Thanks for the kind emails and thoughts on family business, you guys. I’m just going day by day and doing what I can to focus on bright spots as well. ….Which is why I’m posting on some crafting even though I guess the month isn’t quite over yet.
I’m really happy with the way this little car cozy turned out.
I used this tutorial at Homemade by Jill to make this for Jude. We already used it the other day at the pediatrician’s office as we waited for our well-check appointment, and I know it’ll be useful in all kinds of waiting situations like restaurants or appointments. It rolls up compactly to be thrown in a purse or diaper bag.
Halfway through the project I discovered I was out of black thread, but I wanted to press on so I just continued with what I have since it’s made from an old cut-up pair of Scott’s jeans and contains a few mistakes anyhow. It definitely looks homemade, but I love it, and Jude adores his tiny Hot Wheels cars, so it’s nice to make a cozy little home for them. On a side note, I think it would make a perfect birthday gift for boys of all ages, so it will be tempting not to make this for every little boy I know!
I also worked on Jude’s second year album, and I decided to focus on his increasing interest in all things “boy” – bugs, dirt, tractors, motors, wheels……
I can’t deny that I loved the opportunity to use a favorite Mark Twain quote, and Jude has been obsessed with tractors and basically any moving vehicles lately, so I included some photos of him with my uncle’s four wheeler and my grandad’s tractor. The Gender Studies minor in me hates to say things like this, but he really is “all boy” in the traditional sense. It’s so funny to watch in contrast to all my frilly nieces.
Lastly, there’s also another BIG project that I finished this month. A long time ago, I told you about the year-long photo project I was in the midst of, and May 18 marked the date I began. Unfortunately, my Project 365 morphed in to a Project 313 since I left out a few days, but I essentially took a simple photo almost everyday to document my first year home with Jude. I’m happy I did it, but I’m also happy it’s over. I found that taking the photo was the easy part, but remembering to upload it, label it, etc. was a pain at times and didn’t always happen. Nevertheless, we began one year ago with this shot
And finished with an attempted replication that went a little differently with a wiggly toddler, so this was all I got
Even though this was tedious at times, I’m really happy to have one year documented like this. Most importantly, I think it inspired me to experiment with my camera and get snapshots of everyday life. And of course just to keep taking pictures and know that every once in a while, something good pops up if you keep snapping the camera. The traditional “rules” of the project were to include yourself in the photos, set the camera on your own, and upload to a Flickr group. In the beginning, I tried to follow the those rules, but as usual, I threw out the rules eventually and just focused on finishing – hopefully with some creativity every now and then. I’m not kidding that one year ago, I didn’t even know where the self-timer button was on my camera, and I always just shot in “auto” mode! I’m not a perfect photographer, but I can surely say I learned a lot by doing this. Here are a few of my favorites from the project.
I think I’ll take a break from an organized photo project, but I might start a photo-a-day attempt again for next year in January of 2012. We’ll see. Either way, I’ll be snapping pictures even if I never upload. So that’s my crafting round-up for the month. Somehow stress makes me craft and cook more. Does that happen to anyone else? It feels good to be busy. June will bring more knitting (almost complete on a secret project!) and more sewing and some scrapbooking.