The eyes have it, all 100 of them. Our family members are no strangers to 100th day celebrations. The United States Military Academy, who boasts a long history of creating traditions that seem to filter down to the civilian world, seems to be able to claim 100th Day Celebrations as well as the senior class ring. Beginning in 1871, the senior class, or Firsties, as they are called, started the tradition with a night of skits and revelry to celebrate only 100 days left till graduation. The first time I ever heard of celebrating the 100th Day was when I was invited to the 100th Night Banquet at West Point by a handsome cadet who later proposed that night. ( I said “yes”, by the way, and we have celebrated over sixty 100th days together now!)
I wasn’t aware that our elementary schools had begun to mark the 100th day as well until my little man came home from kindergarten with coloring pages, special stickers and needed 100 pipe cleaners to count in class. The difference is that the schools are celebrating the 100th day of attendance whereas West Point is counting down to the last 100 days of school. Perhaps I am dating myself to the dark ages, but we never celebrated 100th Day when I was in school. I may be feeling a bit left out right now, until I realize that these 100 day projects are really mine to accomplish because I am not crazy enough yet to let my 2nd grader use the hot glue gun.
These projects seem to escalate quickly. In first grade, Dylan had to decorate a hat with 100 things. Little Man and I spent an afternoon counting out foam stickers to hot glue on a black foam top hat that Dylan proudly insisted was an “Abraham Lincoln” hat. He even put notes inside the hat because that is what Abe Lincoln did with his speeches. This year, for second grade, we were told that the students could wear a shirt with 100 things on it for that Friday. The email with the assignment came in on Sunday so of course, I forgot about it until Tuesday which meant shopping on Wednesday and creating on Thursday. Nothing like waiting till the last minute, but that is my typical M.O.
On Thursday night I found myself staring at a blank white tshirt and 100 googlie eyes. I could have glued all the eyes onto the shirt but I didn’t think they stood out enough, that and I am a craft overachiever. I did a little “research” on Pinterest to cement some ideas on how to make the eyes stand out and make the shirt boyish. Many of the ideas that I found were great for girls but not so much for boys. I was inspired by Sara and the 100th day shirt she created. I really liked this idea for girls and maybe will remember this idea in a few years for Lydia. I need something for a boy that was an easy silhouette and could be made with fabric scraps that I had left over from other projects. I saw a few drawn on alien shirts and thought that a monster shirt might be the way to go. I free handed a monster body on my brown fabric scraps. To make sure that it was symmetric, I folded the monster in half before cutting. I finally found some red fabric that I cut in a semi-circle for the mouth. He is a friendly monster so he’s smiling of course. I also knew that Dylan would not be thrilled with the pink felt I first found for the monster’s mouth. After all the cutting and gluing it only took about an hour to an hour and a half for this project. I was pretty please with the finished project. Dylan was too. He loved it and wants to keep it for next year!