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Sometimes life just feels a little convoluted

Do you ever feel like you’re knee deep in the middle of life? Like everything around you is unfinished, pressing for your attention, and nothing gets done because everything has to get done?

That’s how I feel right now.

Jess’ wedding is only 3 weeks away. I’m throwing the lingerie/bachelorette party in 2 weeks. I haven’t sent out the invitations yet. I’ve thought about the invitations. I’ve thought about sending them out. But, I have yet to do that. I have a location. I have a few food ideas. I have a few game ideas. But, I have nothing nailed down. Right after I throw that shower we’re in wedding week, and you know how stressful that is.

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Last night I worked on a new header for this blog for over an hour. It was to no avail {obviously}. WordPress only lets you have a header that’s 990 x 180 and everything that I was doing…and it was going to be super cute…wasn’t working. Actually, I’ll show you the header that I was trying to use…you’ll like it. Or at least, I like it. Actually, I love it. But, I can’t use it. Which brings me to another point. Remember how a few months ago I told you that I was “under construction” on getting my own site? Yeah? Well…we’re still under construction. Actually, construction is at a standstill. I think I’m going to host it myself and try to figure out the coding…but, when?

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I’m sitting in the living room, Zoe’s costume is cut out on the table. I have no idea where to go from here. I think I might wait until I go to my dress fitting and see if I can borrow her sewing machine for 10 minutes. Or, I might get some inspiration tonight. I have 4 days left…and then it’s time to buy an actual costume. Or a pillow case, and then she’s going to wear a toga. Actually, if the Indian Princess doesn’t work…she’s definitely going in a toga.

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My fall wreath is almost done. I worked on it for another hour last night. Actually, I just worked on the flowers. Can I ask you something? Why in the world am I making a fall wreath? I blame Pinterest. I also blame blog reading. Either way, I’ve suddenly convinced myself that I’m crafty and that I should do crafts. I’ve also convinced myself that I can’t start something I don’t intend to finish. So, I’m teaching myself how to make a variety of felt flowers, and I’m screwing up a lot. I wanted to walk away and quit last night. I’ll try again tonight.

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And then, there’s my house, my very dirty, cluttered, house. It’s going to stay that way for at least a little bit, because I have to work today and then I’m going straight to my mentoring meeting. I was an awful housewife last night. I worked on my blog header and the pictures from the corn maze and Brad took care of Zoe, cooked dinner, and then cleaned up her mess. I actually started crying. I didn’t clean anything, but I started crying. That has to count for something, right?

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But, those are just things. Things that can get done. Things that don’t have to get done. Things that may or may not ever get done. I don’t have anybody putting any pressure on me except myself, and my busy schedule. It makes it more complicated that I feel like I still can’t think straight. I can’t pick a starting place. I can’t multi-task like I’m used to doing. I can’t prioritize. It’s not a big deal, it’s just that I have to make a list….and then I have to work my to-do list around my increasingly active, incredibly smart, fearless daughter who is into everything, and testing every boundary that’s in place, and demanding instead of asking, and throwing temper tantrums you wouldn’t believe…you know…my toddler.

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Ah, but, such is life….

Happy Tuesday Ya’ll

ps. You’ll notice that the pictures are just from Saturday. That’s because I haven’t gotten that far into putting Sunday’s on my computer yet. Tomorrow…maybe I’ll have them for you tomorrow….

pps…While writing this blog, I got up to take care of Zoe, decided that now would be a good time to try and get Zoe’s costume together, ironed on the heat bond thing {which makes a great substitute…I just found that out}, accidently made the dress just a wee bit entirely too small, and now have to go buy some more fabric. See, this is what I’m talking about. I’m all over the place.

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Hello, My name is Martha

So I have this friend who is crafty down to the bone. She has more “crafty” in her little finger than I do in my whole body. She sees things in spray paint and scrapbook paper. For real. And I hate her. {Not really. I don’t hate her. Not at all.} She makes me want to be crafty…ugh. The last time that I was over there I ended up decoupaging my daughters dresser. I went over there yesterday….you can see where this is headed. She went to put her kids to sleep for naptime and came back into the room with one of those rosette headbands…you know what I’m talking about, they’re everywhere these days. She taught herself how to make one. Are you kidding me???? I see one and think, “Man, I need to get on Etsy”. She sees it and thinks, “I could do that….hmmm”.  She said it was really easy and then she did one rosette so I could see how it was done. I fell in love.

After a {not so} quick trip to Walmart this is what we start with…
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Do you see those prices??? $.19, $.25, and $.38!!!! I got 1/4 yard per fabric, a piece of felt {$.47), and then bananas and a Snapple. My whole trip cost $4 {the cashier actually double checked b/c she couldn’t believe it was that cheap!}. I already had the glue gun and scissors. What I forgot {until the very end} is that you need a headband to put your rosettes on….go figure.

Step 1. Cut a strip the length of the fabric 1″ thick. I should mention that I cut my fabric in half where it naturally folds. The width of the rosette is determined by the length of fabric.
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Step 2. Tie a knot on one end of the fabric. This shouldn’t take any explanation whatsoever.

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Step 3. Grab your hot glue gun and let’s go to work! What you want to do here is begin twisting the long strand of fabric, then gluing it around the knot. Keep in mind that you want to hide that little tail, so just tuck it as you go. Or, if you’re like me, screw tucking it and just hot glue it back over the knot. I’m not talented enough {meaning I don’t have 3 arms} so there’s not a picture of the actual twist, but, I’m sure you’ll get it. I have faith in you! =)

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Step 4. Stop and admire the first rosette you’ve ever made!!!!! Whoohoo! It looks beautiful! And your thumb and forefinger are only partially burned! Success!

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Step 5. Repeat steps 1-4. Then do it again.

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Step 6. See that little guy? He’s looking for a home. You’re gonna want to hot glue all of your little rosettes together. I made mine different sizes on purpose. You can have different sizes, different colors, different whatever you want! So, make sure to stop and think about this step. Don’t be like me. I’d hot glued 3 together before I realized that I didn’t look at which side was “up” on any of the pieces, and I didn’t take a picture, and then I accidentally glued the little guy next to the big guy…which is not where it’s supposed to go.

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Step 7. If you’re like me then you’re going to need to find a headband that you already have and then cut off the bow. If you’re a planner, and you planned ahead, then grab the headband that you bought for the project. You want to make sure that the headband is centered on your rosettes. That might sound like common sense….but I’m writing this for people like me…which means that it’s not. =)

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Step 8. This is where the felt comes in. You can use felt, ribbon or nothing at all. But if you chose to cover the back, just slap your cover on top, hot glue it, and then cut the edges so that you can’t see anything from the front. I don’t have a picture of this one.

Step 9. Find the cutest model that you can and make her wear the headband. Tell her that she has to earn her keep around here…

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And there you have it. The rosette headband.
You’re welcome America.

You know what…my friend was right! This is easy!

Have a wonderful day everybody!