February DIY

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).

6 thoughts on “February DIY

  1. I love fun craft projects and the bracelet looks great! I would love to get the recipe for your crockpot BBQ chicken if I could. Always looking for new recipes and crockpot ones are great to have on those busy days 🙂

    • Sure thing! Are you on pinterest? If so, it is on my recipe board. If not, you should #1 – join and #2 – I will send it to me (just email me to remind me!).

  2. Oh my gosh! I laughed so hard when I read your comment about Rich’s head caught in the seat. I’m still laughing as I type this. That memory will always cause me to laugh a lot, I’m sure! Love the bracelet too. I may have to do one myself!

    • I laughed all over again just now. You know its a good one when you laugh over two years later. Bracelet was super easy…you should totally try it!! I wore it the other day and I really like it!

      • First of all, why does it say Ed replied and not you? And second and most importantly, who is that a picture of in your reply!?!?! It’s neither you nor Ed…unless he’s changed a lot!

        • Haha. Ed’s friend Scott set up this blog for us and loans us the web space, so its his picture. Do you remember him from working with the Maze? And I it is always set to default as Ed but he never does anything with this blog, so its all me!

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