July 22, 2009

Wordless/Wordful Wednesday - Lessons Learned

When attempting to do one of these Stepping Stone Kits...
Be sure to check for all the contents in order to make sure you have a happy Princess Nagger (especially since the last kit was missing the letter stamps...apparently I didn't learn the lesson the first time). In this case, the 'Free Patterns Included!' was absent, thereby negating the desire of said Princess Nagger to decorate the stone with a dragonfly:
Heed not the words of 'Amazingly Simple!' making note that the picture of the cement being stirred in a bucket is much harder to do than shown:
Particularly when the supplied stir stick breaks at the very beginning of the stirring process, and since you don't have any stand-by's (or any rulers that can be sacrificed), you're forced to stir with the short end of the stick and gain gooey cement under your fingernails:
When you are attempting to catch up on episodes of Burn Notice to free up some DVR space, be sure to pay close attention to when the Princess Nagger asks: "Is it OK to put some of the tiles sideways?" You say "Sure, do whatever you want - it's your stone to decorate." Only to look over a few minutes later to see she's creating a Torture Stepping Stone, and while you're laughing hysterically trying to take pictures of this unique device, she is not amused:
Still laughing, you're still having trouble focusing on the torture device:
Ahhh...that's better!
While the temptation is to leave it as is, you realize that it would not be able to be placed in any of the flower beds because of the imminent danger involved to any foot, big or small, or doggy feet (though if you could rig it to keep the neighbor's pit bull out of your yard, that would make it worthwhile):
So the Princess Nagger begrudgingly relocates the sharp edges, then proceeds to go overboard in the decorating, finishing with poking little holes all over with a toothpick because it's fun:
Lessons Learned:
  1. Be prepared for the worst, and have extra supplies on hand just in case.
  2. Listen closely to any questions about a project.
  3. Keep your sense of humor at all times.
  4. Enjoy the wild stepping stone for years to come!
The End.


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58 Random Sassy Comments:

Simply Being Mommy said...

Tee hee! That looks painful.

Happy WW!

~*~ Melissa ~*~ said...

LOL that's too funny. My Lil Man would do the same thing, I guarantee it! I always wanted to make one of those ;)

Mommies-Miracles said...

Ouch, that would hurt lol. I'm going to take a guess and say your neighbors dogs are not properly confined?

otin said...

NOTHING, is ever easy! No matter how simple that it is advertised to be!

Mummy McTavish said...

Thanks, I needed that laugh! In our house we would probably have to clean the impaled frogs off the sideways tiles each morning, I think our frogs are suicidal. I love it that she was playing with wet cement in a princess dress.

Hit 40 said...

Save the mold to make more with vinyl cement at the hardware store. It is cement to patch things that does not contain rock. You can use any plastic mold to make them.

Bren said...

Hey I could have used version 1 to keep my pesky neighbor kids away - what a great idea! :) Second edition is still very cute! Nothing worse than when things are missing from the very easy projects!

kyooty said...

Oh oh oh that's genius!! I love it!

BTW you mentioned the health check for camp? they dont even ask for them up here. (cough...money racket?) but with H1N1 I kind of wish they would.

Tami said...

heh heh brilliant!

blueviolet said...

That is so funny! Ouchie!!!! Those kits are really cute. I think I would even enjoy making that myself.

Lynn (www.mamasays.us) said...

LOL. The best hatched plans of moms, grandmas and aunties...the final product is beautiful.

Dee said...

We did one with my son when he was a few months old. I had ever intention of doing one every year...he's almost 2...guess I better get on that!

ALSO push the glass down REALLY far b/c if they're up AT ALL, they will come undone later.

Jenni Jiggety said...

She did a beautiful job!

Julie@Momspective said...

That looks like work. Work makes me sleepy. ;)

Granny Annie said...

A most artistic rendering!

Tammy Howard said...

Oh dear! I'm big on "it's your project, do what you want", too, but, um, yeah - good call on overriding it this time!

crunchiemummy said...

Ouch! Glad you made it more user friendly! Happy WW!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I laughed out loud at the torture device too. Thanks for the lessons.

Staci said...

ouchie!!!! That is too funny!

I am Harriet said...

Ewe..under the finger nail.....been there...ouchie...
School starts soon :)

Brandy said...

Looks great!! Happy WW!

sarah m said...

That is hysterical!! Love it. And I feel your pain...I never look to make sure I have everything and inevitably end up without something important!! One day I'll learn. :)

Brenda said...

Those kits are always such a challenge with kids! But the stone turned out nice and will bring lots of memories.

The Laughing Idiot said...

Very funny - the close up of the torture stone.

I asked for one of these for Mother's Day last year and ended up getting it for Christmas. I swear ours came with a popsicle stick to stir the cement. It had lots of time to cure because it was the middle of winter when we made it (the girls insisted), but now the glass pieces are coming off. Our butterfly has no eyes and is missing some of the red parts on the wings :( Maybe I can get them to stay on with Mighty Putty.

shopannies said...

while it looked painful it did look very pretty it looked great as well when it was finished

{Kiki} said...

What a beautiful stepping stone she created! I love that she attempted the standing tiles. Very cool artistically, but ouch on the feet. I will add a stepping stone to my list of things to do with my son. Happy WW and take care.
-Kiki

Just Breathe said...

I understand your frustration but it looks like it would be fun! She did a great job.

Kelly said...

Sometimes things work out just the way they were supposed to! This little project is awesome, and you will never forget it!! Priceless.

Anne said...

My older daughter received one of those for a birthday gift a couple of years ago. I am completely uncrafty and putting the thing together was just painful. I have to admit, I wasn't a fan.

The Kooky Queen--Rachel said...

HAHAHAHAHAH!!! Just put a couple around your house and hope any burglars aren't wearing shoes...that would be a great security system! What a fun project!

Medora said...

If anything says "amazingly simple," I am sure to screw it up. My kids (and everyone else) expect it.

Grant said...

Have you tried land mines as a deterrent to the neighbor's dog?

Muthering Heights and Other Senseless Sensibility said...

Well, she's great at making booby traps...

Firefly@www.firefly-shop.org said...

PN did an awesome job :) GO PN!!!

The Jacobsen Family! said...

LOL!! She did a wonderful job! Looks great! LOVE her "not amused" face!

Together We Save said...

Well Ii might need a couple of those on my front walk to keep the boys away. LOL

4 Lettre Words said...

That made me laugh b/c it is soooo something that would happen in my house!

Happy WW to you!

Joy said...

Yes, the ouch potential would be very high! ;o)

Felicia said...

Oh no!! That looks scary!

TheSingleGirl said...

Great blog, yay!
I'm wondering if I can hire your princess to make me some kind of walkway, maybe?
:Laughing delightedly as I picture 'certain people' gettin their feets poked on their way into my place...:
I'd probably have to have it in the backyard though, yes? That seems like more of a barefoot kind of place.
We can discuss schematics later, though.
Hehehe
-Michelle
DomesticationOfTheSingleGirl.blogspot.com

mo.stoneskin said...

That kit is crazy. My daughter is only 10 months, but I would love to do that with her when she is old enough.

Lizzie said...

oh my gosh, i laughed so hard at the cute picture of her showing off the death step!! ha ha :) love it!

Mrs Cooper said...

Surely you will be using the Princess Nager's walking stone. Just don't walk on it barefoot.

Pastor Sharon said...

Now that is a work of art! However, it looks more painful than legos in the middle of the floor at night!

I would suggest hanging this piece! She's onto something. . . either art or torture. . . either way. . . that is a pretty stone!

GypsyFox said...

LMAO too funny! p.s. I love firefox too! & the mosaic turned out FAB! XOXO

Brooke said...

OH MY... Thank goodness she decided to emmm edit her creative stepping stone.... It looks lovely even without the hmm sharp points..

Chris said...

That looks very cool. I want to try it.

Yaya said...

Hahaha! Her face is priceless!!!!!!

I've done those kits with the kids I nanny for and they are a PAIN!

carma said...

Note to self: if ever invited to tour Stacy's garden, wear sturdy shoes :D

Jaime said...

ouch! i don't think i'll be walking on that stone anytime soon.

those craft projects are never as simple as they first seem

Mom said...

This was wonderful. I love the up close pictures where I can really see the sharp sharp sharp edges.

I've been thinking about getting one of these for my girls to do. I'll be sure to heed your words of wisdom when I do...

Mary Ellen said...

I kinda liked the original method - it had that dangerous, edgy look. You are a cool mom, even if you did make her fix it!

Casey said...

Oh, it turned out great! Smart move relocating the jagged stone. We've done one of the handprint stones for my mom every Mother's Day since Graham was born (this was our 3rd) and she has them in her garden.

UPrinting said...

Ouch! I wouldn't to be in the way if your stepping stones had those nasty edged pieces :) This would make for a really cool craft project though. Your daughter looks like she really had fun doing this, and that's what matters :) Thanks!

Stacie's Madness said...

ROFLMAO....this is hilarious...

Justine said...

I'll never understand what part of your Wednesday posts are wordLESS. WTH???

I think she did a fab job on the stepping stone, although when I saw what she did with the tiles on their "sides" I cracked up.

Justine :o )

Kekibird said...

Holy cow that would have been a rough stone to step on! And those projects always look so easy and fun but in reality...nope!

Megan said...

The picture of her is priceless. "Yeah, what about it, mom?" haha!

Very inventive of her, but an accident waiting to happen, for sure! LOL