Sunday, April 14, 2013

Crafts and Home Projects

According to Russ, I am ALWAYS doing crafts lately, and it's pretty much true. Since I took over the craft classes last month, I am either planning or making crafts almost every night. Last night, I couldn't fall asleep until 3:30am because I was laying in bed planning the craft class for September. I'm a little obsessed. With the amount of work it takes to think of ideas, write/draw them out, plan how to make it "in bulk", design it on the computer (the cricut hooks up to a computer, so it acts more like a silhouette - which gives me endless options), buy supplies, and make the craft, I probably earn about $1 per hour. But it's really fun. Here are pictures of what I've done so far:
April (the September project I was planning is going to be like this, but the "AUTUMN" version)
May (finished this last night while Russ was having a guys night)
I didn't plan this one, but this was the craft class project for February
 In addition to the craft nights, a friend of mine has been doing a monthly Wreath Workshop since November. I think I posted a picture of the pretty January one, so here are the ones I've made since then:
I really love that the housing area where we live offers so many free activities. In addition to the craft classes, they have tons of other activities, exercise classes, and a play group during the winter months that I was SO grateful for because it let Sophia and I get out of the house.

In addition to my crafts, I also decided our living room needed a little make-over. I can put up with boring, cluttered bedrooms, but since I spend at least 50% of my waking hours downstairs, I needed a change. We re-arranged the furniture back in January to make it look more open, but then I also wanted to get rid of our 3 foot bookshelves because everything on them got disrupted by tiny toddler hands. I also wanted to have as little clutter as possible because I feel trapped by our small apartment sometimes (especially in the winter). So with $20 and my new friend, Home Depot, I added a little color to our lives...

This is the bookshelf I used to keep my monthly decorations on. It wasn't Sophia-proof so I took everything off of it (except the decorations on top) and use it as a (*ghetto*) shoe rack. Then it bugged me to see our shoes sitting out in the open.

 I went on the search for shelves. I found one at Home Depot and the other at Goodwill and spray painted them yellow (thanks for Sara for the spray-paint tips) and had Russ hang them. It's so nice to put decorations on the wall and free up floor space!

Then I decided to spray paint the picture frames above our dining room table.
decorated for Easter
And then I spray painted our black "LEE" (or "eel" as Kiera read) on the wall...

My spray painting days have only just begun. If it ever gets warm enough to stop
snowing, I might spray paint a few things in Sophia's room too. For the first time all the furniture in our living room is the same color at least - dark brown or black. So I really like I yellow and blue. Maybe the only other thing I need is a yellow area rug for the floor.
Here is my other little decoration corner.


Tyler said...

You are turning into mom with all the crafty decorations you are making!

Jason and Lissa said...

Cute decorations! I want the plant bloom grow spring one you made. :)

Sara said...

I love how you are bringing more color into your home! It looks so cute!

Garrett and Krystal said...

Every thing looks really nice! I really liked the April project you made. And I know what you mean about needing color... :) Spring (and no snow!)is coming!

Michele said...

Oh I love all your crafts! That would be fun to teach a craft class. I haven't done crafts in such a long time. And I saw your comment on my blog, no I didn't sew Claire's dress. I wish I had! I just got it at Target. It was one of their Easter dresses.

Amanda Impett said...

Beautiful!!! I love your creativity beautiful projects.

Carson said...

I'm glad I got to see most of these crafts and decorations in person! Your "Happy Birthday" banner turned out really cute.