I’ve always been creative. I love making stuff. Art, crafts, sometimes sewing (although I usually pick a project that takes too long – I need instant gratification!). Art was my favorite class growing up and I wanted to major in art until I thought that I wouldn’t make any money as an artist. If I see something I like but I don’t want to spend the money on it I usually try to figure out a way to make it. I’ve realized throughout my life that I especially enjoy taking time to create when I’m overwhelmed in other aspects of my life. It’s my way to unwind.
The issue is that since having kids, my creative time has taken a back seat. I’m trying to bring it back and find time to fit it in. Now, especially since we’re carving out bigger financial goals for our future a la Dave Ramsey, I’ve got a tight budget to work with and I’m trying to decorate the kids rooms and other parts of our home. I also want to clear out some stuff in our house, mostly the basement (how did we get so much stuff?!) and I’m hoping to sell a few items and use those funds for house stuff. Actually, I still need to set aside $250 to have my MacBook screen fixed after West threw a cooking utensil at it while I was showing the kids videos of them as babies… but I digress.
So, I’ve got the kids rooms to finish up on a budget. I’m not entirely sure of all the pieces I want in their rooms at this point so this will be a work in progress, but I do want to make a few things using things I already have on hand or buying materials (on a budget!).
Last weekend I quickly made a cute little banner for the boys room with a black felt Swiss cross on it. I saw a similar one on Etsy for $30 and thought, I can make that! I had an old pair of linen pants I’d saved in a fabric box to use for something at a later date and I had all the other materials I’d need on hand. The hardest part was drawing out the cross (I used a ruler and measured each piece precisely). I would have just printed one and used that as a template but my printer was out of ink. I cut the felt fabric using my paper template and stitched it by hand onto a piece of the linen fabric. Then I sewed the top piece down leaving a space for the dowel, slipped the dowel through (I had to cut off an inch on each end) and tied some string around the ends. I think its a cute touch, but even better than that -it was free!
I’d like to make dream catchers for the girls room. Again, I’ve seen some on Etsy but I don’t want to shell out $80 for them… I totally got this!
I have some leftover Heather Ross, Far Far Away 2 fabric to use up and I think I’ll use it to make pillow covers for the girls room.
We also have some paper lanterns that we used for birthday parties for each of the girls in years past. I was looking through a home décor book borrowed from the library and saw that someone had hung a grouping of these lanterns from the ceiling in a girl’s room using various ribbons. I think I’ll give it a try.
I think that’s it for now. I’m hoping to carve out some time to be creative in the coming weeks. It’ll be good for me.