January 11, 2011

I Have an Idea...

Can I just tell you how often I say that? A lot. A friend of mine and I used to joke that our perfect job would be to come up with ideas. Just that. Sit around and think of fun things to do, try, or make. Wouldn't that be so great?

Ok, well this particular idea came to me after reading this post on Soulemama and then browsing through my own photos of things I've made this year. I'd bet that you'd be surprised by how many wonderful things you've made if you counted. I was.
Lots of felt barrettes
A bunch of sweaters - some with flowers even!
Several hats (of varying degrees of popularity)
Many, many reversible pinafores (my new favorite thing)
Not to mention bags, blankets, dolls, dresses, skirts, pants, robes, and mittens! No wonder I'm so busy. Sheesh!

But here's the thing. I've made all of these lovely things to be worn, loved and used by children (and, on occasion, adults). Children who love dirt and paint and animals. Children who grow really, really fast (much too fast if you ask me). In other words, even we're all really careful, not many of these lovelies will be around to admire once they've been used to their fullest potential. A few maybe, but certainly not the lot.
Another pinafore...
So I was thinking, wouldn't it be nice to have a record of some kind of all these lovely things? Sure, when I'm old and gray I could browse through all the (millions of) photos I will have taken during my lifetime, finding a jumper here and a pair of super easy baby pants there. But even in my imagination that seems rather daunting.

But what if I had a project photo album? Once a year, using some nifty photo program like Kodak Gallery, Lulu, or Picaboo, I could collect photos of all my crafty projects into a book. Something tells me that if I did, whenever I felt like I had gotten absolutely nothing accomplished that day, or that I never had time for crafts, I could pull out the previous year's book and feel a whole lot better.


Isn't that a good idea?
Happy crafting!

11 comments:

Bonney said...

Love the pinafore! What pattern did you use?

Monica said...

Are you kidding? That is a brilliant idea! What a good way to make yourself feel better, when, like you said, you feel you've accomplished nothing!

luvinthemommyhood said...

fab idea! You can make great books at shutterfly. I love this idea!!!!!!!!

Made For F and E said...

Great idea! And definitely love those pinfores!

Mama Magpie said...

Thanks everyone! For the pinafores I used a pattern that I bought before I even opened the shop, but I think you can still get it from Heidi and Finn on Etsy. Otherwise the Emma Dress by Owly Baby on the site is super close.

Lavender Hearts said...

Like all the very best ideas, the simplest ones are best! Genius!

S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen said...

Excellent idea!

Heidi said...

That is a great idea! What lovely projects you made.

Kirsten W. said...

This is such a great idea! I am totally going to do that this year, especially since I usually gift a big percentage of the things I make. Thanks!

Fiona said...

Oh- What a fantastic idea!
I never feel like I'm getting anything accomplished- nowhere near my full to-do list at least. But I make countless items every year. I'd include the pattern too, so it would be like a private craft book. I'm so glad you posted on this, especially now at the beginning of the year, so I can start with January! Beautiful pictures of some of your projects also! Thanks!

Mama Magpie said...

I thought of the same thing Fiona! Wouldn't it be fun to be able to make another version of one of these projects for a grandchild some day?