It’s taken me a while to write this because I’d been waiting for a nice sunny day to take the accompanying pictures. For almost two months, that day didn’t come. March and most of April was so cold, dark and grey I just couldn’t finish this post. It’s finally Spring though and I feel alive again and I’m getting things done.
Moppe Ikea Hack
Apparently, Ikea discontinued these for a while but brought them back by customer demand. I actually picked up this one at a thrift store a while ago for about $5. I stained it this chestnut waterbased stain that I already had and then ordered the cardholder/pulls from Etsy.
I’m really happy with how this came out. Eventually, it’s is going to be used for storage in my craft room when I finally clear the junk off the counter. I’ve also got another on deck for refinishing, as my husband wants one now too!
This is what it looked like before (Photo source: Ikea)
Purl Soho Toddler City Gym Shorts
This is another free pattern from Purl Soho. I went with size 4/5 for our almost 3-year old just in case it was a small fit but these seem on the larger side, so they go into storage until next summer. I might try to whip up a smaller pair for this year.
Imperial Striped Afghan
I’ve always wanted a wool HBC point blanket but I’ve never had any luck finding a second-hand one that hasn’t been discoloured or moth-eaten. Obviously, I could buy new but I just can’t bring myself to drop that kind of dough on one. With having had pets (rest in peace, sweet kitties) and now a toddler, we really can’t have nice things.
I’d made a baby sized version of this for Little B, but I’ve had it in the back of my mind to make one for our guest room and since we just bought a new daybed for that space, this was the perfect time to get it done.
This project did not exactly align with my use what I have initiative. Little B and I were picking up some things at Dollarama when she saw a little birdhouse painting kit. I agreed to buy it for her and then had this vision of my own little village of Wes Anderson style birdhouses. So, I bought some birdhouses for myself too.
There were a few problems with this project. First, the dollar store houses are really poor quality (surprise) and I don’t think they’ll hold up outdoors. Second, I did some reading about birdhouses after the fact and it turns out these are novelty birdhouses and unsafe for birds.
So, these will have to be decorative only and will probably disintegrate during their first rainstorm, but that’s ok because I don’t feel that I really hit the mark with these aesthetically anyway.
As for April, I started several projects but just couldn’t find the motivation to complete anything. Then, spring finally came and I’ve been spending all of my free time cleaning up our patio furniture, weeding and prepping my garden boxes for planting. I am hoping to have some of my April crafts finished this month though. Stay tuned!