Category: Projects

Thanksgiving Place Cards (Placards?)

So ok. These things took me more time than I thought they would. The tutorials I see on Instagram are waaay quicker than it took me to do. I have a tendency to underestimate how long it takes me to do a new project.  I think this is because I’m used to being capable at the crafts I’ve done most of my life. I’m so used to being able just pick up a knitting project or sew something that I have forgotten what it’s like to have to practice something over and over.

But anyways! I did these this morning at my mom’s house and finished them just in time for dinner. Well ok, I finished the front just in time, but because I totally waited until the absolute last minute I didn’t finish doing the names on the inside like I planned. I also found those adorable pumpkins on clearance at Target and I knew they would be perfect with the little place settings.

Today I am thankful for my new little family we are growing, my family that I have been a part of my whole life, and my husband and his family that have treated me like their own. Most of all I’m thankful for Jesus Christ for saving me and loving me even though I don’t deserve it.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Hitch Goals No. 1

As an offshore wife, I live my life in the hitches that Kevin is home and when he is gone to work.  This gives me opportunity to have an ebb and flow of how inspired I am to do projects and other things around the house.  My plan is to have a new set of goals for each month and since today is the first day of November, I thought it would work out pretty well!

Yesterday marks the 30 week mark for my pregnancy.  We are now 3/4 of the way closer to meeting the newest little member of our family.  2 1/2 months.  I’m not ready.  With the first 2 babies, both of the rooms that were to be theirs were in total chaos.  There was nothing ready, but I didn’t really care.  I mean, I cared a little bit, but here’s a secret about me: I am not a project finisher.  What I mean is that I am really good at starting a project, but I have a hard time actually completing it.

I have a lot of thoughts on this subject and I think I have figured out the solution that works for me.  But I will have to talk about that some other time because I still need to sort out those thoughts.  Anyways.  On to my goals for this month.  I feel as if I am in full nesting mood and I have so much I want to do.  The best way to do this is to break the project down into manageable smaller projects and just get to work getting things crossed off my list.

Recover rocking chair.  This project is more than a “want-to,” it’s a “must-do.”  Two and a half years ago, one of the dogs chewed the padding off one of the arms on the chair.  This is a very special 30 year old chair.  And I just so happen to be 30 myself.  So yep, that makes it the chair that my parents rocked and held me in when I was a baby.  I love that I have this chair and I cannot wait to recover it to give it new life.

Paint nursery.  Finley and Eleanor are going to be sharing a room and the room Eleanor is currently in will become the new baby’s room.  Aaaaand it’s purple.  I’ve never liked the purple but I could never work up the motivation to repaint it.  Now that we are having another little boy, I have a reason to paint it.

Knit chunky baby blanket.  My cousin is having a baby girl in December and I want to knit her a pretty blanket for her out of this super soft and chunky yarn that I have.

Make Thanksgiving placards.  Including the kids, there will be a total of six of us at my mom’s for Thanksgiving this year.  This is a lot smaller group than we have had in the past, but our families getting older and growing, it’s gotten harder to get everybody together.  I am looking forward to our little Thanksgiving and making new traditions that we will hopefully have for years to come.  One thing I’ve always wanted to do is to make placards to go with the place settings.  Thanksgiving is one of my favorites.

Craft fabric pinecone ornaments.  I found the cutest fussy cut quilted ornaments on Instagram the other day.  When I shared a screenshot of them to my aunt, she told me about a set of ribbon pinecone ornaments a friend made for her.  I immediately looked that up on Pinterest and now I am obsessed.  I want to make several of them not only for myself but to give to my friends too.

Keep decluttering. Kevin and I are on this decluttering journey and while I don’t have the time or energy (or desire) to do it in one weekend or week, we have made tremendous progress in the past three months that have been working on it.

I’ve tried to keep this projects simple and straightforward because I have learned that is how I get things done best.  I tend to be an idealist when it comes to my to-do lists and project.  I have learned that if I set my project goals too big then I become overwhelmed more easily and end up quitting and not finished at all.