I enjoy crafting, but I am super lazy about it. In fact, if I have to drive to a store to get supplies it’s probably not going to happen. Luckily I hoard things I think might be useful, so three *glass apple juice jars and some twine later, a cluster vase was born. You should also note that I am always impatient to see a final result, so the fact that this took about five minutes was a major win!
I started by putting the jars in a triangle formation. Next, I wrapped the twine around the outside of the three jars until the desired thickness was achieved. After that I wrapped the twine up, over, and under the middle (between the jars), turning them a third of the way each time, while pulling tight enough for the vase to feel secure. I did not have any glue so I tucked in the ends, which worked just fine. Gluing the ends would probably make the back look cleaner so maybe I will give that a whirl next time. It’s not perfect, but I am very happy with how my first attempt at an upcycled cluster vase turned out.
*The reason we have so many of these jars is because once a week or so, Jude accompanies us to our favorite neighborhood coffee joint where he is treated to an apple juice. He lives for that stuff.
Jude has been a bit of a pill the last few days, probably because we are back to no naps and rough nights. I needed to shake off my building impatience and the beach was just what the doctor ordered.
It was windy and a thick fog was rolling around most of the time, but that doesn’t dampen this little guy’s spirit. He was as curious as ever and wanted to spend most of his time digging under the pier and chasing seagulls, just like the last time. Unfortunately, we couldn’t stay too long because someone forgot to throw our sweatshirts in the car - mom fail. Lesson learned, but whether it was an hour, or all day, there is something about this place that always makes us happier people.
A while back I purchased Jude a pair of pants from this company and immediately fell in love with the brand. Not only are the clothes well constructed and super cozy, but the owner has to be one the sweetest people I have come across on social media.
They recently held a giveaway and Jude was one of the lucky recipients of their 26 gifts of love. Happy mail day for sure! I have had my eye on these Jojo Jammies for a while, so I was very excited to see them in our package. They also sent us 4 adorable prints. Since we were asked to “spread the love”, I think I will send out a couple to my friends. I am keeping the one on the top left though, because it is my favorite. :)
Tip:Minette and Milo hold or participate in a lot of giveaways and if you follow their blog or instagram you can keep up to date with all they have going on.
The gorgeous weather around here has given us a good reason to get to the beach. My little guy seems to have more energy than ever and loves to race back and forth, terrorizing seagulls along the way. We have been working on sharing lately and he put his knowledge to good use by trying to force feed give sand to the gull in the last photo. He was speed walking behind it saying, “Here seagull, you take this sand. Here seagull, eat the sand!” Not what I had in mind, but I’ll take it.
Literally everything I’ve learned about photography has come from watching my talented hubby. He captured this one on our morning walk. It looks like I’m pretending to fly. Don’t tell anyone, but I am actually just hopping up on a bench and trying to steady myself. You can tell by the look on my face that I’m super graceful. Hope you are all having a beautiful Sunday!
Two months in grown up years doesn’t mean much, but a lot can change for a kid in that short amount of time. Being back to our normal routine has been so much fun because he is seeing everything in a new light. He has always been happy about our adventures, but now Jude can really chat me up while we are out and about. It’s seriously awesome.
Taking the trolley is always a highlight, but it was like he won the toddler lotto when we walked on to the platform today. The joy that exuded from this kid was contagious. Everybody around was smiling at the boy with the *sea turtle flash card.
When we got off at our stop we hopped on the carousel. Now if you remember last time, it wasn’t really a hit. Not much has changed, except this time when he was holding on to me for dear life he was saying, “This is fun,” through clenched teeth, instead of just sitting there with a look of terror on his face.
After that he chased pigeons, climbed on benches and stared out at the water. The heart melting moment of the day was when he picked a flower and said, “Here Mama, I find dis fo you.” After that he said he wanted to give it to the pigeons and proceeded to throw it at a group of them, but I’m still considering this a parenting win. Boys.
*Don’t ask me why, but there always seems to be an “object of the day” that Jude will cling on to and carry everywhere. He’s actually napping with that card right now. The daily object is rarely the same thing and I really appreciate him keeping things interesting around here.