Friday, December 14, 2012

a touch of rustic Christmas

I must start this post out with a soul bearing, deep digging confession.... I love Pinterest. 
There, it's out there and I'm feeling a little vulnerable. Oh for the day that my mind was not bombarded with so much craftiness, creativity and clever DIYer's. But there's no turning back now folks. The local craft stores must know me by first name now, and surely their investors should too! My new laundry/craft room is happy though, for her essence is always brimming of flying scraps of fabric, the hum of my sewing machine or the smell of the ole' hot glue gun burning long into the night.

I joke with hubby about it being my lab. More times than not the project at hand is most always an "experiment" and if it actually turns out to be of something cute or out Pinterest! That's where the confession comes into play. I see a pin, become intrigued, and set my mind to figuring out how to make it or alter it in some way. Every fiber of my brain is sizzling and I can't stop it until there are scissors or a glue gun in hand. Maybe they have a "Pinterest support group" for people like me!

Now let me justify myself a little. ( or present to you my excuses). In all my pinteresty inspired lab projects I've discovered something about myself, that has come as a bit of a revelation. I've maybe always known I was a bit of an artsy kind of person, but more than that, "creating" something with my hands is an outlet of "who I am" that clears my mind, relaxes me and is rewarding by way of sense of accomplishment. Being a stay-at-home mother is satisfying and a blessing in so many ways, but I've discovered finding an"outlet" for tapping into what God wove into my being by way of talent or even personality makes me a better mother and wife. Finding a little time in the day when the boys are napping, or even having them along side me snipping, stamping, or gluing gets me through my day with just a little more joy!

And then the holidays made their entrance. Oh glorious Pin happy, gift wrapping, day in and day out of crafting & decorating. It sure takes the gloom off those foggy cold days, when everyone is sniffing and coughing and feeling cooped up! I like to take the elements of nature and throw in a little sparkle for a cheap easy theme! It's fun for the kids to go outside and find things for our project too.

So tell me, what keeps you sane or brings a bit more joy to your crazy, hectic holiday schedules?....


  1. Oh my favorite is eating my lunch (a yummy lunch!) all by myself & watching a favorite show. This usually doesn't happen until 2:00 while the kiddos are asleep, but it's oh so worth it!

  2. Oh I hear you! I love to create things! The first year we homeschooled all I did for the first few days of school was - school.
    On Thursday afternoon that week I sent them all outside, breathed a huge sigh of relief and sat down at my sewing machine! I just have to sew and create and craft and blog and...
    It's part of who I am and I'm a better mom, wife, and person when I do these things. I do have to be careful because I can become too wrapped up in those things and forget for awhile that there are kids and a hubby who want fed and clothed!
    Another thing that keeps me sane and happy is when my house is in order - which doesn't happen as much as I'd like but I have learned that I have to make the time to clean up and rearrange and redecorate so I feel peaceful about it all!
    Merry Christmas!


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