Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Just Ducky

Our middle child, Sarah, is probably our most artistic child. If she isn't reading, then she's usually creating something or dreaming up something she'd like to make.

A couple of weekends ago she asked me for some duck tape. But she didn't want just any old silver/gray duck tape, she wanted the bright, colorful kind like she'd seen at our last visit to the craft store. 

John offered to take her on a quest to find some and they came home with three rolls. She borrowed my laptop, googled "duck tape wallet", found a tutorial, watched it twice, and then whipped out wallets for herself, her sister, and her friends. Ta-da.

(I blurred out all the "personalization" so that's why the peace pattern looks weird.)

Here's a pic of the inside...she figured out how to make dividers and pockets. Smart girl.
And then she made bracelets and a case for her cell phone.
She had enough duck tape left for a pink purse.
And then because I'm a huge believer in encouraging kids' creativity, I bought her some MORE fun duck tape and she cranked out more wallets to sell to her friends (she has some entrepreneur mixed in with all the imagination!) and another couple of purses. 
She did every single bit of this all by herself.

Creating isn't just fun for her, it's a craving. Right now she's in the other room doing cross-stitch with some stuff she found in my closet. At least twice a week she makes something awesome with polymer clay and asks me to bake her creations. She took a sewing class a couple of months ago and got bitten by that bug as well. She's always drawing or designing or creating something. Anything

Can I just tell you how much I love it? She's never asked for a video game in her life; her favorite place to shop is Michael's or Hobby Lobby. Her Christmas wish list includes fabric and more art supplies. Makes this mama happy!

I love her creative mind!!! She inspires me. 

12 comments:

Trish said...

Awesome! So creative.

I never knew that duck tape came in all those great patterns. My son was wanting a duct tape wallet and all we could find here was silver.....I'm off to search for fun patterns to order.

*carrie* said...

Fun stuff. Nice job, Sarah!

I've always called it "duct" tape . . .

Sarah selling her wallets reminds me of when Monica and I would set up a little stationery store in our room and sell stickers and pieces of notepad paper!

Katrina said...

Love her creativity! Way to go Sarah!

The Bowden's said...

Oh, that's awesome! Yay Sarah! Neeley has that creative bone too, and it always amazes me. I am so not crafty at all. You go girl!! :)

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Carrie, believe me when I tell you that typing out "duck tape" made me cringe but that's the way the website spells it. Like you, I've always called it "duct tape". ;)

Kellie said...

That's a girl after my own heart!!!

And can I just say that she is looking so grown up?

Ok, gotta go now....gonna go get me some pretty tape.

Angela said...

What a sweet girl.

Kendra said...

Don't let that girl learn to knit! You will soon have a closet full of yarn and a new addiction will be born!

Betsy said...

I love all Sarah's duck tape stuff!! It is amazing what you can do with it!

I thought I had missed you on twitter!! But I have barely been able to be on there myself so I just thought maybe you were tweeting when I wasn't. I totally understand all your reasons, though. I feel the same way sometimes!

Hope you are having a good week!! :)

Alisha said...

Wow! These are so cute. I think I need to go find some duct tape! Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?!

DidiLyn said...

Jealous....

His Girl said...

My Carter Jane has been begging for the duct tape from Michaels... she'll be owing you a debt of gratitude on Christmas morning because you just talked me into giving in to the request of my little creative girl:)