities. 
But that jingling mug of spoons stayed in my mind for the rest of the day, and the next. 

And then it dawned on me:
"Faces! Why have we never given her spoons character faces!? We could make them together and decorate them with google eyes and bits of fabric!" I thought. 

So we did. 

Here's how it all went down if you want to give it a try too:

We set out several spoons and then determined what character each spoon would become.

 Here's what we came up with:
1. The Prince Charming
2. The Princess Bride
3. The Kind Queen
4. The Crazy Gobblin

Next using regular drawing paper we drew egg shaped ovals the size of the inside of our spoons. Then we colored faces and added google eyes with white glue. We then cut out the faces. Using clear "Scotch" tape (we looped it around to form a double-side but you could also use double sides tape) we affixed the paper to the spoon.
The tape will obviously be removable from the spoon so you can take the faces off when you want your spoons back! 

Yayyy! Go Play!*

p.s. We are bracing for Hurricane Irene here in the northeast. Since no one knows exactly where it may hit, we are all taking precautions. If you don't hear from me for a few days, just assume our power went out, but I will be blogging again as soon as possible. Or maybe, we'll just have tropical storm weather and I'll be posting as usual on Monday! 

Earthquakes and Hurricanes! Oh My! I better come up with some more Rainy Day projects and STAT! 

Love, Caroline

*The google eyes are small parts so as always use common sense caution when determining what age child you should allow to play with these. I would eliminate the google eyes if you are making these with a child younger than 4 years old
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Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Cute spoons. We actually felt the earthquake here too. We are much further north. We are preparing for the hurricane as well. Hopefully it will fizzle out quickly.

Susan Anderson said...

Can't believe how many places felt that earthquake. It's crazy. (Welcome to our California world...)

I'm glad we don't have hurricanes though, and am keeping you all in my prayers and hoping no major damage will be done. Glad to hear you're battening down the hatches.


PS. Cute spoons!

Ellen said...

That is such a clever idea! I thought the faces and extras were nifty too. Spoon plays..make a mini stage with cloth napkins for curtains...oh have me brainstorming and I don't have little ones to share this with. Darn. Our parenting times together are so off! If and and when I ever am a grandma I will have to go back to all your archives.

Caroline said...

SMT--Isn't it crazy? I was so unprepared for anything like that and the funny thing is, I was on the phone at the time speaking to a Customer Service rep--I kept saying "I think we are having an earthquake!" over and over. She thought I was crazy I know. But I'm sure she watched the news that night and realized I wasn't nuts! Take care and stay safe! xo

Sue--Thank you for your prayers. I said some of my own on my way to the grocery store. Not everyone can just hop in their car and go to the store to get prepared. Those are the people who need our prayers the most! You are always so thoughtful.

Ellen--Our parenting times ARE off! Wouldn't that have been nice if we were parenting the same ages at the time time! I bet we would have bounced SO many ideas off each other. And I bet when you are a grandmother one day--you will be the best!

Rebecca said...

We had an earthquake back in 2008 and it scared the living daylights out of me. Rumbled for what seemed like four hours. Was more than likely about 2 minutes.........but yeah, I was scared but it woke me at 3am so...yeah.

Glad you guys are okay......

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Diana Mieczan said...

Such a sweet idea and the spoons look adorable. Glad you all are ok after the earthquake. Its crazy whats going on lately, huh? Muah