Witchcraft

… is sometimes what I think I should adopt so that I can claim a craft. I have so many friends who have a “craft” – whether it’s photography, knitting, sewing, baking (the list goes on). I often find myself coming up with grand ideas but not being able to bring them to fruition.

It gets worse once you’re a mom. I feel like it’s a full-time job just to care for, let alone entertain, a baby, so I’m wondering where these other moms find time to do all of these other things. Don’t get me wrong; David does his fair share. Somehow, I just end up with scrapbook paper, fabric, ribbon, glue… you name it in bags and bins in the guest room closest. Many of my friends got craftier after having children. How is that possible? A picture of Harrison isn’t enough anymore. The picture has to be well-lit and not posed. The sweater he’s wearing has to be knit. The birthday invitation handmade (it’s not by the way. I considered it and then just found a good compromise at Target. I mean, I couldn’t even find the type of sticker I wanted or the right stamp).

It’s as if having a baby brought out hidden talents (my talent was delivering Harrison naturally) or made the talents even better. Skipped me, the craft gene did :).

So while I’m busy with laundry, cleaning diapers, making food, playing with Harrison, making sure Harrison doesn’t fall and hit himself on something too many times under my watch, running errands, having a job…somehow my friends are doing many of these things and getting crafty. A lot of the times I just feel like I am good at being witchy ;).

*Witch image can be found here.

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Something Crafty: Birthday Banner

I love, love, love the Young House Love blog (did I mention I love it). When I saw their office/guest room/playroom reveal, I discovered they also blog over at Baby center. I headed over there and saw that they featured this handy-dandy how-to for the banner hanging above the Murphy bed in their room. I am totally doing this for Harrison’s birthday. I will leave a space between “Happy” and “Birthday” to switch out the birth year (1st, 2nd, 3rd…). I already purchased some paper from Michael’s (using a gift card; score!) gearing up for this project. I’ll let you know how it turns out. I’m excited about making it because it seems super simple and fabulous. I have several other ideas up my sleeve for Harrison’s 1st birthday, too, and many of the ideas are things to be carried out in subsequent years.

Daddy Knows Best…

at least for one day out of the year. Father’s Day! I already posted here about the Father’s Day craft I Harrison made for his daddy, but that wasn’t the only thing we did for David’s first Father’s Day. No, no, no. Mommy (okay, I realize I constantly do this now; referring to myself in the 3rd person, but it’s because of talking to Harrison all the time and we call each other “Mommy” and “Daddy” in front of him) couldn’t just give Daddy 🙂 some gifts and call it a day. We started the day off right with a breakfast of David’s choosing: french toast with blueberry sauce and whip cream with bacon. He was very nice about the bacon part. I thought I had “real” bacon for him and instead I just had turkey bacon. He ate it and didn’t say a word. I love him so much. After breakfast, he opened up his gifts from Harrison, the onesie and a photo album with pictures of Harrison and David from day 1. Given that I had a plethora to choose from also showed me that I’m frequently the one behind the camera. David had told me this when he mentioned how much searching he had to do for his Mother’s Day slide show, but I didn’t really see for myself until I made the photo album. Oh, and I have to say that I scored on the photo album. Shutterfly sent me an email for a free 20 page 8×10 photo album, and I had a free shipping code. That made the decision a no-brainer. Gotta love being able to give Daddy such wonderful gifts and have the added bonus of almost free for both.
My gift to David was harder to come up with. I know I could’ve given David anything and he would’ve loved it, but I really wasn’t coming up with much. I decided on a Kindle because David reads a lot (magazines, newspapers, blogs, books) and this was a way to condense them all into one nice and doesn’t-take-much-space item. This also helps with the never ending, “Why are your magazines everywhere?! I can’t escape them. They’re on the kitchen table, coffee table, our bathroom counter top…”. I was just putting extra tissue boxes in the downstairs bathroom and discovered a New Yorker from who knows how long ago under the sink. Oh, and as a side note to my lovely husband: Do not tell wife about how you read that the price of said gift went down significantly after she bought it for you. Just sayin’. Did I say how much I love my husband?

Something Crafty: Father’s Day

I decided it would be great for Harrison to give David something “homemade” for Father’s Day. I originally thought of a tie after seeing an “easy” template on Etsy, but that didn’t exactly pan out. Instead, I created a Father’s Day onesie using the idea of a freezer paper transfer from an old co-worker of mine. I was very pleased with the result, and plan on making more since I have a few more white onesies to play with.

Oh, and it looked even cuter on :).