Part of my PDP (Personal Development Plan aka goal plan for 6 months) is that I want to do a fun, crafty project/new recipe/DIY project once a month. January was the homemade hair detangler I posted about here. I also made Crockpot Barbeque Chicken Drumsticks which turned out really well.
So this month, I wanted to make a safety pin bead bracelet I saw on pinterest as well as try the Crockpot Orange Chicken recipe. The recipe is on the menu plan for this week, but the bracelet I started on last week. Here is the picture I saw on Pinterest that made me want to attempt this project:
So, I bought my beads, safety pins, and elastic and set to work. While this project is not complicated, it takes a little while to thread all the beads and then put the pins on the elastic. It takes even more time when you use the big beads rather than the really small ones and the bracelet can’t tighten enough to fit on your wrist without the pins buckling. So, after threading beads twice, it is finished!! Here is my final product:
It looks much, much better on my wrist – it doesn’t buckle like it shows in this picture and the pink beads stand out more. Overall, for a project that cost around $6 or so, I think it turned out well and I am definitely planning on wearing it (versus some projects just aren’t wearable/usable and are stuffed in a closet). This would be a great idea for a gift too!
So, every month we have team social time where one team member gets to pick something fun for us to do together as a team and it is usually something that they really enjoy doing or have been wanting to do. It is a great chance for us to bond and learn what the other people on our team enjoy doing in their free time. Some team socials we have had in the past (here and in Kentucky) are playing games, geocaching (Becky, do you remember Rich’s head getting stuck between the seats?!?), watching a black and white old school movie, bowling, state fair, etc. This month, it was our team mate Samantha’s turn to pick. She decided she wanted to go to a Japanese restaurant named Kanki here in Raleigh. Since Ed and I love Japanese, we were definitely game, but a little hesitant, because we have tried Japanese style restaurants from Kentucky all the way to NC and have yet to find one that we enjoy as much as Miyabi in Myrtle Beach. The verdict? It was really good! The upside is that I would say that the food quality was as good as Miyabi. The downside is that you get a little less food and they don’t give you the option of getting shrimp. But overall, it goes a long way in helping me to feel like Raleigh is home. Here is a picture of our sweet family at Kanki (sorry its a little blurry – it was taken on a cell).