Getting Crafty

I’m a big crafter and take advantage of any time off by finding fun new things to make. Last week my mom mentioned that my sister had asked her to find a tutu for my  1 1/2 year-old niece before they visit my parents next week. I told her to check it off her list, and that I would just make one for her. I’ve seen them all over Pinterest and figured they couldn’t be that hard.

My sister had no preference on colors, so I had a blast picking out colors for the tutus. Seriously, shopping for kids is so much more fun than shopping for adults. Same goes for crafting. I went a bit overboard with the tulle and decided to make 2 tutus. They were much easier to make than I thought they would have been, just a bit time consuming to cut all the tulle into strips. I’m pretty happy with the finished product and I can’t wait to see her in them!

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While I was buying the tulle, I also decided to make Sophie a cover for her crate. I’ve had towels covering it, and I figured it was time to have a cover that is less of an eyesore. All the covers I have seen in stores and online are $50+ and I knew I could make one for a fraction of that. I found a really cute pink and grey (gray?) duck cotton and whipped out a cover in no time. It looks so much better than the old towels.

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Now I’m working on my crotchet skills (or lack thereof) and attempting to make an infinity scarf before it gets cold. Then, I think I am going to make an adult sized tutu for my Halloween costume.

Closet Clean Out

Over the past few years, my weight has fluctuated drastically, and with it my clothes sizes. My closet is stuffed to the brim with clothes that no longer fit. I can’t bring myself to get rid of them because I love some of the particular pieces of clothing and I use the hope of fitting into them again one day as my motivation. However, in the meantime, my closet is full of clothes that are too big, fit just right, or are too small. I need to do a serious purge.

I’ve heard about the method of putting all the hangers in the closet the wrong way, and once you wear the item turn the hanger the right way, then after a year get rid of all the clothes on hangers that are still facing the wrong way. But that takes a year. And I pretty much know which clothes I’m not wearing already.

I found this pin on Pinterest last night when I should have been asleep (a serious problem of mine), and it helped to give me the kick in the butt I need to actually start cleaning out my closet and getting rid of stuff.

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I don’t know why I feel such an emotional attachment to some of the clothes and have had such a hard time until now getting rid of them, but I need to get over it. My closet is a disaster. Maybe it’s because some of the  stuff has never even been worn or is in brand new condition, and getting rid of it makes me feel so wasteful. I guess I could try to sell some of the items. I think I’ve seen bloggers doing that right?

Guess what I’m doing this weekend.

Crafting Binge

Crafting and creating has always been a form of therapy for me. It helps me to get out of me head and focus on something else. So there is no wonder that while I was going through the super fun withdrawal process that I also went on a crafting binge.

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I have a lot of friends that are pregnant, so I decided to make something useful that I could send them instead of something I would just stuff in a closet. I started making burp cloths and pacifier clips and was actually really happy with the results. So happy I decided to make more and put them on Etsy. I have had a Etsy store for years, but frankly haven’t had time to create anything in the past few months to put up on there. I am happy to report I have restocked the store, and not just with baby stuff – there are also fun key chains, and hand poured soy candles I love to make. I’m also in the process of knitting cabled baby blankets, but each one takes about two weeks to complete so I don’t have any up for sale yet. If you’re interest in checking out my shop, you can go here, or click “Living Lavender Shoppe” at the top of my page. You can also take 10% off any order with code “LAVENDER10″

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In the midst of my crafting binge I also ordered some washi tape. I know I am a few years late, but I have never used it. I have seen people create such adorable things with it, and I finally wanted to give it a try. Now that I have it I’m not sure what to do with it, which I why I never bought it before now. Any ideas? I think I’ve seen people use it with their Erin Condren planners and it was super cute so maybe I will try that.

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On an unrelated note, I have some Influenster invites to give out. Apparently they gave me more. If you would like one just email me at livinglavenderblog@gmail.com

Lately

This past weekend I was able to make a last minute trip home to my parent’s house for a visit while my sister, brother-in-law, and niece were visiting. I had originally planned to go earlier in the week but work put a few snags in that plan. So when I saw a small window of opportunity from Saturday to Monday, I took advantage, packed up my car, the cats, and we were on our way.

My niece is just over a year old now and she is at such a fun age. Since I only get to see her every couple months, I feel like I am missing so much. Plus, with my family spread out all over, I didn’t want to miss an opportunity when everyone would be in one place together.

It was an amazing trip. My niece now recognizes me and knows my name. When I Facetimed with my mom and sister yesterday, my nice would see me and keep going into my room to look for me and the cat. She LOVES chasing the cats, and pretty much terrifying them. Good thing they are faster than she is and can find great hiding places. My mom and I got to babysit my niece for most of the day on Sunday when the rest of the family went out on the boat. Man is she a lot of work. Of course it is easy to see how much work babies just by being around my friends and sister, but having to take care of her for 8 hours made it real. No time for yourself or to just sit and take a break. MY hat goes off to all you mothers out there.

Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of my trip home because my phone basically spent the entire time in my purse untouched so I could spend the time with my family without the distractions from my phone.

The drive home on Monday was awful because of road construction on the highway and a terrible thunder storm. I got soaked from head to toe when stopping for gas and a potty break. I could not wait to get home to Atlanta and just take a shower.

Occasionally I get te bug to start a sewing project. Late on Monday night after getting back to Atlanta, I decided I wanted to make a sleeve for my Nook Glowlight e-reader. I know if the screen gets scratched, it can mess up portions of the glow screen, so I have been wanting a case to protect it. While browsing Etsy, I saw some really cute sleeves and thought to myself “I can make that.” I perused Pinterest, found a great pattern, picked out fabric (which was the hardest part) and wala! I have my own, personalized Nook sleeve. The outer pocket is a little crooked, and I have no idea how that happened because when I basted it, it was perfectly straight, but regardless I am happy with it. Plus it cost about $6 to make instead of the expensive ones on Etsy that look identical (except for the crooked pocket of course).

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Now I’m just trying to get through the withdrawal of my old medication and get myself feeling better. It’s been a rough couple days with the withdrawals. I’ve been hyperventilating for 3 days now, and my anxiety is at a constant 8-10, but I have faith once I am done with the withdrawal process, the new medication will work. Fingers crossed!