It's going to be a very small family affair and since I'm swamped with school, I'm just doing some minor decorations for his celebration.
I wasn't sure about a theme but my sister and I were talking about her eldest boy being born in the year of the "golden pig", her middle son being born in the year of the "white tiger" and when I asked about her youngest son she said with a laugh, "Oh.. he's just a sheep".
(All this animal talk is in reference to the Chinese zodiac calendar. "Golden" and "white" mean they were special years. Our family is not into any superstitions or horoscopes but for whatever reason, we like to know what "animal" we are. Just for kicks I guess.)
When my sister said "just a sheep" we had a laugh about it. The poor kid won't feel so special next his brothers who are "golden" and "white". So for this 100 day celebration I decided to play up the sheep.
Be proud and "Baaaa" loudly, little one!!
I took an old thrift store frame I've had for a while, cut some poster board and drew a sheep on it.
The frame photographed a bit gold but it's actually a nasty brown.
I went to the dollar store and got some cotton balls and glued away.
When I first opened the bag of cotton balls, I was disappointed that they weren't the traditional cotton puffs like this:
But as soon as I started gluing them on, I realized I liked the rolled up look!
So now the frame... I wanted the frame to be green and I thought about painting it but I didn't want to go out and buy paint... besides, what I really wanted to do was wrap the frame in yarn! How sheep-like!
And I knew just where to get me some yarn! My mom knitted my dad a dark green scarf for Christmas and so I snagged her left over stash.
After spending a good while wrapping the frame with yarn (it took a lot longer than I thought!) I finally ended up with this:
Ta Da! And all it cost was a dollar for the cotton balls!
It's gonna be hung on the wall along with some felt streamers that I'm making- more on that later!