When quarantine started back in March 2020, my mind was all over the place and I was seeking clarity and consistency. So in my moments of frustration, anger, sadness, hopelessness, and boredom, I focused my mind on something mundane. It actually helped me focus on my thoughts in a more constructive manner instead of ruminating on things.
This craft has focused my mind many times in the past few months, allowing me to have a brief moment to focus on something easy, when the world around us seems to be uncontrollable. And even though it’s easy to do, it just take a lot of time. Ironically, quarantine gives you that time.
Hard foam ball
A prep station (I used a bead board)
Reading glasses (I need them) :)
Take a straight pin and thread with a seed bead and sequin. Insert the pin into the ball. This will be the starting point from which you will place all subsequent sequins. Here are some more tips:
First off, it takes way more pins and sequins than you really think. I would suggest buying a few boxes to start. (For example: the smallest ball used about 450 pins)
I used a bead board (typically used for beading and jewelry making) but what is nice about it is the beads don’t go rolling everywhere.
I used smooth foam balls this time around (instead of the traditional styrofoam ones) and found it is easier and produces a better end result.
I actually spray painted the large black one with black spray paint before any of the sequin pins went on. This way I avoided any white peeking through when finished. (I lovingly call this one the Death Star.) You don’t really need to do this pre-paint with the lighter colors.
Thread multiple straight pins upfront before applying to the ball both to save time and to make it easier to set your pattern.
Start from one pin insertion, and use this as the center point to apply additional sequins around the first. This technique allows for concentric colored rings if you desire.
You can match colors of the pin/bead/sequin to make a more unified look, or you can change up the colors to make the look more unique. The choice is really up to you.
As you add new sequins, lightly overlap the previous sequin, staggering them so they fill the gaps that expose the foam ball.
Continue adding sequins in one color or various colors depending on what you want as an end result. Keep doing this until you’ve completely covered the ball.
I didn’t stop at one…but I kept going, and now I have a whole bowl full!
Once you have a collection, you can place them in a bowl or even attach ribbons to the balls to make hanging ornaments.
(Quote from “Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame: College Course”, www.independent.co.uk. November 17, 2010.)
The month of December I was able to slow down for once and relax. I was able to put my Christmas tree and decorations up early and enjoy them. I also had time to catch up on my DVR, as well as even watch some cheesy made-for-tv holiday specials. :) I also had time to revisit some of my old holiday DIY posts, and clean them up a little for my blog. I especially reflected on 25 Days of Crafts that I did back in 2013 with Cathie of tinsel + trim. It was so fun to go back through all our crafts…remembering all the late nights we spent working on them. :) We were so crazy trying to attempt that.
So whether you have the time off or not, I hope you all had some time to enjoy the festivities, and reflect on the season. Here is a sneak peak of my house all ready for the big day.
Merry Christmas to you and your families!
Modern Christmas Decor
I have historically been a little schizophrenic when it comes to my Christmas decoration themes. Here are some of the themes I’ve had in the last 20 years.
Shabby Chic Country – Think patchwork, torn fabric, and wooden bead garland.
Rustic Wrought Iron – Most of my ornaments were metal. I did however LOVE my tree topper that was wrought iron multi-spoke stars.
Red, Green, and White – This one is obvious.
Traditional – Tipping off the previous theme, but think Christopher Radko style ornaments in the previous color scheme.
My latest theme? Modern black, white, gray, and gold. We’ll see how long this one sticks. :)
So in honor of my inability to stick to one Christmas theme, here is a round-up of my favorite modern Christmas decorations this year.
The summer has wrapped up, and fall is slowly arriving here in the pacific northwest. We have had a gorgeous fall so far…warm days, cool nights. And the leaves are beginning to fall, which means Halloween is just around the corner.
For years I have lived in a secure building so that meant zero trick-or-treaters. Part of me liked it and part of me felt a little left out. Part of the joy of this holiday is remembering when I used to go trick-or-treating and how much fun we had. It’s also fun seeing all the kids dressed up experiencing this fun night. The other part of me liked being alone and uninterrupted so I could cuddle up on my couch watching 80’s scary movies. However…this Halloween I may have a few trick-or-treaters. This means I must get prepared with decorations and a jack-o-lantern!
Digging through my Halloween decoration box I have decided to re-vamp a little this year. My place leans more modern, so I wanted something to reflect that.
Also, as my friends know, I am a bit of a type nerd. So when found these Halloween Boo Letters at Crate and Barrel I was stoked. They are perfectly simple and modern…just how I like!
White (Baby Boos) and Gray (Jarrahdale) pumpkins will line my porch stairs.
And Halloween quotes displayed across my numerous letter boards.