Pom Poms, Feathers, Crochet, and a Rock Star Princess

22 September, 2011

in Crocheting & Knitting,Learning: Read, Watch, Listen

Vintage Pom Pom Maker

Otherwise Known As: What Else I’ve Been Doing Besides Tunisian Crochet. 

Isn’t that vintage packaging great?!  Although I can’t say I’m going to be “decorating…blazer jackets” with pom poms anytime soon…

Vintage Pom Pom Packaging

I can say, however, that I am now firmly into the pom pom trend. 

I hope you don’t mind.  I just got this in the mail via Etsy a couple days ago.  For $3.99 I passed up cutting my own cardboard circles and bought it.  Although, now that I’ve used it and want to make bigger ones, I’m thinking some giant washers from the hardware store would do the trick.  I’ll let you know.

Pom Pom in the Making

And have I told you this? I have finally discovered what to do with the extra-gross, scratchy, but oh-so-wildly colored old acrylic yarn at the thrift stores!

That is not a big deal to you?  Okay, it is a big deal to me.  It always pained me to leave all that old rug yarn there and the ancient acrylics, but it was SO scratchy.  I am super happy to recycle it into a cheery use!

Pom Pom in Progress

I even like the little puff balls they make before they are cut.

Pom Poms
Pom poms!

You can the my progression here…small one, not cut as well…bigger ones…”hey, I can mix colors!”…”Ooh, more colors!” 

Like that.  Doesn’t take much to keep me happy, folks.

Feather Light

That very same night, I made this votive holder.  I’m doing lots of pattern writing and figuring behind the scenes right now.

After awhile the process breaks my brain and I need to do something immediate.

And super hands-on, old-fashioned, crafty craft.  I was taking a break, reading my fave blogs, and Lune Vintage stopped me in my tracks.

Lune Vintage’s Light as a Feather Votive struck me as just the wonderfully hippie/bohemian/folksy thing I was looking for.

And bonus!  I had all the supplies.  Well, except double-sided tape.  After looking, and refraining from taking my child’s name in vain after discovering he’d used it all, I just put skinny masking tape in a loop like we all did before double-sided tape.

The feathers were dumped from the jar they were collected in, cut & taped around the outside of it, and then I taped on the ribbon, too.  Voila!

Super easy, and I love it!

I’ll show you the rest of the mantle later if I can figure out how I want to finish decorating it.  It’s always a dance between too much over-thinking, and need to switch things up every season for me.

swatches 001

And then the next day I went to my girl friend’s house and we worked on joining a baby blanket together.  We’ve made baby blankets together for mutual friends before. Eli’s, Larissa’s, and Jack’s

It’s turned into a really lovely tradition and helps us as busy moms make sure we make time to get together. 

One of these days I’m going to do my first house tour with the little interesting things in her house.  She’s very creative, but blog-less, so I keep telling her I’m going to put her on mine!  She is the one who picked out the fabulous mustardy yellow/icy blue color combination as a fresh color palette for a little boy’s blanket.

swatches 002

Afterwards, we went for a walk.  Because after all, “even princesses need to take walks, Mommy.”

It should be noted that Miss Aletta’s dress was made by her grandmother.

And that she has 3 or 4 more in various colors and styles that she “borrows” library-style from her grandma’s house, one at a time.  Smart mommy.

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek into some of the other stuff of my daily life. Not the boring parts of course. When I figure out how to creatively enjoy laundry time, I’ll let you know. 

Until then, go, make pom poms!  Fashion a feather candle votive! Or just be a rock star princess and take a walk!

Tell me, what are you up to?


p.s. I know the X Factor is a totally manufactured reality show, but I caught the end of it last night, and this still got to me. Even if they show us a redemption story to break our hearts and open our wallets, it’s still a redemption story, yes? Chris Rene’s Young Homie

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