3/24/13

delusional, dramatic, and a little crazy

Have you been wondering where I’ve been? Have you even noticed that I haven’t posted for a couple weeks? It’s ok if you haven’t. I’m delusional about many things (like the period of time in Jr. high when I only wore stirrup pants and knock-off keds and thought I looked awesome), but I don’t think that hundreds of people are hanging on my every word. I’ve just been plain old busy with work and life and tearing apart our living room and trying to keep my child from hurting himself/everyone else on earth. I just haven’t had time to blog or really do too much crafting or even look at Pinterest [insert collective gasp]. This is the first time I have opened my laptop in 2 weeks. 
Now this isn’t one of those posts where I go on about how I realize my life is full without blogging or I am quitting or blogging is so shallow and I am above it now. Not at all. I like blogging and I wish I had more time for it. I mean, my house has looked like this for a month since I went into a rage and ripped down our chair rail. 
JK. I didn’t go into a rage. I just temporarily lost my mind and thought if I took down the chair rail I would have enough time/magically gain the manual labor skills to repair dry wall. Remember a couple paragraphs up when I mentioned I am slightly delusional? Proof. I am crazy. Anyway, since I have no shame and I don’t want to be fake about what my life looks like, here you go. 
Oh yeah, take it in. Chair rail missing, exposed nail holes and blue stripe. Mismatched furniture because I am literally too lazy to even list anything on Craigslist. Toys, puzzle pieces, shoes. My new beautiful couch always covered by a ratty old blanket because I don’t like Sawyer to even touch it. (Note to self: look into plastic cover for couch.) Mail piles. No curtains. Just a mess.
After telling Anderson that this room is the reason for my gloomy mood and anxiety attacks (DRAMATIC), we have called in help for the wall situation. Hallelujah. As I write this a week after I took these pictures, our wall is fixed and I've painted and the anxiety attacks have stopped. I have to list a majority of the furniture on Craigslist and sort through what stuff is staying and going, then Anderson and I are going to start on the new wall unit we are building. Guess when I will have time to build a wall unit? Never, but remember I’m delusional so let me live the lie.
So if you feel like your house is a wreck, hey, here’s mine. And if you feel like you are stretched way too thin, I’m right there with you sister. And if you miss my posts (bless you), I do too. Stick around. I have stuff to share.
p.s. Google reader is going away and the world is over (so I’m told). I don’t even know what Bloglovin is so I guess I am going to work on that. I will look into it this weekend and then I will do the blogger thing and come back and tell you all to follow me on Bloglovin, facebook, twitter, Pinterest, flikr, email, etc. Just basically stalk me ok because I don’t want to lose you.

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3/4/13

2013 goals: february results

Read about my 2013 monthly goals here
Read January's recap here


After the success of January, I was ready to take on February's goals. It was a busy month though so I fell short a bit.
 Here's how we stacked up:

Our Goals Together:
1. One date a month. We went out the weekend before Valentine's Day to the new Dine In Theater to see Identity Thief (very funny!). The theater is just like a regular theater except you get to sit in these huge comfy recliners and you have a waiter to bring you food and refill your drinks. On top of that the level we chose was 21 and older so no noisy teenagers allowed. It was heavenly. If it wasn't so expensive we'd never go to a regular movie theater again. 

2. Host a dinner once a month. Waaah-waaah. We failed on this one. Our weekends were busy and we just didn't get it done.

My Goals:
1. Read 2 books a month. 
 I finally got a chance to read The Silver Linings Playbook. I didn't expect it to be such a light, quick read, but it really was a feel good book. The Kitchen House was not a light book. It dealt with slavery, murder, and abuse. It was a heavy read, but the story was well developed and interesting. 

2. Finish one embroidery/stitching project a month. Done at the last minute, but still done. 


Read more about this deer here

3. Run 30 miles a month. Thanks to running a half marathon this month (more about that this week), I finished February with about 40 miles. Now that my marathon is over, let's just see what happens with my running. I have plans to keep up with it so I'm hoping that I hit 30 miles for the rest of the year. 

4. Complete one craft book project a month. Done, and again at the last minute. Maybe in March I'll get my act together? 


  Read more about these cute little cards here

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Not bad, I suppose. I've already chosen March's projects, planned for a date, and plan to start running again this week. It's going to be a good month. 

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3/1/13

book project: microcrafts

I have to start out by admitting that this project would not have gotten done had I not put in place monthly goals for myself. I knew when I set those goals that I would be motivated to do more projects and keep creating, no matter how busy or tired I am. And I was right. Look at me, all self aware.
I stood in front of my shelf of craft books, thumbing through to find an easy, fast project. I’ve already admitted I did this project just to be done. Generally I have a problem with that – just making something so I have something to post, share, etc. But since the whole point of my monthly goals is to stay creative, keep making, and not to let life get in the way of time for myself, I am letting myself make things I wouldn’t normally make just so I am making something.
I picked up Microcrafts: Tiny Treasures to Make and Share thinking that since it is a book about little crafts then they would take little time. I narrowed it down to these itsy bitsy paper pieced cards. 

Do they look little? Probably not. If you are viewing this on a monitor they are probably 5 times bigger than real life. If you are viewing on a phone, they are probably only slightly smaller.
Here’s a better picture for perspective. 
See? Teensy.
I made these one afternoon while Sawyer was playing trains (which is what he does 90% of his waking hours) in his play room. His play room is right next to my craft room so we each did our own thing – he with the trains and me with the paper. He would come in occasionally while I worked to yell some very enthusiastic train related nonsense. “HENRY WENT AROUND THE SHARP BEND IT’S VERY DANGEROUS!” “THOMAS IS PULLING THE PASSENGER CAR!” “MOM I HAVE 10 FREIGHT CARS THAT’S NOT TOO MANY OK!” We only talk train in this house. Sidenote. Sawyer asked Anderson not to be cross with him the other day. Apparently all that British narration on Thomas is rubbing off. Back to the cards. I thought these would take about a half hour of cutting and gluing and I would be back to half heartedly pushing trains around the track (you guys playing trains is so boring.) Turns out these took closer to an hour and a half.
I do think they were worth it. They are so tiny and cute and did I mention tiny? I have them sitting on a shelf in my craft room and they make me smile every time I walk by. 
While I am still not sold on making things just to making things, maybe I am getting closer to appreciating making things for the sake of enjoying the process of making things. Then figuring out what to do with them.
p.s. The link to Microcrafts: Tiny Treasures to Make and Share is an Amazon affiliate link. If you buy the book from my link I make a little percentage of the purchase price for referring the book to you.  The book costs the exact same amount as if you had gone to Amazon and searched for the book yourself, but you help my blog out a little by buying it through my page.

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