I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to feel the end-of-summer pressure. Or maybe it’s the end-of-the-pregnancy pressure. Either way, I feel driven to get some serious work done.
A friend recently told me that having project goals and achieving them was really helping her through a major depressive episode. “Yeah, it’ll do that,” I said. “That’s why I started WIP Wednesday in the first place.”
So depressed or not, feeling pressured or not, why not join me and Lisaleh and feel accomplished this week?
Completed (finally!): Felt number cards
Oh boy, I made this job way harder than it needed to be. But the important thing is that they’re done, and K loves laying out the numbers, tracing them with her fingers, and naming the numbers. Also, they look really pretty – I think I’ll use them as décor in the kids’ room (more on that further down). Here are some photos: Whoops, no photos, because our memory stick is full and it’s taking a while for Mr. December to upload it all. I’ll edit and post them tomorrow.
I used basic craft felt for the numbers, and some scraps of old linen for the squares. It felt pretty flimsy, so I added a layer of white denim between the linen layers to stiffen the squares a bit. Embroidering the numbers onto the linen was made a little less difficult by using a bit of fabric glue to affix them in the right position first, and by using a stabilizer fabric so that the linen wouldn’t pucker.
Bottom line: I don’t think I’ll be making felt letters anytime soon. This was a fun craft but I have bigger things to do, which brings us to…
In Progress: Kids’ room closet
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: our home is small by many families’ standards. Most of the time we’re just in the 1100 square feet that our main floor has to offer. We have three bedrooms, one of which is also a corridor to the backyard which makes me hesitant to make that someone’s bedroom (I hate the idea of walking through someone’s space to get in and out of the garden all summer). So the challenge is to make the second bedroom a room for all three kids to share.
Today Mr. December and I moved the furniture around in there to try out different arrangements. We’ve come up with a reasonable one, but storage remains an issue. Of course, there is a terribly underutilized closet in the corner, so the first order of business will be to organize the closet and make the space work harder for us.
I’m thinking of doing some cube-style storage on the bottom for shoes, sweaters, and extra diapers. Above the hanging rail I might try for more cubes to store extra sheets, towels, and baby carriers (slings, wraps, etc). It won’t be a difficult build, but I have to take the time to decide how large the cubes will be, how I’ll be storing stuff in them (boxes or not?), and then I have to buy the lumber. After that, we’re talking an hour or two, tops.
So that’s my project for this week. What’s yours?