black yarn or string
a cone shaped serger thread spool
a ring small enough to fit in the large opening of the spool, but larger than the small opening
Tie a length of string to the ring to form the cord from the microphone. Drop the ring, string first, down into the large opening of the thread spool. The ring should wedge so that the mic cord hangs down from the small opening.
Make a ball of tin foil slightly larger in diameter than the large opening on the spool. Place the ball again the large opening, and cover the ball with a large enough sheet of tin foil to cover the ball and wrap around the sides of the spool a bit.
Starting just below the tinfoil ball, apply small amounts of glue to secure the string as you wrap it around the spool in rows, working your way down to the base.
Let glue dry. Give spool mic to child and play her favorite song.
I managed to capture on camera one of my favorite expressions Smootch makes when she sings. The pic above is Smootch singing the line, "someone call the girl police and file a report," from her favorite song (this week). (A line that suites her on so many levels.)
Here's the fun part for us biggies. I have just released another pattern zine that I am just dying to send out in the world. Now, you all know this pattern, given that it's actually a free tutorial on this site, but I have had enough requests for the specific bodice pieces I use and a number of people in the hard world have also asked for pattern and instructions. I like to be accomodating, so there y'all go.
I would love to give away a copy of the tiered patchwork twirler pattern zine. Here is how to play: enter by leaving a comment on this post about what your wee one's (or a wee one close to you) favorite song is. I will draw a random comment on friday night (april 3) my time (west mountain time), after the kids go to bed (I know how you all love how vague this is, but thus is my life).
AND, I will make an additional draw for another copy of the tiered patchwork twirler pattern zine from all the people who can tell me what song and artist the lyric I quoted above
by emailing me: vegbee[at]littleprintdesigns.com with the subject line: call the girl police.
Good luck! Talk again on friday!
I popped over to random.org and drew up Caroline for the comment draw and Jody for the Call the Girl Police draw. Which is from 'Little Plastic Castles' by the indomitable Ani Difranco.
(Warning, serious Smootch tangent ahead: When Smootch was a fresh little infant I used to sing her 'Both Hands' over and over because it was the only song lyrics I could recall from my fuzzy new parent brain. Ani is her second favorite artist of all time, Bob Marley is her first. Joan Jett her third. If you are wondering if maybe perhaps she lacks exposure to children's music, that is not true. She's polly woddled with the best and baby beluga'd until she grew faint, but she prefers 'mama's music.' I asked her today why she always chooses mama music when I ask for requests and she said it's because kids music is boring. Spoken like a true 4 year old going on 13.)
Congratulations to both winners and thank you all for playing. I do love these giveaways, and I especially loved reading the amazing diversity of music your wee ones are listening to. Thanks all for sharing!