Sunday, January 22, 2012

Yep, I made something

It has been a LONG long time since I was crafty for the sake of just being crafty. Not something for my business. Not something for the kids' school.  Not for holiday or birthday gifts.  Just "over indulgent hey I wanna make something funky" crafty.  As it happens every January business slows down a bit, I find time to breathe, I feel a need to write, organize, read good books, cook, and craft.  I find the need to put some me back into my life.  Now don't get me wrong, I'm the luckiest woman alive in what I get to do with my every day life - I'm home with my boys and have a career that I created and can tailor to our family needs, and have a husband who supports all of the above.  So yeah, I'm a lucky duck.  But August through December is brutal around here. Work and the boys pretty much take over and doesn't leave a lot of time for me to explore my crafty side.

So here's my latest craft.  We drink a lot of wine in this house, and with that comes lots of corks.  I save the corks in a large vase just for looks.  But I was wanting a new jewelry box (my past jewelry box was a shoebox covered with fabric), but I didn't want to pay for it.  I scoured pinterest (my new addiction) for some fun ideas and threw a few ideas together to come up with the below project which uses up some of our many corks AND creates jewelry storage as well.  I'm so happy with how it turned out, and best of all it was FREE!  Gotta love free!

Drawer (this was from the boys' dismantled train table)
Corks (lots of them)
Jenga blocks (I took 10 of them  -they'll never miss 'em)
Black paint
Glue Sticks

I first painted the drawer black.  After it dried I created a cork pattern, putting the champagne corks upright to I could hang necklaces, and the other corks were laid flat in a random pattern.  I then used the Jenga blocks to create little cubbies at the bottom of the drawer. Glued everything into place with hot glue. Turned the drawer upright and loaded up my jewelry collection. Earrings can stick into the cork or go into the little cubbies.  Necklaces and bracelets can hang from the champagne corks.  Rings can go on top or in the cubbies.  You could hang it from a wall but I just put it on a shelf in our closet.  I don't have a ton of jewelry so it doesn't take up much room - you could go with a bigger drawer if you had a lot of gems.

Forgive the quality. I just grabbed my iPhone for these captures.  Maybe this whole thing will inspire me to pay a little bit more attention to this blog vs. my business one (which is undergoing a transformation this month, too!)!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

You are unique and special and are going to become something amazing one day.

I was chatting with T on the phone the other night.  We hadn't caught up in months.  T's my Seattle BFF -  she brought me out to Seattle in 1997. She introduced me to my husband. She's the first person (after Shawn) to meet my son.  She threw me wedding and baby showers whilst very pregnant with her first two children.  She introduced me to cosmos and brie and all things sophisticated and adult.  She's the bees knees and I miss her something awful.

So anyway, after a quick catch up on each of us, T says - "So what's new with the boys? What's going on with them?"

I lamented the tantrums, the whining, the hard parts of being a mama to two little boys.  I was whiney and juvenile.

I said "How are the girls?"  She then proceeded to tell me what was special about each.  Gracie is funny and loves a good joke "Did you see the picture I sent where she's flipping off her sisters because they won't let her play with them? Where does she get that stuff?? Hysterical!"  Sydney was off on her first away from home trip and she told me how sincere and kind she is.  About Mia - "Mia loves to write stories and I don't know what it is about that girl but she's going to BE something one day I can tell."

T wasn't saying any of this to put me in my place. That is SO not her.  She was genuinely excited to tell me about her girls.  Sure, she sprinkled in a bit about sassy mouths, the one who will not give love and hugs, etc.  But overall it was just so positive and loving.

After we hung up I was struck by how negative I sounded.  About my own children.  My boys who ARE funny, and sweet, and smart and are definitely going places in this world.  I focused on the bad.  Shame on me.  T's had her share of ups and downs over the  past few years, both professionally and personally, and yet her UP is always up. She tells me she has her moments, her breakdowns, but in the 17 years that I've known her she's always been very positive and up no matter what journey life takes her on.  I admire it greatly about her.

So as I went to tuck in my boys her words stuck with me. I kissed Holden good night - he was already drowsy with sleep, but I whispered "I love you to the moon and back my little man - you are amazing and dear and I'm so glad you are in my life!" and he smiled his largest grin and rolled over into happy dreams. Jackson was still awake.  I hugged him tightly and told him "YOU are a special and unique boy, and I know you are going to do amazing things in this world. I don't know 'what' you are going to do but whatever it is it is going to be fantabulous!"  He grinned the biggest grin I'd seen in a long while.  "What do you think it will be mom?"  "Something amazing." I responded.  And with that he rolled over with a smile and went to sleep.

It was something special to see them both cheered just by words.  I always tell them good night and that I love them, but to lift them up just a bit higher brought me UP just a bit higher.  I don't think there's anything wrong with lamenting and venting about our children.  Don't get me wrong.  Parenthood is the hardest job in the world.  But I hope this realization also helps me put my boys up a little higher, whenever the opportunity arises.  A lesson learned.   hopefully one I won't forget anytime soon.  Thanks T.