Trying hard to get some of my enthusiasm back right now. Nothing big or bad happening in our life just feeling hard-hit with a case of the blahs. Looking in every nook and cranny for a sign of my enthusiasm.
Seems as though it has been rather elusive for most of this month.
Going to try and take the lead from my daughter Emma, who does nothing without enthusiasm (except exiting somewhere before she is ready), and this quote:
"Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic"- Dale Carnegie
As Valentine's Day draws near I decided to try making this fun felt heart wreath found here @ eighteen25
You will need a foam, heart shaped wreath (found this 12" wreath at JoAnn Fabrics for $2 after using a 50% off coupon,) a box of straight pins, and red felt. I didn't have time to pick up fabric by the yard before starting and instead bought small sheets of felt- I ended up using 18 sheets I had bought on sale 6/$1 but this would have been easier to do with a large piece of felt (I believe I would have wasted less fabric). One of the things I love about this kind of project is that it is something for me to do with my hands while watching a movie (I am not a great sit still kind of movie watcher).I cut my circles by hand using a can of beans as a template (each circle was just over 3 inches across)- at last count I ended up cutting around 165 circles to complete my 12" wreath:Each circle needs to be folded in half:Then folded in half again:Push a straight pin through the bottom of your folded circle to hold folds together and push into foam wreath:As you begin to cluster the felt "roses" together you can see your final project taking form:Had to take a lunch break, here it is about 2/3 of the way through:This really looks even more lush and lovely in person and now I have a few other projects I would love to try using this technique.
Big Salads:My time away last weekend spent laughing and crafting with 3 awesome friends:My first ever Project Life:Soup of the week (it was Turkey Chili last week, Chicken Soup tonight):Even the smallest signs of Spring:
The Robe. A present from Grandma and Papa this past Christmas in Ben's favorite color, blue. The Robe is warm and cozy and made of the softest fleece. Every morning Ben comes down the hall wearing the Robe. The Robe goes over his clothes as soon as he returns home from school. With temperatures dipping into the 20's at night Ben has been wearing the Robe over his pajamas at night.
And apparently the Robe even takes a little of the sting out of working on his homework, too.