Tuesday, November 18, 2008

a wee bit of craftiness

Since being pregnant, I feel like any and all of my creativity just disappeared. Like those pregnancy hormones took whatever creative brain cells I had and made them their tiny little hostages. And if one or two of those creative brain cells happened to escape the evil hormones and present me with an actual creative idea, well then, as it turns out I was too tired and didn't have the energy to take that good idea and do anything with it. Poor little brain cells. All that effort for nothing.

Lately however, dare I say it, I am having a slight return to creativity. Add to this the extra bit of energy I've found in the past month or so, and it looks like I may actually accomplish a few things! I've made out lists of projects and craft ideas in my little list journal, and slowly but surely am striving to check them off before this baby of ours arrives. I've really missed the part of me that is crafty and creative, so I hope this lasts.

One little thing I created last week was part of a gift for my beautiful friend Kourtni, whose baby shower for her soon-to-arrive daughter Genevieve was held on Thursday. My original intent was to sew her something cute, but I decided to be realistic and not attempt it-- my sewing skills still leave MUCH to be desired, something I am trying to work on. Also, Kourtni's mom is an AMAZING seamstress and creates the most beautiful baby bedding you may ever see, so I must admit to being slightly intimidated by that. :)

So, anyway, I came up with this picture for the girls' room instead:
Juliet (Kourtni's other daughter who is Emma's age) and Genevieve are going to share a room, and it is decorated so cute, in pink and zebra print. So girly and fabulous! It was quite fun using those colors to create something. This is in a 9x12 inch frame, just to give you a proper idea of the size. It's nothing too fancy, just papers and stickers and rick-rack, but I was pleased with how it came out. I especially loved this little heart/key sticker I found in a pack at Michael's (oh how I love Michael's...). I added the J and the G to symbolize that sisterly closeness. Cute, right?
The only way in which Michael's let me down is that they simply did NOT have zebra-print paper. I scoured that store high and low, but no zebra print. I knew I wanted that for the background, so I did what any dedicated crafter would do: came home and drew my own on a blank sheet of paper while watching Top Chef with my husband. I have to say, I'm kind of glad I ended up having to do that, because it made me feel even more accomplished and creative! And I'll take whatever feelings of accomplishment I can get these days. :)

I am SO EXCITED for Genevieve to get here...!!

In other crafty news, all I can tell you is that I bought two gallons of Adriatic Mist and one gallon of Jamaica Bay for a MAJOR project that I've been wanting to do for well over a year now. You will get to see those results, I promise!
One final tidbit that has nothing to do with being creative or crafty, but it certainly bears telling:



Emma and Annabelle got brand-new bunkbeds! And they are quite excited about that fact, in case you couldn't tell.

18 comments:

oh hello friend said...

ohmigosh, tooooo adorable. lol, what is with little kids and bunk beds? i loved bunk beds when i was little. but mine was ghetto, yours is so cute.

hurray for creativity! so glad you were able to make something, and it turned out so lovely! oo love the paint colors you chose, blues are so great. can't wait to see what you paint with it!

Kourtni said...

YAY! My picture! Well... my girls' picture. hehe. I loooove it. It is already hung on the wall and Juliet likes to point out daily hers and Genevieve's initials. ;) I didn't know you made the zebra background! Now I'm more impressed than I was before!!!! And I was very impressed before. hehe.
Love the paint colors and the new bunk beds! They are so girly and sweet!

Lisa said...

Those are the cutest bunk beds I've ever seen. We had the ugliest ones growing up.

Megan said...

You used the word "wee" in your title! I love it! Wow. I bet Kourtni LOVED the wall hanging you made for her. It is perfect and personalized. Now I see why our Moms got so excited about the hand-made stuff their friends made for us! The girls' bedroom is beautiful, ESPECIALLY those bunk beds!

Steph said...

Those bunk beds are WOW adorable. And I can't wait to see what the Adriatic Mist and Jamaica Bay are for....

Sunny said...

You are always very creative! I am really impressed that you made the zebra print paper! That is really cool. Hmmm, my guess is you're going to paint the spare bedroom and make it a nursery for the little girl you've got growing in your tummy. I can't wait to see whatever it is you're painting. I love the bunkbeds. I think my boys would love something like that!

Band of Brothers said...

Yay for return to craftiness! The picture is so cute!

I have lots of ideas and no energy. Boo. I fall asleep and take the longest naps known to mankind. And then I wake up feeling worse. I can't wait to get energy back.

Band of Brothers said...

oh and I can't believe you got bunkbeds!!! Great way to save on space. It is really cute, too. I am too chicken for bunkbeds. I was on the top bunk as a kid and always had to whiz in the middle of the night. I'm afraid Finn inherited my small bladder:( It really is a shame for me though, because we are quickly running out of room over here!

Jerusha Abigail said...

oh, CUTE picture there! and i'm totally impressed that you drew that zebra print, i have zero skills in that area.
your bunkbed is super adorable! i love how excited the girls look in it too!

Tristan said...

Wow..that picture is so cute!! The zebra print looks amazing! Oh, and those precious little girl..tooooo cute!!

*CPA* Su said...

You MADE the zebra paper?!?!?!?! UMMMM-WOW! So very cute! The whole thing is cute. Love how you added their initials too! Can't wait to see what you have up those painting sleeves of yours! ;-) And YAY for bunk beds. I never had them, but always wanted them!

Lydia said...

I know what the paint is for!! lol
ok those bunk bed compared to our ugly brown ones are super adorable!
Yay for being creative!

sarah marie p said...

Those bunk beds are too cute! Love em!

And that frame is adorable -- The J and G were the perfect touch!

lorieloo said...

I'm dying over the bunk bed! OMIGOSH so cute!

I'm SO impressed you did the zebra all by yourself! seriously! bravo to you!

um, look at your paint sample again, I'm about 95% positive that the top color, "Ice Cube" is the exact color of our nursery=)

and when are we hanging out????

Ashley said...

awww. look at those girls in their bunkbed. soo cute!! i remember when I got a bunkbed, it was pretty much the coolest thing EVER! :)

Britt said...

Yay for craftiness! That frame is adorable. I am super-impressed with Michael's Scrapbooking Section, but your hand-striped paper is way better. Too cute.

Paulette said...

SO CUTE! I am way impressed with your craftiness! I cannot create things, only copy. :(

wishcake said...

Can I just say how much I adore how you decorated the girls' room? Greatest colors ever! I'd sleep in that bunk bed, I like it that much. Heehee.

And the frame is just perfect - lovely job! It's so special to have those one-of-a-kind touches around your home. :)