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This Momma is Ready to Get Her Craft On!

on February 29, 2012

I know I have been absent a few days (more than a few really) and I can contribute that to two things.  First, last week I felt really at a loss of ideas of what to post on here.  I was SERIOUSLY lacking inspiration and motivation.  Second, our internet was down for a few days so even if I had something I wanted to say, I couldn’t have gotten it on here anyways.  BUT, now I am back up and running and definitely have found my inspiration.  I am so excited because I feel like I have a plan for the next few weeks.  I have some new recipes to try and then share, reviews of books I have been reading, and most exciting (for me anyways) oodles of new craft projects.

When I started this blog, I don’t think that crafting was really something I thought would be a part of it.  I have always loved crafting, but wasn’t really doing too much of it.  And then I found Pinterest (Yes, I know, you are probably tired of hearing about it) and it has given me a lot of inspiration too start being crafty again.  So last week, I went through my boards (thank you smart phones) and made a list of craft projects I wanted to do over the next few weeks as well as the supplies I needed for them.  Today, armed with my list, I ventured out to Hobby Lobby to start stocking up.

For those of you who don’t have a Hobby Lobby, it is a mecca of craftiness and home decor at usually fairly reasonable prices.  Think Michael’s or Craft 2000 if you have one of those near you.  I love going to Hobby Lobby and just wandering and I wish that was what today had been, but I had the kiddos with me which always adds a sort of chaos and rushed feeling to being there.  It went mostly well except that we were in the store way too long (my fault mostly) and we lost the boy child’s Captain America Pez dispenser.  I usually try to not let him take things in the store for this very reason, but I let him today so that he could have something to occupy him while I was trying to pick out what I needed.  Somewhere between scrapbook stuff and unfinished wood, Captain America went MIA.  I went up and down these rows 4 or 5 times before I finally gave up and moved on to another part of the store to finish up my list.  He was pretty devastated.  He was on the verge of tears and kept asking to call Gaga (my mom who lives in West Virginia while we live in Colorado and couldn’t do anything to help).  By the end of my shopping, he was so pathetic and I felt terrible for him so we went back one more time and miracle of miracles we found Captain America on one of the shelves with the wooden boxes.  I honestly don’t know what would have happened if we had had to leave that store without him.  Lesson for Mommy…find a babysitter next time you want to go to Hobby Lobby for more than one thing.

Anyways, I thought that I would give you all a little teaser of some of the craft projects coming up.  Most of them are ones that get the kids involved, but some are mommy solo as well.  I hope that when you look over this list, you get excited as well and maybe even gear up to get your own craftiness on!

  1. Calm Down Jar — an alternative and/or  supplement to time out that looks super easy and I am hoping that it helps Connor let go of some of his frustration when he just can’t quite figure out what to do with it.
  2. Painted Rocks Tic Tac Toe — every kid loves to paint rocks and Connor has just discovered a love for tic tac toe so this seems like just the thing.
  3. Handmade crayons — great way to reuse the little crayon nubs that have been collecting in a bag for the last 2 years.
  4. Chore Chart  — we set up a chore system a few weeks back so that Connor could earn money to buy things on his own (sort of) and while it is effective as just some print outs I made, I got some stuff to make it a nicer looking system as well as a little more fun for him.
  5. Weekly Menu — something nicer than a piece of paper on the fridge and I little more prominent so that my husband can’t come from work and, having eaten the same thing for lunch, get upset because I didn’t tell him what was for dinner.
  6. Hideout for the Kids — we have very limited space in our house, but I think that I may have come up with the best idea on how to give them a little reading nook/hideout.
  7. Journal Jar — I think that I may be becoming obsessed with jar crafts
  8. Fairies/Little People Home — something fun for outside that will get the kids imaginations going.
  9. Melted Crayon Canvas Art — I have seen some really cool variations out there and can’t wait to try my own.
  10. Loads of St. Patrick’s Day Crafts — this is my favorite non-major holiday and I am so excited that it falls on a Saturday this year.  Some of the crafts for this include, shamrock wands, shamrock bouquet, leprechaun spirits, and St. Patrick’s Day T-shirts.

I hope that you are as excited about forthcoming crafts as I am.  I promise there will be lots of photos and step-by-step guides after I make one so that you can make your own and learn from my mistakes.

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