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Is this an annual thing, then?

February 25th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

I was looking at my blog and it seems I was nesting last January (2008)...now I'm nesting again!
Like momsents, I'm craving spending...
My obsession right now is Ale's room.
To curve the spending, I decided to MAKE the stuff rather than buy...that way, I get to buy the materials (so, about 35 skeins of yarn + burlap + other stuff as opposed to 1 rug... cost is about the same as a brand new one + labor...BUT, it keeps me busy so I don't go out and keep buying, so it's worth it!)...
I think I'll be done with the rug in about 2 weeks (I've been working on it for 3 weeks now, so the rug has effectively kept me out of the shops for 5 weeks... yay!)...
NEXT, I want to order her books on top of the headboard (it's one of those with little spaces for storing things), so I offered to make her some bookends...we settled on elephant bookends... soft ones (saw the idea somplace)... the great news is I have most of the materials I need already (except for the sand to fill them....) I could either use the fabric left over from the ballet bag, or I could use another fabric I bought at the same time (which I really love,and was hoping to use to make something for myself, maybe a bag...) I can always ask my sis for the right color thread (she sells industrial thread, and she has oodles and oodles of samples...)
which would mean I would achieve my "nesting" goal (something NEW nice and very special for Ale's room)without spending any money! (yay!) ... I have even been working on my pattern...
Now, mind you, this is a project to be stared once the rug is finished! I'll post pictures! (this is what it WILL look like, but the pompons aren't sewn in place yet!)


Oh, ref> the fabrics....
As you can see, the rug is very colorful (one might say technicolor! LOL!), so if I use the hot pink fabric, I'll be "picking up" the pink from the rug...If I use the other fabric... it's bright red (also on the rug) with multicolor mandalas... so...either could work... I'll let Ale decide once I have given her the rug

I would also like to go to the dollar store for some cheap picture frames to build a nice display on her wall... but that IS money...
Oh, and I also saw this wonderful idea
for displaying children's art in their room....they put a "clothesline" against a wall (so, a piece of yarn suspended from 2 nails), with wooden clothespins, and the drawings were hung with the clothepins! so clever... and it looked great, too!)...another NEW thing for Ale's room that wouldn't cost me any additional $$$$ (I do have all the materials!)

HELP! ...oh, and, no, I haven't been watching HGTV, we don't have cable! LOL!

8 Responses to “Is this an annual thing, then?”

  1. Apprentice Fun-Frugalist Says:

    Wow... what a great mother !! I think Ale will be thrilled !! :-)

  2. Broken Arrow Says:

    Hehe, I've always found it kind of amusing when women get the urge to nest. Amusing in a good, warm sort of way that is.

  3. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Miclason,

    I did something similar to a clothesline in my classroom for hanging artwork. Kids and parents loved it. Smile

  4. North Georgia Gal Says:

    Can you tell me where I can find instructions for the rug? It is so cute! I would love to make one! The clothespin idea is wonderful!

  5. MICLASON Says:

    thanks, all!

    NGG... here's the link!

    D:CREATIVIDADFree Craft Pattern 80344AD Pom-Pom Rug Lion Brand Yarn Company.htm

    of course, their yarn is not the cheapo "craft" yarn that I use (aka the ones they sell you for kiddy crafts), but nice soft knitting yarn...considering that mine still has to be dog/cat tested....
    Fiona hasn't seen it yet, but Tonio came in last night while I was working on it (affixing the first row of pompons) and he lay on top of the burlap... I think he was actually offended when I picked him off!

  6. princessperky Says:

    That sounds neat, sand filled bookends...you use a pattern for stuffed animal type or something specific?

  7. MICLASON Says:

    Yes, you use the patter for a stuffed animal, but fill with sand, so it's heavy enough to hold the books in place!

  8. MICLASON Says:

    Here's an idea!
    http://www.theredballoon.com/zidzidbookendswithbooks.html

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