Tuesday, March 3, 2015

DIY Pom Pom Gloves

Today's DIY is a fun one to make to cheer on your favorite sports team! They're so super easy!

Start off by making the pom poms. Mine are about an inch. I don't remember the exact size of the pom pom maker I use. If you don't know how to make pom poms, I posted a tutorial yesterday on how to make pom poms using the Clover Pom Pom Maker.

I make all ten of my pom poms first.

When you tie off your pom poms and trim them, be sure to leave a long tail to sew them to your gloves.

Thread your yarn tail onto a tapestry needle.

Insert your needle into the tip of one of the glove fingers. You must use knit gloves. Be sure not to sew the fingertips together, just get the tips.

Pull the pom pom to the fingertip, then insert the needle through the center of the pom. Then insert the needle back through the pom and into the glove tip again. Do this a few times to secure the pom to the fingertip.

Bring your needle back to the fingertip. Insert into the tip and tie a square knot. Then push the needle back through the pom and cut the yarn tail even with the rest of the pom. Trim the pom as needed. 

Repeat until all your poms are sewn to the fingertips, then wave those pom fingers!!

Customer Photo :)

What do you think? What colors will you make yours?

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Monday, March 2, 2015

How to Make Pom Poms

I've shared a couple of DIYs lately that use pom poms, and I have a couple more coming up, so I thought it would be a good idea to share with you how I make my pom poms.

I use a pom pom maker by Clover. They come in several sizes, and they even have one that will make heart-shaped pom poms. How cool!

When I first got one of these, I was completely confused as to how they work,even after looking at the directions. I'm guessing, I'm hoping, that I'm not the only one. Maybe this little tutorial will help you out if the directions confuse you too, or maybe you inherited one or found one at a yard sale and no longer have the directions. 

How to Make Pom Poms with a Clover Pom Pom Maker

Open up one set of the arms and start wrapping your yarn around both arms.

Wrap until it's full.

Close that side and start wrapping the arms on the other side.

Close that side. Then take your scissors and cut down the center of each side.

Cut a length of yarn - about 12", depending on what you're using the pom for. Wrap tightly around the center between the two halves and tie a knot.

Open each set of arms carefully, then gently pull the two sides apart.

You're then left with your pom pom. All you have to do now is trim up the pom!

Do you use a pom pom maker or do you make them another way?

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Friday, February 27, 2015

The Ugly Side of Art Class Critiques

I am an art degree victim, I mean, graduate. Ha! Yes, I majored in art. They should have handed me a cardboard box at graduation, because finding a job with a studio art degree is about as easy as training a dog to make my morning coffee.

But for those who think studying art is child's play or "not a real major", let me tell you a thing or two -- It's NOT easy. One of my college roommates who was studying psychology would say, "I'm writing a 35-page paper, and you're coloring." Well, yes, but it wasn't always that simple.

While much of it was fun and enjoyable, some of it was not. For instance, critiques. I hated the critiques. Some of the reason for that could just be because I don't like criticism. I'm a bit of a perfectionist and don't like being told that something isn't quite perfect.

Now, for those who don't know, in a class critique we each have our turn of putting our piece of art in front of the class and then the class and instructor discusses our art - the good and bad. For me, these were absolutely nervewrecking.

"The artist is the only one qualified to criticize his art, because only the artist knows what he was trying to express and how satisfied he is with the attempt." 

-Ron Brackin

If only this were true in my art classes. Because I'm a perfectionist, I was constantly comparing my work to the work of others, and always felt mine was inferior. Class critiques made this feeling worse. My painting class was the most difficult. My instructor and I seemed to butt heads a bit, so what happened was I started to doubt myself as a painter and as an artist, because during a critique, it wasn't just my art that I felt was being critiqued, but my ability as well. 

That's the hardest blow. If only the two could be separated somehow. The critiques from that class left quite the impression on me. After graduation, it was about 3 years before I painted again. Then criticisms from my then-husband caused me to go another 6 years without painting. 

Not everyone will have the same experience or inner dialogue that I did, but the self-doubt about my work hasn't gone away. It is present with nearly everything I create. The trick is learning to hear the good with the bad. Don't focus on only the criticisms, but look at what was done right also. A piece of art is never really done. There will always be something you want to change or improve. Take those things with you into your next piece to make the next piece even stronger. And, no matter who discourages you or how many negatives you hear, don't give up.

"An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one."
-Charles Horton Cooley

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Instagram Makeover Update

About a month ago, I decided to start a makeover of my Instagram account. You can read about the beginning of my makeover here.

I've been using Iconosquare to keep track of my statistics, growth, comments, etc.

Here are screenshots of my stats for the last month.

I just started on Iconosquare a month ago, so I don't have a comparison of the previous month, but I did see an increase in engagement and follows after I started changing the look of my feed and how I used my Instagram.

Are you following me on Instagram yet?


Do you have any Instagram tips?

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