Sunday, October 4, 2009
I have been into crafts lately...well, always actually. But recently I have been more motivated to actually do a few that require more than a little effort. I am so pleased with them that I decided to share them with everyone.
First off is my wreath. I bought one plain wreath that I could experiment with...you know the kind that is just brown twigs. I made it into a springy/summery wreath a while back, but it desperately needed to be redone. I went to Hobby Lobby and found some fall leaves and berries and such and tried to put it all together one day when Koshka was sleeping. Now it does help that I have the cutest wreath hanger invented, but I am really happy with how it turned out. Pretty good for my second time ever to make a wreath!
Then there is the ottoman. This one was a bit more complex. See, we got new couches (which we love) but we hated to lose the ottoman. After realizing that we could break the set apart since it wasn't going to anyone specific, I was determined to recover the ottoman and bring it back home. I found some old fabric from one of my other undoubtedly great ideas that went wrong and made a prototype before I went to the store and bought more expensive home decor fabric. I also sewed part of the ottoman together so there wouldn't be crevases...that was hard work and I am not sure how to explain what I did really but lets just say it was very necessary and was very hard on my hands.
When Nicholas went to the Priesthood meeting last night, I headed to JoAnns. Now the fabric I wanted was $25 a yard and I needed 1 2/3 yd...nuts. I found some microsuede that would match the fabric of our new couches that wasn't home decor (so just not as thick and nice) that was $13 a yard, but on sale for $5 a yard...but they didn't have black! I went back and forth a bunch of times in the store on what to do and finally found the black microsuede by the courdroy...clearly in the wrong spot! I was so happy to find it! I got my fabric and batting and headed home. I used my dad's staple gun to affix the batting and then pinned my new fabric in place, sewed it, slipped it on and stapled it to the underside. Then I reattached the feet of the ottoman and Nick helped me bring it home. It looks so much better and we are so excited to have our ottoman back! (Above is the new ottoman...below is what it used to look like!)
I am so happy to be crafty. It brings me such joy and a great feeling of accomplishment that I can do things and make things...it makes me sad for people who don't take pride in making things or cleaning their own home or just doing things for themselves. I am so excited that one day (hopefully) this will get to be my full-time job! :)
Posted by Alex Christensen at 7:06 PM
Friday, October 2, 2009
Last weekend I was left to "hold down the studio" while all of the other staff went up to Dallas for a competition. I wasn't exactly thrilled to be working all weekend. However, my boss had tickets to the Astros game and obviously couldn't use them because they were going to be in Dallas; thus, he was looking for a new owner. I couldn't use them all- I had to work during the games Thursday and Friday nights and Sunday was church- but I could go to the Saturday evening game.
We asked my parents if they would like to go with us, and they said yes. So we picked them up and headed to Panera where we bargained that if they would get "dinner" we would get parking downtown. We ate dinner- by the way, the new BBQ Chicken Salad is fantastic- and then headed down to the game. We were within sight of the ballpark and so we started looking for parking spots. I said "How about that one?" and Nick whipped into it across a few lanes of traffic. It was a metered parking spot but the meter wasn't running so after reading a few signs to make sure we could park there, we headed to the game.
The 'stros lost to the Cincinnati Reds, but it was fun to see a game in person...TV just doesn't do sports justice. Our seats were out in right field, but in the 8th row and so we had a pretty good view. We watched until the bitter end and then headed back to see if our car was still there. It was! So not only were the tickets free, but so was the parking...and the dinner! (Disclaimer: we did buy my mom a Diet Coke in a souvenir cup at the game!)
I think I could be the best wife ever if it were my full time job. As it is right now though, I have two other jobs that consume my thoughts and time and thus I haven't been doing that stellar of a job as a wife lately. Oh I still make Nick's lunches and all, but we had just gotten lazy and I finally decided to do something about it.
Nicholas and I rarely eat dinner together at home. I work Monday nights, we eat together on Tuesdays pretty well, Wednesdays and Thursdays I am at the studio, Friday and Saturday we don't really make meal plans because it is the weekend, and Sundays we are blessed to eat dinner at my parents' home. You can see how I would justify our poor dinner schedule...really it was just poor effort on my part. So I took out the calendar (the Utah one that my grandpa gave me that is hanging in our kitchen/entryway) and started planning out our meals. I planned for one week what we were going to have every night...whether we are together or not.
This started on Monday and I think we have done a good job of it so far. I went to the store and got everything I needed for the whole week and have actually prepared meals for us to enjoy together or apart. It has been really nice. I like knowing what I am going to eat/cook and I really have loved getting regular fruits and veggies...something that doesn't always happen when it is "microwave your own burrito night".
In this whole thinking about how to be better prepared for when staying at home is my full-time job (hopefully) I decided that Nick could grow in an area or two as well. This part was largely influenced by Ben having to get Isabelle ready one morning during the Bees weekend. I decided that if Nick could practice putting my hair in a ponytail he would definitely be able to do it if we had any daughters someday. So last Sunday night I got out my brush and elastics and let Nicholas get his feet wet. He put it in a few ponytails before I asked him to do pigtails. All in all he wasn't half bad...at least for a first timer. We will definitely have to work on speed as I doubt any little girl will sit for 10 minutes to get their hair parted, but I was very impressed not only with how well he did but how willing he was to try it. One husband of the year point right there.