We got max a set of nice fat crayons a couple of months ago. He was more interested in eating them than coloring at the time so we put them away for awhile but now he seems to be eating things a bit less (although he still does with somethings and is totally addicted to his pacifier, or as we have called it since he was born, his bon bon) so out they came the other day. Actually…out one of them came, because the only one I could seem to find was the boring old brown one that seems to have lost its box. I have no idea what happened to the rest of them (read:my apartment is a black hole). He really liked it though. Just when I turned my back because he seemed to be really into coloring all over some paper I gave him…he colored on the door to our living room.. Most of the time if I remind him to color on the paper he goes back to it, though.
Since it’s December, I’m going to share some of my favorite holiday tunes. Oh yes. Starting with this one. And I’m not even joking. I LOVE this one. When it comes on at work it takes everything I have not to dance like a fool and sing along very loudly. I try to ignore it. But I can’t try to hate it. TRY.
I’ve been feeling festive lately and I originally thought that with our lack of funds this year I wasn’t going to be able to decorate for winter and the holidays. I realized I have lots and lots of craft stuff pile up everywhere and all it took was a few specific Pinterest searches to put it to use! I got lots of good ideas from my awesome mom’s group, too. This week I’ve made a ruffled felt garland, paper snowflakes, and set up a new tradition: Fort Christmas in our bedroom (more on that another time). The best part of this photo is that you can’t see the disaster that was my living room outside of the frame.
And here is a picture of the awesome mess I made, including when Max decided all of my neatly piled tissue paper scraps would look better all over the floor. Although Max is pretty darn cute and we have an awesome vacuum cleaner, so that last part turned out not to be such a big deal.
I’m lucky enough to have a sewing machine and even more lucky that someone gifted it to me. The part that isn’t so cool is the part where I
tell confess to you that I don’t really know how to use it that well. I tend to jump on the idea bandwagon (the idea, not the actual act of DOING anything- everyone who knows me right now is nodding furiously in agreement). One of those idea bandwagons for me was and still is, sewing. I have lots and lots of crafty sewing books. A few of them were written by popular bloggers I follow. When I got my sewing machine I was all excited- set everything up and read through the manual. I immediately became super intimidated. How is it possible for a person to be intimidated by an inanimate object? I don’t know the answer to that but I know it is entirely, totally possible. It’s so sad! My sewing machine sits there day after day, unloved. I think I need to change this. I know there are tons of classes I could take buuuuuut I can’t exactly afford those so it looks like I need to get out my manual and get in the zone. I started a quilt when Max was about 4 months old. Nothing fancy- just patchwork squares. I cut all of them up and sewed them into rows. I still have the rows and that was a year and a half ago. See? Sad! They are all jumbled up in a bag somewhere in my closet. My mom gave me a wool blanket to use as batting and I am going to thrift a vintage flat sheet for the back. I am vowing to at least sew the rows together by the end of the month. Yes! There are so many things I want to make so I think I should probably start by finishing an old project! I can’t wait til it’s done now and I can have another warm blanket in the house! I think after that I will make a smaller one for Max, maybe out of some of his receiving blankets from when he was a newborn.
I’m really into Pinterest. Really, really into it. I have 21 boards and have had to stop myself from divvying up categories even more. The best part is I have actually made some of the things I’ve found through there, not just pinned them. Here are a few of the projects I’ve worked on, including recipes. I don’t have photos of alllll of my actually recreations, though.
This chalkboard DIY. I made mine out of an antique mirror I found at a yard sale. So far the frame hasn’t been painted, it’s the original wood, but I’m thinking some paint would freshen it up even more. I used it for the seating chart sign at our wedding.
This next one came from a blog I already read before I ever discovered Pinterest. I found the DIY again once I had a Pinterest account. Perfect timing too because I found a plain wooden frame at the same yard sale as the above mirror, and it’s exactly what I wanted it to be! We used it to display self-portraits made with the instagram app at out wedding and had it set on our dessert table. It’s now in our living room with family instagram photos.
Liquid soap from a bar of soap! I did this! I have a big bucket of soap now! Awesome! And even better, I discovered an awesome blog, too!
Tshirt to scarf– this might have been the easiest one, ever. It requires only a tshirt, pair of scissors and a little patience. It only took about a half hour and I dig the way it came out! I kind of want to make a bunch in different colors…And here’s mine!
My veil! I made this for our wedding. I’m pretty happy with the way it came out. Buying a premade veil can cost anywhere from $50 to…well, hundreds of dollars. Yes, hundreds. Crazy, right? Mine cost less than $10. I used a tshirt I got for free from a work event that no longer fit for the flower, a piece of Russian cage netting I got for $4 on Etsy, some feathers I also got on Etsy (was less that $5 for a bulk amount) and a couple of bobby pins. It took a bit of time to get right but it was worth the effort.
My ladies came over and we all put together these awesomely adorable hot cocoa favors. They were a big hit!
Chocolate chip cookies! We subbed maple syrup for vanilla extract and didn’t notice a difference in flavor. They were yummmmmy.
I have a million more to add here but I don’t want this to go on and on forever…..!