I didn’t think of this on my own, but I’ve seen this tip for storing your boots all over the internet and, despite what the weather here today would have you think, stores are finally stocking pool noodles – getting ready for the summer season!

At any rate, have a floppy pile of boots by your bed like I did? Get yourself a pool noodle or two, cut it up with a serrated knife, and voila! Things to make your boots stand up on their own!

I’d say I have enough pool noodle left for…two more pairs of boots. Or one pair of thigh-high boots, I guess. I can’t let the rest of that pool noodle go to waste, now, can I? 😉

Spring is here!

Or at least that’s what I’m trying to convince the weather. And in anticipation of the warm days that I’m sure are coming, I made this Baby Grass Wreath:

I haven’t decided yet if I want to add the little “Bare Feet Welcome” sign or not – it’s cute, but I kind of like the sweet simplicity of just the little flowers and the pink ribbon. It wasn’t really that difficult to make – wrapping the yarn did take hours and hours, but I just whiled away the time with a Finding Bigfoot marathon (and learned that, despite what the “researchers” may say, it’s never a squatch!).

The last of the Valentine’s Day decorations (…probably)

There is still a mobile that I wanted to make with a combination of knitted hearts and sewn hearts, but it’s getting down to the wire and I’m not sure I’ll have time to finish them – something to look forward to next year! In the meantime, however, I’ve been plugging away on some other crafts that I’ve finished up and I’m quite proud of them. All of these crafts came from that same Buzzfeed post about DIY heart projects – I’ll have to see what they post as a round-up of spring/Easter crafts (although Drew already says that cotton ball bunnies stuck to construction paper aren’t allowed in the living room).

I made heart garlands to hang on my bookshelves:

Then I adapted this pixelated heart card

so that I could hang them on my wall next to the string art:

And finally, I made a heart pinata (I’m not going to use it as a pinata, of course). Mine is a bit smaller than the one the original poster made, but I like it!

More Valentine’s Day stuff…what’s wrong with me?!

So my Valentine’s Day obsession continues! I’ve still got a couple more craft projects in the works, but I wanted to show off what I’ve finished so far. First up, a Celtic heart necklace!

I found the instructions for this (and the next project, too) on the same aforementioned Buzzfeed article. Drew and I were heading out to visit my parents and celebrate my dad’s birthday and just before we left, I sat down and pulled this together in only four tries. The original post uses old hoodie sweatshirt ties and that would probably have been an easier medium to work with than the pretty (but super slippery) cord I bought to use. The knot stays in place fine, but when I tie it around my neck, it just refuses to stay tied! My plan is to try to get it attached to an actual clasp – I’ll try to keep you posted!

Up next is string art! The wall behind my couch is quickly becoming my seasonal decoration corner and I used this post for my inspiration. It actually went pretty smoothly, I sat down with my computer, hammer and nails, and a few blocks of spare wood that my dad had prepped for me and mainlined series 3 of Downton Abbey while I worked.

I’m really pleased with how they turned out – Drew seems to like them too (he suggested they could be permanent decorations, but I think I’ll wait to see what Buzzfeed has in the DIY department for Easter or spring).

A mystery!

What am I (trying) to make? And don’t feel bad if you can’t figure it out – neither Holmes nor Tony know what’s going on either:

If it turns out well, I’ll report back. I promise.