January 25th, 2012

Today is one of those days where I feel inspired to DO something, to create something…to just take my mind off of the everyday work at hand and enjoy a quiet project. It’s been a crazy work week and…what? It’s only Wednesday?!

I’m sitting at my desk with a cup of hot tea and a sleeping dog at my feet, looking all around the room trying to decide what to tackle next. My office needs a complete makeover. We painted this room before we moved in, but that’s about all that’s happened in here. I have temporary drapes up to have some privacy and my desk is covered with work computers and notes and paper…then there’s the hubby’s desk covered in tools and projects that had to be put on pause when we moved. The laundry is also down here, as well as a few boxes yet to be unpacked.

I have a blank canvas: white Pottery Barn desk, armoire and bookcase, and BM Edgecomb Grey walls.

This space needs life! I spend a lot of my days here now that I am able to work from home a few days during the week and it is just screaming for a creative touch. I need this space to make me feel inspired! Plus, I want to have a place designated to fun crafty and sewing projects too. You know, for those days like today!

Here are a few of my inspirations:

Better Homes & Gardens

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

homemade grits

Home Decorators


Deming Design Studio

Apartment Therapy


Maybe my problem isn’t so much that I don’t know what to do…maybe it’s that I want to do everything at once!
Any suggestions?

January 20th, 2012

Before Christmas, while we were still trying to unpack boxes, I decided to have a little crafty fun. On Pinterest I kept seeing all these cute crafty projects with yarn pompoms, so I just had to do a few myself.

Well, a few turned into about 20 in one afternoon. They’re addicting once you start making them…and kind of relaxing at the same time. So, using a long embroidery needle, I strung them all on a long piece of yarn to make a garland for our stair-rail. It would also be great over a fireplace mantel.

The best part about these is that they’re SUPER easy.

To make pompoms of this size, just take the yarn color of your choice and wrap loosely around four fingers (you don’t want blue fingers!), about 60 times. Gently slide the yarn off of the end your fingers and tie a piece of yarn (about 4 inches) around the center very tightly, making a bundle of loops. Now, with a pair of sharp scissors, beginning cutting through the loops and trim ends as necessary to make them as even as possible all the way around. Roll pompom around in your hand to fluff, and voilĂ ! Instant cuteness!

You can also vary the size of your pompoms by wrapping around fewer fingers, or even using a fork for smaller poms; try wrapping around more or less times, too!