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Mini Monday: Beauty and the Beast Inspired Rose Earrings

March 27, 2017
Beauty and the Beast Inspired Rose Earrings

Hello All! Happy Monday! This weekend I had the pleasure to attend a Beauty and the Beast Inspired Party! It was the annual volunteer dinner at my church, which is exciting because 1. free food and 2. costumes were encouraged. Instead of breaking out my full Belle costume (because you know I have one…) I decided to go with the Disneybound approach. If you’re not familiar with Disneybounding, you’d fit in well at my church. Disneybounding means wearing an outfit inspired by a particular Disney character, rather than an actual costume. It was created because no one over 14 is allowed to wear a costume in the Disney parks. Or as my mom says, “It’s so adults can have fun at Disneyland.”

So rather than going for a full Beauty and the Beast Costume, I just wore a Belle inspired outfit. One of my main accessories were some Beauty and the Beast inspired rose earrings, which I made myself, about an hour before the event. I thought I’d share my process with you here!

Beauty and the Beast Inspired Rose Earrings Tutorial

Beauty and the Beast Inspired Rose Earring Tutorial

The Materials:

-Rose shaped beads or shank buttons

– Flat Post Earrings

-Earring Backs

-Super Glue

All the materials for my Beauty and the Beast Inspired Rose Earrings came from Michael’s (on sale) with the exception of the super glue, which came from somewhere in our laundry room. In the past, I’ve also used this technique to make earrings out of shank buttons, but that involves cutting the button part off the back. It’s a little bit more difficult, but if you happened to find some buttons that just HAD to be earrings…this is how it could happen.

The Process:

Step 1. Prep your roses

If your roses came threaded together like mine, cut them apart (over a bag so you don’t throw rose beads everywhere.). If you are using a shank button, use scissors or wire clippers to cut the shank off the back.

Beauty and the Beast Inspired Rose Earring Tutorial

Step 2. Prep your posts

Take one of your flat post earrings and spread super glue on the flat front plate. Bonus points if you don’t realize that your super glue has special sides that release a ton of glue when you squeeze them. Because then you’d be like me….with glue on your hands…

Beauty and the Beast Inspired Rose Earring Tutorial

Step 3: Add your roses

Quickly take one of your roses and firmly press against the flat post covered in glue.  Don’t worry if it wiggles a bit at first, it will set up when the glue dries. If it still seems wobbly when the glue is dry, you can add more glue.

Beauty and the Beast Inspired Rose Earring Tutorial

Step 4: Let them dry!

Give them at least a few hours to try. Or, if you want to be like me, you can give them much less time to dry and super glue them to your ear in the process. I had places to BE, people! (Yes, there is still super glue on my ear. Why do you ask?)

Beauty and the Beast Inspired Rose Earring Tutorial

Step 5: Wear ’em proud!

Repeat the process for your second earring (Unless you only want one. No judgement.) and go out a sport your Beauty and the Beast Inspired Rose Earrings!

Beauty and the Beast Inspired Rose Earring Tutorial

Featured Finished Object Knitting Pattern

Ascension Hat: A Yarnsley Lane Original Pattern (Free)

March 23, 2017

You ever get a thought in your head that you just can’t shake? Maybe a memory or an image that keep popping up over and over. That happens to me a lot. This past February, the image that I couldn’t get out of my mind was garter stitch. Big, fat, bulky garter stitch. I was also drawn to strong, kindergarten, bright reds. It took me a little fussing and finagling  to get there, but the result of my obsession was the Ascension Hat.

Ascension Hat : A Yarnsley Lane Original Pattern

The Ascension Hat

The Ascension Hat is a quick hat knit in a bulky yarn (bonus points for bold colors!) that features a charming garter stitch feature that rises to the crown of the hat like a mountain. Images of ascension have been all around recently too. Our church is going through a series called “Elevate,” and every time I worked on my little garter stitch mountain I heard Phil Wickham’s The Ascension in my head.  So of course, I had to name this hat after it. The Ascension Hat also features a huge pompom, because 1. I’ve always wanted one and 2. pompoms are totally hot right now. I initially wanted to use a fur pompom, but that made it look like a weird Santa hat, so here we are.

Ascension Hat: A Yarnsley Lane Original Pattern

The Yarn

This was my first time working with Quince and Co.’s Puffin. I had drafted this hat earlier in a different yarn and it looked totally different. Just proof that sometimes the yarn makes the project. Puffin is a single ply bulky yarn with a slightly felted texture. I was worried that it would be splitty, since it was such a big single ply, but the felting kept it together nicely. Just the same, it’s  not a yarn that can stand up to a lot of frogging. The colors on Puffin are amazing. I would like one of each, please. I remember telling The Hubs that if the red wasn’t as bright as my lipstick, then I didn’t want to use it. Peak’s Ferry totally delivered.

I was a little nervous that one skein would not be enough for this pattern, and had a bit of yarn chicken but it turned out okay. The yarn also grew a lot during blocking, so that’s something to be aware of as well. Overall, I enjoyed the way Puffin performed in this project and I can’t wait to use it again. Also, Puffin makes a kick ass pompom!

Ascension Hat: A Yarnsley Lane Original Pattern

Shown: A Kick Ass Pompom

Want to knit your own?

Download the Free Pattern Here: Ascension Hat

Be sure to let me know if you do, because you know I want to see you rocking it!

Love, Tori

P.S. I totally had my eyes dilated just before we took these pictures. Hence, the shades. Also, because I’m cool like that.

Knitting Mini Monday Tutorial

Mini Monday: How to Use a Pom Pom Maker

March 21, 2017

Hello All! Happy Sunny First Day of Spring Monday to you! Today I am fighting a raging headache thanks to the smoke alarm in our apartment that decided to start screaming at 2:00 AM. I never thought about who takes care of the smoke alarm (tenant vs. building) until 2:00 AM last night. Let’s just say, I’m glad I keep earplugs in my nightstand.

This week’s Mini Monday post is brought to you by my new pompom maker! I had recently been in the market for a pompom maker, due to an exciting upcoming project. Also, I was tired of my crummy DIY attempts to make a pompom maker. The cardboard pompom makers are good in a pinch, but there is an easier way. I used this Clover Large Pom Pom Maker, but there are lots out there to choose from.

If you haven’t used a pompom maker before, they can look a little confusing at first. They aren’t exactly intuitive. At least, they weren’t for me…So today, I am going to share with you how to use a pompom maker.

Mini Monday: How to use a pompom maker

Step 1:

Grab your pompom maker and whatever yarn your are wanting to use. Make sure that the front and back halves are connected firmly and open the arms on one side. Beginning close to the hing, start wrapping you yarn firmly around the arms. Continue to wrap until the arms are full. You can do several layers, but try to stay neat and consistent so you have less trimming to do later.

Step 2:

Repeat step 1 on side 2. The pompom maker should look full and feel snug when the arms are closed. If you can close the arms, you’ve wrapped too much.

Step 3:

Beginning at the side of the pompom maker (where you first started wrapping the yarn), cut the yarn between the front and the back halves. Use a sharp pair of scissors or you’ll go bonkers. There’s a lot of layers to cut through here. In the end, the pompom maker will have a little lion’s mane.

Mini Monday: How to use a pompom maker

Step 4:

Take a length of yarn (or twine, or dental floss if you really need a tight pompom) about and tie it between the two halves where you just cut. Pull tightly and tie once, then flip the pompom maker over and tie again. Be sure to pull really tight here (It helps to have a friend.) or you may end up with a bundle of sad loose strings.

Step 5:

At this point, open up those arms that had been wrapped in yarn. Start working the front and back halves of the pompom maker apart until it comes apart in two pieces. Pull the pompom out

Step 6:

Fluff and trim your pompom until it looks the way you want! Affix it to whatever you want!

Mini Monday: How to Use a Pompom Maker

I used this pompom on a gift bag, but don’t worry, you’ll see one on a hat soon! What do you like to do with your pompoms?