Monday, November 03, 2008

Meltdown Results

Well, I am happy to announce that our big meltdown was a big success. Not only do we have 22 brand new and very original crayons to play with, but we cleared all of our boxes and drawers of old, broken, dirty, sad crayons. This was a seriously fun project and I was very encouraged to read Jess' comment about collecting old crayons from schools... I definitely want to do this project again.

Not all colors melt at the same rate, which is interesting and by no means disappointing. I love the variations and deviations. Trust me, these crayons are really cool. We tried 2 of them, because we could not resist the urge to play, but I am trying to save the rest as party favors... we'll see how well I manage. Every crayon presents it's own color/s temptation!

We don't go anywhere without drawing supplies... paper, pencils, pens charcoal, crayons... necessities all.

Maria has been drawing princesses and fairies, in anticipation of her derpday. Puff sleeves! Love those!

We appreciate restaurants with butcher papered tables. When William returned from the restroom he was greeted by Alex's expressive little friend.

Do I ever give the impression that I get a lot done? I was very nearly worthless today. Maria and I are sniffling and kind of dragging. And of course it is now, when my energy is hitting bottom, that my memory manages to surface every last ball I've dropped, every person I have neglected, every chore that has been abandoned... all the stuff I am not getting done. Feh. I seem to recall that last week my list of things to do seemed insurmountable, and today it's as bad or worse. This fact is really getting me down. Once again I am leveled by the I want to never move again, but I have to, and I wish we had our own home blues. It's devastating.

I hope the universe can forgive me for taking our sniffles out into the world. I took the kids out to eat and then to our favorite independent, local toy store. We had the place all to ourselves, and it was nice to sit in a bright and cheery world and play house.

Broken crayons can be repurposed and made good again. Yarn can become a hat. I'm not sure how I will ever accomplish all the things I need to, want to, but I suppose I can hope. Imagination. Faith. Hope. Princesses and fairies, play and prayer... a bit of glitter. Every bit helps.


mtnchild said...

Ran across this the other day:

"We could learn a lot from crayons... Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box." . . . or melt together . . . LOL sorry, couldn't help that last bit . . . LOL

jess said...

Everything is better with glitter!

Tiglizzyclone said...

What pretty party favors the melted crayons make! Great idea. That is so interesting! At my job, in a classroom, my co-worker was discarding all the old crayons (last week). What she did was hand me the box of old crayons...knowing that I love art. I was telling her how I might try to do some sort of modified encaustic painting with them.

Tracy said...

Oh, that meltdown looks like great fun!! I'll have to do this one day with my nieces and nephew, they'll get a kick out of that!! This was a sweet post, Natalie...The world needs more play with crayons, more puffed sleeves, more glitter, more fairies...more hope and more love! Happy Days to you all ((HUGS))

nikkipolani said...

Oh those wooden toys are adorable, Natalie! Can't wait to see what everyone makes with their meltdown crayons.

trisha too said...

your scribble cookies are delicious!


Melissa said...

melting crayons is one of my favorite projects! My daughter loves to make them.

Oiyi said...

Such a great idea with the crayons! Love them.