Fluffy Mini Pom tutorial

I made a few of these little poms for the table at Madeline’s owl party last week.
They’re festive and cute, and only take a minute to whip up.

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Layer 4 pieces of tissue paper (9″x12″), alternating colors.
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Fold over, lengthwise, and make even cuts along the unfolded side, leaving about 1/2 inch uncut.
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Holding the uncut edge, fold lengthwise, twisting the end, and secure with tape.
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Fluff the pom and display in small vases/cups.
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Fairy Tale Month: Rapunzel Braid Project

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I don’t know what my problem is this week, but I’ve been running behind ever since it started.
Because of that I won’t be able to post our final Rapunzel project until early next week, along with a final wrap-up of our awesome fairy-tale-filled month.

Here’s what we did finish this week: a Rapunzel-inspired yarn braid.

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This wasn’t a hard project, but it did take some time.
I got it about halfway done and messed up and had to unwind and then rewind almost a pound of yarn. NOT FUN!
But guess who came to my rescue?
The husband.
He took over the task of yarn-winding and in typical Jeremy fashion, figured out a way to save time and energy while doing so.
I loosely followed this tutorial, mainly borrowing her idea of using cut-off tights to sew the yarn onto.
Brilliance.

And now my girls have a Rapunzel braid to fight over.
Not so brilliant.

So here’s the basic idea:

Wrap yarn around two objects that are as far apart as the length you want your braid.  I started by using chairs, but they kept moving, so Jeremy eventually wound the yard around the table legs.  Perfect, and everything stayed even.  I used 1lb of yarn.

Slip a small piece of yarn through one end of the yarn and tie off.  Snip the other ends (so when it’s laid out straight it is tied in the middle).  The tied area is the front of the wig.

Hand sew the top of the wig to the tights (as shown in the link) and braid the remainder.  Voila.

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Susannah’s been informing me of my folly in not adding flowers to the braid so I suppose I’ll be remedying that next week as well.

Have a good weekend, all.

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DIY Gifts: Flower Pins/Hairclips

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These flowers were on my to-do list for a long time before I finally gathered the courage to try them.
I’ve always been a total wuss when it comes to lighters, so the thought of burning the edges of the fabric made me hesitate.
You know.
For a couple of years.

And I’m not gonna lie.
I totally burned my first few attempts.
Charred, ruinous little piles of fabric were not exactly the results I was hoping for, so I almost gave up.
But eventually I got better with just curling the edges of the fabric with the flame and was able to put the fire extinguisher away.
Well, away but within arms reach. 😉

I didn’t use any particular method to my madness, just cut two circles about 5-6 inches in diameter, then cut two circles a little smaller, and continued to do that until I felt I had enough.
See, very scientific.

Curled the edges with the flame (obviously I haven’t perfected this part yet), then piled them together and put a few stitched through the center.
I like adding buttons to the center to embellish a little, then add a clip or pin to the back with a glue gun.

The loveliness of the flowers made me forget all about the shameful little piles of ash that I quickly swept out of sight.
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Because I’m a big scaredy-cat about accessorizing, I gave these away to my sister.
Maybe someday I’ll be daring enough to wear one myself. It’s sad that I’m such a plain Jane, because I love pretty stuff.
It doesn’t help that the one time I tried to wear a flower in my hair, my sister was visiting and she laughed at me.
Sniff.

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DIY Gifts: Stamped Coasters

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These coasters are super quick to pretty up and are fun to gift.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own set:

  • Tiles from Lowes or any home improvement store (I think these were 3.5 x 3.5 and were about twenty cents each)
  • Stamp(s) of your choosing
  • Ink (I used Staz-On)
  • Spray sealant

Starting with a clean, dry tile, stamp your image onto the tile.
The most important thing is to make sure you let the ink dry long enough. I always wait overnight just to make sure it’s not going to run.
Then spray with several coats of sealant, letting each coat dry fully.
I usually also add those little sticky-back, felt circles to the bottom to protect the surfact the tiles are sitting on.
Wrap with a ribbon and you have a simple, useful gift for someone.

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I’m fairly certain I’ve seen a version of this floating around Pinterest, so I’m sure it’s not original to me, but I love how it turned out and wanted to share.

In spite of all the ornament-making and Christmas/holiday crafting we’ve done this year, I haven’t done so hot on the decorating front.

We put our tree up December 1st, and Jerm put some lights up outside, but that’s about as far as I’ve gone.  Which is really kind of sad, considering the sizeable amount of pretty decorations I have left over from my (December) wedding.  But whatev.

Is it too late to put stuff up now?

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I had most of the supplies on hand already for this, and it took minimal effort.

Here’s a quick rundown of what I did for each letter.

The N was already white, so I just added some sparkly white Martha Stewart glitter.  You can’t really tell in the photos, but it’s very fine and sparkles a lot.  I did the same for the star.  I don’t know why the photos make the star look a different color, but it’s sparkly white, too.

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The O is a wreath I already had on hand from….?  I don’t really remember where.  Possibly the Dollar Tree.  All I did was cut up a couple of sprigs of berries and twisted the wires into the wreath at random intervals.

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The E is the only letter I didn’t already have, so I bought a paper mache one from the store.  I would have preferred a wooden letter, but couldn’t find one in the right size at Joann’s and didn’t want to have to make another stop just for one letter.  Lazy, huh?  In my defense, it’s exhausting hauling the girls to a million stores.

But anywho, focus, Bek.

I painted the edges white, used spray adhesive to attach scrapbook paper to the front, then sanded the edges down a wee bit.

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I made the L myself from some scraps of wood from a past project.  I even made one of the cuts myself, but Jerm did most of it for me.  It was simple, but I like to let him flex his muscles.  The I just dry-brushed some red paint on.  Obviously I used a little too much paint, but hey, whatever.

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And I just set it on my photo ledge.  Instant holiday cheer.

I’m wildly jealous of anyone who has a mantle.  I’m so obsessed that I think I’ve figured out a way to make myself a faux mantle.  Now just to convince Jerm…

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DIY Ornaments: Cinnamon Hearts

Want to know what’s cool about these ornaments?
They smell AMAZING!
Well, unless you hate cinnamon, in which case you’re just weird.

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It doesn’t get much simpler than this one.
Mix 1 cup applesauce with 1.5 cups cinnamon.
Use your handy-dandy KitchenAid to make sure it’s really, really well mixed. You don’t want the dough to be wet at all.
(If it is, just add more cinnamon.)

Once it’s all mixed up, roll out the dough on a cinnamon-sprinkled counter.
Cut out cute little hearts.
If you’re like me and SOMEHOW find yourself without a tiny heart cutter, just cut up one of your ugly Christmas cutters you never use and re-shape into a heart.
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And then after you’re all done, realize that you like the big hearts better, after all, and could have saved yourself all that work.
But whatev.

Use a skewer to poke holes in your hearts.
Bake on a cookie sheet at 200 for 1.5 hours.
Let cool, then add some string or twine and hang on the tree.
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And sniff a lot.

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DIY Ornaments: Pom-pom garland

Since we’re obviously not going with any kind of theme for our tree, the girls and I decided we needed to add one of my favorite things – pom-pom garland.

Maybe it makes me a bad mom, but I actually gave my kids needles so they could make their own garlands.
(Although I did sit right by them the entire time and cringed every time Madeline speared one of the poms.)

They had a killer time and were oh-so-proud of their very own pom garlands.
I think after Christmas I’ll let them put them up in their rooms.
Pom garlands go with anything, right?

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Oh, well our garlands are not on our tree yet.
I let the kids put the ornaments on and right now they’re all clustered in one small area on the front of the tree so I need to find a time to (covertly, of course) space them out a little.
Then we’ll add the garland.
Just in case you were dying to know. 😉

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