Thursday, November 1, 2012

DIY Felt Ball Wreath








You'll need:
355 felt balls
10" wreath
Thread or fishing line
Thin Long Needle
Glue gun with gobs of glue sticks

Where I purchased:
Felt Balls from Yarn Place on Ebay

She sells them in quanities of 200. 
She has an excellent color pallet 
& will let you choose your colors 
(which was very important to me).

The colors that I purchased were: 

yellow

black

royal fuchsia

pumpkin

jade

phthalo

pastel blue

white

english rose

purple heart

dark olive

harvest gold

army green

brown



The thickness of your needle matters 
because a thicker needle creates a larger hole 
in your felt ball & your string will slide right through 
(and yes, I learned this the hard way).



Step 1: Cut your thread. 
Each of my threads were about 80" long 
(40" when folded).


Step 2: Anchor your thread by looping it several times 
around the straw.





Step 3: Load up 9 felt balls.




Step 4: Wrap them around


Step 5: Load 9 more





Step 6: Tie it off the same place you started
(and know that you can really tie it off anywhere,
it's just easier going into the same hole)


Now if your thread didn't quite make it around twice, no worries.  
This is all real messy in the beginning 
and you'll tighten it all up as you go along.



Step 7: Glue in between in your rows


Step 8: And press them together




Keep going


Step 9: Add balls where you see little gaps
(and don't worry if it's not smooth rows of balls,
I wanted mine to be a little wonky 
because that's what gives it whimsy).





Keep going.  Repeating Steps 1-9.



And you may see a place that needs another row or two.


So add one.






And here's when I weave the thread all throughout the balls 
& anchor again,
tying it off on the backside (like Step 2).
It helps hold some of the other rows down too.


Look for empty spots.



Generously add some glue.


And ssqquueeze them together!!!




Your backside will be criss-crossy 
and totally inconsistent.  That's good!







 After many days of work 
(at least it took me many days) DONE!
Do a cartwheel!
Now go put it somewhere highly noticeable, 
so everyone can "eww & ahh" at your handiwork.
Well done you!


My sole inspiration for this wreath came from Pickles.
I fell in love with their wreath!!! 
But I couldn't make out how to put it all together
so I decided to create a tutorial 
for others who fell into that boat too.
I hope it helps you.




Wednesday, September 26, 2012

My own personal parrot

His first three word sentence.  Evidence that his mommy is like still a valley girl at heart.




Just fifteen short months ago he just giggled and babbled & it was too much cuteness for me to handle.  Time goes by so quickly!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Kitchen Product Review

It has been SO long since my last product review.  But I always love when blogger friends post reviews, so maybe you do too?

Take a peak into my KITCHEN Reviews

On a whim, I bought this all silicone spoon/spatuala at Elliott's Hardware, our only neighborhood-type hardware store (by that I mean, small town feel not like the big box stores).  And I'm in love!



Which is strange because I have replaced all of my plastic tupperware with glass.  And I don't like to use anything in the kitchen that mimics the feel of plastic (tossed my plastic cutting boards too).  My OXO bowls are the only thing that has survived (cause who doesn't love all things OXO?).  And it's not a BPA, tree-hugger thing, I just don't like plastic, like at all.   I really love the feel of natural materials and the way glass wears over time.  But this single silicone spatuala makes me want an entire drawer full.  I can leave it in the pot and it just sits patiently, not threatening to get irritable and melt on me.  Two thumbs way up!


So onto my glass tupperware.  I was finding that glass storage was so expensive everywhere, like $8 for a single good sized bowl with a lid.  Until I met Anchor's version:



I gradually replaced all of my tupperware with the two sets of the larger bowls (3 in each set) and 12 of the smallest (I was making Gideon's baby food & freezing it at the time).  And because I bought them at  Beth Bath and Beyond I used a coupon every single time! And they've held up nicely over the past year.





Okay, so I know I'm probably a little late to jump onto this bandwagon, but I got a lemon juicer and I LOVE it!  I make a lemon glaze that I pour on top of my lemon sheet cakes and for some reason I've made it three times in the past two months (which involved much juicing of lemons).  So I decided to bite the bullet and spend $8 on this juicer.  Such lovely decision.  No more picking seeds out of my juice or rinsing my hands constantly because I have little angry cuts protesting.  And when I need 1/2 cup of lemon it's now a piece of cake...haha...pun intended.  And I can't wait to use it when I make my key lime pie too.



What are your favorite kitchen gadgets?  I'm really curious!



Friday, August 31, 2012

Colors

I have been super busy over here, gearing up for Fall & Winter.  I love my new flannels...



And my MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group starts soon and I'm in charge of centerpieces, so we decided to paint hatboxes and cover the tops with fabric.
And you know when you ask me to do anything decorative it will always involve jewel tones (well, and fabric)...





I'm off to Eileen's tomorrow to take pictures of some the new stuff I'm putting in the Shop.  I always love going way out there to Eileen's house because she lives in the "real" country---where there are horses, big barrels of hay, barns, and men in overalls.   It reminds me that I really do live in Texas.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Sunday.

Because Gideon got some virus that's going around (high fever, no other symptoms at all), we spent all day Sunday indoors.

I played with fabric paint & dye:







And Gideon did what Gideon does best.  He ate:



Oh and he threw a ceramic mug at my ankle.  And broke the skin & a big blood vessel.  Cabin fever is an understatement.

And because I talk about such things here, I must tell you that since my mother's visit in May (which always includes our traditional mani-pedi date),  I use color on my nails.  I'm branching out from just neutrals.
In fact, this Kook-A-Mango has been on my nails on and off all summer.  



My toes still only see Shall We Dance.  But anyways.  This stuff is essential to life, no?  

Gideon is on the mend I think, his temp was on 99 this morning and he's fever free tonight.  My only expectation for tomorrow is a grocery store trip (praying for a normal temp when he wakes).
Happy Monday!