And yes, this last week has been much better. We were able to make some connection at a church we've been attending, we invited some acquaintances over for the day and my two big boys went to day camp for two days giving me the break of having just the baby and the puppy. Funny how that seems like a break now.
Ok, so now on with today's thoughts.
Something I really have enjoyed about living here in Costa Rica is the challenge of creating things that most people just run to Target and buy. Like these coasters for example. I made these yesterday out of fabric from my stash. Our dinning room table has issues with watermarks and we needed something to help prevent that.
There is something very important about creating, using the skills God has given us to make our environments better, more efficient, more pleasing. I believe it's part of what makes us Humans, created in the image of God. After all, He is creative God.
I think we probably would agree that a cultural value in the US right now is one of consumerism. Instead of making, people buy. Instead of using what they have, they buy something, usually plastic, to solve a problem. Now, hear me out, I am not saying buying things or plastic is bad, but there is another way. One that seems to be forgotten in my home country. Honestly, I am glad I have been forced further down this path of making and creating to keep my family clean, feed and living in lovely surroundings.
In the hopes of inspiring you to continue what you are already doing, making do and making it awesome, here's a few of my favorite projects from the last few months.
Here in Costa Rica, so often what you're looking for doesn't exist, or is so astronomically expensive, it is out of reach. And I realize Costa Rica is overflowing with variety when compared to some of the place you all are living in!
Por ejemplo, baby swings. When we came in September, Quinn was 3 months old. We had to leave his baby swing in the States and I knew there was no way we could afford one here (somewhere in the $250 USD range).
My babies love to swing. Quinn is no exception. So I got to thinking, and with the help of a friend, found a baby swing idea, found a tutorial online and made it.
And before you think I have all sorts of mad seamstress skills, I sew straight lines. That's it. See, both sewing projects have straight lines? Well, the coasters have some wonky ones too, but really, those are suppose to be that way.
I don't know about where you live, but here mold can become a problem. Most people don't have dressers for that reason. So when it came to clothes storage in our bedroom, we had to think outside the
Now yes, we have to make sure to keep our clothes neat and tidy, but really, it's been working out just fine. And the baskets are good for all our unmentionables. Oh, and because things like dresses and dress shirts really should be hung, here's what my husband rigged up.
Ok, so now I want to see what you amazing people have done with your God given creativity!
What is one of you favorite projects you've made to solve a problem (chances are, one of us is having the same problem, so help a sista out!), to make a more lovely environment, or to help your family in some way? Make sure to link us to a photo if you have one!