Being away for two weeks at this time of year is always tricky. When I left, it was winter and I acted like it was winter. It wasn’t time to start most seedlings. I couldn’t do any outdoor project. It just wasn’t time.
When I returned, it was spring and I instantly felt behind on lots of projects (seedlings to start! trees to plant! areas of grass to cover and kill! outdoor clean up!). Even if I’d been here, I wouldn’t have gotten it all done, but I felt overwhelmed.
I want to hold on to my winter routine and somehow squeeze spring tasks into it, which just isn’t possible. The season switch requires a shift of what I’m doing.
With the farm and so much to do outside, winter is the only time I work on inside projects (likely especially true this year with baby).
So as I say farewell to getting crafty things done for a time, here’s what I’ve been working on this winter…
We grew some veggie shoots from the discarded tops of carrots, beets, turnip, and potato. Just put them in a dish of water and watch them grow. The potatoes take the longest, and all of them take more water than you think. Very fun winter project for kids (and adults).
Unpaper towels. I don’t use paper towels (we use rags for everything), but it felt fun to have something designated for kitchen purposes, and it’s happy to look at. I had to get a snap maker for diaper covers, so I made them snap all together in a roll. Love this!
Baby will have diaper covers! I have never made diapering supplies before, but a closeout store had all the supplies I needed and I couldn’t resist. I made one newborn size cover and two small covers for $5 in supplies total (they are normally $15-20 each). It was totally painless, and I got to make more snaps. :)
With the leftover diaper cover fabric, I made some reusable and waterproof-ish snack bags (with snaps, of course). I have 4 of them, so the kids could each have their own bag if we were going for a hike/car ride (we used them on our trip, in fact). Or they work great for holding food in the kitchen (no zip locks needed). I saw something similar last week at a store with eco-friendly products and they were $10 each.
I knit a couple infinity scarves, slippers for Hannah and I, plus two hats for me. Nothing big, but I find that 10 minutes of knitting with a cup of tea at my side in the afternoons is one of the best moments of my day.
Here is my quilt top…easy pattern and it’s not perfect, but I am happy. I need to quilt the layers together and adding binding…and I already have four other quilt patterns I’d like to try. I’m not sure how realistic four quilts are this year for me, but I’d like to start another.
There are a few other projects I’d love to tackle before baby comes, but I’m not going to stress. I’m going to slowly move into spring mode, and that might mean leaving some of these things for next winter.
Any fun projects you’ve been working on or a new craft you’ve tried? Do you tend to do crafts only at certain times of year?