My older boys started school this week. We've been busy around our house lately. I love back to school time, but it's been a bit tough around here lately. If you don't know already, I'm bipolar II (we recently figured out that was what was going on and not just regular depression), and I'm working on getting the right combination of meds. I don't think I'm quite there yet, which is frustrating. Blah. Seriously, it can be so annoying. Mental illness can be a lot of things: devastating, impairing, horrible. And sometimes it's just a pain in the ass. So, the first thing to go is the blog when I'm not feeling up to things. On the plus side, the older boys are loving school and their new classes, and I think it will be good for me too, to get into more of a routine. Anyway, I'm telling you this because if I don't keep up my regular schedule, you'll know I'm just off doing things like feeding my children and making sure they bathe. And trying to not bum myself out too much. :)
Anyway, I did get around to commenting on the links and admiring all the awesomeness that is my readership. I'm picking five this week since I didn't do last week.
Clarissa Emily at A Little Stone House wrote up a tutorial for how to make those little charm pendants that are soldered together, with a picture between two pictures of glass. I just had a friend a few weeks ago ask me if I knew how to make them, and I don't (she almost fell out of her chair that I didn't--well maybe not, but I am usually a good person to ask about things like this), so I was thrilled to learn how to do it. And I'm really tempted to go out and buy the supplies. Like right now. But, I will probably refrain and ask for them for my birthday. I can see these making super cool gifts for everyone from my mom to my kids' teachers.
Natalie over at Get Scatty posted a bunch of projects she's taken on recently. She calls them "small projects," but I'm calling her out on that one, because I don't think you can rightfully call refinishing a dresser, a bedside table and a tv stand small projects (hopefully she will forgive me). Nope, they are each beautiful pieces, and I love her idea of putting a floor lamp next to a small nightstand. Too cute! She also spray painted the lamp shade. And her mid-century modern dresser is to die for! (She might be able to get away with calling her lamp shade and her family frame small projects, maybe.)
Laura at Laura Thoughts recovered her carseat. Now, I think that I would tackle just about any project, but the things she tries, I'm just not sure if I would attempt them. And they turn out beautifully! I love the idea of having some beautiful and funky fabric for a carseat (for once) and she does an awesome job.
There were some really great sewing projects this week and I went back and forth trying to pick one. I finally settled on this adorable dress from Cheryl at Sew Can Do. She calls it the Re-Tee Dress Tutorial, and it combines my love of upcycling and little girls dresses. I'm getting the itch to sew!
Cindy from Little Did I Know made some hand trees with her family. I haven't seen these before, and I love Cindy's version. Too cute! I love the canvases wrapped in burlap. Genius idea.
Link party rules:
Link to the actual post, and not your blog main page. I'd appreciate a link back to my blog, but it's not required.
Comment on one other link.
Please, link us to something you made, not something you are selling or an unrelated post on another topic.