Some things just need an extra, oomph to them. I made a lovely thing, but it lacked something and it took me a bit of looking at it to determine that it needed a bobble, or a bangle or a bead. I chose bobble, and set about making a bunch of tassels for the job.
Here is my photo tutorial on whipping up these bad boys just about anywhere (I was at the zoo, while my kids played, I tasseled):
Here are my tools: yarn, scissors, yarn needle and a form to wrap the yarn around to make the size tassels you want. I needed small tassels, so this cigarette case worked perfectly! (And I also require my glasses and apparently crumbs from lunch…)
Hold one end of the yarn at the bottom of your form and wrap yarn around, not too tightly, I wrapped 10 times to get the fullness I wanted in the tassel. You can do more or less wraps for your purposes.
You will need to cut 2 more pieces of yarn, at least 8 inches long for easy handling. Next, slip the looped yarn off the form, being careful to keep the loops together. Take one piece of that 8 inch yarn, fold it in half and slip it under the bundle of loops (not through, under). This first 8 inch piece will become the hanging thread for the tassel.
Put the ends of the 8 inch piece over the yarn bundle and through it’s own loop (created by folding the yarn in half) and cinch tight.
Now look to make sure the the cinched yarn is exactly in the center of the bundle. And fold bundled loops.
Take second piece of 8 inch yarn, fold in half and cinch it near the top of the fold and tighten.
Use the yarn needle to weave ends into the top of the tassel, and pull all the way through. This will secure the outer cinch and hid the ends at the same time.
Here is your tassel!
Now you just have to cut the loops open at the bottom…
and trim it evenly with scissors.
Tah Dah! Enjoy adding bobbles to your world.
These lovely cards have illustrations on both sides and I cannot wait to see them spinning in the breeze.
I’m not a soft gooey person. I never make that impression on people. I laugh extremely loud, I’m WAY too opinionated and my own children think I have an “allergy” to ill behaved kids. Though I can be very diplomatic when the need arises, I am overall, unabashedly my abrasive, sarcastic, free spirited, colorful, loud self.
So, I find it really odd that I’m completely attracted to whimsical, demure, sweet, idyllic childhood themes. It’s a strange fit. But I am, nonetheless, drawn to old photos of children playing long forgotten games. Pictures of families picnicking out of glass jugs and paper wrapped sandwiches. Girls riding bikes in dresses, wearing bouncy curls and lips as dark as berries. As if I’m nostalgic for a time I never knew. Kick the Can and Olli Olli Oxen Free (which apparently means “All ye, all ye, outs in free,” as a way to restore hiding or “out” players back to the game) were long, long gone by the time I was on the playground. We were all about War Ball and bike stunts. The days of tree forts, white washed fences and and string wrapped school primers were part of my Grandmother’s childhood, not mine. But here I am, longing to see glimpses of it and be reminded that those times did, in fact, exist and wishing I could bequeath them to my own children.
As a mom, I find it so important to connect my kids with a past that they are so disconnected from by mere virtue of time and technology. They have not forsaken Great Gramma’s games, they’ve just never heard of them. We tell them stories about what we did when we were little to pass time. I tell about Rubik’s Cube, Atari and poppin’ wheelies on my bike. My Mom tells them about rollerskating and poodle skirts and what a hippie really is. My Gramma tells them about going to a country school, where everyone knew her Mama and all her siblings and cousins were there with her, and again, on Sunday for church.
But some games and antics are truisms of childhood. They supersede time and appeal to all generations. Playing catch, swimming, singing, play acting, reading and story telling, dominoes and cards. At least 5 generations of my family can claim these (and I’ll bet dozens and dozens more generations that I don’t even know about). So games like Old Maid and Go Fish are sweet, innocent and appealing to that squishy, nostalgic part of me.
I want to incorporate some of this childish whimsy into my adult life. I don’t want to live in a nursery but I love finding opportunities to pull it all out and tap into that time when the color of my barrette was important. I have used Holidays and Birthdays as my opportunities over the last few years and I’ve really focused on handmade, homemade, meaningful and colorful when I decorate for get togethers. When I found these cards, of Old Maid, Go Fish, Slap Jack and Memory, I fell in love with their whimsical drawings and the rich colors. I just knew I had to make something for our family to hang up for parties, but it is just now coming to life. Here is the beginning of my Childhood Game Garland…
I purchased a 1/16 inch hole punch. I tried using a sharp crochet hook, but the plastic coating on the paper would not let the sharp hook pass through without considerable damage to the card. I measured 1/4 inch intervals all around and marked them with and ink pen. When I was done punching, I was ready to crochet.
I used cotton floss and a size 7 (1.65 mm) hook. Then single crocheted around the edge and improvised the next row to give it a delicate look. The finished product looks like a picture frame to me.
Once I’ve made up a dozen of these, I’ll string them together and be so pleased to see them flutter and spin in the breeze.
It’s not often a girl gets recognition for all her blatherings at once! But today I was awarded the Versatile Blogger Award from another great blog Our Eventual Homestead (and Hillbilly Mom was gonna get me too but Britni got to me first). Thanks to both of you lovely Ladies and Fellow Bloggers. Your hard work does not go unnoticed and the versatility of your blogs is what keeps this Mama coming back over and over again.
As I understand, here are my responsibilities:
- Share 7 completely random pieces of information about myself.
- Nominate 15 fellow bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award.
- Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.
Here are my 7 completely random facts:
- Along with being a birth doula, I am a photographer and have THE BEST PHOTO COLLECTION OF HUMAN PLACENTAS ever compiled. Eeeeww, gross, but kinda cool.
- I’m a city girl to the core but I am only a couple of generations removed from my farming relatives in Minnesota, and there is a part of me that longs for a deeper connection to them, their lives and how closely they lived to nature and sustainability.
- If I could, I would start a commune and live on it ’til I died. Yes, I really would.
- I love words, love them. They are a shield, a song, a bouquet, an arsenal, a salve. They can be anything to anybody. They are a dangerous responsibility, an honored stewardship of our race. BUT I CANNOT SPELL WORTH BEANS.
- I’ve probably got several disorders, but refuse to be diagnosed. I’ve been asked if I was: bipolar, OCD, ADD, ADHD, manic, hyperactive and others that I cannot remember. I say, if my “disorder” gets this much done, and can learn a new craft every other year, gardens, cleans, crochets, cooks, beads, photographs, eats, loves, worships and laughs this hard on all of life, let’s just leave it alone.
- My pinky toes curl under my feet and my dad calls them my ‘dew claws.’
- I can throw a ball farther, harder and more accurately than any boy I’ve ever known. I love carnival games!
I hope that’s random enough for you all. Now this is the hard part, I need to narrow down 15 amazing folks to pass The Versatile Blogger Award on to. It’s possible that some of my favorite blogs have already received this award but it’s okay by me if they get it twice! Mine tend toward the crafty, artsy, homey sites. Here we go, not in any particular order:
- Hillbilly Mom
- Throwback Road
- the Royal Sisters
- Attic 24
- Canning Granny
- Rose Hip
- Simply Vintage Girl
- Make Me a Mary
- Purposeful Homemaking
- Sarah Jane Studios
- Posie Gets Cozy
- Wise Craft
- hoffee and a nuffin
- Peekaboo Photo Blog
- Under the Sycamore (don’t look now, but I just did a #16 on my list of 15, shhhh.)
I hope you enjoy browsing these blogs and let them know who sent you!
Awhile back I shared a post about Candied Tangerines and how delicious they are in the bottom of a cup of tea. But I wanted to make something a bit more medicinal that still had that ‘yummy’ quality to it. I’ve been fascinated by herbal anything my whole life. Imagine! The created things on this planet combat disease and infection, promote healing and life and can manage to do it in a gentle, easily accessible way. It’s such a perfect system!
Everyone knows that when you have a sore throat, you are supposed to have hot water, lemon and honey. Why? Well the hot water soothes and reduces swelling, while breaking up any lingering congestion in your throat. The lemon will cut through mucus (because of the acidity), kill bacteria, and also help numb tender, sore spots. The honey coats your throat and sweetens up all that acid that’s working in the lemon. Honey has been recognized by every culture as having a multitude of healing properties and modern medicine is even starting to research this natural wonder for its curative powers. It is important that you use RAW HONEY, pasteurized honey cannot claim the same health benefits. Come to find out, the Koreans make a medicinal “marmalade” with just fresh lemon and honey. I just had to try this.
I cut up 2 lemons, dropped them in a small mason jar and poured honey over them until it filled up about 1/3 of the jar. You can immediately see the juice from the lemon being drawn out by the honey and the two swirling together. I just made mine, but if I let it sit in the fridge, over the next couple of months the lemon will darken and the mixture will thicken. The peels and pulp will break down as well and leave behind a golden, lumpy marmalade that I can scoop into a cup and poor piping hot water over. Oh, it almost makes me want a sore throat! (To speed up the process, you can also store this in a cool cupboard rather than the fridge.)
Because I enjoy getting the most out of what I make, and I know that there are other medicinal jujus that can help me with a sore throat, I’m going to add a heaping Tablespoon of fresh chopped ginger and let that candy along with the lemon. When the hot water hits that, I can breathe in the steam and get some benefit in my sinuses as the ginger stimulates circulation and will allow me to breathe easier, while at the same time, be soothing to my stomach, which will also be a bit stressed if I’m sick.
I’m excited to try this and I’ll be taking some finished product pictures as well to share with you.
After I published this article, I ran across this article on the medicinal powers of honey.