When my kids were younger, we spent a lot of time reading together. One of our favorite titles was Laura Numeroff's If You Give a Moose a Muffin. In this book, the gift of a single muffin turns into an all day extravaganza filled with blackberry jam, sweaters, puppets and wet sheets.Ryan and James are much too old for picture books these days, but I am reminded of this story every time a seemingly simple hobby project turns into an adventure of epic proportions.
For example, I recently bought this Donut Race prop. It's a nice, well built prop and most people would have consider it show ring ready.
I am not, however, most people. I have a tendency to over think things. In this case, it was the two extra donuts that got me going.
You can't leave donuts out at a stable. If they're not eaten by a dog or a horse, they'll most certainly be covered in flies. It was obvious to me that those extra donuts needed to go in a donut box. I Googled "donut box template" and came up with this awesome design from Small Stuff's Print Mini website.
It was just as easy to print six boxes as it was one, so I decided to do that.
I cut them out and glued them together, and then I realized I had six donut boxes for two donuts.
I went back to Google and searched for miniature donut making tutorials. I found one, and then it was off to the hobby store to buy some Sculpey.
I made a few donuts.
Then I made several dozen more.
I baked them in the oven...
and filled my donut boxes.
Then--finally!-- it was time to test run my new prop.
Psssst--it's easier if you take your hat off!
I am really pleased with this set-up, but I can't help but thinking that it still needs something a little bit extra... Like, perhaps, a greedy dog gobbling up spilled donuts on the other side of the hay bale.
Oh boy, here we go again! Why does it always go like this when I give the moose a donut!?