8.29.2011

Some Scenes From The Weekend











After spending the better part of last week in a conference room in Chicago experiencing PowerPoint overload, I was seriously craving some concentrated time with my girlies + a dose of "hands-on" goodness to temper the technology overload... Luckily we had a giant "to do" list of projects for Audrey's upcoming birthday party, so there was plenty crafty stuff to keep us busy.

I started working on a centerpiece for the "cupcake table" using a branch from the backyard + some tissue paper, ribbon and embroidery thread. It's a time consuming enterprise (I'm thinking it'll take me the better part of the week to finish), but wrapping the thread around the branch is really zen, so that's a plus. And, I'm really digging the way it looks, which is usually not the case with my DIY endeavors.

We also managed to hammer out the fabric garland...actually I should say that Audrey managed to hammer out the fabric garland, as she made the whole thing 100% by herself. Huge. When she first started, I could feel myself getting all Bossy McBosserton... all "you need to cut the strips smaller" and "why did you clump all that yellow together", but then I quickly squashed my control-freak tendencies and just let her go for it. It was her gig, and she was so freakin proud, which is the whole point, yes? And for the record, her laissez-faire attitude resulted in an end-product far cooler than anything I could have made.

Other weekend highlights included lots of swimming, Bryan's (really yummy) homemade manicotti -- because nothing says 100 degree weather like a steaming pan of cheesy pasta ;-), and more necklace making (the necklace thing might be getting a little out of control...just sayin).

Hope you guys had a fantastic weekend!








I had to include the photo above that Audrey took at Sam's art show on Friday...she was tapping into her inner sartorialist.




11 comments:

Nicole said...

love the little sister pictures!

Kelly and Kelly said...

cool diy stuff - it looks great.

Elaine said...

Yay, Audrey on her creation! I never got around to commenting on your other post in which you needed to squelch your control freak tendencies. That post really got to me, because I am oftentimes the same way with my daughters when we do activities like that or cooking/baking. Now, I remember your story and remember to let it go and see what happens. And this has already led to great moments with the girls. So much so that when I asked my older daughter (3.5 years) last night what her favorite part of the day was, she responded with "staying home with you."

Amanda said...

great pictures. where do you find such great beads?

Joslyn said...

amanda
we've made some of the clay beads, others are from old necklaces i've ripped apart and from a really amazing bead/rock shop her in Dallas...

..: Curvy & Petite :.. said...

Nice idea :)




Peace & Love.
Jimely Rosas.

G said...

I've been following you for a while and you never fail to make me laugh! (Thanks for that by the way) I'm the Bossy McBosserton way too much with my 10 year old. She calls them "Nag Rays" ! I'm trying to remember to chill and let her walk her own path, create her own art, etc. Enjoy reading your stories....
G
www.foundationvintique.com

amy said...

The fabric garland is fantastic!

Megan Taylor said...

Bossy Pants! Love it xo

Pearl said...

how pretty! I just made a banner that looks like that for my sisters sweet 16 party! Take a look!


Pearl

stephanie duncan said...

a. the fabric garland looks awesome! i'm insanely jealous you get to throw a bohemian birthday after i just finished a minnie mouse extravaganza.
b. you should totally sell your necklaces! they are looking pretty amazing and i'm sure you have plenty of time to take on another full time job, right?