I recently signed up for National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) through BlogHer, a media company specialized in blogging and social media. Basically all this means is that I have to publish a blog post everyday throughout the month of October, except Saturday’s and Sunday’s. The theme this month is simply: FALL. I have no idea what blogging every day will be like, but I do know that every single time I write, I learn something new. I’m excited to see what it will be this month. Now come on everybody, FALLow along with me!
Earlier in the month I posted this picture of a fly by the seat of my pants craft I started with Lance.
I basically let him color all over wooden letters that spelled FALL. Ultimately, I wanted to make a fall door decoration – something that we could create together.
As it goes, after he colored every which way all over the letters, and I added some polka dots, they sat for a week stacked in a pile on the kitchen table. Eventually the spirit moved me to uphold my end of the craft and find away to put it all together for our door.
Jan even played a role by drilling holes in the letters so I could string them vertically from the top. Of course Lance enjoyed the drilling part, too. After I strung them together, they hung on the door for another week, banging and clanging and flipping around. Alas over the weekend I added some ornamental leaves to prevent them from making so much noise against the door and flipping around. Vivian had fun feeling the satin leaves as I positioned them in between the letters. A yellow bow at the top provided the finishing touch.
I’ve mentioned it before and I’ll mention it again – I do not consider myself a craftastic Mom, but I am learning to stretch myself for the sake of my kids. They are still pretty young so I don’t feel the need to pull out crafts often, but I must admit it is fun to engage them, especially Lance, in a craft. Or a “project” as he likes to call them in our house.
In the long-run, Lance could probably care less about fall door decor, but including him in the creation of something custom-made for our home definitely made it more meaningful. Now our front door greets us with a friendly, “Well, come on in,” each time we enter our warm, cozy home. Lance likes to point out his artwork, and I am happy to see the “children live here” aspect of our fall door decoration.
Slowly, but surely I am beginning to enjoy making kid creations for our home. Having children is bringing that out in me, and I can only imagine the enjoyment will get stronger each year as family traditions emerge, especially around holidays. I’m learning it doesn’t have to be complicated either. Sometimes the simplest project creates the most meaningful memory. A memory of togetherness throughout each season of the year.
Maybe next year I’ll let the kids paint the letters or use a different filler in between the letters or use a different color bow or make them spooky. Either way, our decoration is by no means fancy, but I’d like to think each year we can continue to work with the same foundation and think of new ways to bring FALL to our front door.
The Banter Lady
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