Resolutions? Blog more. (Obvi)
First of all, get a Cricut.
Second, if you are in the saintly way or Catholic, check out Tiny Saints because they’re adorable. I love a good collection and these little charms can be picked based on any lucky recipient’s personality so they’re super personal little gifts. I may or may not have found a couple for myself too.
Had the craft therapy itch this year even though my babies aren’t so little anymore. I put little faces on some plastic eggs with my new, amazing, magical Cricut. Then pulled out the hook for these mini hats. They were crazy easy and fast- I love how they turned out! The kids loved them too, well really, they mainly loved the money inside the eggs, but I’ll take it!
I am literally in love with this new (to me) hook. For real, we will have a Summer wedding with flowers and puppies. I was checking out some of the rubber-enforced hooks on Amazon and found the Addi Swing Hook by chance. My tension is usually pretty tight so I was intrigued by the shape and took a chance on a 1.5 for a summer bag I’m doing (it’s never too early to start prepping). It took a second for me to figure out, but I have gotten the hang of it! The only thing I miss about my tiny 1.5 is feeling like a giant while man-handling that little metal bar. But I do it miss the claw hands I had after using the standard, that’s for sure.
My inspiration comes from this lovely pin
Since I have effectively gone to work for two and a half days out of the last three weeks due to wonder break and snow, I have been able to decompress with a ton of crocheting. Good thing too, because evidently there is something in the school system’s water- I have two babies at my school coming up, and one at a neighboring school!
Crochet has really be my go-to for gifts lately, especially since I started seeing so many crocheted item for $1,000,000,000 at Anthropologie (that’s my, “one day when I go state or federal or become a traveling consultant and can afford” store).
For baby #1 I chose to do a blanket with a few different stitches and some bows. She’s a 7th grade Math teacher who is endlessly energetic and wonderful, but doesn’t have a ton of family around so I figured every baby needs a little blanky-
The second baby is getting some little stuffed animals. The Math mom is very into her church, and I figured he/she’d already get a blanky since the only thing churches make more of than babies, is baby blankies. I found an adorable pattern on Etsy by Madelenon. Her patterns are easy to read and turn out well!
I am finishing up for the last baby (a fellow counselor in another school), but will post as soon as I do!
To end the summer right (and keep me busy from weekend-before-return neurosis), my husband and I went on a trippy-trip to Georgetown VA. It was ah-may-zinggg. So much food, so much walking, so much to look at. Anywho, beforehand, I could tell it was time to go back to work because I was on the fast train to impulsive anxiety buying and really liked some necklaces at the Loft that I almost paid for to thing with me.
But alas! I chose self-control, and decided to go through some of my jewelry-making stash at home. REALLY glad I did, because I was able to make a bunch of necklaces exactly the same as the ones I saw! The picture is terrible, I'll try to replace it tomorrow.
Self-care is alive and well this summer while I’m off. It’s crazy how creative and motivated I am with this time off. I can feel the urge to get back into work and care mode bubbling, but I am trying to ward it off. I will either have some new additions to Etsy, maybe a flea market, or a surplus of Christmas gifts, but either way I’ve got a ton of ideas and mojo and it feels great! I’ve done some crocheted washcloths, keychains, and another scarf (with another in queue)!
Due to my recent obsession with Fixer Upper (damn you Jo and Chip! Just kidding, love you BBFFFFFFFF4evassssss!!!), I have been revamping a few things at home. Lovely, lovely weekend therapy.
First, I took a look at my fireplace and knew it needed some work. It was bad. Of course, I love the rustic Jo and Chippyness (give me shiplap everywhere!!!) and I thought that might be perfect for the middle of fireplace. I also wanted to update the brick without doing the whitewash that’s popular right now because I love the red look. Here is the before (eek)-
It’s rough. BBBUUUTTTT look at the magic of the concrete stain!
And when it fully dries it really looks nice and natural.
Now, for the added wooden amazingness. I got standard (and cheap) 2x4s and a bunch of stains. It was super fun and really easy. I just layered and sanded. I LOVED the blue tinted and white stain, but I had to go easy because my husband lacks vision (and taste, not that I’m bitter, but I am).
And voila! I added some HomeGoods goods and am super happy with the results! For my bookish friends, I am smitten with myself over my theme- I pulled from my hoarded collection of books and decorated with banned books…in the fireplace..get it?!
OK, for time and space’s sake, I’ll add my refinished side table all together. I did a little work on the glass to make it look like mercury glass (with a vinegar and mirror glass spray paint party). It doesn’t, but I felt like it wasn’t a total Pinterest Fail because I am on a roll and choosing to be loyal. Leave it alone. Then, I used some good ‘ol chalk paint and did some distressing. Basically, I’m in love and we are getting married next week.
(PS- excuse the bad pictures and whatever that little piece of paper is next to the side table in the finished picture. I’m too lazy to take it again, so focus on the Buddha if it annoys our OCD tendencies as much as it does mine.)