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Handmade Pom Pom Cushion

Handmade Pom Pom Cushion

Do you love pom poms? I absolutely love them. I have recently been hand making and adding colourful items to my craft room. This is a room that I spend a lot of my time in, so I want it as colourful and cheerful as possible. I would like my room to have as many handmade items in it as possible.

I chose to make a cushion for my craft room as I suffer with a bad back, and I thought the support of a cushion when spending hours on end sat crafting away would be a huge help. I then chose to add pom poms to add an extra splash of colour and cheer to my room.

A trip to the craft store was needed

I used a mixture of wool and yarn. Most being from The Women’s Institute collection, who have a colourful high-quality range. They also had an offer on of 3 for 2 at my time of purchase. I purchased mine in Hobbycraft and a donation from my purchase was stated on the packaging to be given to the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.

One purchase that was a huge time saver, this was a pom pom maker. This nifty little gadget made pom pom making so much easier.

The making of my pom poms:
  • I started off buy working out what size cushion I plan on making.
  • Then roughly worked out how many pom poms I think I would need. This was done buy cutting out a template with paper, making a pom pom to size and then working out the measurements from there.
  • It was worked out that I would need roughly 140 pom poms for my 24″ square cushion.
  • From there I got busy making pom poms, using my pom pom maker.
  • I did not make the pom poms all at once. I made them over a good few day’s using a variety of lovely colours.
How to use the pom pom maker:
  • Handmade Pom Pom Cushion
  • Handmade Pom Pom Cushion
  • Handmade Pom Pom Cushion
  • Handmade Pom Pom Cushion
  • Handmade Pom Pom Cushion
The making of the cushion:
  • Once the pom poms were all made I then made my cushion using Calico fabric, which I cut two 26″ squares out of.
  • The two squares were then ironed and then pinned together down three of the four sides.
  • The three sides were then sewn together, leaving an opening end.
  • A zip was then sewn onto the opening end.
  • Handmade Pom Pom Cushion
  • Handmade Pom Pom Cushion
  • Handmade Pom Pom Cushion
Attaching the pom poms to my handmade cushion:
  • When it came to attaching the pom poms I was going to sew them on until I realised how many I had made. So I opted to gluing them in position instead!
  • Using a good fabric glue I began to glue the pom poms into position. Using a piece of cardboard I inserted it inside the cushion cover to prevent the cushion fabric from sticking together during the process.
  • Once the pom poms were in position I allowed time for the glue to set and the pom poms to take hold in position.
  • I then inserted the cushion insert inside the cushion cover.
  • I ruffled my pom poms a little to fluff them back up as some of them went flat during the gluing process. I then I cut of any straggly bits and removed any loose bits

Once complete, my cushion was proudly put in place in my office/craft room.

Do you love pom poms?

Interior Design, Lifestyle

Interior features to focus on when you want to create a traditional decor

Interior features to focus on when you want to create a traditional decor

Interior features to focus on when you want to create a traditional decor

When you love your home, playing around with your decor can be a lot of fun. Not only do you want to create your dream home, but you can often want to make your home right for your family and their needs. So, not only do you want to make it feel cozy and homely, you want it to be functional too. Although many interior themes can be harsh and unwelcoming, there is one that is always perfect for family life – traditional. And when you want to create a traditional decor that will make your family’s life better, you’re going to want to focus on a few key interior features to make it happen.

Wood

The first feature that can always be found in traditional decor is wood. Wood is the main material often used for most things, like flooring, wall cladding and, of course, furniture. If you really want to give a traditional, warm and cozy feel to the decor, you’re going to want to make sure you go for wood when it comes to the majority of your material choices.

Interior features to focus on when you want to create a traditional decor

A Library

Next up, let’s look at a room choice. A library, regardless of how big or small it may be, is always a key feature to a classic house. It’s always a great room to have in your home if you want to be able to relax somewhere serene, or have a cozy corner of the house to read in! You can even make a library style feature wall in your hallway or living space instead of dedicating it to an entire room. Either way, using old books to fill the space is a very traditional decor feature.

Period Furniture

The next thing to think about for your decor is the type of furniture that you buy. If you’re going with anything modern, it may make your decor look a little disjointed. Instead, you’re going to want to go with period furniture. Things like antiques, handcrafted furniture, and a Chesterfield sofa are the exact kind of pieces to consider. Color wise, you’re going to want to coordinate with warm, slightly dark shades that add a cozy vibe to your home.

Interior features to focus on when you want to create a traditional decor

Entertaining Space

In terms of your layout, you’re going to want to make sure that you have an entertainment space to utilize. Traditional homes are all about family and friends. Social occasions and celebrations should always fill your home, so you need a space to host them in. And when you’re looking to entertain, what could be better than a home bar? Whether it’s the in the corner of your kitchen, outside, or even given its own room, a bar area can often be a very classic feature to add to your decor.

Artwork

When it comes to the finishing touches, be sure to add a lot of artwork into each room. Whether this is paintings or family pictures, you’ll find that wall hangings not only add a personal feel to each room, but they make your home feel much more traditional.

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Decorating

New House Update

new house update

New House Update

We have been in our new house for four months now, wow that has gone quick. We thought we would give a new house update to show how we have been getting on in that time.

Take a look…(after photos will be in our next post).

From November right through to January we was busy unpacking boxes and finding homes for things, sadly not everything fitted and we had to then minimise what we kept. Come January/February time we was sick of the sight of boxes and definitely not sad to see them go.

Come January we made a start on the bedrooms. Three out of four bedrooms have been painted, but only one has new carpet and underlay. Well they was off-cut’s that we had spare from our old house, we had kept hold of them as we was going to use them at the old house but never did get round to it. They worked out to fit perfectly in our office. The bedrooms are yet to bed finished off.

At our old house Ian had use of the conservatory for a smoking room, when we moved he lost this space as we no longer have a conservatory and I will not have smoking in the house. As a Christmas gift we bought him his very own man-cave, this will be his own little space, somewhere he can escape to for peace and quite and enjoy his fag in peace whilst keeping warm with his feet up. It is yet to be kitted out but he loves it.

One of the first jobs we done as soon as we could was take all the wallpaper off the walls. With Ian being a fully qualified electrician he has also been busy moving and adding light switches and plug sockets – these are things you can never have too many of in our house. Even adding outside power too – this is always handy to have.

Come February we painted the lounge, hall, stairs and landing. The downstairs toilet has also been painted. We have painted for now just to give it a brighter fresher feel as the previous owners taste DID NOT match our taste/colour scheme.

Here is a before photo.

We have a huge lounge area now, this is something we have dreamed of having, our lounge at our old house was tiny so we are loving the extra space. The size of the lounge is perfect but the lighting was poor, there was only two very dark/dim lights in place when we moved in and we wasn’t finding them sufficient enough so we spent a few day’s changing them for down-lights.

Whilst we was swapping the lighting for down-lights we insulated the ceiling and then re-plastered to help keep it warmer and sound-proof it that bit more. We had a mad moment and had this done about 10 days before Christmas.

The bathroom was a room we had all agreed was in desperate need of needing a makeover first. The people who lived here before us was disabled and had the bathroom fitted to meet their needs. At our old house we had a walk-in shower which we all loved but we all missed being able to have a bath. We had all agreed that we would like a bath put in place with an over-head shower – meaning the best of both worlds, a choice of a shower or a bath can now be had.

We was in our previous house for 13 years and we was very settled. Why we moved house can be read >> here. We have had to adjust to so many changes, minimise our belongings as not everything could come with us sadly. We gained a larger lounge but lost kitchen space, gained and extra bedroom but the master room is smaller. There have been lots to adjust to and work our way round but we are getting there slowly and making this house feel like home.

In March we had to say a very sad goodbye and come to terms with the sad loss of our loving dog Buddy, he sadly passed away on the 8th March in his sleep.

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Also in March we had our carpet fitted in the lounge, hall, stairs and landing. Having carpet down has made a huge difference. It feels more homely, cosy and much warmer and welcoming.

It is all slowly coming together, as you can see it has been a busy few months but we are now slowly starting to settle. Next new house update to follow shortly showing you all the changes made so far in more detail.

General post, Monthly updates

Looking Back As January Passes

looking back as january passes

Looking Back As January Passes

We love January as it’s the start of a whole new year, it’s a month where our new diary’s start being filled with lots of fun and adventures to look forward too throughout the year. We are now looking back as January passes, looking back at fun already had so far!

Our January started pretty much the same as everyone else’s, it started with lots of Christmas goodies still needing to be eaten, the decorations being taken down and packed away for another year. Our home always feels bigger once the decs have been packed away, it’s silly really as it’s no different in size.

The kids returned back to school and Lee is now preparing for his GCSEs. Lee is busy studying hard with lots of revision needing to be done for his GCSEs. To help him with this we have a preparing for exams chat rather regularly to make sure he is ok and not struggling.

Passports are being renewed and plans are well underway  to celebrate Lee’s 16th, we are celebrating with a trip to Barcelona, Lee is a huge football fan and has always wanted to visit Barcelona stadium……Eeek our boy turns 16 tomorrow (update to follow).

Phone calls home from school are always lovely to receive, so far this year we have had 4 and also a letter home saying how well Bradley is doing, lets hope he keeps it up for the rest of the year!

We have been busy decorating Lee’s bedroom, Lee had great fun decorating and styling his bedroom. His carpet is due to be laid this week (post to follow).

looking back as january passes

Looking back as january passes

We also made a bucket list of our goals that we wish to complete this year. We have already made a start on working our way through.

Bradley has had another growth spurt, he has now shot up another 4 inches and is now in need of some new clothes. A shopping trip is now needed.

We have made a good start on our Christmas savings – this year we are determined to make this Christmas easier. Have a read here >>> to see how.

We attended the toy fair at London’s Olympia and met with some lovely PRs. It was a very long day and we was both exhausted but it was brilliant to see some of the fabulous new games/toy’s being released later this year.

Bradley has settled back into performing arts college nicely after the Christmas break. He is now busy learning new lines as he will be performing in London’s West End in July. He will be performing in a musical to over 1,200 people.

We have also added some beautiful radiator covers to our hall and conservatory. We love how much bigger they make the conservatory look, we have also gained a nice shelf as we are making use of the top of them. What do you think?

Looking back as January passes

We now wave goodbye to January with an exciting new month to look forward to – February hopefully holds some exciting news for us….fingers crossed. We now have the paper work needed to apply to buy our house under a pilot scheme for housing association tenants. We now have the horrid wait to find out if our house will be one of the properties chosen to be sold off.

How was your January?