Friday, January 09, 2009

Yea That'll Make it through Airport Security

Homemade CrossbowOver Christmas the kids' Uncle Luke came to play. If you haven't met the man then you ought to read the guest post he wrote for me for Ten Alternative Activities for the Washington D.C. Area last year before continuing--that will give you the full picture of the character we're talking about here.

He brought the boys gifts: homemade crossbows.

Rigged with elastic tubing or cording or something really sproingy they're the sling shots that are capable of launching our minivan into orbit. Of course the boys have been putting them to good using everything in sight as projectiles: paper balls, Jedi action figures, cupcakes, the neighbor's cat . . .

Homemade CrossbowI've told them that with great power comes great responsibility but they're not getting the picture so I think I'll put them to work with a bucket of rocks and make them sit by the front door to guard my crab apple tree from marauding moose. That ought to teach them--and the moose.

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And if you'd like to see what other boys have been doing with their extra time check out the 50 top stop-motion videos listed on Smashing Magazine. My personal favorite? The Human Skateboard.


Have you entered the Write-Away Contest this month? It's a new year and you could win oranges!

And finally--Deanne from Damascus, Oregon is our final winner for the NutriSystem Giveaway last weekend. But don't worry--more to come tomorrow!

Sponsored by Dimples and Dandelions--for the Serena and Lily Bedding Collection for Children.

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16 comments:

Amber M. said...

Aw, Luke. He just might be the coolest uncle. Of all time.

Those moose (and the neighbor's cat) better watch out!

Octamom said...

That Uncle Luke--I don't dare show this weaponry to my boys--they have already wreaked havoc with some rogue marshmallow shooters...

And the video--hysterical!

Blessings!

Courtney from mommie blogs said...

what a cool gift! he is the best uncle ever :)

luke said...

Yeah me and Curtis had a great time making those. The night Becca and I left for the airport a moose got into Mom's bushes and Me, Curtis, and a Box of paint-balls turned the moose's back-side pink. (this is the Alaskan-moose equivalent to a scarlet letter A.)

mamadaisy said...

THAT IS SO AWESOME! my boys would absolutely freak over the coolness. what an uncle, huh?

Annette Lyon said...

Totally something my husband would be all over. If I were to show him this post, that is.

JENNIFER said...

oh dear...I fell for the post on the duct tape whip like Indiana Jones's...

I now cannot resist "Uncle Luke's homemade crossbow." What am I thinking?

Anji Gallanos said...

My boys would love Uncle Luke. We have an arsenal of wooden weaponry in our house. Never ceases to amaze me what they can create out of wood scraps and cardboard.

Killlashandra said...

I love homemade crossbows! What a unique gift and one step up from a sling shot. ;)

ames said...

That video is hilarious! I adore stop-motion animation, definitely a favorite.

I hope those new windows in the addition are crossbow bolt-resistant...

Damselfly said...

Haha! So how *did* he make it through security? :)

Flea said...

I love his ten things list! I always enjoyed garage sales and flea markets around DC in the fall and spring. Really cool stuff lurking in collector's attics and basements there.

Did Uncle Luke decorate the crossboys himself? They're AWESOME.

MommyTime said...

That video is fantastic! I want to watch it over and over.

Tim Appleton (Applehead) said...

the crossbow is my weapon of choice, when it comes to archery...

Just Another Hofeling said...

I'm loving the decorations on it. Can't get any more original than that, how adorable. I think hand made gifts are the best, even if its a toy you know your boys would wreak havoc with. I know mine would.

32 Flavors said...

Ah, uncles. So good for that kind of thing. Crossbows, rubberband guns, potato cannons...