Since I have effectively gone to work for two and a half days out of the last three weeks due to wonder break and snow, I have been able to decompress with a ton of crocheting. Good thing too, because evidently there is something in the school system’s water- I have two babies at my school coming up, and one at a neighboring school!
Crochet has really be my go-to for gifts lately, especially since I started seeing so many crocheted item for $1,000,000,000 at Anthropologie (that’s my, “one day when I go state or federal or become a traveling consultant and can afford” store).
For baby #1 I chose to do a blanket with a few different stitches and some bows. She’s a 7th grade Math teacher who is endlessly energetic and wonderful, but doesn’t have a ton of family around so I figured every baby needs a little blanky-
The second baby is getting some little stuffed animals. The Math mom is very into her church, and I figured he/she’d already get a blanky since the only thing churches make more of than babies, is baby blankies. I found an adorable pattern on Etsy by Madelenon. Her patterns are easy to read and turn out well!
I am finishing up for the last baby (a fellow counselor in another school), but will post as soon as I do!
To end the summer right (and keep me busy from weekend-before-return neurosis), my husband and I went on a trippy-trip to Georgetown VA. It was ah-may-zinggg. So much food, so much walking, so much to look at. Anywho, beforehand, I could tell it was time to go back to work because I was on the fast train to impulsive anxiety buying and really liked some necklaces at the Loft that I almost paid for to thing with me.
But alas! I chose self-control, and decided to go through some of my jewelry-making stash at home. REALLY glad I did, because I was able to make a bunch of necklaces exactly the same as the ones I saw! The picture is terrible, I'll try to replace it tomorrow.
Self-care is alive and well this summer while I’m off. It’s crazy how creative and motivated I am with this time off. I can feel the urge to get back into work and care mode bubbling, but I am trying to ward it off. I will either have some new additions to Etsy, maybe a flea market, or a surplus of Christmas gifts, but either way I’ve got a ton of ideas and mojo and it feels great! I’ve done some crocheted washcloths, keychains, and another scarf (with another in queue)!
Due to my recent obsession with Fixer Upper (damn you Jo and Chip! Just kidding, love you BBFFFFFFFF4evassssss!!!), I have been revamping a few things at home. Lovely, lovely weekend therapy.
First, I took a look at my fireplace and knew it needed some work. It was bad. Of course, I love the rustic Jo and Chippyness (give me shiplap everywhere!!!) and I thought that might be perfect for the middle of fireplace. I also wanted to update the brick without doing the whitewash that’s popular right now because I love the red look. Here is the before (eek)-
It’s rough. BBBUUUTTTT look at the magic of the concrete stain!
And when it fully dries it really looks nice and natural.
Now, for the added wooden amazingness. I got standard (and cheap) 2x4s and a bunch of stains. It was super fun and really easy. I just layered and sanded. I LOVED the blue tinted and white stain, but I had to go easy because my husband lacks vision (and taste, not that I’m bitter, but I am).
And voila! I added some HomeGoods goods and am super happy with the results! For my bookish friends, I am smitten with myself over my theme- I pulled from my hoarded collection of books and decorated with banned books…in the fireplace..get it?!
OK, for time and space’s sake, I’ll add my refinished side table all together. I did a little work on the glass to make it look like mercury glass (with a vinegar and mirror glass spray paint party). It doesn’t, but I felt like it wasn’t a total Pinterest Fail because I am on a roll and choosing to be loyal. Leave it alone. Then, I used some good ‘ol chalk paint and did some distressing. Basically, I’m in love and we are getting married next week.
(PS- excuse the bad pictures and whatever that little piece of paper is next to the side table in the finished picture. I’m too lazy to take it again, so focus on the Buddha if it annoys our OCD tendencies as much as it does mine.)
I did it! Two days into Snowcation 2016 I finally got it…THE SHOP IS OPEN! I’m not expecting huge results, but I am super excited that I finished a goal. Whoop whoop! This is especially true since snow days make you feel a little drugged, like I need to get my life to.ge.ther. I’m squealing, for real.
For real, it’s been amazing! A stay-cation with the kids and hubby (for half of the week), holidays, family, empty calories, and plenty of break-therapy craftiness. Note that the exclusion of lesson planning, deep and educational industry article reading, e-mail fretting, and general housework is sincere and deliberate. And it was worth it.
Two things I’m excited to continue going back to post-holiday and break unconsciousness:
My dad recently moved into a new house, and I have been waiting patiently for an excuse to make one of these to make one of these nail/string art wall-hangy-thingies for him. I finally did it! I made one for Virginia, where we live now, and one for Ohio, where he was raised and visits family often. Feels nice to have some weekend therapy, sure needed it this week…
I finally finished my bulletin board! Before break, I made a mindful and executive decision (don’t tell my admin) to finish my registrations and tie up loose ends instead of finishing my 6th grade hall bulletin board. I did, however, involve STEM in my procrastination nation, as you can see below:
Feel free to use this technology-infused intervention. I think it’s genius.
I actually love making bulletin boards. It’s a total excuse to get artsy and craftsy in the middle of a long week. Mindfulness, my dears can be productive (so are my lunches with peers where we have closed-door gossip sessions conversations about the goings ons of the day, but sometimes more is needed). So, I have been wanting to use a really cool Kindness Game idea that I found at the trusty Edutopia. I love how it gives simple ideas of how to be a good citizen, no matter where you are. Always in the field of assessing the health of the school environment, it is also a perfect way to remind students (and staff!) that we can work together to help each other and be happier throughout the day. So the finished product is…dun dun dun dun dldldldldldldld (that’s a drum roll, much more difficult to write than I thought)…
Ain’t she pretty! I laminated just about everything so I can wipe away middle-year germs and save it for later. I tweeted it (@steffschoolcoun) to Edutopia and they actually tweeted back! I geeked out.
Just as an update from my short break post, here is a view from my loom on one of the last a lazy and lovely days:
And here is one more of that cute pup, who was making us pay for leaving her behind when we traveled to see family in Ohio: