I tend to have a lot of projects in process at once. I have more ideas than I do time, so sometimes I get an idea, prepare everything and then it sits for a while before I can get to it. I started the New Year with lots of ideas for new projects, goals for reorganizing my craft area, and new crafty challenges I wanted to learn. I started a ton of projects, and then in the middle of January, I went back to work as a freelance costume designer to design costumes for a wonderful little show set in 1999 Idaho.
All of the costumes needed to be distressed to look worn and dirty, so for the past few weeks, my craft area has been a distressing station. Here’s a little glimpse into what I have been up to.
When I’m crafting my goal is usually to make “pretty things” that are bright, cheerful and colorful. Distressing has been the complete opposite, and I enjoy it just as much! Sometimes I am able to find vintage or used items already distressed, but other times, like in the case of these boots pictured above, I’m starting with something new. It is an interesting process to take something new and make it look dirty, worn and lived in. My show opened this past weekend and I’m so happy with how everything turned out. Since having kiddos and staying at home, I only do a few shows here and there and it felt good to work on one!
Now that my show is open, I am ready to tackle some of those projects I started back in January! Back to bright, cheerful and colorful for the time being! Here are a few of the projects I have in-process and a look at some of the fun posts I have coming up!
Aren’t these fabrics fun!? I purchased these right after Christmas and can’t wait to get sewing! My kids are having a “color” party in a couple weeks to celebrate both of their birthdays and these will be used for the party and a new birthday dress for my daughter.
Since getting my Cricut machine for Christmas, I have been playing around with creating my own SVG cut files. Some of my most popular projects are getting updated with new patterns and new SVG cut files! These little purses are a breeze to put together with a cutting machine. This post will be coming soon :)
Continuing on my mission to create a pillow wreath for each month, I started working on a St. Patrick’s Day Pillow Wreath. I started this in December with the goal of making one for myself and gifting a second one. I got everything cut out before running out of time to finish. I’m hoping to get this done before St. Patrick’s Day – but if not, it will be ready for next year!
We celebrated my daughter’s 2nd birthday in February. As a huge fan of Minnie Mouse, my daughter was thrilled to wake up to Minnie decorations and a party hat! They were so fun to make and I’ll be sharing the tutorials soon!
This adorable little fox doll is one of three dolls we gifted my daughter for Christmas. I made a fox and cat, and my mom made a bunny. They turned out so adorable. I’ll be sharing the pattern we used and all three dolls soon!
One of my goals for this year is to step up my “homeschool preschool”. I started the new year trying out a monthly theme. We started with “Wild Animals”. The kids have loved having a theme to all of our activities and exercises and it has really helped me focus. I am easily overwhelmed with all of the activities I find online and Pinterest, and a theme has helped me to choose our crafts and activities. It has also helped me find some amazing books at the library I may not have picked out if it weren’t for the theme.
The biggest project I started in the New Year has been reorganizing and remodeling my craft area! We replaced all of the old, mismatched furniture I was using from college with new pieces that work better together. My craft area is in a very visible place of our home and this was definitely overdo. I had to stop midway to work on my show and I’m excited to finish the space up!
So there is a little update! I have even more projects in process than I’ve shown and can’t wait to start sharing everything :)