Rainbow Pom Pom Trim Scarf

Sometimes I get into little craft obsessions. For a while, I couldn’t stop sewing appliqués on things, and then there was felting… Ever since I made the pom-pom wreath for our retro mid-century Christmas, I’ve been obsessed with pom-poms. It feels like there isn’t anything that wouldn’t be improved by some pom-poms!

At K’s soccer game, I saw one of our friends had a cute scarf with pom-pom trim, and I thought it would be fun to make my own! Of course, it would not be a true obsession if I made just one… The first set of scarves I made were for my nieces for Christmas. These are pink wooly scarves with rainbow pom-pom trim. So cute! I have enough trim left over to make myself an infinity scarf after Christmas, if I’m feeling bold enough for these colors.

Living in California, I don’t need a lot of warm scarves, but the girls live on the East Coast, so I wanted to find them something cozy. After looking at a lot of different fabrics, I decided to buy these inexpensive solid-colored scarves to use as a base for this project.

The scarves are much bigger than I needed, and they’re also very thin, so I cut off the fringe and doubled the thickness. For the girls, the finished size is 6.5″x49″. Adding the fringe was pretty quick. I recommend using the zipper foot for your sewing machine.   

 
Off to add pom poms to something else!

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De Gournay-Inspired Fabric Ideas

Now that our boys are getting bigger, I finally feel like I can reclaim a few spaces in the house that are  grown-up zones. One of these spaces is our living-dining room. Now that the toys are out of there, I am getting inspired to do more decorating.
One design feature I’ve been swooning over are fantastic wallpaper murals, epitomized by De Gournay. Let’s take a moment to swoon together…

  
    
  

I’m not ready to commit to a mural, but I’m thinking of incorporating something like this into a standing screen/ room divider. I’ve been researching fabric options, and here’s what I’ve focused in on. Let me know your favorite!

I found several gorgeous options by Nouveau Bohemian on Spoonflower, and I’m especially drawn to the Birds and Bees pattern in aqua or rose:   

The closest fabric I found to the mural wallpapers is the series Jenny Peony, Jenny Cherry Blossom, and Jenny Kumquat by Domesticate on Spoonflower.   

Another print that I love is Robert Allen Vintage Plumes for Dwell Studio.

This pattern is available in yardage in jade:
  

Or as bedding in dove from Dwell Studio:
  

Or how about Robert Allen Neo Toile? I made need to make five screens! I found this and the Vintage Plumes on fabricguru.com, one of my favorite sources for decorating fabric, because it’s easy to search and has great choices.   

 

One more idea I have is to adapt some of my mom’s old paintings and print them on Spoonflower! That would be so special, if I can get the technology worked out.

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DIY Mid-Century Atomic Christmas Tree Topper 

As you know, this Christmas, I’m decorating with a retro mid-century  theme. Our tree is trimmed with glove ornaments in red, turquoise, and pink, including these scrapbook paper and washi tape globe ornaments.

I was looking for the perfect tree topper and saw this fabulous atomic topper from Over the Top Finials on Etsy. They have lots of fun products!!

Since I had all the supplies in the house already, I thought I’d try a DIY version, and I’m pretty excited with how it turned out!

Here’s what I rounded up to make the tree topper:

  • 11 bamboo skewers – paint with silver spray paint
  • Medium styrofoam ball – paint with silver craft paint
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Green felt to cover roll
  • Assorted small balls and beads. I used some vase filler (which also came in handy when making my ornament wreath; I might have some trouble filling a vase in the future…)

Here’s how to put it together

  • Paint the skewers and styrofoam ball and let dry
  • Cut the toilet paper roll lengthwise and tape it into a narrower and tapered roll. Push the narrower end into the  styrofoam ball. Cover it with green felt to blend into the tree.
  • Cut the skewers into varying lengths, cutting on an angle to make sharp ends.
  • Stick the small balls and beads into the skewers.
  • Stick the skewers into the center ball, spacing them out in all directions and with varying lengths.

Ta-da!

DIY Mid-Century Atomic Christmas Tree Topper | Jewels at Home
DIY Mid-Century Atomic Christmas Tree Topper | Jewels at Home

And here’s how the tree has come together, including the retro Christmas Ornament tree skirt!

DIY Mid-Century Atomic Christmas Tree Topper | Jewels at Home
 I think our Christmas tree looks far-out and groovy with its new topper!

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DIY Felt and Pom Pom Mistletoe

Mistletoe is a classic Christmas item. I haven’t hung mistletoe before, but I was playing around with felt (for our monogrammed ornaments and retro ornament Christmas tree skirt) and pompoms (for our pom pom wreath), and I realized I had all the supplies to make a cute felt mistletoe decoration.

DIY Felt and Pom Pom Mistletoe | Jewels at Home

I had some regular craft felt, but it was too thin to really give a good three-dimensional feel, so I got the idea to fuse two layers together using Heat’n Bond Ultra Hold Iron-On Adhesive. This turned out really well and looks and feels like a heavy art felt.

DIY Felt and Pom Pom Mistletoe. You can make regular craft felt look thick and chunky by fusing two layers together! | Jewels at Home

I added some pom poms and ribbon I had in the house already to make this simple and pretty decoration, which I look forward to using for many years to come.

DIY Felt and Pom Pom Mistletoe | Jewels at Home

DIY Felt and Pom Pom Mistletoe | Jewels at Home

 

DIY Felt and Pom Pom Mistletoe | Jewels at Home
And to finish, a gratuitous picture of our Christmas tree, because it makes me happy!
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Felt Retro Monogram Christmas Ornaments

For the last few years, I have had a different theme for Christmas decorating each year. Of course, that doesn’t mean that I need to change all my decorations! I’ve gotten creative about re-purposing and adapting our ornaments and other decor to fit each theme. When I did my white Christmas two years ago, I bought lovely white felt stockings from West Elm. They worked just as well for last year’s white and red Christmas. For this year’s nostalgic retro Christmas, all I had to do was change out the initials on the stockings.

Felt Retro Monogram Christmas Ornaments | Jewels at Home

I used felt in our Christmas colors of red, pink, and blue and added white felt monograms. I attached them to the stockings with safety pins, so it will be easy to change them again, when needed! It’s amazing how this small project completely transforms the look of our stockings and mantel!

Here’s a look at last year:

Simple white and red Christmas mantel | Jewels at Home

And this year:

Felt Retro Monogram Christmas Ornaments | Jewels at Home
Felt Retro Monogram Christmas Ornaments | Jewels at Home

Felt Retro Monogram Christmas Ornaments | Jewels at Home

While we’re enjoying this year’s cheerful nostalgic Christmas, I’m already thinking about themes for the future – Scandinavian Christmas or a metallic Christmas – and it’s good to know I’ll be able to re-use these stockings again!

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Paper and Washi Tape Globe Ornaments

My passion for pretty papers goes way back, but I confess that when washi tape first became popular, I didn’t immediately fall in love – it’s not too late, though! I had so much fun combining patterns and colors to make these pretty ornaments. These lovely decorations are quick to make, and I will be bringing this project to work for our holiday party. I also made a personalized version of these ornaments with kids’ names inside.

Paper and Washi Tape Globe Ornaments | Jewels at Home
To make these ornaments, I used

The process is very simple:

  • I then cut out two circles in matching paper and glued then back-to-back
  • I then added washi tape or other paper scraps to decorate the ornament
  • These circles fit perfectly into the ornaments, which snap together
  • Add a ribbon for hanging and you’re done!

Paper and Washi Tape Globe Ornaments | Jewels at Home
Paper and Washi Tape Globe Ornaments | Jewels at Home  Paper and Washi Tape Globe Ornaments | Jewels at Home
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Paper and Washi Tape Globe Ornaments | Jewels at Home  Paper and Washi Tape Globe Ornaments | Jewels at Home
Paper and Washi Tape Globe Ornaments | Jewels at Home

Go crazy with the paper (I did!) and have fun!!

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Scrapbook Paper Christmas Ornaments

Every year, I make personalized Christmas ornaments for our family and friends. This is usually a simple project with store-bought ornaments. This year, I’m doing a little DIY, because I didn’t find anything quite right for our retro mid-century Christmas.

I’m making some clear globe ornaments to give to our local friends. For those that live further away, I wanted something easy to mail, so I was excited to find this inspiration for ornaments covered in scrapbook paper. Besides being pretty, these ornaments are lightweight, flat, and sturdy, so they’re perfect for sending to friends!

Scrapbook Paper Christmas Ornaments | Jewels at Home

Here’s how to do this cute project:

  • Paint the edges of the Unfinished Wood Ornaments with silver craft paint. The center will be covered in paper.
  • Print out names and the year on Clear Shipping Labels and then stick them in craft paper and cut them out. I cut matching circles for the back.
  • Use regular hole punch to cut the paper around the hole in the ornament.
  • Use Yes All-Purpose Stik Flat Glueto glue the paper to the ornaments
  • I used some very fine sandpaper to clean up the ornaments after the glue dried.

Scrapbook Paper Christmas Ornaments | Jewels at Home
Scrapbook Paper Christmas Ornaments | Jewels at Home To finish off, I added ribbons for hanging.

Scrapbook Paper Christmas Ornaments | Jewels at Home
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Scrapbook Paper Christmas Ornaments | Jewels at Home

What fun to be able to send a bit of holiday cheer!

“Jewels”

Desktop Magnet Board Frames Part Two

This year’s holiday gifts for our teachers and friends are these desktop magnet boards with coordinating glass cabochon magnets. I love seeing all the colors and patterns come together with the inspirational quotes. You can find the supply list and instructions in the first post. There are so many ways to combine the papers and quotes that I wanted to show you some more in this post!

Hope you are settling into a lovely holiday season!

Desktop magnet boards with coordinating glass cabochon magnets | Jewels at Home
Desktop magnet boards with coordinating glass cabochon magnets | Jewels at Home  Desktop magnet boards with coordinating glass cabochon magnets | Jewels at Home
Desktop magnet boards with coordinating glass cabochon magnets | Jewels at Home  Desktop magnet boards with coordinating glass cabochon magnets | Jewels at Home
Desktop magnet boards with coordinating glass cabochon magnets | Jewels at Home  Desktop magnet boards with coordinating glass cabochon magnets | Jewels at Home
Desktop magnet boards with coordinating glass cabochon magnets | Jewels at Home  Desktop magnet boards with coordinating glass cabochon magnets | Jewels at Home
Desktop magnet boards with coordinating glass cabochon magnets | Jewels at Home

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Easy Custom Fleece Christmas Stockings

I made the first of these stockings more than a decade ago, and how our little collection of stockings has grown over the years! I made the first ones when our oldest was born, and back then, it was just Steve, me, baby K, and our old dog Cooper. Over the years, I added extended family for the Christmases we hosted, two more babies, and now, I am very excited to add the stockings for my twin nieces!

Materials:

  • fleece fabric (less than 1/2 a yard per stocking)
  • cuff fabric (only about 7″ long x about 20″ wide – I find scraps for this)
  • ribbon for hanging (5″ long; I also used scraps)
  • iron-on applique letters for name

Instructions:

Make a template for your stocking. I’ve included a half inch seam allowance on my pattern

Use the template to cut out two pieces of fleece.

With the right sides together, sew around the sides and bottom of the stocking, leaving about 7″ open at the back top. Clip the seam allowance around the curves.

Pattern for Easy Custom Fleece Christmas Stockings | Jewels at Home

Cut a cuff that is about 6.5″ tall and 10″ wide. Hem the cuff.

Sew the cuff to the top of the stocking, with the right side of the cuff facing the wrong side of the stocking, as shown.

Pattern for Easy Custom Fleece Christmas Stockings | Jewels at Home

Flip the cuff over as shown. I found it helped to pin it in place for the next step.

Pattern for Easy Custom Fleece Christmas Stockings | Jewels at Home

Line up the edge of the cuff and the stocking and slip your ribbon in, too, with the ends tucked into where you’ll see. Now sew up the last 7″ of the back of the stocking, sewing through the stocking, cuff, and ribbon.

Easy Custom Fleece Christmas Stockings | Jewels at Home

Flip your stocking right side out and iron on the letters!

Easy Custom Fleece Christmas Stockings | Jewels at Home

Easy Custom Fleece Christmas Stockings | Jewels at Home

Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas!

“Jewels”