Tuesday, December 21, 2010

this is what happens when you just. can't. stop.

Sometime before Thanksgiving I became mildly obsessed with yarn. This was quite baffling because a) I can't wear wool, b) I don't knit, or do any kind of crafting with yarn and c) I have NO idea what constitutes a good yarn, what would make for a bad yarn, or even where to GET yarn besides a box store. After doing some self analyzing, I now realize my yarn obsession started when I became slightly obsessed with wool dryer balls, which I didn't even own at the time. Until my awesome friend J made me some and now I am justifiably obsessed and in love with dryer balls. Holy crap, I need a life.

Anyway, the dryer balls inspired me, I believe. I had wanted to do something a bit different for Christmas decorations this year and wanted something fun, something easy and something that I hadn't really seen before. So I bought some yarn and some Styrofoam balls, and started wrapping. And wrapping. And wrapping. I couldn't stop. I went through more yarn than I should have. If you were a cat, and living in my house, you would have been in heaven because there were yarn balls EVERYWHERE. So many yarn balls that my kids started chasing them around the house, while acting like cats. Just what I needed, 4 over grown kittens.

I was so excited to find yarn that matched the colors of both my upstairs and downstairs rooms. I wanted the whole "crazy cat lady house" theme to carry through both floors for continuity, but varied the colors on each floor to provide for some visual interest (I really have no idea what the heck I am talking about right now... just hopin I sound like I do).

So, after 2 weeks of nightly yarn wrapping parties (yes, I am that lame) I finally ran out and here is how it all came together:

yarn ball wreath and the rest of the living room

The mantle

please forgive the super ugly, really noisy and badly colored picture above, and below/

the garland swags with yarn ball embellishments that hang over each large window downstairs

the swag thingamajigs with yarn ball embellishments that hang over the small windows and doorways downstairs

one of the gorgeous nativity scenes up this year and a few yarn ball ornaments on the tree

leading up the stairs

the most used room in the house

new art pieces of fabric cut into shapes and glued onto another piece of fabric

more yarn balls. lots and lotsa yarn balls

In addition to all of this, each of the kids' rooms have a little tree with ornaments to match their decor too. The only rooms that aren't overly done up and grandiose are my bedroom and the upstairs bathroom... and the garage. Even the downstairs bathroom got a helping of Christmas Joy. I'm just not 100% done with it yet (don't tell M!!) so pictures will have to wait. 

And that,  my friends, is what happens when you can't stop wrapping yarn and hanging garland. I think it is time I put my obsessions to good use and start knitting, or something. I really and truly cannot wait to figure out what I am going to do in the house we are in next year. Although, I'm pretty sure the theme will be "moving boxes and packing tape". Not exactly as pretty as this year's house, but very functional.


Lanie said...

So beautiful Jo! What a great idea!

EntertainingMom said...

Oh my crazy little (but taller!) OCD friend... you are adorable, hilariously funny and incredibly, incredibly talented. I SO love this idea Jo. It's insanely brilliant!!!

Hilary said...

I. Love. This. It all looks amazing! My favorites are the ones in the wreaths and the ones going up the stairs. And I am so copying you next year.

P.S. My knitblogfriend recently made this, which I think you will like: http://sheepishone.blogspot.com/2010/12/happy-holidays.html

Anonymous said...

It's fabulous, but You're a little but scareing me....

And don't be surprised if Bella ends up in a box on your door - she's already destroyed MY house - and I don't even HAVE any yarn balls...

(But you know? Those are so neat - I'd probably buy them on Etsy. Just like all the other stuff I have bought her on there. I'm just sayin'....)


Ruth said...

This makes me miss you and want to spend Christmas in your home! You make such a wonderful home for those little sweethearts and your husband. I say, keep up the insanity!

april said...

You amaze me! I am now officially bookmarking your blog (should have a long time ago, I know!)

"new art pieces of fabric cut into shapes and glued onto another piece of fabric"

Ha ha! I have this kind of "art" too! Same frames, I think!