I've been in an insane crafty mode for some time now. Besides working on products for my business, I've had an overwhelming urge to make stuff for my kids. Last night I couldn't fall asleep for the thought of the bean back toss game I want to build for them. This will involve cutting, sanding, assembling, painting, and sewing, but I was so psyched about the idea I nearly leaped out of bed and started pulling out plywood at midnight. So today, with the little free time I had, I pulled fabrics and sewed six bean bags. I've been working on stuff like this for months.
Sometime during the summer I mentioned to River that when he was ready we could redecorate his room - swap out the decals and add some new shelving. Little did I know my casual remark would turn into a full blown mission for him. For weeks he talked about putting up huge dinosaurs on his walls and changing the paint color. It got so bad he would climb out of bed at night complaining of being scared, "because I don't have any dinosaurs on my walls to protect me from monsters." Geez, kid, you mean business.
So one weekend we got into do-it-yourself mode and took the old car decals down, patched and primed the walls, painted, went to the fabric store and made a batch of dinosaur decals. I took photos of the entire process - EXCEPT FOR THE FINISHED LOOK! All of that work - and it turned out great, I might add - and I keep from posting about it because I don't have the "After" shot.
And I'm too lazy to just take the damn photo.
So what follows are all of the many projects I've worked on - and finished - that don't have final photo representation.
Before the dinosaur redecoration, I got an idea that River and I should make a dinosaur habitat for him to play with. He got really into it and insisted on including a volcano and meteorite to show the possible ways they met with extinction. (The red and gold glitter were his idea - yes, my son is pretty fabulous.)
I was most excited to work on a paper mache cave with River. He got really into it, and we had a blast making it. But it took time to dry and in the mean time, I got some shots of him playing with the (mostly) finished diorama.
No cave, photos, of course. But it's awesome, trust me.
Then came River's room redecoration. Here are the patched walls, waiting for new paint.
And a half-painted wall.
Making the pattern for one of four dinosaur decals.
Half-finished stegosaurus. And that's it! I'm sure you'd love to see the walls, dinosaurs, and enormous new book/toy shelf, but sorry. I can't be bothered.
Finally, here's the pattern for two bean bag chairs I made for the kids. I was going to write a whole tutorial to put up on my design blog, but this is what you get.
A half-finished, inside out bag. It rocks in real life! I swear!
Just in the time since Lila was born, I'm sure I've finished a dozen blog-worthy projects, many lacking any photo documentation. Think there's any chance an "in-process" design blog would take off?