I like to be either 2 years ahead of trend (like skinny jeans) or 2 months behind a trend (like Angry Birds).
Okay “like” is a strong word since being ahead allows me to look like a loser at the time and my only consolation is years later saying: SEE I WAS COOL BEFORE IT WAS COOL, AND I DID NOT LOOK LIKE I WAS ABOUT TO RIDE A HORSE. And being 2 months behind keeps me just irrelevant enough that no one reads this post, which is what I’m hoping here because I tried the broken crayons in muffin tins phenomenon.
I know, everyone did it for Valentine’s Day, but I wasn’t about to go out and buy silicone heart-shaped muffin pans and break a bunch of crayons when my kids think a $1.99 box of 32 soccer balls on fire with tiny balls on fire tattoos are the bees knees.
I also have a small tendency to suck at anything to do with ovens. And stoves. And art. And the first time I do anything. So rather than be up all night fixing crayon hearts while crying on February 13th, I was up stressing about E misplacing 4 cards.
But time went by and I have a lot of broken crayons plus a pet peeve about wasting things.
I also have a 50-pound iron muffin tin in the shape of flowers ranging from tulips to Gerber daisies. I put it on my wedding registry when I thought the act of getting married would teach me how to bake and have people over to my home voluntarily.
The pan doesn’t get used much so I thought it was a good place for failure. And if I succeeded those little circles and hearts would look like a toddler made them whereas mine would look like a GIFTED toddler had made them.
What all those posts on how to make muffin tin crayons failed to mention is how awesome watching a bunch of crayons melt in the oven is. Seriously, could have done it all day and ask if I could be hired out to do it at other people’s homes.
Could someone hire me to watch crayons melt in muffin tins? I’m available immediately and seem to be extraordinarily fascinated by it.
My crayons came out so cool that we won’t even be using them as crayons because they are so beautiful and everyone failed to mention how much large blobs of crayons suck to draw with.
I will probably stick them in my garden between the crocuses that I planted much too far apart.
I could claim winner of the Broken Crayon in Muffin Tin contest no one knew they were in but me if there wasn’t one little fact I left out of the above photo of magnificent arts and craft-ness.
This crayon won’t come out.