father's day tie bunting

May 23, 2011

Last year, we made quite a few crafty projects for Father's Day gifts. You can check them out here, if you are looking for some ideas. 

I'm not sure what we'll be doing this year, but we have this mini tie cake bunting ready to go! It was easy to make--just cut out a few ties from scrapbook paper and let Juliet tape them to a bit of string tied onto some chopsticks. 

We used double-sided tape. It took about  5 minutes to make from start to finish (which means digging through the junk drawer looking for supplies, cutting, and assembling the sticks and string, and finally having Juliet stick the ties on. 
We made some brownies to try it out--looks to be in good working order!
The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish
I'm working on a father's day book list, but I had to share this one with you today. The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean is my favorite book this week. 

It's probably aimed at an older audicnce (older than Juliet, that is)--I'm thinking maybe 2nd or 3rd graders? There are a lot of jokes that went over Juliet's head, but she still enjoyed the overall story. 

The writing is very clever and humorous--here's my favorite part: 

(The boy in the story is trying to convince his friend to swap his two goldfish with him for something. He offers several items: a whistle, a spaceship, a puppet, etc...but his friend doesn't want any of those objects.) 

"I thought for a bit. 

Some people have great ideas maybe once or twice in their life, and then they discover electricity or fire of outer space or something. I mean, the kind of brilliant ideas that change the whole world. 

Some people never have them at all. 

(turn the page)

I get them two or three times a week.

I'll swap you my dad, I said." 

Of course, the story is silly and it had us laughing along the way. 


idesign said...

very cute idea :) love it, found you over at skip to my lou, stop by for a visit sometime


Marta said...

What a cute bunting! It's a very festive touch! And thanks for the book recommendation, I'll try to read it! Best regards from Barcelona,

Sweet Floweret said...

so cute! would love to see it at 20 minute tuesday ;) love your stuff.

Love and Lollipops said...

Love the bunting and the book sounds like something my 9 year-old son would enjoy!

Take care,

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