Disclaimer: Feel free not to read this, I ramble and it's mostly boring.
So... I've been fairly absent for a couple months. Please don't be mad! A lot has happened, and it's been hard for me to find the time/energy/motivation to craft lately. I lost my job about a month ago, and it's been rough mentally.
I DID manage to finish the apron for the boy I nannied for. Then he used it once, and I remembered why I hate grosgrain ribbon... I had used the ribbon for the tie-ons, and it shredded the first day. Need to hem it and drop it back in their mailbox for him...
Was going to make something for Future SIL's birthday, but we had another argument just beforehand, and I decided it would be best to pretend I don't exist (trust me, it's the better option).
For Halloween, I spent a total of $11 on our costumes. I bought a pair of striped tights, so I could go as Wednesday Addams (had the rest in my closet), and a stamp. Why a stamp, you ask? Because our friends have a running joke about a particular striped shirt that Sean owns. That it makes him look like Steve from Blue's Clues. For those of you without kids, here's a picture - http://student.delta.edu/kaitlinkeifer/project3/tumblr_lf388qLzYb1qayaeu.jpg
So, Sean needed a pawprint stamp to go with his costume. He only decided on his costume the day of Halloween, and I didn't have time to make him a stamp with that lovely pink stuff, so I bought one. He had so much fun drunkenly stamping pawprints on anyone who wandered too close.
Oh the grandiose plans I had for Christmas... -sigh-
We did manage to make a successful batch of homemade salsa. Spicy, but not overwhelming. And a pathetic batch, too. More like a zesty relish, but still good. I was planning on doing a bunch of canning over Thanksgiving break, but that's when I found out I was losing my job. And with it, dreams of everyone getting salsa for Christmas.
Sean is getting the home brew kit I've been promising him for over a year (by the time I turned 21, Christmas and his birthday had already passed, so I was just waiting around for this one to come along).
Parents and brother (who is home from the NAVY for 2 weeks! YAY!) are getting edible stuff.
So... enough with all of the failed endeavors (and I apologize because there have been many). Now on to the good stuff!!
The guinea pigs (we have 3) are getting cuddle cups handmade by someone else (my sewing machine and I aren't on speaking terms).
Kiera is getting a new bed - http://www.etsy.com/listing/88231753/wine-crate-pet-bed-deep
(that's not Kiera. That's my mom's dog, Chloe. But it's Kiera's bed now). She's a little big for it, but she sleeps in our bed at night anyway, so whatever. It's cute, dammit.
I finished Sean's mom's present today - a (roughly) 4"x6" Celtic cross stitch embroidery. I'm going to frame it, and give it to her when she comes down to visit (she was supposed to come down for Christmas, but had to push it back to January).
Also, we finished making our wedding invitations! We designed them and had them printed at Kinko's (Fedex discount hurray). Then I hand-wrote all of the response cards, punched the bottoms, and cut and tied doilies. It was a nightmare, but I like how they look. I'll have to post pictures when I get them. Also did all of the calligraphy myself.
Lastly, I got my craft cabinet (yes, cabinet, not room) organized so it is usable again. Which is a gift to myself.
So far I've been pretty lousy about this whole homemade gifts thing, but I'm going to try to be better!