Winter Blahs

15 02 2011

I officially have the winter blahs.  I have no energy or motivation to tackle big projects.  These days the mundane has taken over… I finished Big Project #1: our taxes.  Now I was going to work on Big Project #2: our annual photo book.  Since the kids were born we have been making an annual book with highlights from the year, since all our pictures are digital and we never get prints of them.  It’s a huge project (especially with my computer on the fritz), we have thousands and thousands of pictures, and I was going to work on it tonight, but it’s already time to give up for the day.  By the time the dishes are done, the laundry is run, the kitchen’s cleaned up, the toys put away (OK, some tv watched too), there is just no time for the big projects.  I thought instead I would quickly post some of the things we have been up to. 

For the Chinese new year, the boys an I did some ink wash paintings, an idea I saw (as usual) on the Crafty Crow.  I did a rabbit and BB did his best to imitate it.  Below is my rabbit, then sequentially the 3 that he did. 

01 January

In my head I call them “Monkey”, “Evil Duck”, and “Almost a bunny”. 

I love the way they look up on the wall.  When we took down the Christmas cards, the wall looked so empty.  My husband is actually the one who suggested leaving up the string and clothespins and just hanging the kids’ art.  It’s a great idea!  Things on the fridge get knocked down all the time, so this gives us a nice way to put up their drawings and paintings. 


The only project I have checked off my list is a weekly calendar.  It’s something I have wanted for a long, long time.  I bought several dry erase boards but could never get the setup quite right, and I wanted something easy and visual to have up for BB to see what was going on this week.  It’s not perfect but fortunately I am not a perfectionist. 


I wish I had a “before” picture, but essentially it’s 2 dry erase boards from Walmart with the frames ripped off, then I hot glued supports across the top and bottom (hence the bumpiness of the frame), and also in 3 places on the back.  I kept on gluing and hot glued fabric around the edges to hide the cheap cardboard.  Then I used a sharpie to make the days.  I made magnets using promotional magnets we had on the fridge just by mod-podging on pictures I found. 


Also not perfect.  Everything I’ve ever mod-podged is a lumpy mess.  But that’s OK because BB knows what they are, and that’s what matters.  I made 2 for the Y to denote preschool days for BB, then a birthday party, and various ones for places we often go.  I even did one with my parents so I can mark when they are coming… that’s a big event for us!

Other than that, I have been reading like crazy.  I took a book on vacation and just haven’t stopped since.  It’s a great winter activity so I don’t fight it.  Besides, it’s good for my kids to see me reading, right?  With my computer in its declining years and semi-retired to the top of the TV for the purposes of streaming Netflix, I have been way behind in my blog reading, which is probably a big part of why I can’t get up the motivation to sew anything… looking at other people’s work is always a big inspiration.  That may continue for the indefinite future, but I do have hopes of using up my fabric stash before we move (about 15 months), so at least I have a goal, maybe something will come of that deadline!




One response

28 02 2011

I love the idea of a picture calendar..especially the magnet that announces our visit 🙂

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