fresh from the Makery: relocation edition

Nope, I didn't make this. Actually, I didn't make any of the stuff included in this week's project, a relaxation/sleep kit I put together for the first of a series of special relocation edition Makery posts. Nothing's final, but it's looking more and more likely that the family and I are going to say farewell to Boston this summer. It feels a little like the end of a slightly disappointing weekend in Vegas. I have no regrets - there are a lot of good things that have happened during the four years we've been here, and we always imagined we'd return to the west coast eventually, but professionally, for me at least, it's just not happening.

More on that as it unfolds. In the meantime, as you might imagine, I'm pretty busy going through stuff, getting rid of stuff, and starting to pack stuff. Even if we switch gears in the next couple of weeks, seriously tackling the clutter situation here will be a good thing. I may still make things from time to time, but for the most part, you can expect posts about what fun reorganizing project I've tackled that week, which may or may not involve a giveaway of some sort.

On that note, what I have to offer this week is primarily based on a sleep kit Neal brought home from a business trip several months ago. In addition to the audio CD, sleep mask, linen spray, and ear plugs, I've thrown in a body lotion sample from Victoria's Secret and a tea bag/coaster kit I picked up in Sisters, Oregon. Funny story, actually. I bought a couple of these handmade coasters to give as gifts to two of my in-laws, but several months after giving the first away, I couldn't remember who I'd given it to and didn't want to accidentally give the same thing to the same person twice. So it made its way to the bottom of my bag of gift wrap, gift boxes, and, occasionally, random gifts until I rediscovered it yesterday. The bag was part of a lovely graduation gift last year but the truth is I have all the toiletry bags I need so rather than toss this, I thought I'd use it to keep all the parts of this little kit together.

If you need a compelling reason to catch up on your sleep or just relax one weekend afternoon in the near future, leave me a comment on this post and I'll enter your name in the random drawing I'll do at the end of the week.


helena said...

Hi, I've been following your blog for a while, sorry to hear you're leaving Boston as I'm about to move there to go to the same school (Museum school for MFA in painting). I live in San Francisco right and love it (I know you lived in Bay Area for a while). I'll be sad to leave. Your sleep kit looks lovely. So do all of your handmade crafts! Got any advice about the Museum school MFA program for me?

Becky G. said...

We'll be like ships crossing in the night - the Bay Area, specifically East Bay, is likely where we're headed mid-July or so. It feels like going home. But Boston certainly has its charms and I know plenty of people who've stayed or moved to NY after grad school. I'd love to tell you more about the school - email me and I'll give you all the nitty gritty insider info.

java diva said...

I love this sleep kit!! You had me at earplugs. I wear them on occasion so that I don't continually kick my husband all night. I try to wear just 1, but last night was a double and I didn't hear him leave for work. I'd have slept in good if it weren't for my 8 year old waking me at 8:30...I did stay up too late reading a good mystery.

I sacrificed so much sleep over the weekend for my son's birthday party. This is the first time he's had friends over. And I had to bake for a bake sale, seriously who thinks of a bake sale on Mother's day?! So with all the cleaning and baking...I need a day to sleep in till 9!

Auntie Kay said...

I know that I am too late for this weeks - but it looks sensational.

Glad to hear that you will be coming back to the west. It will be a sad day for Brian and family.

We are in Carson City - thanks for the package at Jolinas. Love my stuff