Pompom How To

During our search for new bedding in our little lady's bedroom, I was continually drawn to the pompom. Yup. That cute, little, fluffy, pouf of color and texture just kept drawing me in. Time and time again. From duvets, to quilts, to shams, to blankets and even sheets - the pompom made an appearance just about everywhere - and I loved them all. 

Cue the DIY pompom.
So easy to make, they might be popping up all over our house. 
Or yours. 

Let me come right out and tell you that you can purchase a "pompom maker" for under $10, which would probably produce perfect pompoms, but this method is super easy, although not quite perfect, and it saves you a tenner. That's a good thing. 
Let's get right to it.

Step 1: 
Wrap your chosen yarn (the thicker the yarn, the fluffier your pompom) around your hand, like so, approximately 60 times to achieve a full, fluffy pompom. After the 60th-ish wrap, cut the yarn to the length of your pompom. Try to keep the width of your wrap as even as possible to ensure a symmetrical pompom.

Step 2:
Carefully remove the wrapped yarn from your hand. Meanwhile cut a separate length of yarn to act as the center band. Place the hand wrapped yarn on top of the center band.

Step 3: 
Gather the hand wrapped yarn together with the center band - knot the center band as tightly as possible. A double knot wouldn't be a bad idea. Trim any excess of the center band.

Step 4:
With a sharp pair of scissors, cut the yarn loops in the center to create two seperate lengths of yarn.

Step 5:
Fluff. Step back and admire your work. 
At this point, you can choose to trim the individual pieces to create a more perfect, symmetrical pompom. 
Or you can just let it be an imperfect, free form.
Perfect or imperfect - both have their advantages and not surprisingly, I love them all. 

If you need me this weekend, I'll be making pompoms. And adding them just about everywhere. 

until next time, 

15 Minutes

Who remembers our hallway of doors and the newly created mudroom (here)? A great, super functional space that has transformed the way our family enters and leaves the house. But, it also highlighted one big ol' eyesore. That sad little scene happening in the only bit of floor/wall space available.

Well, not anymore, y'all. 
I took advantage of a spare couple minutes on this beautiful Super Bowl Sunday afternoon, grabbed a craft brush and left over liquid leaf from the recent antler gilding project (here) and got to work.
With the girls enjoying a little trampoline (or jumpoline, as Eloise calls it) time I had 15 minutes to myself - and that's all it took to transform an old, boring mirror. 

I'm loving how the gold makes the mirror literally pop off the wall. No more boring, bland backhall for this girl. It's a small change, but one that makes me smile each and every time we come and go. And isn't that what it's all about, really? Creating small moments of happiness within your home. 

Yeah, yeah, yeah. The fresh cut purple tulips do help a bit. I'm lucky to have a hubby that likes to bring flowers home with the weekend shop. Thanks, John! After they've reached their peak, I'll probably replace them with a lowlight houseplant from Home Depot (well worth the $5 investment for months of enjoyment). I'm a big believer in adding living greenery to entryways.

Hope you had a great weekend and managed to carve 15 minutes out for yourself, too.

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Peat Gravel Patio How To

Last I left you, we were enjoying a cold one on our new peat gravel patio. As promised, I am back with the how-to.

Before we get started, I'm just going to tell you straight out: we totally winged this. If you know what you are doing, please feel free to stop reading now. On the other hand, if you know what you are doing and could use a good laugh, please feel free to carry on reading. Either way, suit yourself. 

I think I might of mentioned that we added over 2 tons of dirt to this garden. Previously we had some drainage issues in this space. Hopefully the extra dirt and the new gutter Mr. DD added to the garage will help with that. But anyway, I digress, what I want to tell you is that we borrowed this handy-dandy level from our neighbor. It slides on two strings, which are attached to stakes; once you get it level, you can eyeball the grade that you want. We sloped the level of the dirt away from the garage and into the yard. Well, at least that's the plan.  We've yet to test it with a good rain. 


Once we had the dirt how we wanted it, we loosely mapped out the shape of the patio. Then we used the old fashioned compass method to make our circle. Pretty sure the string shifted, but it still looked fairly circular to us, so we went with it. It's about 70" across. Oh, and I should say we centered it on the window; again, just eyeballed it.

We laid our bricks to the outside of the circle and dug about a 3 inch trench to lay the plastic edger.

My apologies for the series of shots including the blue bucket and turquoise pots. I was playing around with future plant placement, which then turned into a fun game for our pre-schooler.

Here's the afore mentioned plastic edger. We used a 20' length that we cut in half {with herb scissors} for each side. 

Note the turquoise pot: placeholder for potential blueberry bush.

We dug about a 1.5" trench for the bricks, placed the bricks, then stepped on them a couple of times. This highly technically method allowed for the bricks to stand just a smidge above the plastic edger.

Note: The brick pavers are from Home Depot. Sienna tumbled, $.49 a piece. Not part of the original plan, but sure glad they were added in this weekend. Definitely gives it a 'finished' look.

Down went the landscaper paper to try to keep the weeds at bay. Not sure how well this stuff really works as we used it in our raised bed kitchen garden and some weeds have already poked their way through. Oh well, you always have to try. Besides, I am sure it could be worse. 

Finally, the gravel was poured in and raked into place. We used 6 small bags, which is enough for about 2 inches of depth. Truth be told, we could probably add another bag or two. I'm sure they will make their way into our cart with the next Home Depot run ;)

And there you have it. A down and dirty how-to on our peat gravel patio. I hope you enjoyed and maybe even found it to be vaguely useful.

until next time,