I am not a big resolution maker but I did do a bit a soul-searching at the end of 2017 and thought a lot about what I wanted 2018 to look like.
I’d taken a step back from paid work last year. I worked quite a bit the year before and I’d found that I just didn’t have enough time to work part-time hours (even from home) and still be an adequate mother with time to take care of myself.
I still work on small manageable projects as they come up and for the most part, I’m satisfied with the way things are going. I still needed a small goal though to fill that void that I used to get from being employed. Now, don’t get me wrong here, I’m not saying what I’m doing now is not work. Let me tell you, spending the better part of my day with a two-year-old is more frustrating and exhausting than any paid position I’ve ever held. Toddlers, as it turns out, are demanding, often ungrateful and sometimes cruel. I just need something to make me feel good about myself after having my spirit broken by my three-foot high tyrant on a daily basis (she’s so freakin’ cute though and I just love her to bits!)
I’d spent a lot of time in my craft room around the holidays and I was reminded of how happy I am when I’m making things. So, my goal for 2018 is to make more stuff.
I have also added an extra challenge to go along with this goal though – I have to use things I already have in my craft room. I can’t buy new supplies unless I need something to complete a project. For example, I can buy thread, but not fabric to start something new. This should keep me busy for the next year because I have a lot. Like seriously, a lot and my craft room is a disaste because of it.
This is a crappy iPad photo I took back in September of my shame. To be honest, it’s always looked a bit like this and I really wish it didn’t. I’ve actually made some headway in cleaning it up but it still looks like a scene from a show about compulsive hoarding.
There are countless unfinished projects in here, along with some toys that need repair and documents to be shredded. See that screen hung up on the wall? It isn’t even usable because the speakers are buried under a mound of stuff and the remote has been missing for two years.
I got off to a great start. Here’s what I made in January.
Car Seat Poncho
This is the second car seat cape I’ve made for Little B. Current safety guidelines suggest not putting children in their car seat wearing snowsuits because the bulkiness prevents them from being strapped in tight enough. These are recommended for the car for cold days. Unfortunately, she would rather asphyxiate herself trying to get it off while I’m driving, than wear it. We’ve had to settle for a thin winter coat instead, while this one will probably get donated with our old clothes by the end of the season. I tried.
We never buy plastic wrap. I usually just use containers with lids or when a lid isn’t available, I just cover a bowl with a plate or something flat and round. I had some beeswax left over from a project a while ago and an endless supply of fabric scraps, so I used this tutorial from House of Hawthornes to make reusable covers for my bowls.
I loved my dolls when I was a kid and I probably played with mine well past the age where it was appropriate. Little B prefers her stuffed animals right now and it’s too soon to tell if they’ll interest her in the future but that isn’t stopping me from getting a jump start on making doll clothes. This is a wrap dress made with a pattern of my own design.
This is a free pattern from Purl Soho. I’ve made a few other projects from their website and the instructions are really clear and easy to follow. This top can be whipped up in a few hours.
Unfortunately, the gathering looks too poofy on my narrow shoulders and the straight cut of the bodice really emphasizes my spare tire. It looks great on my dress form but it’s just not a great style for me at all. I’m going to try another one of their tunic patterns this month though.
What are you making these days?