My Flip Flop Welcome Sign — The Back Story

By now most of us have seen at least photos of the various versions of the welcome sign made from flip flops, right?  The first time I saw one was when our local library announced it would be the craft for the monthly Pinterest group. I immediately thought that is so cool, it would be perfect for our house since we live at the lake. There is no charge for library programs and all materials are provided, so I decided to go. And I came home with an adorable and perfect welcome sign — not exactly.  In fact it fell apart the minute I walked in my front door.  Then it sat on my studio floor in pieces while I tried to figure out a better way to hold it together than the original hot glue.  And it sat, and it sat and it sat.

Then finally on a wild and crazy busy cleaning day of all days I decided to get out Bob’s spray glue and give it a try.  Well it got the flip flops glued together. It got the shells and the sunglasses from my last eye doctor visit glued on.  What it would not do was attach the flip flops to the wooden paint stirrer the library had used to act as a backing and to hang the sign.  Bob finally ended up using small nails to tack it together.

It is all together.  It is still hanging and still has all the embellishments after a night outside hanging from our deck. One of my flip flops is a little wonky, but that just gives it character.

Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

So what’s the point in all this? The point is that when you see all those beautiful and perfect craft projects online you don’t know the back story. You don’t know how many times it took to get what you see in the picture. You often don’t hear about the little slip ups and mishaps along the way. Don’t try to hide your back story. The stories of the trials and errors, hits and misses and even total disasters along the way are what make us real. And if you’re no good with a glue gun, like me, don’t give up. There’s always another way.


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Just for Fun: Trying to Decide on a Baby Name?

If you are expecting and trying to come up with a name for the baby, help may come from an unexpected source — The Social Security Administration. According to a press release on Friday, May 12, 2017 by Mark Hinkle, Acting Press Officer, “The agency began compiling the baby name list in 1997, with names dating back to 1880. At the time of a child’s birth, parents supply the name to the agency when applying for a child’s Social Security card, thus making Social Security America’s source for the most popular baby names.”

So what were the top names for 2016?  Noah and Emma. To see the entire top 10 list as well as to search for other popular baby names visit https://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames.  They also have information on getting the new arrivals Social Security number.

Thanks to Bob for forwarding the interesting little tidbit to me.  🙂

 

Apple Pickin’

Bob and I are celebrating our wedding anniversary today.  Believe it or not, over the last 25 years driving as far as 60 miles to an orchard to buy apples has more than once been  our anniversary celebration.

Have you ever been to an orchard where apples are grown? Check to see if there is an orchard that sells direct to the public in your area. Whether you pick your own or buy already picked this a good way to teach children about where their food comes from.

But the best part is eating the apples.  Buy a box or two and make applesauce, your favorite apple cake or pie or how about freezing some apple slices for pie later?  Don’t forget a plain old fresh apple makes a great healthy dessert or snack.