What better way to spend a cold, blustery day than in the studio, crafting, [and wrangling a busy baby]!
Today's Crafty Friday project is a simple, cute, yarnament [yarn ornament]. The idea started with these:
If you have a little one, you might recognize these as lids to baby food pouches such as these:
I've always liked the bright colors and interesting design of these lids, and thought they would be great for future craft projects, so I saved them...all of them.
[Hello, my name is Vanessa, and I'm a craft supply hoarder.]
For today's craft, though, the color and design don't really matter. But, I'm upcycling, which is always a good thing.
I've been wanting to create yarn covered ball ornaments for a while now, but Styrofoam balls are expensive, and I'm cheap, and I have about 75 of these plastic lids, so I decided to use them as the base.
To start, I threaded the yarn through the opening and tied a knot, making sure I left a few inches of yarn at the end, like so:
Next, I started wrapping the lid with the yarn, leaving the extra string exposed:
Because these are plastic, the thread tends to slide off easily unless I held it down with my thumb as I wrapped. You can also secure it with a bit of glue periodically. I kept wrapping until the lid was completely covered. Just a note, I used the same color lid as the yarn I was wrapping it with, so if there were gaps, they were less noticeable. Once the lid was completely covered, I knotted the end with the excess yarn from the beginning knot:
Then, I made a loop, secured it with another knot, and cut off any excess strings:
Finally, I glued a button to the center of the ornament:
I continued with the steps above and made a variety of ornaments:
Once the tree was decorated, I showed my sweet Gus, who absolutely loved...
November flew by, as the months seem to do these days. We spent Thanksgiving week visiting family and bringing them good tidings of snot noses. Despite our colds, we had a wonderful time stuffing our faces, celebrating a birthday [mine], and stuffing our faces some more. In addition to celebratory eating, I was also able to finish up the Picture Book Idea Month and Sketch a Day Month challenges. Here are some sketches from last week:
I'm excited to start developing my picture book ideas further, and see some of these sketches to full color portfolio pieces. December is chock full of to-do's and my list seems to grow by the minute. Between shopping, painting, parties, and crafting [Yes crafting!!], this month will be over before I can blink, so I better start checking things off my list!
We made a quick trip down to my hometown this week. I was supposed to help my dad start packing up his house as he's in the process of selling his place. We've been trying to get him to move closer to us for years, and though he's threatened to do so, it's never happened. He lives in a small town that had very few job opportunities, and we knew that selling his home would take time. So every time an offer for the house would come in, we'd tell him to take it, that he wouldn't ever get a better offer, and every time my dad would hesitate, and let the offer fade away with the hope that my brother or I would want to move back one day. I can't blame him for not wanting to sell, though. He lives in a house that was designed by my mom, built from scratch on land that's been in his family for decades. He has barns, quite the menagerie of farm animals, and years of memories. It's the house I grew up in, and I have a half a life of memories there, but I know we can make many new memories and a lot more of them if he moves closer. Plus, there's a huge oil boom going on in that same small town, and we're all eating our words. Your hesitancy paid off, Dad, but for real this time, you're never going to get a better offer than right now!
The purpose of our little trip was to help him start packing up the house, but with the kids in tow, packing was put on the back burner in favor of trips out to the ranch to look for deer, playing with all of the dogs, chasing barn cats, catching frogs, and riding tractors.
We didn't get much packing done, but we made a lot of memories.