crafting


I finally jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon.  It took me a while and even though I have started, I know that I am not using it to its full potential.  Really, for the most part, it is a whole lot of eye candy to me.  There have, however, been a few things that have caught my eye and inspired me at the same time.

This style of wreath was just such a thing.

They are so simple, minimal and … smooth.  Surely a strange way to describe them, but smooth is a word that comes to mind.  I used a straw wreath as my base, and left it right in the plastic.  It would otherwise have made a superb mess.  I have since seen similar designs with everything from foam wreaths to huge initials, all wrapped in yarn or twine.

I also love the felt roses.  They are SO easy to make.  Just cut a circle out of felt, cut that circle into a spiral, grab the outermost end of the spiral and start winding it up.  It just makes itself into the most perfect little rose.

I already have a design in mind for winter… something to decorate and hopefully take away the blahs that are sure to hit after Christmas.  Unless, of course, I find something more inspiring on Pinterest…

So here’s the thing.  I have no energy for crafting lately.  Thing is, I have not much energy for anything.  I am 12-ish weeks pregnant (!!) and with two little ones to run after and a part-time job, etc., etc., well, crafting has gone by the wayside.  It’s bad.  I am not even really feeling inspired to put things on the actual to-do list.  *sad face*  Oh… did I mention I am 35 years old?  Yeah.  That doesn’t help.  I don’t know what it is like to be pregnant in the 20’s, but I am sure it is a bit easier than this.

But… spring is approaching.  Yeah!  With spring, I anticipate energy.  I also am really, really hoping that my morning (read: who-are-you-kidding-it’s-FOREVER) sickness will subside soon also.  With those two events lining up, I could be a dangerous crafty Momma once again!  (P.S.  If you are one of *those* people who never had morning sickness, please let that be your secret.  Please.  I have had it all three times and it is horrible.  I can’t even eat  bread for cripes’ sake.  Just know you are a very lucky woman and I will keep the hormones niiiiice and quiet.)

In the meantime, Ella’s birthday is Monday.  I am doing a few homemade things, but sadly, not as much as I would like to have done.  We will see if I gain some momentum this weekend.  Her party isn’t for over a week, so there is hope.  And her theme ROCKS.  I could really have gone nuts with it.

I am still crafty (dormantly for now), I am still a doctor and definitely still a Mom.  I just have to take care of me for a bit.  Number Three is slowing me down!

‘Tis the season to say thank-you and give gifts to co-workers, teachers and others who are special to us.  This is not always an easy thing for me, especially when it comes to the front office staff at work.  They do a lot for me all year and yet I do not spend a lot of time with them, so I do not know much about individual likes and dislikes.  I also do not have a ton to spend, but want to give a thoughtful and creative gift.

This year, I decided on a snowman theme.  Each of the women will be welcomed on Monday morning with one of these little gifts, waiting at their desk.

 

Each gift contains a felt snowman bag from Target (I could have made them, but the Dollar Spot made it easy on me), a snowman decoration, two snowflake ornaments, a mini box of truffles decorated as a snowman and some homemade Russian Tea Cake cookies (meant to symbolize snowballs).

The snowman decoration is a child’s white crew sock, stuffed with rice.  Ella helped me pour the rice in (and maybe all over the floor, too, but she really did a great job).  I tied the sections off with white yarn and decorated with puffy paint and felt.  I received a sock snowman once, made from a tube sock and thought it was so cute!  I couldn’t find the old style tube socks, so I improvised a bit.

The snowflake ornaments are from Target, as are the truffles.  To decorate the truffles, I used an idea from this month’s Martha Stewart Magazine.  It was too cute to resist!  I wrapped each box in white paper and had the kids help me with the fingerprint faces.  The scarf is some chenille yarn that I had from another project.

 

The cookies are so yummy.  My Mom has made them forever and I used an All Recipes version, which tastes just like hers.

I think the gifts turned out really cute and hope that the ladies in the office are pleasantly surprised on Monday morning!

Here is the cookie recipe:

Russian Tea Cakes (adapted from allrecipes.com)

1 c.          butter

1 t.           vanilla extract

6 T.         confectioner’s sugar

2 c.          flour

1 c.           chopped walnuts

1/3 c.      confectioner’s sugar for decoration

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

*In a medium bowl, cream butter and vanilla until smooth.  Combine confectioner’s sugar and flour; stir into butter mixture until just blended.  Mix in chopped walnuts.

*Roll dough into 1″ balls (dough will be crumbly, you will need to squeeze it a bit to make it stick), and place on a cookie sheet.  Bake 12 minutes.

* When cookies have cooled but are still warm, roll in confectioner’s sugar to coat.

Thanksgiving is fast approaching.  If you are in need of a quick little project to keep the kids busy, hand out to little ones on Thanksgiving Day, or even use as table decorations, try making a little gang of felt turkey finger puppets.

 

Isn’t he cute?  I whipped up a few from scrap felt in no time (we gave a couple away and I couldn’t find the other one we have left for the picture).

The idea came from Skip to My Lou, always a great place for kids crafts.

Since I don’t have pinking shears, I used a zig-zag stitch for a hint of interest.  I also think it would be cute to embellish the feathers a bit with some stitching.  This will, however, be saved for a day when they last a little longer in our house.  We have already had a feather casualty, after which I heard my son say, “Uh-oh… turkey!” as he mourned the birds loss.    The lost feather was probably from the turkey I made with Tacky Glue.  A glue gun is much more effective.

I also didn’t have googly eyes (bummer), so I used felt for the eyes.  This is probably the only reason our turkeys still have eyes.  Googly eyes are way too fun to pick off.  “Uh-oh… turkey!” again, I am certain.

Happy Thanksgiving!

It just seems wrong to post about Christmas directly after my Halloween posts, but it is what it is, I guess.  Target was in full Christmas mode today with workers all through the store hanging decorations and changing endcaps.

I have a couple of ideas for Christmas, and am getting ready to start on them, right after my husband has surgery to repair his Achilles tendon tomorrow.  Well, at least I think I will be crafting, anyway.  He will be unable to bear weight for 4-6 weeks, so with a 1- and 3-year-old, I may be a bit lacking in the craft department.

But there will be plenty of inspiration, and my latest love is this idea from Jill at homemade by jill.  Jill is the queen of felt and I think that a felt Nativity Advent calendar would be awesome.

Now to find a way to the fabric store…

Last night was a ton of fun.  There were spooky cupcakes:

Fun costumes:

Trick-or-Treating (aka: freedom on the streets):

And awesome moments like seeing Ella super happy, running here and there, collecting as much candy as she could.  She was in the zone and kept up with the big boys.  Then she needed some time to re-group.  I asked several times if she wanted to take her costume off — she had on 3 layers of clothes — but she always said, “No”.   She was, after all, mistaken for the Snow White.

I think I am hooked on making costumes now.  It was too fun to see Ella have such a great time.

I decided that today was the day to finally make the flower corsage that has been in queue for a while now.  When Vanessa of V and Co. posted it, I knew I had to make one.  I promise, I really tried not to make the exact same color, but I wear this color all summer and just love it.  Perhaps in the fall, I will make a new one.

This is a super easy project.  All you need is some wide satin ribbon, felt, a glue gun, scissors, a measuring tape and a pin back.  I will let you link up to V and Co. for the directions for the flower corsage tutorial.

My new flower now needs a place to live.  There is an idea in my head about where that should be, but again, there is the reality of a long line of projects waiting.  Hopefully it will become a reality.

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