i love to make a crafty little somethin-somethin to dress up my house for the holidays. i usually make some sort of paper garland, but I wanted to go outside of my comfort zone this year. plus, who doesn't love pom poms?!
all of the supplies can be found at any craft store. the pom pom makers were around five bucks. the most stressful part was choosing the yarn colors. (SO MANY OPTIONS) i ended up with these colors because they reflect the aesthetics of my house and my christmas tree (below).
step 1: wind the yarn around the "arms" of the pom pom maker. i found that doubling up on the yarn layer makes the pom more full and fluffy! (don't worry about making it perfect either, it won't change the final product.)
do this for BOTH sides of the arms without cutting your yarn.
step 2: once you're done, close both arms of the thingy and cut horizontally into the grooves of the arms. (above)
step 3: don't open the arms back up yet or you will have a crazy mess, friends! take a piece of the yarn or a small piece of thread and wrap it around the center of the pom pom maker. PULL TIGHT. this will make the pom pom extra fluffy. then tie a double knot.
step 4: now open the arms and pull the two white parts away from each other, splitting the pom pom maker in half and pulling it off of your newborn pom.
step 5: give your pom a haircut from loose strings and you are done! .... with one.
plop yourself in front of a good movie and before you know it, you will have a whole family of poms ready for stringin'.
step 6: take a needle and string (I used a firm gold string) and thread the poms together. I tied knots on each side of the poms so they don't slide around.
step 7: hang it up, and enjoy!
I'm using extra poms for present decorations! I love how dr. seuss they look!
hooray! it's time for another giveaway! this time, it will be a package of paper and writing products hand-selected by yours truly. all you have to do to enter is leave a comment below with what your favorite post has been this year and why.
submissions will close december 20.
the final month of 2013 is here and it's unreal. this has been the greatest year of my life so far and I can't wait to round it out in the next 30 days.
- our engagement party
- holiday shopping: accomplished!
- set up the tree and decorated the house
- ate way too much turkey
i love npr and satellite radio as much as the next person, but sometimes after a long day, i need some peace and quiet. listening to clacking keyboards and chattering co-workers for eight hours can lead to some serious crankiness at the end of the day. getting home is super awesome, but if your husband/girlfriend/roommate is watching football/keeping up with the kardashians while eating chips, cracking open beers and gabbing about their horrible day, you might be ready to run back out the front door.
that's why I recommend turning off the noise in the car on your way to/from work on occasion. my favorite time to do this is when it's raining out or late at night when i roll down my windows and enjoy the silence. talking on the phone or listening to loud music or the nightly news can be overwhelming and not allow you to reflect on your day. it can also result in you blowing up at your roommate/partner when you walk in the front door if you have a stressful conversation or hear overwhelming news. so this week, turn off the radio and put your phone on silent, breathe, and just reflect on how you feel and what you can do to make your night the best possible.
hope you all enjoy a weekend of relaxation and leftovers.
don't get trampled in the stores!