Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What We Made Wednesday: Doing Things the Hard Way

One of the things you'll quickly learn about me is I don't do things the easy way. What's the fun in that? I also tend to jump into things with both feet before thinking it through.
I'm the one who runs full speed into the water, whizzing right past the "DANGER: Sharks sighted. Swimmers use caution!" sign.
This post is the perfect example of that. I wanted to show you all something I made that really highlights my craftiness. I love sewing and I love creating things so why not start with a pair of baby sweatpants? Do I have a pattern? Nope. Have I ever made a clothing item before? Negative. Great, this will be perfect. Fast forward 4 hours later and I end up with this:

Isn't she adorable?

Honestly, that girl can pull off anything. Even the most ill-fitting sweatpants ever made.
The plus side to never doing things the easy way and making plenty of mistakes is I'm always learning. Will I try again? Youbetcha! The next pair might still not be perfect, but I can guarantee they'll be better than this pair. When I fail epically on a project, I love how it teaches me something about myself. Even when I get frustrated beyond words, I can still manage to push through and try again.
Well since I can't show you how to make the cutest sweatpants known to man (not yet anyway), I can show you what else I've been working on.
I love painting. Especially when stickers and tape are involved. Stickers and tape? Yup! Let me show you what I mean:

I just love my little girl's name.

You might think using stickers is cheating, but there's no way I'd be able to freehand letters that please my perfectionist nature. Ergo, stickers! Now before you say, "Kacie, I could whip up one of those in no time. Why are you showing me this?",  let me tell you that my "never do it the easy way" self struck again. I was so excited to get the letters on the board that I didn't think about future steps. Thus, ending up spending a profound amount of time doing this:

Should I have painted the board teal then put the letters on? Absolutely! Did I do that? Nope!
But as I said, I love painting with tape so this wasn't an all lose situation. Should you decide to do a similar project, please learn from my mistake! I know I will!
Luckily, the end product was worth all the frustration.

Sweet and simple.

I have a ton of other masking tape projects I can't wait to show you! (They all turned out wonderfully, unlike the sweatpants debacle).
I hope this inspired you to do a quick craft! I love getting the crafty juices flowing, even if it's just for a few minutes a day.

What will you make today?
Do you have any "sweatpants" stories?
Don't let the failed projects keep you down! Try again and I promise you'll learn something!

On a serious note, we would like to ask for your prayers for a mutual friend's family. Her mother just received a lung cancer diagnosis with a life expectancy of 2 months. Aggressive medical action is being taken and we are praying hard for recovery. God works amazing miracles and we pray that He moves in this woman's life. Please ask God to comfort this family in their time of suffering and confusion. Ask Him to put His healing hands on her lungs and their hearts. Thank you.

God Bless,


  1. I'm just impressed that you are making things when Aleah is six months! I think I was still trying to catch up on sleep all the time when William was that age :) I did get around to making him some birthday invitations this week for his upcoming 4th birthday! These past four years have gone so very fast!
    I'm so glad that you are enjoying life and sharing it with others!
    Love you!

    1. Sara, I can't believe William will be 4 in just a few days! Where is that adorable little 18 month old!?

  2. I remember being able to whip things together during nap times when Bitsy was little, but now that we have Lil' Bit's next to impossible to do anything crafty. There is hope in sight now that she is napping. I'm going to have to think my projects thru carefully though so that I don't have any mistakes. No time to go back and fix them! I love the sign, super cute. :D I had the girls names drawn up by a friend who does calligraphy....our girls all have such wonderful unique names!

    1. Biz, I'm excited to see what you create next! And I must agree, the girls' names are too cute. And now we have a little boy, Maximus, to add to the Awesome Name Club!