We had a special guest drop by our house Friday night. We weren't expecting her and she caught us off guard. Owen had been eating a snack after school and came wandering in to tell me he lost his tooth. I had him repeat his statement a few times, and really, I didn't believe him until he showed me the evidence. And there it was. A little baby tooth, no bigger than the head of a pearl pin. Along with a gaping space in the bottom row of his teeth. It was all such a surprise. There had been no build up to this event, like complaints of a loose tooth or conversations about the Tooth Fairy. I had to collect my thoughts. Why wasn't I prepared for this? What was our "lost tooth routine" going to be? What traditions did we want to put into action for this special occasion? What was the going rate for a tooth in today's economy? Why wasn't there some kind of hot line to call or book to read for more information on this important milestone in parenting? So I gave a quick call to my best friend Wendy and asked her all of my pressing questions. I came to find out that $2 is the current rate for a tooth (gosh, I only got a quarter!). After getting all of the details squared away, I knew that the tooth had to be put in something special until the Tooth Fairy came to take it away. I had seen several different methods, from pillows with pockets to decorative boxes and bags. I didn't have time to run to the store, so I used what I had on hand. I looked through my stash and stumbled upon a small mint tin would be the perfect size (it is itty bitty, measuring 2.25" x 1.75"). In 10 minutes I whipped up this special keepsake box for Owen to place under his pillow. A place to keep his tooth safe until the Tooth Fairy had come in the middle of the night to retrieve it. David and I sat Owen down and told him about what would happen that night and presented him the box. He was very excited about the whole affair. What a special moment! The box will be put away until the Tooth Fairy makes a return visit to our home!
(project supplies: stamp & ink- Stampin' Up!, patterned paper- Anna Griffin, ribbon-American Crafts, mini mint tin- www.impressrubberstamps.com, Bernhard Modern font- Microsoft Word)