While driving my son to school on Monday, groggy and overly tired from the weekend's festivities of fun, I realized the next day was Valentine's Day. YIKES! We had not prepared a thing, not one valentine, for the next day's Valentine's Day party. I frantically stated this fact in a panic to my son who replied, "You'll think of something, mom, you always do," as he sauntered out of the minivan and into school with not a care in the world. His confidence in me made my throat tighten and my hands sweaty, but off to Target I went. If I couldn't feed my need for valentines, I could always feed my soul at Target. Am I the only one that uses Target for therapy?
I arrived at Target and shot straight to the back of the store where are the seasonal merchandise live out there short days, moving shelf location like a downtown building's revolving door at quitting time. I panned the half-empty shelves sparsely adorned with red and pink looking for something my 4th grade kid could give to his classmates without embarrassment. (Kids this age embarrass quite easily - it's a slippery slope.)
I wasn't finding what I was looking for and everything looked so boxed up, so ordinary. Nothing was calling out for my attention. I turned around to leave and decided to check the front of the store in the trading card aisle to see if there were any packs of GoGo's I could get for my son for Valentine's Day (just a little something). If you are unfamiliar with these plastic gems, click here for enlightenment. I didn't find any small packs, but what I did find was sent from heaven above, along with inspiration! There was an 18 pack of GoGo's, last package left, just waiting for me. This was highly unusual as GoGo's only come in a single pack of 3 characters. What was this bulk pack I had mysteriously stumbled upon? I went to check the price, the determining factor as to whether this idea was going forward or not. $9 - BINGO, in like Flynn!!!! Now, the inspiration started. How do I capture the word GoGo in a Valentine's Day greeting?
Well, here is the result! We added Starburst Candy and a GoGo's sticker (included in the pack) to every GoGo. I made the little card and one prototype to show my son after school. He absolutely LOVED IT! When we got home, he handpicked each GoGo (each one is different and unique - how cool is that?) for each friend, packaged it up, and handed them out during the Valentine's Day Party. So cute, so unique: thank God for inspiration striking you down in a Target store when you're under the gun, whew! The kids absolutely loved their new little friend. For some, it was their first GoGo - aww! Parents, please don't kill me as your kids will want tons of little GoGo friends for their new little guy. You don't want him to be lonely, now do you?
On to the second half of What I Made Wednesday. I'm co-hosting a Craft Linky Party with the adorable, ever-so creative, beautiful spirit, Jaime Lyn from Crafty Scrappy Happy. I encourage you to visit her wonderful blog, just click here and be amazed (seriously). I am so honored to be co-hosting during her 1-year bloggy celebration. Caring for a blog as amazing as Jaime's is no small feat and creating, posting, and dedicating days to blogging for one whole year is truly something to be celebrated. Go ahead and celebrate with us by linking up and sharing your own crafty ways. It's fun to be had by all, just like Jaime to share the love of crafting with as many people as she can. The other co-hosts are just as talented as Jaime so go ahead, do some blog hopping, too, and enjoy!
And, no, I am not a GoGo sales rep! They are just so darn cute!