It was kind of a dreary weekend in New England. Sticky and hot, but cloudy. Usually I’d be bummed about the gray skies, but this time it ended up being a good deterrent from outdoor fun and gave me an excuse to stay inside, watch terrible E! movies (Like He’s Just Not that Into You and The Lake House), and just craft craft craft.
Wise words from He’s Just Not that Into You (I saw this three times in the theater, no joke.)
Mr. Rucksack locked himself in the air conditioned guest room to do some work, and I got down to business taking over the entire downstairs with wedding projects I’ve been putting off. And when I say the entire downstairs, I mean it. The office/craft room exploded into a cloud of paper scraps as I used my Silhouette to cut out gold letters for our table signs. The dining room became hot glue gun central. And the living room was jewelry making station.
I moved from station to station like a kid at arts & crafts summer camp, not bothering to clean anything up because I knew I’d have to come back to each eventually. Poor Mr. Rucksack. We now just have a 2 x 2 space for eating on our dining room table because the wedding has taken over all other viable space.
My favorite station was jewelry station. Not only did it allow me to better keep up with the terrible TV I was watching, but it was almost therapeutic. Hot glue guns and my Silhouette almost always induce a bout of Tourette’s-like curse words out of my mouth, but for some reason I can be patient with beading.
Most of what I do falls into the two left side categories of pain and possibility of successful outcome. I just never know which it’s going to be until the very last second. / Image via Conquering Crafts
This time the outcome was actually fantastic, and it really does look just like the Pinterest version! Hooray—maybe crafting hope isn’t lost!
I’m going to give one of these to each of the bridesmaids to wear at the wedding—half will get pink & white and the other half will get the navy & white. Flower Girl Rucksack will get one in all pink, obvi.
I used a combination of Pinterest and Etsy as my inspiration, and while I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a tutorial floating around on the internet, I didn’t use it. Partly because I couldn’t find it and partly because I’m not really good at following instructions. I usually just see a craft, decide to make it, and then figure it out. This may be one of the reasons that my craft time usually involves cursing and crying.
In case you’re better at following directions than I am, I did take pictures along the way and will do my best to describe the process:
I used my own arm as a size guide, and since there’s a long tail for the bow, they’re adjustable and really are one size fits all.
Mr. Rucksack loves them too, even announcing, “You should sell those on Etsy!” He’s so cute. I also think he’s just really happy I found something crafty that I’m good at and doesn’t cause a temper tantrum!
Are you making any jewelry for your crew? And are you as bad at following directions as I am?