I Made A Thing in February

I’d got off to such a strong start with my resolution in January but I don’t have much to show for February.

It was obviously a short month and we were away on vacation for the first nine days. When we got home I had some billable work to take care of. Then, two weeks ago I dropped my Aeropress full of coffee grounds and freshly boiled water on my hand and gave myself a mild 2nd-degree burn. It covered about 75% of my right hand – my dominant one, which made doing stuff kind of uncomfortable for a week or so. As my hand began to heal we had some warmish nice sunny days, so I got outside to do some yard work. And now it’s March!

The only craft I managed to complete this month was a set of Valentine’s Day cards for Little B to hand out to her pre-school friends. This almost didn’t even happen because I’d forgotten all about until about 7:00 PM on the 13th. Jeremy and I don’t really observe Valentine’s day, for many reasons, but mainly because I’m a cheap-ass who doesn’t want a grossly overpriced bouquet of flowers or to be rushed through a lukewarm inflated Prix-fixed meal in a crowded restaurant because the greeting card industry thinks we should.

But that’s just me.

Anyway, this idea was blatantly ripped off from Pinterest. I printed them on some 65lb cardstock that I already had but if I was going to do it again, I’d defiantly buy something thicker. The balloons were from Party City and the quality is quite impressive. We’ve had one blown up and kicking around our house for about a week and it doesn’t look like it’s lost any air at all. The Washi tape was from Dollarama.

Now I have a few spring-themed projects on my mind and a few other things on the go already. I don’t know yet what March will bring for leisure time, but I’m really hoping to carve out some space in my life for some creativity over the next few weeks.

What are you working on this month?

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I Made Things In January

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.

Bowl Covers

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.

Doll dress

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.

Linen Tunic

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?

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What I’ve Read This Winter (So Far)

 

Juliet Naked – Nick Hornby

This was classic Nick Hornby – dimwitted man-children and the women who waste their lives with them. It was laughing out loud funny at times and is a gentle reminder of how different the myths and legends versus reality can really be.

Turbo Twenty-Three – Janet Evanovich

This is the 23rd (obviously) installment of the Stephanie Plum series.

At this point I’m reading this series for the same reason I watched the last few seasons of How I Met Your Mother – I’m invested in the characters and I need to know how it plays out even though the shark has been jumped. This one was pretty decent though, I even laughed out loud a few times.

Worn Stories – Emily Spivack

This is a collection of short stories either written or narrated by notable people about a memorable article of clothing. I loved the idea of this more than the actual stories.

I was initially intrigued for two reasons. First, because I loved Love, Loss and What I Wore and I expected the stories to be along that line, and second because John Hodgeman and Greta Gerwig were listed as contributors. Many other the others were in the fashion industry though, which seemed a bit too easy. I would have loved to hear sartorial stories from people outside of that field.

Night Film – Marisha Pessl

Night Film is a suspenseful story that centers around a journalist who embarks on a strange investigation when the daughter of a reclusive and controversial filmmaker commits suicide. The journalist and the filmmaker had a complicated history that drives the story.

I can’t decide how I feel about this one. There were a lot of tropes that made me almost roll my eyes at times, yet I had a lot of trouble putting it down. There was also the innovative concept of the Night Film Decoder where you were supposed to use an app to unlock additional information but I found it too distracting and skipped most of it.

Funny Girl – Nick Hornby

The story chronicles the rise and fall of a fictional 1960s British comedy – mainly focused on the show’s female lead who had come to London from northern England to become the next Lucille Ball.

The characters seemed a bit one dimensional but it was still a lot of fun – I would definitely recommend this as a beach read.

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