This post brought to you courtesy of the creativity of the ever-crafty Lulu.
Last Friday I spent the morning descending into the internet hell of IP addresses that would not work, computer settings improperly changed, baffling terms like DNS and PPPoe and DHCP, and several futile phone calls to a so-called service provider who would not help me unless I paid $99 for some service.
I asked Lulu if she would please do something with Mr. T so he would not be totally ignored as I descended further and further into the depths.
Look at what she came up with.
That’s a Christmas ornament for one of Mr. T’s friends. Made with Pokemon cards.
Lulu came up with the project herself. She’d seen something similar, done with photos, in the fabulously fun book I’d bought for her, Photojojo: Insanely Great Photo Projects and DIY Ideas. Somehow she decided that the same idea would work for her brother’s beloved Pokemon cards.
Martha Stewart, I know she’s only 14 and all, but you really oughta hire this girl.
She showed me how she did it, and a few days later (and a few minor yet essential computer settings discovered and changed), I helped Mr. T make a few more. We adapted the basic Photojojo instructions, as per Lulu’s advice. I drew four lines, each half an inch apart on the cards. Mr. T cut along the lines, and I punched the holes. (That part is tough for little hands.)
Mr. T lined up the card strips (a fun little puzzle) and inserted the brads. Two cards made each ornament. According to T, both cards should be of the same color, and the yarn tie must match. Must match.
Oops, he’s got the brads in backwards there. We also had to fold the brad tips in half after bending them, as they were rather long.
As I helped Mr. T spread Charizard Christmas cheer, Lulu was up to something new.
She’s stitching up a voodoo doll. Of the actor Robert Pattinson from the Twilight films. Lulu and her friends are Twilight-crazed, but apparently not crazy for Pattinson.
Lulu also found this project in her Photojojo book. I wished I’d gotten better photos of the dolls, with the pins and all, but Lulu snatched them away and wrapped them up before I ever got a chance.
I think the gifts were a hit. All I know is that yesterday at the park, when she passed out three of these dolls to her friends, I heard the most ear-ravaging set of teenage girls’ screams.
Leave me a comment, Martha, and I’ll pass along her number.