So, here's what our gold polka-dot washi tape looks like. Isn't it pretty?
At first I didn't get the whole "washi-tape" craze. I thought it was just patterned painter's tape that people were just haphazardly throwing all over their paper projects without rhyme or reason. But I get it now. And I love it. It's amazing little stuff. And it lasts FOREVER! (Which is awesome.)
Today, my little guy got a hold of my gold polka-dot washi tape. We were in the backyard and he was wearing himself out on his jungle gym, so I thought it was the perfect time to pull out the embellishments I plan on selling at our next Girls' Day Out crop in July. My son thought it was a great idea, too. Only he didn't want to help me price any of it, he wanted to help me play with it.
He pulled off a strip of one of my opened washi tapes (it had fallen in with the unopened embellishments by mistake) and decided to embellish himself with it. He was pretty cute running around the backyard with this little strip of washi tape stuck to the back of his shirt.
Until he got a hold of the whole roll. Then the unthinkable happened.
This is one of my son's favorite toys in the backyard. My husband does crossfit training and he uses this old, battered tractor tire in his workouts. He flips this enormous thing back and forth across the back yard as one of his exercises. When it's not in use, he leans it against the fence.
And when it rains (as its done for the past few weeks), it collects water and turns into a snug little baby pool. My son climbs into it and splashes in it. And throws everything in the world into that nasty water. Which is right where my roll of gold polka-dot washi tape went. It was like a slo-mo reel from a horror movie. I watched him, frozen, as he raced across the back yard at a break-neck speed. Headed straight for that tractor tire. Laughing is sweet little baby laugh. Then he raised his arm and launched my washi tape into that dirty, rain-filled mess.
I finally got my big, lumbering body up off the step and fished it out. It was soaked! I stood there, shaking the water off, praying it would dry. That the stickiness wouldn't be ruined, that the gold pattern wouldn't flake off, that I could still use it to embellish my cards and projects.
I had to run back across the yard to rescue the rest of my stash from his grabby toddler-fingers. I didn't want anything else falling prey to the rain-filled tire. My stash got put away and the washi tape got put out in the garage - away from the sun, right in the path of a constant cross breeze.
I'll leave it out there for the rest of the day, praying that it dries. If it doesn't, I suppose, I'll be holding a memorial service for it.