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Maybe you noticed my title didn’t provide my “success or fail” opinion on this project. I didn’t want to influence your decision to love or hate this wreath, but I’m sure my feelings toward this wreath will be revealed throughout the post.  🙂

The wreath (the original post is MIA) that inspired this creation spoke to me.  The colors were so bright and cheery, the pom pom concept was so fun, and the instructions were basic.

Because the wreath was so perfect, I attempted to recreate it exactly as the original. Hence my color choices, even though they match nothing in my home. Oops.

Supplies

I scoured the aisles of Hobby Lobby for the cheapest yarn I could find.  I purchased five colors at $2.66 per skein, but only ended up using probably four full skeins.  $10.64 

The foam wreath was $4.99 at Hobby Lobby.

I have a lifetime supply of hot glue, so to figure the cost of the stick of glue I used would be pretty absurd and inconsequential.

Construction

The actual construction of the pom poms is simple.  Take the yarn wrap around two or three fingers 30 or 40 times.  Gently slide yarn off fingers and tie a small string of yarn around the center of the pile.  Insert scissors into the loops and cut.  Poof out yarn strands and you will have a perfect pom pom. pompom4

After you have made 3,000 pom poms (ok, only 60 – 65) you are ready to begin gluing.  I tried a couple different methods of attaching the pom poms to the wreath and hot glue is by far the best.  I selected the pom poms at random giving little thought to the arrangement of the colors.

It is pretty impossible for me to estimate how long this wreath actually took me to make. I started working on it while we were visiting family for Thanksgiving and finished it two months later.  It doesn’t take much time to make a single pom pom.  If you don’t have a million interruptions from toddlers who need everything on the planet all day long, then I’m guessing you could have this done in just a few hours.

Here is my finished product. It seriously reminds me of 70’s shag carpet.  So, if that is your style you definitely need to make this wreath!  😉

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Hindsight

The colors of this wreath are not my favorite.  I was attempting to copying a picture I found online, but frankly the shades of colors in the cheap yarn were just too vibrant for this color combination.  If the colors were different, I’m certain it would look less like shag carpet!

The pom poms could be smaller.  I wrapped the yarn around three fingers which created nice size pom poms.  If I had only used two fingers, I think the size would be less reminiscent of shag carpet also. Knowing I would be super distracted while working on this, I chose the larger pom poms. They are easier to slip off your fingers, tie off, and cut. You also would need many more pom poms if you made the smaller ones.

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It also makes a great accessory! 🙂 

In the end, I think I would make this wreath again….with different colors and smaller pom poms! Try it out and be sure to show me your beautiful creations!

 

Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Magic happens when you roast veggies in the oven.  People who don’t like vegetables are suddenly devouring seconds.  It’s also one of the easiest, fool proof ways to fix veggies too! Win – win!

Preheat oven to 400°

Peel two large sweet potatoes then slice into evenly sized sticks

Spread potatoes on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper

Bake at 400° for 20 – 25 minutes until edges are crispy.  Turn once while baking.  Enjoy the most delicious “orange french fries” (as my son calls them)!

Tomorrow I’ll show the green bean magic! 😉

Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes

  1. Preheat oven too 400°
  2. Peel two large sweet potatoes and slice into evenly sized sticks.
  3. Arrange on large baking sheet.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt & pepper.
  5. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes util edges are crispy.  Turn once halfway through baking.
  6. Enjoy!!

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This 843-733-9298 was a HUGE hit in our house.  My picky eater toddler even loves them!  You need to try them ASAP!

Deliciousness.

The best part of this recipe is that you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry.  The only thing I had to purchase was ground flax seed.  (I skipped the chia seeds….mainly because I forgot to buy some….I’m sure they are great too…)

Yummy Ingredients.

This recipe is simple, quick, and oh so delicious!  It’s like eating healthy dessert!  That’s a thing, right?

Check out the original recipe here and let me know what you think!

(Shout out to my sister for her photography skills.  My food photos always turn out terrible!)

Coconut Oil Adventure

Two years ago I jumped on the band wagon and purchased a jar of coconut oil.  I am far from 100% natural/green/eco friendly nor am I on a mission to make our home that way, but I had heard so many great things about coconut oil I had to try it out.  I also liked the prospect of having one product that had so many uses.  Thus began my journey with coconut oil.

I have had the same jar for TWO years.  It’s not a 10 gallon vat of oil.  I had not found anything I loved using for until now!

Hair Conditioner/Mask

I initially purchased coconut oil (CO) for a weekly hair treatment.  I blow dry and flat iron my hair on a regular basis, so I end up with split ends.  I have tons of fine, oily hair — add coconut oil and you have a mess! I applied it only to the ends and washed it out thoroughly. I even washed my hair 3 more times and my hair was still greasy! Greasy hair is my nemesis, so I never tried that again. CO may work if you have coarse, dry hair, but it does not work for all hair types.

Eczema/Diaper Rash

Moms all over the planet rave about CO for their littles.  CO minimized my son’s eczema patches, but it didn’t completely clear it up.  CO does help with diaper rash, but I have products that I feel work better.

Eye Make Up Remover 

My favorite eye makeup remover is $14 a bottle, so I was SUPER excited to see what CO had to offer. It removes every trace of eve makeup as promised — even several coats of waterproof mascara!  My eyes felt oily after washing away the CO.  I felt like I could never wash all of the oil off even with soap!  If you can handle the super heavy oil feel on your face/eyes, then try this out!  It really works!

Shaving Cream

I was ready to give on finding a use for CO, until one of my favorite 6318369628 raved about argan oil for shaving.  I was going to purchase some argan oil when I remembered I had my barely used jar of coconut oil.  I was skeptical since my legs typically itch after shaving and need immediate application of unscented lotion. CO saved the day!!  It is insanely hydrating, gives a super close, smooth shave, and leaves my legs feeling great!  This is by far my favorite use for CO.

I haven’t been brave enough to try cooking with it yet.  I have this fear of everything tasting like fried pina colada!  If you use it for cooking, I want to hear about your experience/methods.  I’ve also heard of throwing in smoothies for some healthy fat. What else do you use coconut oil for?

SUCCESS: Honey Cinnamon Nutmeg Face Mask.

If you need a quick DIY mask with ingredients you already have on hand, this is it!

A few things about this mask:

* I consider my skin normal and this kind of burned upon application.  If you have sensitive skin, this might not be your favorite new mask!

* The original recipe made enough for 3 or 4 faces.  I only have one, so I recommend cutting the recipe in half (as listed below).

* 15 – 20 minutes is more than enough time for this mask. {My face is suddenly itchy when I apply masks.  I can only handle that “I need to scratch my face, but can’t!!!” torture for 15 minutes!}

* The best part of this mask is the amazing exfoliation as you wash it away.

What you need:

  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Stir, apply to face, read a book for 15 minutes, add some water to face and exfoliate, rinse, and enjoy that smooth skin!

Try it out!  Let me know how it works for you!

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The failure in this was mostly my error.  When prepping for this project, I quickly glanced at the post I had pinned without actually following the link to read the full instructions.

The caption on the pin was Sharpie Canvas Art.  Lies. 😉  The original post was actually to make coasters using ceramic tiles, which I’m guessing may actually work.  Next time, I’ll try that! Here’s what happens when you use canvas.

Here is my beautiful canvas. Look at those pro coloring skills.  It was supposed to look like a toddler colored it, promise. I dropped rubbing alcohol on the canvas using a medicine dropper. Not much was happening except with the dark blue.
The end result.  Not so impressive.  

I do not recommend trying this.  I’m hoping it is more impressive when I try the ceramic tiles!

See you soon!

Pinning Jenny

pinning intervention.

1,549.  That is the number of items I have pinned as of today.  If I had to guess, I would say I have revisited maybe 10% of those pins.  Most of the pins I look at more than once are recipes.  The rest of those glorious things I spent precious hours posting are just there. Doing nothing. Untouched. Unused. Wasted.

This is my small attempt to redeem those hours by making use of all those things I pinned.

Can you really make edible playdough out of three ingredients? I don’t know….I pinned it, but never tired it.

Will this one simple move make you look like the incredible hulk in just six week? No. It just won’t. I don’t need to try that one to tell you it is false.

Does your laundry room really stay organized if you follow these 5 steps? I can’t wait to find out!

Join me on this little adventure as I pause from pinning and actually start doing/making/living/creating/cooking/whatever-ing all of these awesome things I have pinned!