Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Feeling a little crafty

As a mostly stay at home mom I'm busy and bored at the same time! Sounds impossible, but it's true. I totally love that I'm able to stay home right now; I wouldn't miss a second of my time with Kendall, but I do find myself occasionally longing for the kind of busyness I had before Kendall. I've certainly learned a lot about myself with the additional down time, and one of those is  I really need to have things to do (besides changing diapers and cleaning the house) to keep me from going crazy or just vegging out. Especially on rainy/snowy winter days, when it is less than appealing to go outside.

 Therefore, I have become a little obsessed with craft blogs. I have several on my Blog List and every time a new craft pops up on the screen I feel the urge to try it! Some of these crafts were on my list of things to make for Christmas! As it turns out, Christmas is a very hectic time of year to try and also go crazy with crafts. So the next logical holiday is none other than Valentine's Day! I've never really been a big Valentine's Day hype kinda girl, but these crafts may have converted me. I also found all sorts of fun family traditions that I want to start when Kendall is a little older. So here are a few of the crafts I've been working on....

My friend Emilie coined the term "Crafternoon," and boy did we have one! I found the project idea at OurBestBites.com. Initially I thought it was a more involved project than I wanted to take on, but with the help of premade pie crust, my trusty Cricut, and Emilie, it was totally do-able! Emilie had the genius idea to add photo Valentine's cards of our cute kiddos.
 This little headband clip was inspired after we LOST the cute heart ribbon bow one of Keith's students gave to Kendall :( She obviously needed to have a cute Valentine headband!

A little heart garland was one of the crafts I wanted to do at Christmas time (I might still make one with Christmas paper and save it for next year---when I'll be too busy!). I got this idea from Linda McDonald---she had a cute one up for Fall and ever since I saw it I needed to make one.
 Back in the Fall I bought an adorable bow from "Bitchin' Bows" at the Shadle Craft Fair and knew that I could figure out how to make a few more for Kendall. It just never happened until recently. I found a tutorial at Little Birdie Secrets and made a few headband clips, then putting the extra flowers into the mini milk jugs was a tip from OurBestBites (or perhaps TipJunkie? I forget!).
The final Valentine craft I made was this LOVE garland hanging in our living room. I made it using my Cricut (thanks Keith, that was a perfect Christmas gift!).

In addition to these holiday crafts I also whipped up several  burp clothes recently in anticipation of several new babies on their way (some of which are already here!), a couple nursing covers, and a snuggley blanket and mini tag blanket for little Ian. I don't have pictures of all of these projects but if you check out the Hoogland or Tbyrd blogs you may get a glimpse :). Here is a picture of my remaining burp clothes and some felt headband clips I made. 

 Now it's time for me to start my next "Crafternoon" project :)


The Lochheads said...

Wow! I'm so inspired! :) I love the Valentines...and I had to comment on that DARLING picture of Kendall that you designed--so cute! How do you have the hearts attached for the garland? That is so cute. I'd love to do one in cupcakes and put it in our birthday box...

If you have a free morning (and Kendall's nap doesn't interfere!) you should bring Kendall to storytime at the County library up by Whitworth! She's a bit little, but Josh goes with Grace and I and loves to take in all the people... We go on Wednesdays (or you can go on Thursdays) at 10am. It would be fun to see you.

Keep crafting! (and sharing!) :) LE

Emilie said...

I love all of your crafts! It's inspiring me to get going on a few of my projects. Finn and I had a great time during our crafternoon (though, I'm not sure we were much help-ha!). We should schedule another one soon:)

Alison said...

W.O.W. You are amazing! I don't even want to start looking at craft blogs because I know I'll get hooked! My weekness is design and home renovation blogs -- OBSESSED! And of course, now wedding blogs! I wish I had more time to be crafty but between working 10 hour days at the moment, having three dogs (one of which is only 9 weeks old), planning a wedding, catching up on all 502 blogs that I follow, AND remembering that I have a fiance, life is little too full at the moment! Maybe when things slow down a little bit...love you friend!

Tiffany said...

I'm speechless. Thank god there are people in the world like you to balance out the people in the world like me!

BTW, I LOVE my nursing cover and can't wait to start using it! :)

Bethany said...

Wow! I always knew you were crafty, but I'm so impressed with everything you've done! :) Love that you're getting time to be crafty and creative - you're so good at it! Enjoy this fun time in your life!

Erin said...

I love your "crafternoon" projects - so darling!!!!