Saturday, January 29, 2011

Come and Knock on Our Door...

I love projects. Well, actually, I love the idea of projects. The possibilities. The hunt for the perfect piece to transform. The excitement of something new.

It's the follow-through that bogs me down. I've said it before. I have design ADD. I can't stay focused on one project before another one starts calling my name. Maybe if my funds were unlimited I'd have my dream house. I have a vision, but don't have the money to back it up. I always fall in love with the $90+/yard fabric or the $3,000 light fixtures. So, I have to move at a snail's pace on every project. And by the time everything is about to fall into place, I'm ready to change the whole look.

Every closet in my house is crammed with half-finished projects. BSD's garage has quite a few unwanted guests squatting on his sacred ground. And I get an earful about their extended stay every few weeks. I need to hurry up and do something with them or they are going to find themselves evicted.

Well, it's too cold to paint in the garage so instead I finally finished up a smaller, warmer project I started in December. A yarn wreath.


I've seen these yarn wreaths everywhere. I just love them. There are so many different looks out there. The possibilities are endless. And that of course is one of the reasons it took me so long to make this. Too. many. choices. But I saw one like this in a magazine recently and knew it was THE one. I'm more of a copycat than an original idea generator. Plus, I was a little intimidated by the felt flowers. Until I found a great, easy tutorial here.

I am pretty pleased with my new project. Looking at these pictures now, I think I may need to add a few extra "leaves" to the left side of the flowers to balance it better. Knowing me, I'll probably never get around to doing it. But at least the Christmas wreath is finally gone.


NOTE: If you plan to make a yarn wreath, here are two suggestions for what I would do differently. 

1) Use "chubby" yarn. Thicker yarn makes it go faster. The yarn I used here was ultra thin making it more tedious to work with and harder to cover every speck of the wreath underneath.


2) Take the time to turn the skeins into yarn balls. I didn't do this at first and the skein kept unraveling so I'd have to stop working to constantly rewrap the thread around the skein.

17 comments:

Kristen said...

ok- this is seriously SO CUTE! And I will add this to my list of things to make :) And I am checking out that tutorial for the flowers... NOW! Thanks for sharing :)

Traci said...

Love it!

Bridget said...

I am totally in love with that wreath!! It is too adorable!

I have great ideas, but then get half-way finished and realize that I don't know what the heck I'm doing. My ex-mother-in-law was fantastic at helping my great ideas come to life.

{Amy} said...

this turned out great...love, love, love it!

Lorri said...

I LOVE this wreath! It is fabulous!

mandy said...

This is so so gorgeous! Now you need to make yourself a brooch to match your wreath; those flowers are so gorgeous!!!!!

erin said...

That is just beautiful. You chose such pretty colors and I love the flowers!!

Kerri said...

So cute Kim!
You did a great job!
I love those flowers...I keep seeing them everywhere...but I'm a little intimidated by them!

Cathy M~(checkitoff) said...

this is great Kim! i am a wannabe crafter & decorator! i can't finish projects, either. i am best at outdoor paint projects. i know my strengths, so that's what i stick with and then just admire the rest! hugs, Cathy

sloan said...

wait a sec - you MADE the wreath in these photos?? I originally thought that first photo was the Martha Stewart prototype or something - it is FABULOUS!! I'm so impressed!!

btw - I have major major project add as well ... the root of MANY an argument around here, the manbug is not psyched that 'loose ends' is my middle name ;-)

Cathy M~(checkitoff) said...

Come on over to my blog & pick up your Versatile Blogger Award! hugs, Cathy

Kelly said...

It's so beautiful, what a lovely project ♥

I am the same, and have lots of unfinished products sitting around the house in draws and cupboards.

Cindy said...

...take a step that is new....ok, seriously am I the ONLY one who couldn't resist the Threes Company song?!?!:) That is what you were going for right??
Kim, this wreath is so gorgeous. I just love it. I had the yarn in the shopping cart yesterday, but instead took it out and used it as motivation to finish two V-day projects that were half started, so thanks for that. I am so going to make one of these. I thought I could make it V-day/springy enough that it could live on my door for awhile.
I wish I had a bit more project ADD...then I would at least get them started. My problem is they roll around in my mind too long and my perfectionistic something or other keeps me from even starting! UGH!!
But this i WILL do!! Darn-it!!:)
Enjoy the day

About the soup, I don't think I would really describe it as super Thai-ish. My mom was worried about the ginger too. My advice is to really simmer the heck out of it. Dave made it a second time and it just didn't taste as good, so we simmered it some more and that really made a difference. It gives the sweet pot. a chance to break down and turn the broth creamy instead of just being brothy. I think the almond butter is basically just helping with the creaminess too. It's not a real strong flavor. Give it a try, I think you'll like it.
See ya..longest comment ever!!

My Interior Life said...

Adorable, Kim! And I'm in the same boat re: unfinished projects. My mantra is, "One day . . . "

Dani said...

I ADORE THIS!!!!

Way rad.

Kimberly {YeP, they are all mine} said...

Neat-o! Love it.

Nicolle said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this wreath. It is so pretty! You did a great job. I do not have one crafty bone in my body. I try, but I just can't do it.