Over the past few weeks, I've been suddenly struck with the need to MAKE ALL THE THINGS!!! And it's not just my usual knitting, though I have been doing that nearly nonstop in between my other new projects. First up is the cemeterrarium I made as a new centerpiece for my dining room table. When Halloween goodies started coming out in stores, I had mixed feelings because on the one hand I've always been a strong proponent of selling holiday things around the actual holiday, but on the other hand...it's Halloween. So I didn't waste much time hemming and hawing over whether or not I should buy anything for this new project, which turned out to be easier than I could have even imagined. It's really just a layer of pebbles, a layer of dirt, and a layer of sheet moss with all my cute little cemetery figures on top. I actually already had everything but the figures, too, since I have a few plants around the house, so in all it probably cost me around $20.
Up next is this Summer Sorbet poncho that I've been working on, which I mentioned in my tinyletter earlier this week. This is a me project in between some birthday gifts that I've been working on, and even though it's probably one of the more challenging pieces I've worked on lately, I'm just adoring the way that it's turning out. Even with all the mistakes I've made (and ignored), it looks so beautiful to me, and I can't wait to be able to wear it. Plus, I love the yarns I chose; they're soft and squishy in combination with the various stitches, so I think it's going to be so cozy when I can finally wear it.
My favorite, though, is absolutely my new obsession with scrapbooking. For the past couple of weeks I've been binge-listening to the Crafty Ass Female podcast, and it's really sparked my interest in scrapbooking as a hobby. I'd been interested before, but when I realized that it could be a really cute, fun way to put together Jelly Bean's baby book, I kind of fell headfirst into it. I've spent hours and hours watching YouTube process videos, browsing through Instagram and Pinterest, looking for blog posts, and making wishlists on so many sites and in my own head. Oh, and I signed up for the Awesome Ladies Project to get to look even more examples. Honestly, just learning and looking has been fun--but I also couldn't wait to start with the baby book, so I started doing rukristin's 100 Questions challenge in this MrKate notebook that I had in my stash, and I'm so excited with how it's turning out so far. It feels like a good warmup before I start the baby book, and it just has me feeling even more excited to begin that in a few months.
I'm pretty confident in the idea that this is all a part of the nesting instinct kicking in during pregnancy. I've already been cleaning obsessively for a few weeks (although that's not that different from how I am normally; I love tidying), and now I'm just dying to create in so many ways. I'm also looking at watercolor supplies and classes on Skillshare, and so many other things. Ugh. The excitement is almost overwhelming, and I love it.