The past few weeks have been slightly manic. I've been combing through final edits on Project Fun, ensuring every T is crossed, and every little detail makes logical sense. It's been unexpectedly time-consuming, and I've probably lost some hair in the process. I've also been searching for a new home in North Carolina, and busy with all the other fun stuff that comes with moving (cleaning my current apartment to show to prospective tenants, researching banks, health insurance, jobs, etc).
Meanwhile, I'm also helping to plan a baby shower for my sister.
Yes, that's right. My sister's expecting a little boy, and I'm SOOOO excited. I'll be a first time aunt!
I queried friends on baby showers, visited a number of stores to look at invitations and decorations, and searched through Pinterest and Etsy to gather ideas. I fell in love with some hand-made invitations, and decided I could create something similar. So I emailed my family with my brilliant idea, and made another trip to the stores, this time to look at card stock, buttons, and sequins. A few family members, very kindly, wrote back to ask if I was crazy (though of course they phrased it more considerately). Did I really have this kind of time?
Well, yes, okay, I am a little busy. And my husband laughed one day when he came home to find me wandering around with a pair of scissors, searching for the perfect little button. But don't you find that some things, even when they add time, subtract from stress?
Being artsy is one of those things for me. And for such a joyful cause? Even better.
On that note, I am going to be away from the blog for the next week, maybe longer, as I try to stay on top of everything.
In the meantime, what are your favorite anti-stress activities? And favorite picture book presents for parents expecting a child?