Friday, June 29, 2012

Dory SWAPS 2012

One of the best parts of Girl Scout Camp as an adult is that you're not you for at least a week. I'm Dory. I don't really recall if my camp name is for my forgetfulness, my positive "just keep swimming" attitude, or my whale speak. However, it fits.

This year I made Dory swaps (Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere) for everyone at camp. I purchased flattened pop caps from Michaels along with neon yellow and blue acrylic paint. After painting a yellow triangle for the tail, a blue circle for the body, and white and black dots for her eyes, I gave each little gal a swipe or two of Modge Podge. The last step in creation was to stick a safety pin on each one.

These bottle caps are swanky in more ways than one. For starters, they come out of the package with the holes already punched! I found the package of 48 bottle caps on the aisle with all the bracelet making supplies. These were less expensive than the one in the scrapbooking/jewelry making aisle.

Note...modge podge doesn't travel in a purse or bag well. When I got to camp, many of the little Blue Sheilas were stuck together, and when I pried them apart, the fish was toast.

Nevertheless, they were a hit! Since I was in charge of the mail at camp, I kept a tally of who received mail and who needed a pick-me-up. I tried to make sure everyone got a Dory and a note from her. That's probably why on the last night, I received a camp-wide chant, "Dory! Dory! Dory!" I needed that pick-me-up. PROOF! When you give love, it comes back to you ten-fold.

1 comment:

  1. One of those camp memories that both you and your campers will hold dear.