Saturday, March 27, 2010

Oooh, I am really behind on posting. I haven't got to do a whole lot of crafting lately, but I have been busy spring cleaning. I finished one bathroom, the laundry room and about 1/2 the kitchen.

I spent one afternoon making this boxwood wreath.

I am not very proud of it for several reasons. First I HATE HATE HATE the smell of fake boxwood! Second, even at half price at Hobby Lobby it was still $4 a bunch. It took 3 to make this and I really needed 4 (to do the inside) which makes this not an inexpensive wreath. Probably still much cheaper than Ballard and such but not cheap enough for me.

Maybe you can improve upon it. I started with a foam wreath, boxwood, and glue.

I then spread glue in small sections at a time and pushed the boxwood in.

I think that I may make another some time, only smaller.

Here is a wreath I made for the front door that I am a little more proud of. I just spray painted a grape vine wreath yellow and then tucked in some forsythia. You can't really see in the picture how yellow the wreath looks. Happy spring!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Good Enough Clean and Ready for Christmas

I find that I could spend my entire life cleaning. Everywhere I look is something else that needs to be scrubbed, dusted, wiped, sanitized...blah, blah. I constantly struggle with the inability to just let things go. You would find that statement hilarious if you were at my house right now, because it is a serious wreck. I mean bad. I was gone yesterday from morning until 11 pm and my family obviously forgot themselves. Anyhoo, the system that I try to use to calm my Mrs. Clean attitude is the "good enough" clean method. Some things just have to be cleaned daily, if not 10 times a day. The dishes have to be washed, the counters must be wiped, the floor must be swept, my bed must be made (okay this is a personal one). However, the corner where the shower door meets the shower does not have to be scrubbed. The floor underneath my fridge and cook stove do not have to be spotless. My trash cans do not have to sparkle. Oooh but I want them to. So everyday I do the things that must be done and when I notice things like the corner of the shower or the trash cans, I write them on my to do list and get to them when I can. Today, for example, I am bleaching my kitchen trash can. Alas, she shower door will have to wait. Priorties!

Enough about that little obsession. One of my other current obsessions is making Christmas gifts NOW! I have been busy making these cute little burlap bags, hopefully to hold jellies and such. I sewed the bags and added the embellishments that I just free cut and zig zag stitched on. Some are not very Christmasy - I may use them for birthdays. Have a blessed day.