My mom’s group did a pretty smart thing by suggesting that instead of inviting everyone to each child’s individual birthday party, that we would have just one collective party and everyone would bring one gift.
I’m very glad for this because whatever kind of birthday party I would pull together would inevitably one-upped by someone else in the group who put together real goody bags and not the ones I would buy from the Dollar Store, filled with tootsie pops and scratch tickets.
You see, I’m not very good at crafts. Oh, I’m a genius at planning crafts. I can fulfill the “Supplies Needed” check-list, but after that, my brain is a sieve.
When I first fitted Nathan for cloth diapers, I had the very lofty goal of sewing all of them. I used a pattern to cut out the shape on some worn flannel, sewed a straight line and then remembered that I have no craft skills whatsoever. I ended up buying a couple dozen Diaperaps off Craigslist. I have about five yards of awesome polar fleece and a sewing machine that will probably never need to be oiled because I never use it!
And as we’re about to move into our new place (we close in SIX DAYS!), I’ve been flooded with ideas of what I can do myself, but at the same time, I am reminded that I’m very good at step 1 of DIY projects but cannot remember any time I’ve reached step 2.
I’ve been obsessively scouring the Apartment Therapy/Design Mom/Design*Sponge triumvirate, oohing and ahhing over what very smart and handy people do with small spaces. I need to be smart and handy because I want to do this to Nathan’s room, but I don’t want to spend $400. I like the concept of a tree, but I want to keep with an island theme. My idea is to make Nathan’s room a bit more tropical without hearing, “Sha-la-la-la-la-la, go on and kiss the girl,” in the background.
Is it possible to make a vintage wall-paper coconut tree by someone whose only experience decorating a wall required only scissors, scotch tape and back issues of Seventeen?