You're probably wondering what's up with this blog. And if you're not you should be. I mean, don't you think it's narcissistic the way I take pictures of every little thing I make, and then post pictures and go on an on about how I made it, what went wrong, where I go the fabric, and how much my floor needs mopping? (Actually, I try not to mention that last one. Maybe if I don't point it out, you won't notice. Right?)
And you're right. Blogging is a pretty self-indulgent hobby, and I admit I crave comments like a junkie, refreshing every few minutes until I get my fix (which usually comes from Peanut). (Thanks Peanut!) Compliment fishing aside, though, this really is about me keeping track. I keep track of what I've done, what I've learned, and how I did it, so I can do it again if I want to. I can't tell you how many times I've made something and given it away without taking a picture, only to regret it later. (Actually, I probably can tell you how many times I've done that. THAT'S how much I regret it!)
I also keep track because maybe someday I might want to do something bigger with all this -- start a shop or get a job or something -- and a portfolio could really come in handy. And I keep track because making and giving gifts is part of how I connect with people. Thinking of the thing I made for you makes me think of you. And I like you. So there.
In between all the keeping track, if you find something that's helpful or inspiring or funny, well, I don't mind that one bit. Feel free to tell me all about it, right down there in the comments. Really. Feel. Free.
In the meantime, I got myself a little behind in the keeping-track department. So here's are a project from way back in September. It was quick and easy, and you should totally make one. (For someone I don't know, of course. Cause we don't want to show up with the same gift. Awkward!)
It's a pampering kit for my friend, Kalie, who has 3 kids under 4, and really really deserves all the pampering she can get.
I covered a composition notebook with pretty fabric, and made a matching eye mask (based on this tutorial) and hot/cold pack (like this one, sort of).
Then I wrapped it up in a pretty box with a package of ear plugs and a scented candle, and took it to Kalie's "Pampering Shower" (where you bring diapers or something to spoil the mom).
I think the notebook is my favorite part. Since I happened to get a whole stack of composition notebooks for 10 cents each during back to school season, I whipped up another one for another friend's birthday a few days later.
I haven't started mass production yet, but it's really only a matter of time.