I shouldn't have really worried about bringing a craft to do, though, because we found a Hungarian craft store in our neighbourhood. Seeing as I'll be spending the fall in Hungary, the land of embroidery, I figured that should be my craft! I bought a pillow-sized piece of fabric with a pattern already drawn on (I'm a cheater) and some gorgeous Hungarian-made embroidery thread in turquoise.
I'm hoping my turquoise embroidery pillow will look as chic as this tote:
I figured I'd better snap a photo and share so I've got a proper "before" of my project, plus an honest timeline. I'll keep you posted on how this goes. I felt pumped at the store, but feel a little overwhelmed now.
P.S. You might have noticed I finally fixed my hair. After my DIY dye debacle, I got used to wearing my hair up (you might have noticed in this post, this post and this post) so I barely noticed the overgrown cut and splotchy dye. Before the trip, though, I got a cut and colour I was happy with, until I noticed a bit of the weird blond patch coming through. I feel better knowing my dye job wasn't the problem - my professionally done highlights were just extra bleached there - but I'm annoyed that I might have the splotchy look again. In any case, the cut, although nothing special, is fresher. Even after a long, sweaty, wind blown day, my hair looks okay:
I used to be really experimental with my hair, I have had super short and super long hair with every cut in between. Maybe in the new year I'll have to chop a lot off to deal with the splotches once and for all . . . maybe even dye it a fun colour. Maybe chicken out. We'll see!