Be Warm With Wool Winter Wreath

 

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Being a yarn snob is not easy.   I am gifted so many skeins of acrylic yarn from family and friends who mean well but don’t understand the term “natural fiber” and continue to load me up with those all of this itchy, squeaky, mass produced balls of string.  After seeing this Be Warm Winter Pom Pom Wreath by Cindy at littlemisscelebration.com, I decided it was finally time to put them to good use.  I made balls of yarn rather than Pom Poms simply because it reflects me more appropriately.

Right after the holiday I had found this wreath on clearance at Home Depot for a mere $10.  I LOVE burlap anything so I knew right away I could do something with it.

$10 Home Depot Christmas Clearance Wreath

$10 Home Depot Christmas Clearance Wreath

Now from my experience making wreaths, I tend to stay away from foam base forms simply because they crack and fall apart very easily.  Unfortunately, this one had a foam base so rather than using floral wire and  greening pins like I would normally, I used safety pins and a stapler to attach things to the actual burlap rather than to the base. I only used the safety pins to bast the burlap ribbon until  I decided exactly how I wanted it to lay, then stapled it down to the burlap.

Supplies used to attach notions to bulap

Supplies used to attach notions to burlap

The balls of yarn were tied to the base with the yarn itself.   Mini Chalkboard, burlap ribbon and knitting needles were purchased from Michael’s Art’s & Crafts Supply and the mitten has been laying around, patiently waiting for its partner to surface, so I put it to good use in the mean time.

All together the wreath cost about a whopping $35.00    This is a steal considering I average about $100 on supplies when making a wreath.  Gotta love it!!

Thumbless

I miss my fully functioning thumb.  I sliced my finger while giving hubby  a hot towel shave  (more on this coming soon) making me realize how important my left thumb is for knitting.    SO……… I’ve improvised.  I have begun a long winded granny square journey in attempts to one day create one of these beautiful Kaleidoscopic Colour Blankets by Wink over at creativebeing.com .

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My knowledge and ability to create granny squares is quiet bleak and only know how to create one particular style square, which I learned a few years back while working on my Granny Greenbag pattern by Ellen Bloom.  It’s simple and super fast to make, even more so now that they will be solid colors.  But chances are my thumb will heal quickly, I’ll be back to knitting and these poor squares will sit right next to the unfinished Granny Greenbag waiting for their turn to debut on Ravelry.

Tried & True

I’ve made it a habit now to search Pinterest for daily meals and suppers.  Tonight I opted for Paula Deen’s Easy Breezy Chicken Pot Pie recipe.   It was by far the easiest meal I’ve ever thrown together, making me feel a little guilty as I watched my boys gobble it down.  I used a whole, pre- cooked chicken from BJ’s ($5) making it quick, cheap and delicious!!  Tried & True

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A Brand New Year

It’s the 2nd day of the new year and new resolutions are being heard everywhere. From weight loss, to healthier habits, to repairing financial woes.  These to me are also important and could be ones I would consider but after analyzing my life, or should I say “our” life, anyone would agree that getting organized should be our priority.  In this house closets, pantries, bedrooms, sock draws and every crevice in between (even my yarn stash) could use a little putting together.  This year I vow to find a place for everything and put everything in its place.  I will start at the heart of our lives, MY OFFICE!

This is where I spend most of time during the work week.  It is my work office, my family office, my craft supply room and library squeezed into this tiny 5’x4′ room so organization is key for functionality.  Being the visual person that I am, I will start by making a list of all things in this hideaway that need a home.  Pencils, paper, bills, books, knitting needles, paint, and pictures will need somewhere to hide.  Let’s begin!

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What Have I Done?

Another one of my crazy antics has kicked in.  So I get this brilliant thought in my head a few weeks back that I should start a blog.  I’m a wife, a mother, a homeowner, a small business owner,  and I still feel the urge to fill my plate with more.  Not even I understand myself.  Well, this is a new journey for me as I am not very technically inclined making this entire blog thing a whole new learning experience.  I’ve been told that along with the blog come sleepless nights, hurt feelings and some serious constructive criticism.   I’m up for the challenge as I find it will bring me pleasure and comfort in being able to share some of my favorite recipes and projects as well as new adventures that I find along the way.  When it gets too crazy, I’ll just make waffles.