. . . Any of it! But I'm glad I did!
By the time I got off work tonight, I was beat! This is the third week of what's been a somewhat stressful, continuous stream of deadline projects. All I wanted to do was go home and veg out on the couch. Or maybe, if I was feeling energetic, I could hang out in the Sweat Shop and do a little applique. But . . .
Last night, I was looking at the holiday craft magazine I showed you and they had some pretty good directions for crafting paper mache figures and such. I love paper mache figures and have wanted to learn the process for the last couple years. So, this was my chance--all I had to do was stop by Michael's and buy a bag of paper mache medium and a palette knife.
Yep, I didn't really want to go shopping, but I made myself. And it was fun! And I found a few other things--of course! My pile of fall decorating "stuff" has grown a little.
And as I was walking past the aisle with the wooden letters, I thought back to last Christmas and my "Holly Jolly" letters--wouldn't it be fun to make some for Autumn? Yes, I think it would!
So that's one project on the agenda for the weekend. I also saw this Halloween garland. Last year I saw Halloween garlands on the blogs of several talented gals and wished I had time to try to make one myself. Time never materialized. Luckily, Martha Stewart came to my rescue this year. Now I'll have a Halloween garland too!
Good old Martha also had those clever cut outs of mice and mouse holes you see above. They had to come home with me too. Martha had spiders, but nope, I passed those up! ICK! But I found this magazine at Michael's--
Not only did I see an advertisement for Martha's mice in there, but this magazine has patterns you can enlarge to make your own. The mice are something new this year--something cute and unexpected, I think. Check out the magazine for some more fun Halloween ideas--or you may just see a couple projects pop up here in the next couple of weeks!
Oh, but here's the BIG thing I didn't want to do tonight: Clean house! But it's done now, and I'm sure glad I did, because it means the three-day weekend will be filled with playtime!
It's true what they say about exercise giving you MORE energy. Now that I've been running around the house and cleaning all evening, I have all sorts of energy! But don't get me wrong: I'm not advocating exercise. Normal, everyday chores are plenty of exercise. Everyone I know who exercises for sport seems to get injured. Just say NO!
So this weekend--which is waiting for me on the other side of one more day of stress at work--I'll be playing in the Sweat Shop with applique, quite possibly getting icky paper mache goo all over me, and applying paper to wooden letters. Sounds like heaven, doesn't it?!
With temperatures today and tomorrow of 104 degrees, any feeling of Autumn has left, but I know it's coming before too long. I think I'll decorate for fall in a couple weeks. In the meantime, I'll play with Halloween and Autumn crafts and watch these babies grow just a little bit bigger.