First of all, thank you for the birthday wishes for my Dad. I know it brightened his day. We had dinner with Mom, Dad, Aunt Mary and Dave on Friday night to celebrate. Mom had a good night and was able to sit at the table and visit all evening. Our house is full of steps, but she managed just fine. Tom and I had the most unscheduled weekend in a long time, so we both worked on lots of projects and had time to just relax and hang out. We went to Chad (Jared’s college friend and soccer teammate) and Emily’s wedding Saturday evening and then met Kirby, Amber and Addie and took some tummy shots. Yesterday, Tom and I took a drive to the cemetery in the country where my Gramps and Grams were laid to rest. I know that this is the place that their earthly bodies were last placed, but I know that their spirits aren’t there….so although it’s a way to honor their lives, I’m not one who puts a lot into cemetery visits. It’s more a matter of tradition and nostalgia for me.
At church on Sunday, Pastor acknowledged the veterans, which I think is hugely important. There is one elderly man in our congregation who ALWAYS personally thanks Tom for his service after the Memorial Day and/or Veteran’s Day services. So sweet. I am moved to tears when all of the veterans from all generations stand and are honored in this way. I do think that the active military families should be standing up and honored as well.
So today, it’s on to a light-hearted *b* list. For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to make things. For many years, the things that I made were not necessarily made with great workmanship, but I always had the desire to make things. As I continued to try many different avenues to find the right fit for my creativity, I narrowed it down and finely found my niche. I have taken many classes over the years, but I am much more a self-made crafter. I can’t tell you how many patterns I bought, thinking that I could figure things out. One thing that I know for sure, is that with the internet came an abundance of learning opportunities that just weren’t available previously. I am so glad that there are many talented people who are willing to share their secrets and give us step by step instructions on how to successfully make things. I have saved so many tutorials over the years. I’ve only actually made a small percentage of the projects that I have saved, but I have quite a list of ideas when the urge hits. Many of the projects I’ll be listing have been around for quite a few years, but they are still worthy in my opinion, so although this list may not be super cutting edge, they are without a doubt classics.
*b* list of favorite DIY projects
- DIY Fabric Poms. Oh how I swoon when I look at the images of these gorgeous poms. I’ve been saving fabric bits and I know that some day I will make the time to make these beauties. Maybe a party or special occasion will spur me on?
- DIY Fabric Flowers by Michonne. Gorgeousness. Love the bits of tulle that can be tucked in to these lovelies.
- Make Your Own Wreath. I saved this link a long time ago, but this is one that I’m certain that I will use. I have searched for a specific wreath that I want for years and have never found one that I can justify spending the cash on, so I will eventually make it for much less using this tut.
- Get your layouts in an album. Paislee Press is the best at motivating me to get simple things done and done beautifully. I find constant inspiration on her blog.
- Ruffle Pillow How-to. Again, nothing really fresh and new, but definitely worthy of making. I find that making custom decor is so fulfilling, because you can get just the color or look that you want without shopping for months for a specific piece.
- Rolled Rosette Pillow. I’ve been saving t-shirts for this. One of those perfect for watching a movie or two, mindless, but time-consuming projects.
- Chevron Pillow Tut. I’m pretty sure that I won’t go to this much trouble to have chevron in my life, but it sure is pretty.
- Envelope Tut by the Pink Couch. Everything she touches turns into something beautiful.
- DIY Almost No Sew Ruffle Purse. I think I might be able to pull this off!
- Chevron Painted Rug. Now that I’ve purchased the UA chevron rug, I probably won’t do this, but I think it’s brilliant, like pretty much everything Shelly from The House of Smith’s does.
- Chevron Bunting. The talented Shelly (above) linked this project and I think I may just have to go out and buy a Silhouette just so I can make this!
- Baby Onesie. This is one that I actually have used! I made Eli several and gave them to Beth at her baby shower.
They didn’t fit for long, but they were cute for a time : )
- Pattern Paper Deer Head. I almost tried this for my bagel Christmas gift this past year, but I didn’t get it together. I think it would be adorable, so maybe someday?
- Napkin Tutorial. I’ve been known to make napkins for a tea party, minutes before guests arrive in the past. They did not look like Heather’s. Next time, I’ll try to think ahead.
- Ruffled Jacket. Ashley Ann-oh how you inspire me. So simple, yet seriously freaking cute.
- Ruffled Tank. I would like to think that I could do this.
- Yarn Wreath. I want to do this and I think I just need to put it on my to-do list NOW.
- Coffee Filter Wreath. This would be a fun gift to give.
- DIY Minature Flower Garland. Fun and festive for a special event.
- The White Bench Tutorials. I think it’s so generous of her to share so many different projects.
I think there are many artists and crafters who are so generous to share their secrets. I hope to always honor them by giving them credit when I use their ideas.
I would also like to share a link to a special post today on my friend Shimelle’s blog: Scrapping with Girl Power and helping the Because I’m a Girl Campaign.
I think I gave you enough links today to keep you busy
I do have some sweet photos of a sweet boy named Henry to share also. Have I mentioned that I love the name Henry? Well, I do.
He actually avoided the puddle until we gave him a little encouragment.
I could have added in small print, “and I’m too busy to slow down for a photo”. I had lots of fun capturing him as the healthy active baby boy that he is.
He has cute parents too.
We had a beautiful evening to document Henry’s 1st year!
Time to get out and run, since I missed my run yesterday. I was afraid I would blow away in the horrible strong wind.
God bless your day!