Sunday, December 23, 2012

Crafternoon Project: Yarn Pom-Poms

How to make a simple yarn pom-pom in less than a half hour. As a kid, I used to make these pom-poms all of the time. I usually gave them all away, however my favorite (BIG) set of pom-poms I tied on to the laces of my roller skates. All you need is yarn,  scissors, a chunk of thinner but strong (cracker box) cardboard. It helps to make the "donut" forms if you have a glass or lid to trace around- but not required. (This is not PRECISION work!)

1. I traced around a glass, then drew in the center circles about the size of a quarter, with a marker.

2. I cut the "donut" forms out with sharp scissors.

3. I put the two forms together and began to wrap the yarn around the forms. This takes some time. I cut lengths of yarn from the can't wrap it directly from the skein. Just cut some yarn, wrap it, cut some more...and so on.

4. Keep scrunching the yarn close side-by-side and wrap a lot of yarn on (this makes them plush!) Do not skimp on the yarn now or you will end up with a thin, sad pom.

5. Once you have wrapped and wrapped...weasel your scissor tip in between the two donut forms (this make a nice valley for your scissors to cut through the yarn. Snip a bit at a time. It goes kind of slow.

6. Gently wedge the donut forms apart: just enough to open it to thread a length of yarn inside to wrap around the core of the yarn. Make this yarn long enough that it is easy to maneuver and leaves you length to hang or attach it to something!

7.Once it is tied....

8. Begin to slowly and gently wiggle the donut forms off the pom on both sides...You should be able to use the donut forms many many times...

9. Trim any loose or uneven ends to make it all even (there are always some rogue ends!)

I tied my pom to our dogs collar (temporarily) thinking she might enjoy a new pretty! But by the look on her face....not so much! To make larger or smaller poms than this medium size...alter the sizes of your donut forms.
This is a project that kids love doing too. If they are younger you will have to help them with the cutting but they will be good at the wrapping part.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Opulent Thrift: Spencer

Tall drink of water, our Spencer knows how to boyishly charm us at every turn. Great set of hand-tooled accessories by Rise Above Leathers by Preston of Cedar Rapids, IA. Lots of cool custom leatherwork on their Facebook page to drool over. And it looked so sharp with the sweet hand-designed and printed baseball tee from Cortie at White Rabbit in Iowa City.

Opulent Thrift: Coco

Literally "leather and lace", Coco embodies the ying and yang of beauty. 

Opulent Thrift: Emily

She looks stunning in orange, peach and bronzes. On a perfect Autumn day in Iowa City.

catalogTKA and Emily make the cover of Little Village Mag!

We are excited that my photo of tender and tough Emily was used for the designer cover of  Dec 2012 Little Village Magazine! It looks super cool. White Rabbit has a great selection of authentic vintage biker jackets by the way.
They can be hard to find!

Opulent Thrift Photoshoot: Alicia

Sass. Sweetness. Alicia is both. And more. Little Miss PunkAngelVintageSweetie. 

Opulent Thrift Photoshoot: Lindsey

Glamourpuss sexy kitten describes our vivacious Lindsey! Photography, Makeup, Styling by Tonya Kehoe-Anderson for catalogTKA. Hair by JoAnn for GSpot Hair Design. Jewelry by Jennifer Black Reinhardt for Age Before Beauty. Dress from Revival