star wars perler bead garland

star wars perler beads

2 little known facts about me: 1- i love to do puzzles, but pretty much only at christmas.  i totally become anti social, unless you want to do a puzzle with me, then i’ll talk to you the whole time.  i just have a hard time walking away from the puzzle.  my family all knows this.  sean was the best this christmas and got me TWO new puzzles (though i will happily do old puzzles over and over).  one of them was a hideous cat puzzle, which is hilarious because he and i are not so much fans of the felines.  the other fact, similar to puzzles, is that i love to work (play) with perler beads.  i try to convince my kids to do them with me, but really i am happy to do them alone as well.  its just that perler beads are definitely a “kid” activity, so i need to at least get them to start with me, then, if i have to, i’ll finish up on my own ;)

star wars perler beads

this christmas break, we had quite a few veg out days, so we got out the basket of perler beads that we’ve had in the rotation of use for several years now.  we even used them for gracie’s craft camp party!  here’s the thing about perler beads, and i guess lots of kids crafts in general: you make something with them and then what?  you hang a melted plastic bead creation on the wall?  in an effort to be more thoughtful about what we bring into our home, or what we give away to have a purpose, we had to think about what we were going to put our time into.  my kids, the girls especially, are so into pinterest.  its fairly safe, for the most part, but there have been several times that i’ve had to mark pins with inappropriate content.  the girls found some adorable examples of perler bead creations and we all decided to make a bunch of little star wars characters, then string them together like a bunting and pass them along to our trio of younger boy cousins who are big star wars fans (the youngest could hum the star wars anthem before he could talk).  our creations had a purpose, and even better, a home (that wasn’t mine).

star wars perler beads

we found our inspiration here, here, and here, and had to just make up a few of our own characters on our own.  also, please forgive our portrayal of rey – we just had run out of beads and were trying our best to make her look human, though she looks a bit more monkey-like, unfortunately!

star wars perler beads

star wars perler beads

we have a giant multi-color bucket of beads (i’d say get it at michael’s or hobby lobby with a coupon), and then we’ve bought specific colors if we needed them, like these.

hopefully this can help your star wars loving kids (or you) make your own perler bead creations!

back in the saddle?


(these pictures are from our trip to santa barabara over christmas break, not related to this post, but still fun!)

hey friends!  its january, so that means i have to make resolutions.  really, not my favorite thing to do.  i am not a super introspective person, so i guess the practice of making resolutions is a good thing for me, to stretch me a bit.  one of my resolutions is to blog more.  but the funny thing is, i wrote down “blog more – ?”.  like i am unsure if it should be a resolution or not!  my husband has asked me a few times over the last couple years why i am still doing it, to make me really think through my reasons.  and i haven’t had a great answer.  i don’t have a business anymore, so i don’t blog for promoting my products anymore.  and finding the time to produce good quality content has been hard.  ok, thats probably a lie.  making time for good quality content has been hard.  i’m sure i could find the time.


we’ve been out of our last home for just over a year now, and in a rental house, and in the property finding/buying/house designing-to-build process for about 2 years now.  i’ve mentioned it before, but it has felt like an emotional roller coaster through these 2 years – not overly difficult, but entirely unsettling.  our rental has definitely felt like “home” but not the home i’d love to live in forever.  while its in a beautiful area, its cold and dark (as in it doesn’t get good light), and just kind of blah.  all this to say, i haven’t had a whole lot i’ve felt like blogging about because saying, “hey guys!  it looks like we’ve found property! oh.  never
mind” gets kind of boring after awhile.


 so why do i feel like i need to get back to blogging?  because i feel like i’ve lost myself a little bit over the last couple years.  while i am pouring myself into my kids and my home life more, i am missing a consistent creative outlet, missing pushing myself to write more and create content, which forced me to be creative.  so, here goes again, back to blogging.  forgive me if i produce the most boring posts in the history of ever, because right now, i think i’m doing this more for me than anything else.


 also on the property/house front, i am hoping to have some good news to share in the next week or so, but with the way things have been going, it may just be a bit longer…#cliffhanger