An Anytime Game from Virginia

I came back from our Virginia Beach regional yesterday, and it was another great event. We had almost 700 demonstrators there, so it was one of our larger events. I was worried that it might not have that intimate feeling that I love at regionals, but it was still cozy and comfortable. I chatted with lots of people, everyone was warm and welcoming, and I thought it was a wonderful success.


I demonstrated this fun Thanksgiving game, which I’m making for my grandchildren’s Thanksgiving gifts. I adapted this from a project that a demonstrator gave me at a regional earlier in October, just substituting the turkey image for the skull image. You could actually do this same thing for just about any time of year or occasion, just by choosing different images.


 My game is a finished size of 2-1/2 x 2-1/2, which means that the DSP (which is the bottom layer of the game) is 3-1/2 x 3-1/2, with ½-inch score lines on all four sides.

The other layers are watercolor paper, foam, and card stock, all cut slightly smaller (one little notch on the paper cutter) than 2-1/2 x 2-1/2.

I used the Crop-A-Dile (large punch on the watercolor paper, smaller punch for the foam) to create the holes for the BB’s to land in. I created the top and sides of the box with thick acetate, also cut 3-1/2 x 3-1/2, with the corners cut out so I could fold them.

And because I didn’t want this to EVER come apart, I used Sticky Strip on everything!


I’ve had this game sitting around the house, and I’ve laughed as people pick it up and start to play with it. Nobody can put it down until they’ve gotten the little BB’s into the holes. The games I’m making for the grandchildren only have two holes, so the kids won’t get frustrated, but if I have time, I’m going to make an extra game with a hole in every turkey feather (five holes in all) for every family so that the grownups can enjoy a little harder challenge.


Several demonstrators at the regional asked me how Dad was doing, so I thought I’d share a quick update. I had lunch today with Dad and my brother Kurt, and it was great. Earlier when I was talking to Kurt and we were talking about eating, he mentioned that I could “feast on Dad’s energy and positive attitude.” And then when I actually saw Dad at lunch, he gave me a big hug and kiss and said, “Shelli, you’ve got your old Dad back.”      


 And we just about do! It’s amazing the difference in just a week (it’s been about that long since I’ve seen him). He looks great and feels great, and I feel so thankful and grateful for his recovery. Everything could have been so much worse!


I did notice while I was gone that I had a guest poster. Sara jokes about having to sneak in a post while I’m away, but she knows she’s welcome to post anytime. In fact, I’ll have to invite each of the girls to take a turn if they’d like. It’s always fun to see what they’re thinking and doing! I hope you enjoyed her projects and ideas as much as I did.