Christmas is over. Big sigh of relief. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas. I do. I love the giving and the receiving. The baking. The decorating. The celebrating. The family traditions. The wonder and magic of the Christmas story and Santa and Rudolf and all the things that my daughter got excited for.
However, I am always ready for it to be over. And I’m guessing I’m not the only one. Ready to start eating healthy. Ready to get that tree down. Ready to stop spending, wrapping and packing.
So when I took down our holiday decorations on Monday, I felt very good. Until Brady came home from work and proclaimed that the house looked “empty”. Hmmm. I guess I agreed cause all of a sudden I was inspired to dig out some decor for the next holiday: Valentines. Only to realize that we didn’t have much. So, I thought I would get creative.
I pulled out some leftover cardboard, cut four 14×14″ pieces and started painting, cutting and ModgePodge-ing. Oh, how I love hands-on art! Incredibly more rewarding than working on a computer, which is what I do most days.
And when I looked at them this morning, I started thinking that maybe I could turn them over and use the other side for St. Pattys!! LOVE = LUCK??
Since I have more time to hang with my kids now, I’m always looking for new projects, crafts or activities that will help keep them busy and hopefully help turn them into artful, brilliant beings someday. Found an idea for this the other day and since it was so simple, thought I should share. If you wanna use flower petals, you’d better act fast, cause they aren’t going to last long in this weather. But, you could also use the fallen leaves and it would give it a totally different look. Perhaps that would be more appropriate for little guys anyways.
All you do is wrap a piece of packing tape around their wrist, with the sticky side out. Then, head outside and show them how to attach their “findings”. Fun, huh?
Wow, I can’t believe this was just last week! The weather is so cold now that these photos look like they were taken in the summer!
And if you have a kid that is too young to participate, just stick them in some dirt/mulch/grass and they will be equally entertained.
As a far as crafting goes, I am a collector. I collect piles of fabric, jars of buttons, stacks (and stacks) of papers, drawers of thread and notions, rows of ribbons, piles of clippings, etc, etc. Actually, instead of “collect” a more appropriate word might be “hoard”. I hoard all these things in hopes that someday I’ll have time to do something creative with them. One of my favorite things to hoard is tutorials. Like, free online tutorials where somebody has come up with some cute little sewing or paper project that they explain in photos and tell you how to do it. I seriously have hundreds of these bookmarked on my computer. Hundreds. I know, silly, right? Please don’t ask me how many I’ve actually used.
Anyways, in an effort to bring purpose to all that tutorial hoarding, I want to share some with you. I’m calling this DIYday. You’ll see tutorials for sewing, crafting, cooking – just about any kind of making. So, here goes:
by Heather Bailey
. My daughter loves pinwheels and I have been wanting to make one of these for her. Hmmm … maybe with my new SAHM-status, we could do that together. Break out the safety scissors!
by Martha (no last name required). My SIL has made some flowers
similar to these, and I keep them on the window sill by my computer, so I see them every day! A little bit of color that never wilts!
Fun stuff, huh? I’m thinking those poms would be great decor for a baby shower, or even a baby’s room? And I love that the cookie jars can be customized with a different color for another occasion. Not that the pink isn’t awesome.
Okay, now I don’t feel so guilty for hoarding all those fabulous ideas!