Tuesday, September 18, 2012

So behind

I'm so behind in crafting/sewing. With the baby coming I had to move the queen guest bed out of the spare bedroom into my craft room to make room for the nursery.  This meant rearranging all of the furniture in my craft room and basically making a huge mess.  Everything is settled now but I still have a lot of stuff on my craft table.  I need to clean it off because I owe my sister a quilt for her new baby, who's actually 3 months old now, and I need to start on my own crib set.  Looking through Pinerest I get super motivated to craft and there are so many great ideas that I want to try out and modify but I just don't have the time or space.  This weekend my brother and husband will be installing a new overhead lamp in the baby's room so maybe I'll take that time to reclaim my craft table and get busy.  I can't wait to be able to sew again, it's been WAY too long!

I've also found a lot of great ideas of baby shower decorations, favors, and gifts on Pinterest that I want to try out. Would it be super lame to help my sisters plan it so I can make some of this stuff?

Friday, September 7, 2012

Baby's 1st Scrapbook

Difficulty: Moderate
I made this for my niece, I gave it to her without pictures which her mother later added.  Rather than collect memories of her first years this was one for her to use to see pictures of her family and friends.
Combined stamps, cricut cutouts, and cuttlebug embossing folders to create the 6×6 pages.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Sentimental yet digital

I am so sentimental about everything.  If someone gives me something, even if I really don’t like it, I will keep it and treasure it forever (remind me later to tell you about the Happy Birthday leaf.)  That makes shopping for me easy, the thought really is what counts for me but then it’s hard from an organizational standpoint.  What to do with all the stuff?
Well, I don’t have a good answer to that question, right now it’s a lot of decorative baskets and plastic tubs in the basement.  The more pressing question came to me this weekend as I was excavating my desk, are you supposed to keep greeting cards after the event has passed?  The sentimental side of me says, of course!  Grandma sent me that and I love her ever so much so I have to keep it.  I need to get past attaching my emotions and memories to objects.
Given that I am so geeky you’d think I would have thought of this before, but I haven’t; I scanned in all of my greeting cards.  I know lots of people recycle the cards and scrapbook with them but for me the thought of cutting the cards just breaks my heart.  Now I have a lovely folder on my computer with all of the cards I have been given for the past 3 years (it’s been a while since I’ve cleaned my desk) and I can reminisce without having to store a huge pile of cards.  It took me an hour or 2 to do, with taking breaks because it’s boring, and the pile is gone.  I don’t feel any remorse tossing the paper cards in the trash.
I try to separate my technological life from my craft room, I like doing something with my hands; creating something real, not digital.  This is one instance where I think digital is definitely the way to go.