Lazy Saturdays

Archive for November, 2012

Here’s another great and quick project to help give your home a little personality. I love collecting fun-shapes bottles and jars hor my home. My mother-in-law gave me this darling one but I couldn’t get the label off, so it needed to be covered somehow. Using cord from the craft store and a glue gun, I wrapped the bottle starting at the top and working my way to the bottom. I made sure the ends of the cord lined up on one side of the jar so that they wouldn’t show while on display. It makes a great piece for a bookshelf, a night stand or a desk! I think I may make some more of these!

Nothing fits after having Max. Nothing. Well my maternity yoga pants still do, but those don’t count. Anyway, I eventually gave in and went and spent about $20 at a thrift store and purchased some roomy button up tops and some skirts to get me thru this weird body shaped time (There’s no way you’re going to get me to try on a pair of jeans right now. No.Way.). During my mini shopping spree, I purchased this pink skirt. It has been an after-baby-wardrobe lifesaver. However, after wearing it for about a month, I realized it was the same color as Pepto Bismol. Never a good thing. And in true “Krista” style, I dyed it. The tag was worn out and I couldn’t tell what the fabric contents were, so this became a bit of a dyeing risk. But I stuck my Peptoey pink skirt in a bucket of dark brown Rit dye and was pleasantly surprised. The skirt must have been a cotton/poly blend, because not all of the fibers dyed. But I love the mauvey color I ended up with! Odds are, if you see me out and about, I will either have this skirt or my yoga pants on. I know my old clothes will eventually fit, but goodness is it hard to find things to wear after having a baby! Buuuut Mason just handed me an almond Snickers bar that I just downed while typing this. So I guess I can’t complain too much.

How to dye your clothes tutorial here.

Like my cardigan? How I made it here.

 

Did you know that many craft stores sell these amazing slabs of rubber? They are wonderful to make stamps out of! I’ve been loving easy, able to finish during nap-time, projects recently. To make, use a metal ruller and large exacto knife to cut off a chunk of the rubber. Then simply draw your desired shape on the rubber, and carve out using a small exacto knife. The rubber slices like butter, so be careful with your fingers. Start with more basic graphic images and get more complex as you get used to this. If you end up creating a stamp you love, glue the back of it to a small piece of wood and it last longer. Have fun creating your new custom graphics! Happy stamping!

So I guess I took an unplanned blog break! Life has been so much fun lately! But also a little crazy. I’m currently working on the mom/wife/self balance. I’m doing a little trial and error, but overall I’d say it’s going well. I’ve never had so much to balance at once! Some days are obviously harder than others (today being one of them), but I think I’m just barely starting to figure a few things out. I definitely have a new cleaning routine down! And living in a clean home feels soooooo good. I’m mostly trying to figure out how to squeeze a little me time in. Goodness, we all need more of that, right?! Ha! What are your life balancing tips? I’d love to hear them! And maybe steal them….