Vincent van No

And this, my friends, is why art is best left to actual artists…

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it had potential, before I started painting on it ūüôā

Or at least those with stencils.

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what the h-e-double-popsicle-sticks?!

I’ve been avoiding coming on here because there just isn’t much to write about… but it’s not like I had a ton to write about when I decided to start the blog in the first place!¬† So here I am, hoping that if I just post something it’ll create some motivation to write more.¬† Even if it is just silly stuff.

I’m busier than I’m used to, which is both good and bad.¬† It’s bad because well, I’m not used to being busy and good because I’m not used to being busy!¬†¬†And you know, most of it isn’t even happening right now, it’s mostly the two weeks before Christmas when everything is happening.¬†But we’ve got a few appointments this week and it no matter how well I try to plan around the appointments, our schedule for the day always gets all muffed up and by the end of the night it’s pure chaos.

The PTO Polar Express event is this weekend and for some reason I’m a bit stressed out about it.¬† It’s not like I’m in charge of it or anything so there’s no real pressure on me.¬† And I know it’ll go well.¬† There are some amazing ladies who have really done an awesome job getting donations and really just working their tails off to make sure that the event is a success.¬† So all I really have to do is bake a cupcakes for the bake sale and get my craft stuff organized and ready to go.¬† Oh, and finish the snowflakes.

When I came up with the ideas for the craft tables I thought it would be fun to have the kids decorate popsicle stick snowflakes¬†that they can use as ornaments(thank you,¬†pinterest!)¬† Since most of¬†the kids are¬†pre-k and kinder¬†it just made sense for the snowflakes to be¬†assembled beforehand so all they have to do is decorate them.¬† So that means that¬†me and my¬†trusty hot glue gun have been busy gluing¬†a few hundred popsicle sticks together – and burning some fingers along the way.¬† Somebody didn’t do the math before coming up with this genius idea!¬† By the end of the week I should be able to finish up the 400 that I think we’ll need.¬† So.many.pop.sicle.sticks! It’ll be worth it though!¬† At least I hope it will!¬† We’re also doing bead and pipe cleaner ornaments¬†(pinterest¬†again).¬† The kids should be able to do these on their own, or at least with a little help, so there’s not much I need to do beforehand for these.

Other than that, it’s business as usual; laundry, cleaning, dishes, diapers,¬†coloring, building blocks,¬†all that glamorous stuff!

The notebook

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    This is my handy dandy notebook. It goes everywhere with me. I use it for shopping lists, reminder lists, a doodle pad, recipe holder, the list goes on and on. Sure I could use my phone to do all these things but there’s something about writing it down on paper that I really enjoy.

Anyway, today my notebook is acting as a sketch pad. I’m working on a craft project and before I start it I need to get a rough idea of how it’ll look first.

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That is my doodle. Clearly I don’t let a silly thing like lack of talent stand in the way between me and my crafts. And full disclosure, that is not my design. I googled paisley designs and I found a lovely design and layout that I liked and my doodle here is my replica of what I found.

This is what I plan on doing with my doodle.

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That bottle is one that I made for my sister-in-law. She was gracious enough to act like she loved my homemade creation. Have you made one of these yet? In the words of Dr. Seuss, “if you never did you should, these things are fun and fun is good.” Seriously, an easy, inexpensive and fun gift. Or you could just keep it for yourself, like I’m going to do this time ūüôā

Like all good things, I found it on Pinterest. The tutorial says to use a hot glue gun, but I know me and I know that’s not going to work. So I used puffy paint, works just as well and I am able to control the flow better and get a nicer, more detailed design. Another thing I do is after I do my first rough draft on paper, I make my design using permament marker on the bottle itself. It doesn’t show through after you paint it so no worries there. Actually, if you’re using white paint you may need a few more coats just to cover it. Once you’re satisfied with your design, take it outside and attack it with the spray paint of your choice.¬† ** UPDATE¬†Now that I’ve done this a few times I would NOT recommend using a perm. marker on your bottle as a guide unless you cover it completely with the puffy paint.¬† It wasn’t a problem for me on the bottle pictured because there wasn’t much that the puffy paint didn’t cover, but on the last one I did there was a lot of perm. marker that I didn’t cover and when I painted over it, it ran!¬† And apparently no amount of spray paint fixes this.¬† Ah well, live and learn!

Now, I wanted to show my project from beginning to end in one post. But I don’t want to give the wrong impression here. Most of the time I am not able to finish my projects in one sitting. Or one day. Sometimes, like with this project, I am only able to work on it for a few minutes at a time. To be honest I find this beyond frustrating. But that’s just where I am right now¬†in life right now. So if you’re like me, and you’re getting frustrated that your ‘simple’ project is taking longer than expected, just know that in the end it doesn’t matter if it took you one day or one week to finish. You can still get enjoyment out of doing it (even if its just a few minutes a day) and you’ll still have created something that brings a smile to your face!

So, stay tuned for progress reports!