I haven’t had much time since my beautiful boy was born to be creative, so I was super excited once I finally found myself in a position to do so. I’ve missed having space I think, and creativity makes me feel good. Baby Boy is old enough now to enjoy playing on his own a little longer (and is sometimes happy to watch his mummy create) and I have just that little bit more energy.
The first thing I turned my attention to was painting a train on my son’s toy box. I wanted to make something that he would appreciate as he grew older, as well as spice up the boring white (which is currently in our living room so we look at it every day). It was super fun, though tricky as I was painting onto gloss and my faber castell pens weren’t drying. Baby Boy was pretty happy watching me paint though, which was wonderful.
I also found a project online for a paper heart garland that I really wanted to try. The original picture that caught my eye was unfortunately not linked back to an original post, but the instructions I used are from this site and were very helpful. I completed this project during the evenings when my son was (mostly) sleeping and it really didn’t take very long. The perfect something cute to hang in our living room in place of the fairy lights which I loved but were increasing our carbon footprint just a little too much (and stretching our budget). I used slightly different lengths than the instructions tell you to. After trying several different combinations I settled on 16cm, 14cm and 12cm strips which fit well with the space I was using. I cut up pages of an old book I found at my Grandma’s house. I love that I have memories hanging up there, pages of fairy tales that my mother probably read as a child that have aged and become more beautiful with time.
Since then my son has been quite unwell with several colds, a throat infection and what I can only assume is teething, though there are no teeth visible yet (note – since writing this a couple of buds have started growing!) Over the first few days of his illness he was taking mammoth naps, and so I started working on a project for his room, and then slowly completed it over a few weeks. When I was small, my parents marked our heights on the doorframe so we could see how we had grown over the years. We can’t do that here, the house does not belong to us and there is a high probability that we will move at some point in the future – and I don’t want to lose those memories. So I have created a movable version from some wood my husband abandoned in the garage. Sadly I didn’t take progress pictures but here are some of the finished article:
The next project is going to be sewing related I can feel it. There are so many ways to reuse and recycle fabric and I am keen to learn something new. Unfortunately it will have to wait until I have acquired a sewing machine as I have never had one! I was a pretty poor sewer at school so it could well be a steep learning curve, so definitely taking my time to find a relatively good value second hand machine rather than splashing out on something new.
I’m experimenting with lots of other ways to save at the moment (having children is expensive!) More on that to follow I am sure. For now I will leave you with this photo of Baby Boy finding a creative way to eat his noodles.