I love all their stuff, but they are so expensive! A really cool thing I noticed while walking around the store was that a lot of the decorations had a homemade look or was even knitted or crocheted which is great because that means I can recreate things I see for a fraction of the price or even free.
Valentine’s Day is around the corner, just a week away I believe. February 14th is a little special around here because five years ago on that day Trisden proposed! I can’t believe it’s been five years already, it’s crazy how fast time flies. He proposed in 2009 and we married in 2012, so this July will be our two year anniversary! Crazy!
In light of this special day I thought I would make a pretty garland in the classic festive colors.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Yarn, in pretty Valentine colors
Make a really long crochet chain, then whip up a bunch of yarn pom poms. For a full tutorial on how to make these pom poms, see this post. Spread out your pom poms evenly across the crochet chain and tie them on.
Hang the garland wherever it looks prettiest!
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Have a great day!
Lately I have noticed pom pom wreaths popping up all over the place and am excited to have finally made my own and share how I did it! I love the warm fuzzy feel it adds to the room, and I plan on making more in a few different colors or maybe even a giant one. Our apartment is finally all decorated for Christmas with our lights, tree and now this little wreath.
Now on to the important stuff…despite the large number of photos in my tutorial, the wreath actually works up pretty quickly and is not difficult at all to do (I promise!). I split my tutorial up into two chunks, with the first part showing how to make a pom pom, and the second on how to assemble the wreath.
This is a great project for using up scrap yarn that might be lying around the house. I made mine with white and soft white Red Heart Yarn, and some cream colored wool. I am really happy with the way it turned out and even happier I already had all the materials on hand so this project was free for me. Yay!
Pom Pom Tutorial
yarn (worsted weight or thicker)
crochet hook, pen, or long skinny stick
Wrap yarn around your hand until you get it nice and thick like in picture #2. Next Cut a piece of scrap yarn thats about 12 inches. This scrap piece will be used for securing your pom pom.
Next, take that piece of scrap yarn and use a crochet hook/pen/long skinny stick to poke it down between your fingers (middle and ring finger) like in picture #4, pull it so that half the string is in your palm and the other half is on the back of your hand.
Take the half thats on the back side of your hand and slip it between your middle and ring finger tips like in picture #5. Tie the two strands as best as you can.
Slip the yarn off your fingers and pull the knot tight. Flip the yarn over and knot the other side. Your pom pom form should look like a bun. Cut the strands around the “bun” taking care to not cut your long securing strands. The securing strands are used for tying the pom poms to whatever you are making.
Fluff up your pom pom to see how it looks. Trim where you see fit. I like to trim mine a lot as the more you trim it, the more dense your pom pom! Make them in bunches for wreaths, gift toppers, garland, ornaments, and more!
Also, save your scraps!! As you can see here all my pom pom trimmings added up. I ended up with a huge pile of little yarn shavings that I just couldn’t bring myself to throw away so I gathered them all into a little baggy to save for stuffing for my next amigurumi project. These little yarn scraps are a great fiberfil substitute when you’re in a pinch!
Pom Pom Wreath Tutorial
pom poms (I used 24 total. 8 soft white, 8 white, 8 cream)
Arrange your pom poms into 2 circles in the shape of your wreath. My circles consist of 8 pom poms in inner circle and 16 pom poms in my outer circle.
Take 3 pipe cleaners and twist them together to make one thick strand. Take another 3 pipe cleaners and do the same thing. Twist the two thick pipe cleaner strands together and form a circle to the size of your inner pom pom circle.
Tie the pom poms to your pipe cleaner circle with those long securing strand tails.
Once your inner circle is done, do the same thing for large circle. I used 4 thick pipe cleaner strands to make the big circle.
Now that both circles have all your pom poms attached, put your small circle inside the big circle and have the pipe cleaner side facing up. Take one tail from each inner pom pom and it tie it to the tail of an outer circle pom pom just like in picture #17.
Now that your inner and outer circles are connected, flip your wreath over so you can see the pretty side. If yours is like mine, you’ll see in picture #18 I have some gaps in my wreath.
For wreath gaps, you can do one of two things, either add in more pom poms to fill those gaps, or do what I did and just take the tails from the inner and outer circle and tie them in the front (demonstrated in photo #19) to fill in the holes. Once you get the wreath how you like it, cut all the tails to blend in with the pom poms.
To hang, just take another pipe cleaner bend it in half, and twist it a bit and attach it to the outer circle of your wreath.
Flip the wreath back over, fluff it up, and hang it on your favorite wall or door.
Marvel at all your hard work, and enjoy all the yarn glory!!
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The other day we went to the theater to see Gravity in 3D IMAX, which was so good! The entire thing down to their suits were CG and you would never know it because everything seemed so real. You actually feel like you are in outer space when you watch, its awesome and I highly recommend it. Before the movie started we browsed around Crate and Barrel for a little while.
One thing that caught my eye in particular were these knitted pillows, and they are fifty bucks each. I honestly couldn’t imagine spending that much on a throw pillow, but they sure are pretty. Good thing I have a perfectly good set of knitting needles, piles of yarn at home, and a couple free evenings, so the other night I came up with a simple pattern and finished my very own pillow for just $4! I already had the yarn and needles on hand so all I needed to buy was the pillow form. This project is super easy perfect if you are just starting to knit. If you know how to do the knit stitch then you’re good to go!
I am currently working on a couple more pillows now that look more like the ones from Crate and Barrel, which have a knitted front and canvas fabric back. These pillows will be even quicker to make up because only one side is knitted, so check back to see how they turn out.
1 skein Red Heart Super Saver in Pumpkin (worsted weight acrylic yarn)
US size 8 knitted needles
16 x 16 inch Pillow form ($7.99 for a pack of two at JoAnn’s on sale)
US size I crochet hook (optional)
Cast on 60 stitches
Knit across all rows until fabric measures 23 1/2 inches from cast on edge. Bind off and secure loose ends. My finished piece measured 23 1/2 inches long by 14 inches wide.
Fold piece in half, with cast on side and bind off side touching. It really shouldn’t matter what side is the right or wrong side because garter stitch looks the same on the front and back, but if you have a side that looks better have it on the inside with the ugly side facing outward.
Stitch up the right side, secure yarn, and then stitch up the left side and secure yarn.
You can either stitch up the sides with a yarn needle or use a crochet hook and slip stitch the sides together, I prefer using the crochet hook because it gives a clean seam look. After sides are connected turn the cover right side out, and it should look like the photo below with the cast on and bind off edge open.
The knit cover will be a lot smaller than the pillow and thats okay because it stretches a lot. Stuff pillow into knitted cover, smoothing and filling out pillow corners. Use the crochet hook again to slip stitch the bottom sides of pillow together. This seam will be a little visible but thats okay because its at the bottom of the pillow and you cant really see it anyways.
This is the finished bottom seam.
Fluff up your pillow, karate chop the top center and place on your favorite chair!
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When I lived in Wilmington one of my favorite things to do was go to the beach, my second favorite thing to do was drive around looking at all the gorgeous beach houses that I hope to one day live in…a girl can dream! One thing a lot of beach houses had in common (that I absolutely loved) was sheer curtains hanging on the porches. Driving by those homes with the whimsical sheers blowing in the warm wind made me want to sit on their porch and read a great book.
I am no longer in Wilmington by the beach but I figured why not bring some beach-y-ness and whimsy to my little apartment! Not only does it create a magical and relaxing outdoor experience but it also adds privacy while I’m outside on my tiny porch. We are lucky enough to be on the third floor with a pretty flowering tree right next to us, so we do have some privacy already but the sheers really top it off.
This is a cheap project that can really add a lot to a small outdoor space. It was super cheap for me because I already had the rods and sheers. All I had to buy was the hanging hardware, which I am sure is somewhere, but couldn’t find the pieces.
DIY: $30 Whimsical Porch
2 adjustable Walmart curtain rods, nails and hardware should be included – $5
4 sheer panels, whatever length you want, mine are 84″ – $20-25
Figure out the length you want the curtain rod to be and nail in the hardware.
Clip in the curtain rod and make sure its level (or close to it, it doesn’t have to be perfect). Take down the rod, and slide on the curtains and clip rod back into place. You’re done, enjoy!