It was a dark and stormy night. I was beat and ready for bed as I roll tucked out of Lily's bunk and she firmly commands me, "Mommy, I must have a toga for school tomorrow." It was more firm than changing out batteries in her remote kind of tone. She wanted to be ready for her third grade Greek party. I sat back down on her bed and thought, "I have never made a toga!". How hard could it be, I could just wrap her in a sheet. Lily had jumped out of her bed and was putting on tights and her white tennis dress to be ready. I was thinking of the gold leaf crown that seems very Greek. *did they really wear those?* I didn't have silk green leaves or gold spray paint. My mind was searching all my craft bin membrane for ideas.
As my child was winding up with excitement and hope for a toga I remembered that I had gold metallic duck tape and pipe cleaners. As I left her I looked at her and said, "I can't believe I am doing this." She quietly smiled as I was measuring her head with my sewing tape measure as she was trying to go to sleep. *her head is the same size as mine?*
I searched through the craft bins and pulled out wood clothes pins but that would be a pain to wrap with gold tape and too heavy. I spotted the bag of egg carton cut ups that I almost threw away. I took out my X-acto blade and just started cutting. Did you ever realize how soft and easy it is to cut an egg crate? You should seriously try it with a fresh blade.
I was done with the crown in 30 minutes! I love when ideas come together easily using things on hand. My little client was beaming in the morning!
I ended up making one for myself while Lily was at school and I had an order for another after I made an appearance at lunch. This little girl in Lily's class asked so nicely that I couldn't say no. She asked Lily if she could pinky promise that I would make her one.
Thanks to Ellie Marder I also had this 1960's killer necklace for the Toga Party - no I am not photo-shopping the diffuser out. I have sweet potatoes to go make. You are thinking how Greek my house looks...
So after I wore my crown all day *even to Costco* I bought every color of duck tape. Think of the possibilities...neon orange and turquoise crowns! Lady Ga Ga will be calling!
Shoogey Doogey liked the pipe cleaners.