Monday, 30 November 2009
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Find a sturdy piece of card, fold in half and draw a large cirlce with a smaller circle inside. (I've used a roll of double sided tape and a vaseline lid, but if you're really smart you could use something easier like a compass!)
Cut the around the outside circle throgh both layers of card (so you have 2) and then cut the a notch through the outside circle and around the inside circle. You should now have what looks like to broken circles/letter "c".
Start wrapping you yarn around both card cut outs you have made, overlapping to hold the end of the yarn in place. The cut out notch makes it easier for you to wind the yarn (as the ball of yarn doesn't have to pass through the smaller circle centre)
Wrap around evenly across most of the card cut outs to your desired thickness (the thicker you wind the yarn around, the fuller your pom pom will be) and cut from the yarn ball when finished
Whilst carefully holding your yarn in place on the card, insert your scissors between the 2 pieces of card and up under the wrapped yarn. Cut all around.
(You now have lots of short pieces of yarn.) Still holding your yarn in place, slip a length of yarn between the 2 pieces of card
Tightly tie the length of yarn with a double knot to hold the pom pom together. If possible, wrap around the middle tightly several more times and tie again.
Remove the card pieces and trim any uneven ends on your pom pom.
Finished! Now what to make.....
Well, there are a few ideas mentioned in this post, but how about a few more?
The long ends from the tying the pom poms can come in very handy for attaching them to things, or creating loops so that they can be hung. Why not create a loop from the long threads, add a bit of sparkle and hang on your tree (you could use metallic yarn so you don't need to add sparkle). You can make all sorts of sizes for a very different look.
How about stitching many pom poms to a length of fabric, ribbon or tape and creating a neck warmer.
Pom pom animals for kids are heaps of fun. Try poodles, chicks, bears, caterpillars and expecially at this time of year, snowmen :) You could even get really creative and make pom pom monsters who are hungry for your yarn stash! Eeek!
Try a pom pom garland. Great for decorating the tree or hanging along the stairs or mantle. With a few pegs it could even double as a card hanger. Hust tie your pom poms along a length of ribbon, or use some of your yarn to make a plaited rope/string, and attach them to this.
Pom pom accessories - Hairbands and clips and brooches and bag charms. (And tons more!)
There are lots of things you can make with pom poms and I'd love to hear any of your ideas or about things you've already made.
EDIT - This post has been ready to go since last Thursday but I have been having major issues with uploading piccies. It just did not want to cooperate! Anyway, better late than never. x
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
So, I really haven't got much progress to show on my current WIPs. The only new thing I can share is what the band of small people at Toddler group have been up to today. We've been decorating pine cone angels for our Chrsitmas tree for the church tree festival. I'm very proud of all of their lovely creations, and they should be too. Our tree will look lovely. Fact, not opinion :D
These 2 angels are mine and Alexandra's.
If you feel inclined to make one of these you will need:
- a pine cone
- a scrap of bright coloured paper or card
- a pen
- a wooden bead
- some string or yarn
- a craft pipe cleaner
- 2 feathers
- These pine cone were actually bleached (by my nan who wasn't thinking so much of colour but more of cleanliness for the kids. She likes her bleach!) and left to dry for a few days so they are a paler colour.
- Tie your yarn or string to the rounded end (that is normally connected to the tree) and tie a knot in the very end to form a hanging loop.
- Thread the wooden bead onto the loop you've just tied and secure with a small amount of glue. Leave this to dry (the first 3 steps I did as preperation for today).
- Cover the pine cone body in glue and sprinkle with glitter.
- Make a small circle from twisting the pipe cleaner to thread over the yarn loop and glue to the bead "head"
- Cut a strip of the coloured card/paper to make the name tag and slightly roll the ends to make it appear like a scroll. Write your message/name.
- Glue this to the front of your angel
- Glue the 2 feathers to the back of your angel to form the wings
- If you like, you can draw a face on the wooden bead.
Obviousy the kids used PVA glue which was messy and fun, but took some while to set. For making my example, I used hot glue so that it would set quickly and securely. It just depends on who's going to be making it really!I've also had a few more donations for our raffle prize for the Christmas fayre (which is fast approaching this Saturday). I would still have like to have seen more support (only 2 donators were people that bring children to the group), but any support is welcome and brings a smile. Roughly working it out, our Children's Christmas hamper contents is worth around £50. That's generosity :) I'm really looking forward to it and feeling quite optimistic about raising funds.
Sunday the small person turns 4 and we'll be taking her out for the day. Her party is the following weekend, same weekend as our Christmas tree festival. Two busy weekends! (and that project Mr Bogert was working on isn't finished yet! Eeek! We're waiting for windows to arrive in the post. Poor Mr Bogert might have a late night coming up.)
Thursday, 19 November 2009
My pom poms are a neccesity because I need something extra to brighten up and fill out our toddler group tree for the church Christmas tree festival at the start of next month. I was going to just buy some itty bitty baubles, but seeing pom poms on tons of other blogs I thought that was much more fun and definately in keeping with the children theme. And pom poms, come on, what's not to love!? Only trouble is, the ones I've made look so lovely and bright and fluffy, like a pom pom rainbow, I wish we had a bigger tree so I could justify making more :)
One extra crafty foot note before I go. I made a snuggie yesterday. (That would be after the blogging and before the pom poms, and somewhere in and around the knitting of the scarf). Now for those of you that don't know, a snuggie or a slanket (apparently slanket came first and snuggie was a copy, but slanket doesn't sound nearly as nice as snuggie) is a big blanket with oversized sleeves so you can have your arms free or wear it. Mr Bogert has demanded he own one.
The one I made yesterday though is for the small person for Christmas and was super quick to make. I used an existing fleecey blanket from Primark so I didn't need to hem (and it actually worked out cheaper than buying the same amount of a similar fabric. Go figure!). I used a zig zag/over edge stitch so it finished the edges of the sleeve seams at the same time as stitching them together. It was super quick to make which I'm very pleased about because I have another 3 to make in time for Christmas day.
Wow. That's a long foot note.
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
I finished Alexandra's birthday invitations and they've all been sent. The goody bags are filled (minus cake, obviously) now that the eye patches are all done, and they're all lined up looking rather pretty (even if I do say so myself) as we've used pale blue and pale pink paper bags.
I've started a little knitting project as a chritsmas gift for the small person. It's so weird trying to get back into knitting. I've never been a strong knitter and all I've done for the last 18 months or so is crochet. I was fine until I came to purl and my mind went blank! Several tries later and it all came flooding back! Let's hope the project turns out usable :)
I've also been sorting out the christmas gifts for the toddler group kids. Every christmas if they're going to be there last day of term, they get a little gift (which comes out of the money we've collected from weekly payments) and we also have a tea party. Shopping lists coming out of my ears! Lists for gifts, lists for tea party food, lists for the small person's birthday, lists for xmas day....... Now I just need a list to keep track of the lists!
Over the weekend Mr Bogert and I went to our village art club exhibition. There were some lovely paintings and drawings. I'm too short on cash and wall space to invest in a piece of art though :( Mr Bogert says I'll have to paint our own. We also spoke to the people running it because we (photo club) are sharing exhibition space at the christmas fayre in a couple of weeks time. So we have photographs, mounts and labels to prepare.
Mr Bogert has finally given in to my gentle prods and signed photo club up for the christmas tree festival at the church too. I managed to get some battery operated lights from Wilkinsons (but then found some cheaper ones at Ikea!). So now we need to prepare for that! More photos 6x4 this time to peg onto the tree, and toddler group is making pine cone angels next Tuesday for the toddler group tree (I'll probably be making some brightly coloured pom poms too to fill out the decor) Phew! We don't like to make things easy for ourselves.
Sunday was our 10 year anniversary (not wedding, just togetherness). Can you believe that! I can't, it's gone so fast. The first year together we counted every month and it too a long time to reach that magic 12 month milestone. Now all of a sudden (or it feels like it) we're 3 houses, 1 child, several jobs, a wedding and 10 years down the line! I hope the rest of it doesn't pass this quickly, I'm quite enjoying it! :D
Mr Bogert bought me a lovely long length knitted jumper with a hood. Funnily enough, I bought him a cable knit zip up wool jacket. It must be a thing that once you get so far into your time together you feel the need to buy knitwear to keep them warm and snuggly instead of raunchy underwear or romantic things! I supposed at least it's a step up from a set of saucepans (although I think I'd be really quite happy with them too!)
We promised each other no computers etc, hence the no posting. In the eveing we left the small person with a babysitter (in the shape of Nanny) and went for a curry at The Five Rivers in Leamington. So very yummy. We had big plans for pudding, but were far too stuffed by the time we'd finished our mains.
Mr Bogert also had the day off yesterday so we could have a proper "weekend" together (with me working Saturdays). We had to have more Starbucks eggnog latte. No really, we're addicted now and it's impossible to resist it's call. We just had a nice chilled family day together. Ikea, dobbies garden centre, a christmas movie and an action movie (whilst knitting, with many comments of "you just missed that!" "are you even watching this?") for after the small person was deposited in bed.
Ikea made me want to spend lots of money again. I didn't, but I did spend some toddler group money on fabric to recover the falling apart mini chairs for the reading corner. I have been cutting out lovliness in 3 fabrics all afternoon. Well, I like it anyway :)
Of course, all this has left me thinking that today is actually Monday and I'm living a very confused day.
Pictures, I know, tomorrow. I promise.
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Top - Our village war memorial cross in the church yard. Bottom - The River Fal
Ofcourse we also had toddler group today. We made poppies for remembrance. The small person however thought they looked more like eyes and so we ended up with this.
Top - Where I intended for the black dot to be. Bottom - Alexandra's new and improved poppy eyes
This afternoon, now that all the eyepatches are finished, I've also been packaging up the goody bags and have them all lined up in a box ready for cake to be added and then Alexandra to give them out. I feel very organised having them all lined up (and they look very pretty because we've used plain pink and plain blue paper bags). I just wish everything were that easy!
Monday, 9 November 2009
This picture looks a little odd because the house is on it's side. There are 2 reasons for this. 1 - The small person is about and I have to snap it quick without her seeing. 2- Mr Bogert has put it like this and if I move it and something goes horribly wrong I'll be in BIG trouble!
Meanwhile, at Grandma's house (my Nan's) we were playing games and eating bacon sandwichs and then watching the remembrance day parade at the cenotaph on TV. We took a short break for a family (with Mr Bogert, who wanted to look at dolls house doors) trip to Hobbycraft. How much better could the weekend get? Hobbycraft without complaints from the hubby!? So I bought the small person a little wooden tree to decorate and some wool for me which was on sale. Kicking myself though, 'cos I should have bought more and ordered the helium balloons for the pirate party.
Mr Bogert went back to house building and Alexandra and I went back to Grandma's. We decorated the wooden tree with felt pens, sequins and little pom poms. We had a lovely cooked dinner with my nana and grandad, then sat watching The Wizard of Oz. Alexandra has never seen it before and she was totally mesmerised! I wish I'd recorded it now. We also watched The Aristocats. I sat finishing the last of the pirate eye patches for the goody bags at Alexandra's party, and sewing a bit more on the fairy costume.
Before and after
More movies when we returned home. Tinkerbell for Alex before bed, then once she was tucked up "The Oxford Murders" which I enjoyed 'cos I love ones where you can sit there and try and guess who did it and why, and then "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People" which I thought might make me cringe, but was actually ok. Mr Bogert and I laughed alot when Simon Pegg stands up at the 4th July party shouting "England! England! Oi Orlando! You used to be English, come on!" But we might have weird senses of humour ;)
So, I loved my weekend. Craft, shopping, bonfires, good movies, yummy food, fireworks. What did you get up to?
Thursday, 5 November 2009
- The first pair of tights we cut the legs short and tied knots in the end. We stuffed this to make the legs and body and tide the top (waistband) in a knot to hold the papers in.
- We used a cut off portion of the smae pair of tights stuffed to create a round ball for a head, and tied this on.
- Next we tied the legs of the 2nd pair of tights part way down to shorten them, turned them inside out (so you can't see the knots) and stuffed just the leg portions.
- This was then tied around the "neck".
Yes, Alexandra's hair usually looks like this after a full day at nursery. Think about the energy that must go into getting it into this state!
Mr Guy Fawkes even has his own hat to cover his ginger hair :)
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
Anyway, suddenly it's back to reality time. Mr Bogert's on his way back from work expecting to be fed, nursery things need to be packed, work clothes need putting out, baths need to be ran and had.... Oh dear Alex. I promise tomorrow we'll make that Guy.
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
I have so many things to do at the moment it's unlikely I'll be able to add anything new and fun to my crafting list, but that doesn't mean I can't have fun with the small person. Today at toddler group we made rockets from toilet roll middles (which I've been saving for a few months now! Mr Bogert will be pleased to see they have left the kitchen).
This is the small person's wonderful creation
To make this we used
- red paint (but you can use any colour you like)
- pva glue
- cirlce of paper (we used an already gummed piece because it was easier for making the number we needed for the group, but plain will work just as well)
- ribbons/crepe paper in red, yellow, orange, silver, gold. Fiery colours.
- toilet roll middle
- First get your small person to paint the toilet roll middler all over. This is the fun bit, because it's the messiest!
- Once it's wet all over, sprinkle glitter where you want so that it sticks to the paint.
- Take your paper circle and cut from the edge to the centre and pull the edges over each other to form a cone shape. Fix with glue or tape. (If you have an older child they can do this themselves, but as we have plenty of littlies at toddler group, we did this for them.)
- Add glue to the top edge of your toilet roll middle and fix the cone to this.
- Lastly, use either glue or tape to stick strands of the paper/ribbon to the inside of the bottom edge of your toilet roll middle. These are the flames as your rocket takes off!
We're going to hang ours outside on bonfire night from a string :)
I've been thinking of other things I can do craft wise with her and this is what I've come up with:
- Wax resist pictures. use brightly coloured crayons to drawn bursts and scribbles of colour all over a sheet of paper or card, then use black paint all over and see the colours reappear through the paint like fireworks on a dark night.
- Firework print pictures. Use ordinairy objects like cotton reels, hand cut potato stamps, cookie cutters etc to stamp pretty colourful "fireworks" on dark paper or card then sprinkle with glitter before the paint dries.
- Another variation of the above. Use bright coloured paints that stand out well against dark paper or card and use a paint brush to apply a large blob of colour to the page, then use a straw to blow through and spread the paint out in a startburst. Again add the glitter, and hey presto, instant fireworks!
- Very small children could use their hands as the firework print. Paint the hands up with a bright coloured paint and hand stamp all over the page, then again use glitter to add some sparkle.
- How about a bonfire collage? Gather some small sticks from the garden (or in our case we've used the old burnt long matches left over from lighting the pumpkins), glue them to the bottom of a page. Tear strips of fiery coloured tissue paper and glue above and between the sticks to act as flames, then again, you guessed it, add loads of glitter! (The glue's still wet on this one!)
- How about making a Guy? Guy Fawkes needn't be scary (but this could make the idea a bit cooler for older kids) he could just be a cute stuffed dummy :) Use things you would normally throw away. A pair of tights with a ladder or hole will work fine as a body, head, arms, legs etc. and can be stuffed with old newspapers. Once stuffed his face could be collaged from cuttings from magazines, or shapes from paper/card/felt etc or anything else that you might have lying around yours or the small persons craft stash. You can use bits of ribbon or wool for hair, and he can be dressed in old clothes that have seen their last day, or scraps of rag/fabric/dusters etc. This can be alot of fun! I think I'm going to start finding bits for ours right now!
I'd love to hear from you if you have any other good ideas for Guy Fawkes craft, or even if you've tried any of the ones I've suggested here.
Monday, 2 November 2009
After all the trick or treating we visited a party in our street, so we had plenty of halloween fun. How did you spend your halloween?