Oh boy. Kinda let something slip through the cracks, didn’t I? I haven’t been keeping you up to date on my latest pretty projects up on DIY Network’s Made + Remade. I got all caught up in Alt NYC Thank-You-Palooza and then went and got all serious on you guys with my big, whoa-I’m-really-gunna-do-this truth post and bam. It’s the middle of August and I haven’t told you anything about the fun stuff going on at DIY Network.
Let’s start with my chalkboard pavers. This was a fun one and it’s still getting a ton of mileage – we’ve done letters, numbers, hopscotch, drawings – you name it, we’ve done it in chalk on these bad boys. It’s a nice way to give a personalized welcome to guests, the mailman and my husband. I’m waiting to catch the FedEx guy off guard, but so far, no packages I knew were coming.
Next up was the weatherproof cardboard box project I did for the debut of Rust-Oleum’s new product, NeverWet. Seriously, you guys – that stuff is just so flippin’ cool. I’m saving my pennies for a pair of white canvas slip ons for fall, and you’d better believe those bright whites are going to get the NeverWet treatment to ward off stains. Oh, annnnnnd there’s a video component of the post. And I’m in it. Go forth, view and giggle as I show just what a spaz I truly am.
Then I fawned for a bit about why I love washi tape….
Up next was a little ditty on how to turn trash into treasure: toddler clothes edition. Our daughter is a super tall string bean of a girl, so finding clothes for her can be a challenge. If they fit lengthwise, the waist is comically oversized. To make matters worse, Elsa is a rough and tumble bundle of energy, who’s never seen a puddle she didn’t want to jump in, a mud patch she didn’t want to play in, or a stretch of pavement that wasn’t calling her name to crawl across in search of bugs. What’s that mean for her clothes? Stains. Rips. The utter abandonment of trying to keep things pristine, on my part. I’ve resorted to getting crafty to stretch a little more life out of her clothes. Craft paint and scissors to the rescue! (By the way – that hat is Old Navy. She picked it out by herself from the boys section and has been rocking it fierce ALL. SUMMER. LONG.)
Finally, just today I told the story of how I didn’t let the sloped ceilings in our Cape Cod-style house deter me from making a pretty and simple DIY paper mobile for Elsa’s room. For less than $15, she now has a one of a kind mobile that makes both of us pretty darn happy.
Whew. Now that we’re all caught up, I’ll try to keep my eye on the sails from now on.
On a separate note, I want to take a quick moment to say a huge and absolutely heartfelt thank you to everyone who reached out to me about my last post. Your honesty and candor overwhelmed me and I felt all of your love, support, companionship and camaraderie like little invisible silk strings through the ether. It was a spectacular week and it has made me ever so unbelievably grateful that I found the courage to hit “publish” on that post. I very nearly didn’t out of fear of the reaction, what potential repercussions there might be, who might read it and think differently of me… I’m so, so, so glad I went for it and bared it all. Your reaction has been a powerful spotlight illuminating the path that I hope I’m able to follow, in terms of the honesty and authenticity of my writing.