Sunday, December 21, 2014

DIY Pom-Pom Wreath & More Holiday House Tour Photos

Can you believe Christmas is less than a week a way???  I really can't...part of me is really excited because I LOVE Christmas...but part of me feels like I do when I'm on a really fun vacation...I just don't want it to fly by and have to go back to reality :/

Anyway...on to my last DIY project for the year (most likely)...

I was inspired by Anthropologie's wreath seen here:


The wreath was selling for $128 which was a bit steep for me so I decided to try to make my own - making pom poms is actually pretty calming if you're super stressed out like me :)

You'll need a few materials:

-Pom pom makers (I found mine on Amazon)
-Yarn - I decided to go with a charcoal gray because that's more my style then the creamy white but you can pick whatever color you like (I found mine also at Amazon).  I bought 4 skeins but had a little left over (this makes 2 wreaths)
-Wreath forms (you guessed it...also on Amazon) - 12" (I bought a 2 pack)
-Ribbon for hanging - mine is vintage navy velvet I bought from an Etsy seller last year


Now if you search pom pom wreaths you can find lots of tutorials but here's mine which I think is fairly easy:

1.  Wrap the yarn fairly tightly all the way around the wreath - you can skip this part if you want but I like for the whole wreath to be covered (even the back).  You could also paint it if you wanted to but it wouldn't match 100%



2.  Start making pom poms - if you've done this before you won't need any instruction here - if you haven't - I highly recommend you Google Clover Pom Pom maker and watch a video on YouTube...it took me a minute to figure it out but then it's super easy (but I can't really type instructions - you need to see it in action and the instructions that came with the tools confused the heck outta me)



3.  Once you've cut the pom pom and removed it from the tool - you should have two long pieces of yarn hanging from the pom pom which you can then use to tie on to the wreath form - I made my tails long so I could tie it on the front and back (you can just tuck the knot under the pom pom).  Make sure to trim the ends so they lay flat on the back of the wreath.




4.  Make a bajillion more pom poms - I did two rows - one of the large size (the blue) and one of the smaller size (the green).  When I added the pom poms to the wreath I alternated between the small and large to give it a stacked look. Anthro's had three so you may have to get fancy and add another row if you want that exact look.  

5.  You can either use a wide ribbon and just thread it through the wreath (it will crush a few of the pom poms but they'll bounce back if needed) or you can tie more yarn on as a hanger.  That's it - pretty simple just takes some time

Here's the finished product:







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Below are a few more photos from around the house...even when I say I don't.need.another.Christmas.decoration...each year I still buy more...it's a sickness really.  


I found the mini blue ornaments at Target - I love how they look with my GlassyBaby collection on my faux fireplace.  





My lovely mother hand-makes her cards every year along with a handmade ornament.  I don't know how she does it!


In case you haven't noticed I'm kind of obsessed with my tree this year...LOVE how it turned out.  Here it is with all of the wrapped gifts under it.  





I mixed a vintage brooch (that I picked up on an antiquing trip this weekend to PA) in with more sparkly ornaments.  

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Have you heard of Sugarfina?  I've been wanting to order from them for a while - they have the most amazing packaging and candy choices.  I splurged and ordered a giant box for myself just in time for Christmas.  I'm going to have to jump on the working out bandwagon after the holidays :)





How adorable is the little chocolate camera?  I don't even want to eat it it's so cute :)

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I host Christmas Eve dinner with my family and I really really look forward to it every year.  I try to change up the menu each year and I make everything from scratch (trust me this is silly and leads to a lot of kitchen disasters but it's the thought that counts, right?)

I found these Calvin Klein napkins on Amazon - they have a really nice subtle sheen and pattern and they compliment all of the blue and silver in the room too.



I'll share a few photos on Instagram and I'll definitely have a post about the table decorations (most likely after Christmas).  This morning I found a really well-priced vintage blue glass (viking maybe?) footed compote/dish/bowl thing.  I think it's really going to look beautiful with the glass set I bought last year...fingers crossed it arrives before Christmas :)

Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
-Alisa


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Holiday Shopping in NYC 2014

I spent the day in New York yesterday...if you're local you're probably thinking...wasn't it pouring yesterday?

Yup, it sure was!  Was it miserable?  Yeah pretty much... not only did my shoes fill up with water immediately but it put everyone in an awful mood and I actually had people hit me with their umbrellas...smack my umbrella away...dump water on me from their umbrellas...not to mention the cab shortage...

I tried multiple times to get cabs and either they wanted to charge a ridiculous amount of money to go a mile and half (and I paid it)...or they were shady and didn't have numbers or anything on their cars..or they flat out said NO! that's too far (I wanted to go roughly 2 miles away)...so I walked...and I walked...and I walked...with puddles inside my shoes...Not a good time.  All in all I walked about 21,000 steps yesterday which is over 10 miles...insane!  

Today I'm hobbling around and pretty much all I've done is watch TV...so much for my crazy to-do list!

Anyway, it wasn't ALL bad - I did make it to the two story Anthropologie that I love:






I also got to see The Tree:




This one is also lovely

I was able to capture some photos of my favorite churches, I just love the Gothic architecture:





My favorite macarons - Laduree:





I got this cute little nutcracker box and found out later a portion of the sale goes to charity.  Pretty cool - especially since they cost a small fortune.  

I took a break at Starbucks and had my favorite holiday drink (Caramel Apple Spice)...and changed my socks in the bathroom...although as soon as I went outside again they were soaked...sigh...



Here are a few random shots around the city (some of my favorite storefronts - Tifanny's!, art, and some really beautiful estate jewelry in a window of an antique store):












I had lunch at Trump tower again - mainly because it was close, I knew what to expect and they have good bathrooms :)



Plus this drink is amazing - Mar-a-lago

I also made it back to Fishs Eddy and this time it wasn't SO crowded that I couldn't even move - although I did give this guy a dirty look for almost knocking me into a pile of glassware...who does that?

I was really looking forward to shopping here and I picked up a few things for my kitchen that I really love






Before heading back to the bus (by way of walking 3,000 blocks) - I cut through Times Square and snapped a few photos on my phone (all of the photos above are from my phone too while balancing my umbrella so please forgive any blurriness!).  




I especially like this one that I switched over to B&W... makes the *#*@$*@# rain almost look artistic...lol

Hope everyone had a great weekend!
-Alisa