Saturday, November 24, 2012

a week of thanksgiving - day 6 - yarn over candles

So did you shop? Did you get any great deals? Maybe you bought some candles with clearance stickers on them that you can't get off? Isn't that the worst? Why do companies make labels on candles and frames so blasted hard to get off? Do the head hauncho's  have homes filled with objects that still have the stickers on them? I don't think so.

We are having some special guest next week and I have been working little by little to get the house ready (with lots of help I might add.) I have help from the boys and friends with cleaning and sorting and de-cluttering  and it is great, but sometimes I miss being able to do it my way. I want to be the one to fluff my little nest, running here and there, fixing this, adjusting that, like I have always done.

This whole broken foot thing has been a real lesson in humility, patience and in picking my battles. The reality is that there is only so much I can do, and I have to choose wisely and thoughtfully each day. I cannot just jump in with two feet and go for "it," whatever "it" may be.

 This new way of moving through my day is so contrary to how I normally operate, and sometimes it gets the best of me, and I throw a small pity party for myself.  But sometimes I get a new idea simply because I have been sitting in the same spot for 20 minutes. An idea I may have never had if I had been flitting around like a busy bee.

This is how I came up with the idea to wrap my sticker-stuck candles with yarn. I had an ugly but useful candle and I had couple of balls of yarn. Voila.
I didn't use anything but yarn, scissors and the candles. I alternated the pink and the red yarn, just wrapping it around the jar tightly and tucked the ends underneath as I wrapped.  I left the bottom curve exposed because I thought it gave the whole presentation a nice finish and balance.

We won't be putting out our Christmas decorations until Advent begins, so this little yarn-inspired tablescape will work another week. 
I stuffed my bell jar with pom poms and small yarn balls, and added a few more balls and pom's here and there. At Christmas I fill the bell jar with vintage glass ball ornaments. I think this is a lovely take on that same concept. 

I filled the vintage wooden toolbox caddy with jars of vintage silverware and our napkins. Also when we were unpacking all the boxes from the when the house was for sale, I found these great carnival glass salt and pepper shakers that I bought right before we packed. It was a little like finding an early Christmas present.

Jeanetta thinks that someone may need to stage a pom pom intervention around my casa, but I don't think one can have too many pom poms. Do you? Surely not. 

See? Look at how cute all of that is! If loving pom poms is wrong, I don't want to be right. 
Also, I am wondering what else I can wrap in yarn....

Today we are headed to my grandparents home where we will celebrate one my Thanksgiving. We will eat more pies and more turkey and more dressing and more of who knows what else. We will laugh and talk and maybe even argue a bit (though thank goodness the election is over!) And we will go to bed with bellies and hearts full-up.

As we wrap up this little week of Thanksgiving, I just have to say how I am so thankful for my family, my friends, for blessings that come in the midst of sitting and waiting, for help that comes from all around, for simple ideas that bring smiles, and for this blog and the ability to share this season of my life with you.  Thank you for sticking with me. Mwauh!


  1. Cute idea. I love the yarn and Pom poms in the glass dish too. I hope your foot heals quickly.

  2. So adorable! Don't over do it my friend. Keep your feet up!

  3. Clever girl! And now your candle looks super cozy!


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