I've been brainstorming at the dollar store again, you guys, and BEHOLD:
DIY Progress Goes "Boink."
Inspired by the time Calvin turned a box into a time machine, and this happened:
Like a lot of you I grew up on Calvin & Hobbes, and I still have all the books lined up on my shelves (right next to my Far Side collection). I've read and reread them a dozen times over, and cherish Watterson's blend of imagination, silliness, and philosophical musings.
On a professional note, Cake Wrecks and Wreck the Halls are both published by Andrews McMeel, the same publisher behind the Calvin & Hobbes books. Not only did I completely fangirl freakout over this, Bill Watterson's famously reclusive nature paved the way for me as an author. Thanks to him, the folks at AM didn't make me do TV or live radio interviews (other publishers would have), and were so much more understanding and flexible, having dealt with someone like me before.
So yeah, lots of love for Bill, Calvin, and Hobbes over here.
But enough tangents, back to the crafty goodness:
Oooh, maybe next I should make a Spaceman Spiff version, with lots of sand and rocks. :D
Inspiration hit when I found that plastic terrarium globe next to some fake mossy rocks at Dollar Tree:
Then when John and I spotted those plastic dinosaurs in the toy aisle, I knew exactly what to do.
My total out of pocket for this was about $3: one dollar each for the globe, mossy rocks, and dinosaur toys. (I didn't end up using the loose moss.) Everything else came from the backyard or around the house: bits of gravel, twigs, some walnut dust from the garage, cotton batting for clouds, and the tiniest print-out of Calvin & Hobbes on plain paper.
To make your own, start by hot-gluing the rocks in place: