Sunday, July 10, 2011

Thanks, Martha

I got an email this week from Martha Stewart (yes, THE Martha Stewart.  She and I are like peas and carrots, didn't you know?) Actually, I have no clue how I got on her mailing list, but the message was about summer activities to keep your kid busy.  Most of them I skimmed over, but one idea did jump out at me:  sponge balls.

Julianna loves water balloons - what kid doesn't - however, I hate filling water balloons.  There I said it.  Confessions of a bad mommy.  The filler thingy they give you never fits our faucets.  I usually have to stretch it over my laundry room utility tub faucet, inevitably having most burst while filling, which ends up in only a few successes.  (Generally because I'm wet from said busted balloons and in a foul mood, so the number of attempts is greatly reduced.) Then, you go out for the battle and what happens?  The balloon bounces off of her and breaks on the ground. Grrrrr!

Hence, Martha to the rescue.

In a nutshell, you take the rectangular sponges, cut them into strips, stack them on top of each other, tie with a string, fluff and voila, the sponge ball is born. They soak better and can be reused!  Win, win!

Here is my pictorial of the creation of the sponge ball!
Cut up sponge strips
Stack the strips
Tie with a string (or yarn)
Fluff the sponges
Don't fluff too hard.  Oopsie!
A happy little sponge balls

Yes, friends, that is a shattered touchscreen.  Weep with me.  I'm not ready to talk about it.  It's still usable.


mysteryhistorymom said...

What a fun project! Thanks so much for sharing! Sorry about your phone... :( Stopping by from the Crew! Lori

Jessica said...

Coolio! Gonna try that.

Tiff said...

LOVE those!!! Don't love the broken phone. :(

McKenna said...

yay! I have to try that!

Anonymous said...

Great project. I'm terrible because I bought a pack of water balloons, but still haven't used them yet. I hate it when they pop!!! This might be a great alternative.

Cherie said...

Cute idea! We'll have to try that out.... bummer about the phone though!

Following from the crew :-)