You know, I normally like to make my Wellness Wednesday posts about healthy eating or working out or in some way treating my body like it's the only one I have, but sometimes it needs to be about what happens when you have too much fun. Naturally, there is a craft to go with this and the supplies all came from my stash (full disclosure: I had bags like this in my stash, but I wasn't sure they would be big enough so I bought some new ones back in December. But that was December, not January, so that makes it ok for Just Stash January just this once). Anyway....
I admit it: I am old school when it comes to hosting dinners at my house. Even when it's only one guest, I make sure there are place cards. Usually I make a chocolate box with the guest's initial on it, but this year I thought maybe a little less food would be appreciated. Enter these adorable (if I do say so myself), easy-to-make (you are bound to agree) pumpkins!
I love organization, paper, and journals so I was instantly intrigued by the bullet journals popping up on Pinterest. People use them for everything from regular journals to planners to a way of tracking goals. With the distinctive graph paper pages, I'm most intrigued by the goal tracking! However, I've never really tracked goals in this way before and I can sometime be fickle and lose interest so I decided I would much rather make my own bullet journal to test the waters.
Ever since Just Stash January I've been haunted by the Styrofoam balls I have in a cabinet. As is the case with many things, they were left over from a project, but I couldn't see throwing them away and knew one day I would have a genius idea. I might have had one.
As you have no doubt started to notice, once I start working with a material, I tend to think of more and more ways I can use it. In this case, the material was a dictionary page. I enjoyed making garlands out of it so much, I wondered if there were other home décor items that could use the defining treatement. We've all seen the bowls of balls on coffee tables in magazines. I began to wonder how hard it would be to make my own. As it turns out, it's not hard, but it is sort of gross and messy.
There are a few things about me that will never change no matter how long I'm absent from the blogging world. One of them is funny, punny titles (you'll appreciate this title more once you get into the tutorial). Another thing is my consistent, unflappable love of garlands. It's actually a little ridiculous. And accidentally deceptive. You'd think my house is constantly festooned and party ready. This is rarely the case, but when you love something and feel inspiration strike for making it, it's always much easier to just give in.
This particular garland actually marries some additional obsessions: books, stars, delicateness, and simplicity. I came across a dictionary that had seen better days and was currently homeless. Dictionary pages are in general pretty visually exciting for me (between the pictures and the tiny print) and work exceptionally well for projects where you want the advantage of small type. I also remembered a small star paper punch that I'm always looking for excuses to use. The idea quickly fell into place after that and has charmed everyone who has seen it (much like I suspect today's title has beguiled you now). By the time you read this, I will have already made and gifted two of them. Since I can't give one to every person who's reading this, I guess I'll just have to give you the gift of a tutorial!
Maybe I'm the only one with this issue, but I really really hate when my phone is sitting on my desk charging and all of a sudden I'm startled by the persistent buzz of someone texting or calling me. Clearly I'm not bothered by the fact someone is texting me. I love attention. I've been pretty clear on this. It's how loud the actual vibration is on a Steelcase desktop. Well if Felt February has been good for one thing, it's solving this problem!
Have you also been drawn from your reverie by the sudden shaking of your work surface? Have you been mere seconds away from solving all the world's problems, stopped only by someone's delayed "lol"? Well sounds like you need one of these too! Good thing I've got this handy tutorial!
As I have demonstrated again, and again, and again, I love garlands! I love how cheerful they are. They up the party game in no time. I also love making them. It is really really hard to mess up a garland. I love that they can be very basic or fairly ornate and can fit virtually any theme and any decor. Of course Felt February demanded I make a garland out of felt and I knew I really wanted colorful circles, but I didn't want to sew them together and I didn't want to just glue them to a string. I wanted it to be attractive when viewed from either side (in case I chose to hang it an archway or zigzagging over my patio). The other problem, though, is I'm running low on felt and don't know when I'll get the chance to pick up more, so just making felt and string sandwiches wasn't really going to work out so well for me. It wasn't long before I came up with what seemed like a brilliant plan: one side could be felt, but the other side could be raided from my fat quarter cotton stash! Behold!
I am so so happy with how this turned out! It's cheerful, easy, and deserves a place of honor at the next party I plan! I know you want one of your own, so let's get started! You'll need:
I originally wasn't going to mention this project. It's one I've been "working" on for a while (probably almost a year if I'm honest) so it wasn't started for Felt February, but it's felt and it's coming back out of the "Accidentally Ignored" bag, so I guess it counts after all! Also, a friend who knew I was working on it said I should include it, so if it seems legit to her, step right on out of those judgy pants you were putting on.
So you woke up today and realized you have NOTHING (or not enough) for Valentine's Day. Or you're throwing a Galentine's Day party and you need party favors and decorations. Or you have decided in the early morning hours you want to celebrate and decorate for this holiday you've been shunning. You go to the internet and beg for (cheap, quick) answers! The internet knows what you need. The internet has sent you here. I shall save this day for you. I'm morally obligated! I'm so happy you're here, why wouldn't I help you? I won't ask you silly questions, either. Like what color are my eyes? I'm mumble mumble years old. If I don't know what color my eyes are by now, there's no hope for me. Or whether these jeans make my butt look fat (they don't. It's the fat that's making it look fat. And it's lovely thankyouverymuch). No, you sit right here with some chocolate and coffee and I'm going to direct you to five things you can make pretty quickly and inexpensively!