Felt Ball Garland Tutorial

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A felt ball garland is such a fun and bright way to add a splash of color and festivity to your holiday decor…or to any space year round! In case you’re interested in making one on your own, here’s a quick tutorial to show you how: ‘

First, get a strong needle with a bigger eye for lacing yarn or even baker’s twine, your felt balls (my garland uses 50 balls) and a length of yarn (I use just over 10 feet of yarn to get a 9 foot garland) and poke through the center of your felt ball.

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Move the ball to toward the end of your yarn, leaving a tail to hang the garland from (I prefer about 6″ of tail at each end).

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Now, we want to knot the yarn so that the ball doesn’t move and once the garland is complete, so they won’t all become a tangled mess. Put your needle through a smidge of the ball right in front of where your previous yarn exited (the opposite side of the end tail).

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This will create a loop, which I like to hold with my thumb.

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You’ll then put the needle through the loop completing the knot.

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Give yourself some space, I usually do about 1 3/4″-2″ before adding the next ball.  Continue adding balls until you’ve reached your desired length.  Be sure to leave another tail, the same length as the first, for hanging.

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My favorite part of the process is picking colors! Whether you go the random rainbow route, or stick with a sublime pattern, it’s a fun and creative craft that I hope you’ll enjoy!

 

September Pop Up Raleigh

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Posy had a great market at September’s PopUp Raleigh in the Trophy Brewing spot on Maywood!  It was hot as all get out, but luckily, the super friendly Jay, of Jay’s Italian Ice was serving up some delicious mango, lemon, blueberry and cherry delights! I got to talk with lovely fellow vendors, like Raana from Zartiques and Lauren from Lauren Sumner Pottery. One of my favorite moments was when Annette from Wendell Antiques shared some history on the Western prints I ook a train in the 1940’s from California back to North Carolina. Really cool!

Up next, a special Patchwork Market this Saturday, October 8, at the Durham Armory from 12-5pm. Tons of great vendors, music, food and a giveaway tote for the first 100 folks through the door! Hope to see you there.

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Adding vintage to your home

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Oftentimes, when I’m at a market, folks ask me for ideas on how to add vintage to their home. They love the funky aesthetic of gas numbers but aren’t quite sure how to incorporate them into their decor. Or they love the whole succulent fad but don’t want to stick them into any ol’ boring pot. Or they want a touch of rusty farm to add some interest to their otherwise traditional space. Not everyone that buys vintage is whole hog into it…they like this but not macrame that. I get it! My house is a blend of hand-me-downs and IKEA/Crate & Barrel/Target/World Market/flea market. But if you ask me about my home, the pieces I’m most animated about are the vintage…the whole cliched “pieces with a story” rings true! It’s much more fun to talk about the soda crate I got off the Blue Ridge Parkway, but not so exciting to tell you about that Target Threshold cabinet I picked up along with some toilet paper. So, I thought of a few goods Posy is currently selling and found great ideas for putting them to use in your space!

I have a red gas number in my son’s room to represent his age, 4, and at his next birthday can move it to another room to highlight how many are in our family. I love the bright contrast of the red against the white walls and amid the other pops of color in this Better Homes and Garden photo:

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I sold my first Serape blanket to an authentic character (cowboy hat, boots and job in leather work!) wanting to put it over the bench seat of his truck, but my current Serape could be a beautiful throw for the bedroom like this Urban Outfitters‘ number. They also make a great rug or couch cover.

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I went on a bit of a toolbox/tackle box/tool caddy spree this summer, but I love their many uses.  I use my big turquoise carpenter’s chest on the screened porch for tools, painting supplies and ottoman. You can also put in those ever popular succulents or Posy’s long wooden tool caddy would be a beautiful centerpiece that could be filled seasonally!

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I love the look and feel of enamelware…the durable metal with the creamy coated finish…especially when there’s bits of rust and wear showing! This gorgeous display would be a Christmas stunner!

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Sometimes, I stumble across something so pretty I just have to scoop it up, even if I’m not quite sure how to use it…yet! Posy’s selling sets of 1960’s Reader Digest books and I just love this craft putting them to use that was highlighted in Country Living Magazine!

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And sometimes, you just go easy. We’ve currently got some beautiful silver pieces and I love this Apartment Therapy display idea letting the silverware simply shine!

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Adding vintage to your home doesn’t have to be scary, or expensive, or all over your house like Grandma’s den, but, instead, it can be fun, colorful and a creative way to include a touch of personality to make your home better reflect you!