Okay, so if you have kidlets, you probably have a bunch of these little flattened pennies from travel, amusement parks, and field trips. They are inexpensive, and even us stodgy adults love to watch the process of a penny being smashed and pressed into a pretty little souvenir. But then you get them home...well, then what?
Over the years I have looked at the stashes of these shiny little mementos, and wondered what the heck I was going to do with them. Put them in a jar? Nope. Then the jar became the change dumping ground, and they became mixed together. After that, they end up all over the house in various areas. My favorite irritation was finding them clunking away in the washing machine.
Many of you know that we usually take an annual road trip around the US. We started collecting ornaments for each special location. A few years back, I decided to use our smaller artificial tree (purchased for displaying my ornaments at local shows- remember when I did those???) to also display all of our travel ornaments and special handmade or colorful keepsake ornaments that don't match the silver, cream, and white decor of our living room tree. We set it up in the sunroom and surround it with all our fun Christmas creations.
That's when I had a flicker of inspiration....
So I shouted to the kids to find all the pressed pennies they could from our trips. I grabbed my thin hemp twine, and my crop-a-dile, and voila!
Just one more crop-a-dile miracle ;)