Well, I think it's pretty evident from my last two posts that life has been challenging lately. More specifically, parenthood has been challenging. I'm going to spend one paragraph confessing a few things about being a mom and then move on from this (because I know none of you want to hear the long list of my woes when many of you go through the same kinda stuff...mostly).
I yell. I spank. I threaten. I control. a lot. I also try my hardest not to do any of those things. I have issues with my anger. It is not a light subject for me. When I'm stressed about other things my anger goes up around my children. It is so high sometimes that I wonder if this is really me or someone else. I brought it up to my mom, who suggested that this problem may go deeper...and that I might have some sorting out to do. This is where I am now, and I'm content with knowing that I don't have all the answers. What I can do, for now, is hope for a better tomorrow. I can pray and feel blessed with all that is happy in my life. I can let things go a little more and laugh at my mistakes. I can stop comparing my natural talents to others. I can take a break from social media and focus more on my children. I can snuggle with my kids while watching endless amounts of Disney movies and not feel like a bad parent for letting them watch too much tv. I can ignore all the stigmas about what a good mom is and how perfectly balanced everything in my life needs to be. I AM HUMAN, and I can accept that I am.
ah. that felt good. now moving on!
To keep myself sane I have my creative outlets. I go through phases of what I like to do. Some days I just want to sit at my sewing machine all day long, others I feel like taking a million pictures and editing them for hours on end. And then there are really random days where I make a piece of jewelery or try out a new recipe or re-purpose an article of clothing. BY NO MEANS am I doing a stellar job with any of these but its something to keep my right-brain occupied :]
So, if any of you are itching to craft then maybe you can get inspired here. Most of these were very simple, cheap, and do-able in less than an hour.
These are my most recent projects (some of these I made months ago...just haven't gotten around to posting them. oops.)
flannel rag quilt: (see girl version here)
spring wreathe with pearl pins:
burlap & ruffled lace table runner:
The french floral printed burlap was too perfect for our kitchen. I couldn't pass it up! ( ps-I learned that burlap never goes on sale at Joanns, and when there's a half off coupon out they make it $1 off so you still basically pay full price. So I splurged a little and used a gift card that I had. It worked out nicely that they gave me the remnant for a discount. It's just a tad short for the table, but I also didn't have to pay as much. I'm content with that :D )
eggs in a nest necklace:
(a note with making jewelery: all you really need are some needle-nose
pliers with a wire cutter, chain, jump rings, clasps, and beads. If you
think you can't do it I promise you can. It is fun and girly- just try
it! In high school I made earrings all the time and recently I've gotten
into making necklaces. Just as easy but more fitting to my style these
days. If you can call it that...ha)
crystal pave droplet necklace:
colorful tribal necklace:
woman's plus-sized shirt into pencil skirt:
here, and she posted a coupon for .50 flip-flops from Target. I got some black ones and made fabric flowers to stick on them- wallah! You can use any old shoes to embellish.
chalkboard dinner tray:
The projects below I made at a Relief Society craft night. I love our craft nights! They usually run until 11:30 pm if you can believe that.
sidenote: The activity committee that plans these things is amazing. They have it all set up in stations and then they stay super late to clean it all up. I am so grateful for people who love their callings and do them so well!
quote plaques: sanded blocks of wood with paper mod-podged on top, then a few brass or silver studs hammered into the corners.
chalkboard banner: particle board triangles painted over twice with chalkboard paint and strung with hemp. This was harder to photograph because it was very, very long- but you get the idea.
paper clip earrings: (these are fun to make while watching tv...just wrap a paper clip- bent into a triangle- in embroidery thread and dab some E600 glue every once in a while to keep it in place. the glue can be found at Walmart.)
In fact, I should probably be focusing on the mister's birthday that is in 4 days (hence the birthday banner..). I have no idea what to do for him. No plans...he says he will still love me if we do nothing, but I want to show him that he is important to me! To US! He keeps this family together. Ideas?? My mind is a blank slate...