Mom of Many Male Youngsters

April OLW Blog Hop


Welcome to the March Blog Hop!

Unfortunately, I didn’t even begin the March prompts. I’d like to think I can do them in April or maybe May. We were suppose to set a plan forward for the month to bring us closer to our goals. This may have involved too much conscience planning for me. I mentioned last month that I have a problem seeing the finished product. I work best by adding a bit here, changing a bit there, moving this over there. When I plan too much things tend to fall apart. Or, I rebel against myself and almost refuse to do it. Ridiculous! I know, I know. I work better in the moment. So I guess that’s why I shied away from this month’s prompt.

However, that is not to say I didn’t do anything with my word in mind. I completed February’s prompt of images that remind me of flourish. Some are projects I completed in February and some are images that remind me of the word.

Other things I’ve done this month toward embracing flourish are work on our oldest boys’ room. My husband and I did some reorganization and planning to really put their room together. We asked for input from them but honestly, I think they don’t really care. Still, we have a plan in place, I’ve shopped for some of the supplies (This involved a trip to Ikea which is so far away I planned a whole weekend around it. This became a mini girls’ weekend with three of my closest friends. IT WAS LOVELY. Wish I could do it more often!) still need to get the paint and patch the walls before the Ikea purchases get put together. I’m hoping April is the month to actually DO the room. This may be a problem since April is full of Spring sports, scouting trips, and Spring break (where the whole family is going to Myrtle Beach to CHAPERONE the boys’ varsity baseball team which the oldest plays on). All that with full time work and regular stuff like laundry and cooking dinners is a bit much. We shall see how that all pans out.

With the warm weather I’ve been surveying my domain. Or rather, my yard. Taking stock. I would say I even did a little yard work but mostly I forced the children to do the yard work. Either way, the garden beds are raked out and the sticks – my God the sticks! – are picked up. Now to mulch – where does all the mulch go??? I need to plant tulips this fall and I’d like to convince the husband to get out the chainsaw and cut up all the branches in the clearing to a manageable size. I have a dream of raking a bit of the woods but I’m thinking this will not be the year that happens.

The Ikea trip has also allowed me to acquire the rest of the materials for my closet project. So that is on the table. Ha! Table! (I bought a tabletop.)

I did a couple smaller projects this month. A jewelry holder that was inspired by about a million-ish (or 7) Pinterest images. (The following are the one I actually made, not the inspiration photos.)

I started a holder for all of my ribbons to go in my craft closet. I’ve been sort of keeping up with the photo a day thing. And by sort of I mean, Not doing it and then doing a whole bunch at one time when I’m  feeling more inspired (or less lazy) and predating them. I’ve also been working on a print for above my bed. That hit a snag so it’s an ongoing thing at this point.

Oh, I almost forgot! I did something unthinkable. Really, this is HUGE for me. I bought a sewing machine. A very basic sewing machine. Now why would anyone think this is so odd? See, I have this thing. If I’m in a room with a sewing machine, I do not even have to touch it, I REPEAT: I DO NOT HAVE TO TOUCH IT, but as soon as I enter the room the thing goes haywire. The thread gets messed up or the fabric bunches or SOMETHING. I have tested this theory many times. It’s not a fluke. Me and sewing machines don’t get along. In fact, I just gave one away last year right before we moved. It had been my mom’s and it hated me. That’s the only reason I can imagine why it did the things it did.

So now you’re asking why. WHY heidi would you spend money on something that will break as soon as you open the box? Obviously I’m a freak, a glutton for punishment, a wastrel who just tosses money out the window. There is no other excuse. Or maybe I had a new theory that if I started with something good, sturdy, basic and NEW – with no one else’s energy associated with it, I could learn to use it. Maybe I could trick it into thinking that I’m okay. As long as no one else touches it. Have I mentioned I’m a bit of a freak? It’s almost killing my 13 y/o that I won’t let him try it.

So I opened it. I even used it. And? It worked! No problems whatsoever. This is not to say I’m cured. Or to say that it won’t break in the future. It is just to say that I made some VERY BASIC envelope pillow covers for some inserts I bought for the new couch. And they worked. And no, they are not perfect but they look GOOD. YAY me.

So those were my adventures for March. I guess it looks like I flourished even if I didn’t write it down first. Can’t wait to find out what the prompts are for April!

If you’re following the blog hop, CONGRATULATIONS! You have made it to the end there is one more stop, Veronica. Or if you’ve gotten lost along the way, the list is below.

Orange Gearle
Melissa S
Missus Wookie

Nihao, Cupcake! Blog

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9 Comments to

“April OLW Blog Hop”

  1. On April 1st, 2012 at 12:05 pm Missus Wookie Says:

    Gorgeous jewellry holders and I like the set of photos – I think the nicest thing about an online class is you can choose to do it as and when you have time and space. I hear you on the ‘hmm when in April?” as I have the same problem with December and March but still try and fit things in!

    Glad you had fun with your IKEA trip – went with a friend last year for whom IKEA is also a weekend trip away, seems odd to me with three so close.

  2. On April 1st, 2012 at 1:43 pm Amanda (Scrappnbee) Says:

    I think that your trip to IKEA might count as your concrete thing for flourish for the month. You are adding a flourish to your home ;). Love the way that the Feb 9-patch turned out! The pictures are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing and hope to see you next month as well! -Amanda (Scrappnbee)

  3. On April 1st, 2012 at 3:41 pm kelly Says:

    i think it’s cool that you are approaching your word in your own way! great job with all your projects that have added a flourish to your home and live! :) love, kelly

  4. On April 1st, 2012 at 8:09 pm Cynthia Says:

    I love your collage so much! And the trip to IKEA … sigh. It kind of sounds like you did Flourish this month even though you didn’t apply a specific intention. I love the jewellry holder as well; just beautiful.

  5. On April 2nd, 2012 at 5:38 am jill conyers Says:

    Your photo collage is beautiful.

    [Fitness, Health and Happiness]

  6. On April 2nd, 2012 at 4:32 pm Ruth Says:

    You know, I’ve never been to IKEA … intersting post and your photos are lovely.

  7. On April 2nd, 2012 at 9:41 pm Melissa Says:

    Yay that the sewing machine worked. And YAY for the Feb prompt photos!

  8. On April 2nd, 2012 at 11:06 pm cinback Says:

    It is evident that you are living out your word. That is more important than having an assignment completed on time! Way to go.

  9. On April 8th, 2012 at 10:29 pm Lisa Says:

    Sounds to me like you’re living your word, whether you do the ‘project’ or not! Love your projects.

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