Friday, January 27, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Projects 1-4

I want to share some pics of my latest projects but I had to start off with these cute pics of my girls being creative.

 Fancy crown!

So here are my first projects of the year!

First up, this awesome pillow, inspired by an Anthropologie one, designed by my mom.  Isn't it awesome!  A great way to use up some scraps.

A few more pillows added to the mix, one already enjoyed by Elyse (I'll admit, I picked the fabric of this one but my mom actually put the pillows together for me...isn't she great!)

A new wreath for the front door:

A book of the this year's Christmas cards.  Cover from here.

And I recovered this $5 clearance lampshade with some new fabric.  I love the change (as long as the light is off...otherwise the design shines through!)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

My Word for the year-Balance

Several bloggers I've read in the past few weeks have decided to come up with a word to describe their aspirations for the year.  I thought it would be cool to do the same but nothing came to me and I just let the thought rest in my mind.

That was until Wednesday, when as I lay exhausted on the couch, my word jumped right into my head.

For me, my word is balance.

Wednesday had very little balance for me.  I started the year and this month with many projects and plans running through my head.  My list from a few weeks ago speaks to this.  Last Wednesday, among the comings and goings of a normal day, I planned on cleaning and organizing the entire pantry along with rescuing the mess that was Elyse's room.  That might not sound like much, but along with all those tasks, I needed to take care of two girls, make meals, do my classwork.  Elyse is officially done with naps and hung out with me the entire day.

So I was busy.  And tired.  Everything I set out to do had been accomplished but I was spent.

I woke up on Thursday with the notion of balance in my mind and experienced a much smoother day.  I kept my self imposed chore list short.  I decided our new plan for nap time was for Elyse to hang in her room for an hour and then watch a short show (the super-mom of the day before was determined to keep the TV off in the afternoon).  I had time to myself.  We got dinner from Chik-Fil-A.  The day was much easier.

And when bedtime came, I certainly was tired but not emotionally exhausted.

So in finding balance, I plan to:
-Exercise most mornings but sleep in guilt free when my body needs it
-Find time everyday to just sit and be
-Keep my "to-do" list for the day short and doable (and let things go when they just don't get done)
-Keep our babysitter coming over each week so I have time to get my work done
-Drink a green smoothie in the morning and enjoy guilt free chocolate when I want
-Spend time with both my little girls and my grown-up girlfriends
-Complete my crafty "projects" but only when it's fun, not out of obligation

I think this focus will make for a more enjoyable 2012!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Year in a Jar

Last year, I was inspired to create "a year in a jar."  It's a simple idea.  You leave a jar near the front door as a place to deposit little tokens from the year.

I'm so glad we did it.  It was easy and gave us a place to put those little things that we don't really want to get rid of but really have no where to put.

Here are some of the things we found in last year's jar:
-Fancy-Nancy play ring
-Photo strip from the zoo
-Movie stub from Bridesmaids
-A button from our Mommy and Me preschool graduation
-Last year's Legoland pass
-Our place cards from the Marine Corps Ball
-My metal from the Carlsbad 1/2 Marathon
-A stamp card from the Straw Maze at the pumpkin patch
-"ID cards" created from the machines at Chuck-E-Cheese
-My ticket from the Long Beach International Quilt Festival
-A mini Polaroid of us in our Halloween costumes

I've created another one this year.  I learned the hard way to get a plastic jar, as last year's glass one got handled and broken by little fingers.  My hope is to someday have a whole bookshelf containing many, many, memories.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Wednesday, January 4, 2012