Monday, August 24, 2009

Stone Age Craft

No, you won't find rock painting in any craft books. Here's the step-by-step. Are you ready, you may want to write this down.
(1) Find a rock.
(2) Paint it.

Here's the point -- we had a problem. Any tablecloths we use on the cockpit table end up blowing off or even worse blowing away all together. It's true, the local knickknack store sells a package of widgits that handily solve this problem. But that involves a trip to the knickknack store to look for said widgits resulting in an afternoon spent shopping with a 5 year old which is like - well -- shopping with a 5 year old, and then spending money you don't have on something you do need that's mass produced and now YOU are part of the problem.

Instead, we shifted our thinking. How can we solve this problem, for free, in the fresh air, being creative, and engaging the boy so that the mama can also get her chores done and have a moment of quiet.

Of course rock painting can easily morph into arm painting and leg painting and hair painting and solar panel paining if you're not careful (which I wasn't, but it's bath season and a spray bottle of vinegar and water around the boat can work wonders).


But now we have a lovely, child made, colorful, natural, stone age solution to our problem.

10 comments:

sf said...

Gotta love those directions you included!

Joy said...

What a cute craft AND a solution to your problem! :)

Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

Love your solution!

Jennifer Johnson said...

Way to be creative! They are colorful and happy, too.

Lily Boot said...

what gorgeous colours! And I am so with you on the refusing to buy - sometimes I look at all the packaged "trash" in the stores (that winds up in hard rubbish) and wonder that we don't have laws forbidding its production! :-) You and Zach have found a lovely solution for your tablecloth. Hmmm ... painted pebbles ... what could I use them for? I'm sure there's something ...

Christine said...

Nothing is better than that!

Michelle said...

Thanks so much for finding me and saying hello! Your blog is just beautiful!!

I love the painted rock solution...and my five year old plus shopping simply isn't on the agenda these days ;-)

Looking forward to following your adventures!
~Michelle

The Curious Holts said...

SO adorable. You're going to have to stop saying you're not crafty verrrrrry soon.

mamaroots said...

excellent solution!

Cam said...

Great idea...

One that we are apt to copy soon.
Just so ya know! haha!

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