I’m Crafting!

Ok so if you have been following over the past few months you have noticed I love to have a little controlled chaos in my world. I’m not talking about my toddlers at least today! I am someone who on average has two to five projects going on at once! So over the past few weeks I’ve started a few things and finally completed them. It may also be a case of when time does permit I’m not in the mood. So here we go!
First you may remember the old barn window I bought for $5 at a flea market this past summer well after sanding, chalk painting and adding a little chicken wire I have a great new place to hang pictures or kids artwork!

Having a little girl who as my mother says is definitely mine as her strong-willed personality at times can be challenging. Which I have now apologized to my mom for! She suggested I make her some activities to do at home or when out and about as she is very smart and loves school. So continuing to challenge her when not at school might be a good idea. So I noticed so many great quiet books being created and patterns, etc. on Pinterest! I was borrowing my cousins sewing machine so figured I mine as well try my hand at making one. Prior to making K’s Halloween costume I maybe used a sewing machine once. I am also not good at using patterns so I just ran with my own ideas. Some yes inspired by ones I had seen. By no means is the end product perfect. But what made me feel especially great about my work is when I showed S. As we looked at it she didn’t look too enthused so I said “do you like it?” She replied “Are you kidding mom, we don’t like it…We LOVE it!” This girl! Love her!
Back to my mention of the original reason I borrowed the sewing machine. The kids wanted to be Elsa and Olaf for Halloween this year. As did every kid age two to twelve! My mom rocks at sewing and S knows this. So she called grandma to create her Elsa costume. I was determined to do Olaf. I again researched patterns and ideas for inspiration. The day of Halloween I was sewing the final costume I created. Never had made one I think it turned out pretty good. He looked cute as a button! Plus I stuffed it with my felt scraps so there was no waste and he was warm as it was pretty chilly. S had her snow pants on under her dress. I also made S’s hair piece as I wasn’t about to spend twenty-five dollars on something she may or may not wear and I was sure I could whip up! This too turned out and she actually wears it all the time!
Not sure about your house but mine has packed up Halloween and started Christmas decorating! I know we are crazy. You’re thinking what about thanksgiving which I do love decorating for but if you remember a few posts ago I put all that up with my ghosts and goblin decorations. So I left some of those rustic items up but slowly moving out. My mom gave me a large wreath actually I was at their house and said I like that. Mom took it down and gave it to me! She has my dad making shadow boxes for I think every inch of free wall space they have so this freed up more room for these! Anyway, I love wood letters and so I’ve wrapped, glittered, painted and found a smaller wreath for my “O” creating NOEL! I think it turned out great and cost me $10!
Joe too has had his hand in on the crafting this week! We try to get a few family pictures when we visit Georgia as my sister-in-law is a photographer and does beautiful work. In hopes of squeezing in a few pictures at this years visit once joe heard of my idea for clothing and props he had to take it a step further! I have the family all in some type of buffalo plaid item. Would love to have a picture of the kids pulling a small pine. Joe said I will bring the ax and I want to carve a stump too. Well we have a few of these around our property so he brought one in. Shaved some bark off, carved in a “L” and took the torch to it! I will admit he is pretty creative and do think this will look great incorporated into our picture!
Last I had to quick share Joe put the siding on the garage today! We are going to use the Eco Wood product I mentioned in a previous post. We will wait until spring to add this product but I’m happy to see the siding up. Here are a few pictures.
I have one or two more things to complete this week and look forward to sharing. Until then have a great Sunday and if you had snow like we did today stay warm and safe!

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