Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while might remember when I spent a few months doing recaps of a magnificent show called “Craft Wars.” Hosted by the one and only Tori Spelling, Craft Wars pitted crafters from around the country against each other in a high stakes craft-to-the-death.
The very first show I recapped was won by a woman named Andrea Currie — or, as I referred to her on the blog, “sweet, sweet Andrea.” Well, imagine my concern when I received an e-mail a week later from the woman herself, who signed it, “Sweet, Sweet Andrea.”
Luckily, she turned out to have an awesome sense of humor about her time on the show — as did all of the Craft Wars contestants I had contact with. They’re a strange and funny bunch, those crafters.
Fast-forward to a couple of months ago. I got an e-mail from Andrea asking me if I would be interested in participating in a Rainbow-tastic Blog Hop.
“Rainbow-tastic Blog Hop?” I said. “YOU HAVE MY FULL ATTENTION.”
Turns out, Andrea has launched a Kickstarter campaign to start a line of adorable, squishy, colorful little Paint Chip Pals. She invited me to join in by making a craft inspired by one of the Paint Chip Pals and then blogging about it.
Now, we all know that I am NOT a crafter. Andrea knows this too. Which is why she sent me step-by-step instructions on how to make my very own pom pom tree with the understanding that it might turn out to be a nightmare.
I decided to use Blooty as my inspiration, because of his sassy hair. He’s like a little blue Elvis, singing, “Don’t You Step On My Bloot Suede Shoes.” Following the wonderful directions Andrea sent me on how to make pom poms by hand, and a picture of what the hell a pom pom tree was supposed to look like, I got to work on Sunday night. It seemed so easy that I planned to have the tree and post done and ready to go by Monday morning.
That did not happen.
Here is my experience making a pom pom tree, and what I learned along the way:
Step one: Prepare
Buy needed materials in a foreign land named, “Joanne’s.” Feel like a goddamn hero for finding every single thing on the list.
Review the simple and straightforward directions.
Step Two: Humiliation
As I sat down to get started, I showed my husband the pile of yarn I bought and asked if it counted as a “skein.” He informed me that not only was I mispronouncing “skein,” but that I was also pulling the yarn from the wrong end of it.
I began to worry.
Step Three: The First Attempt
Step Four: Second Attempt, First Lesson
I successfully made my first pom pom. There was joy, and then sadness as I realized I had no idea how many times I had wrapped the yarn the first time, so I had no clue how to make the second one the same size. Measure twice, cut once — that shit is true.
Step Five: Take a Break
Farmville keeps the mind relaxed and limber.
Step Six: A Lesson In Time Management
Three pom poms completed in a little over an hour. Ooooooooh shit.
Step Seven: E-mail Andrea For An Extension
“Dear Andrea, I may have slightly under-estimated the time needed to complete my pom pom tree…”
Agony. Pain. Worry.
FINISHED. And with a whole new respect for pom pom-making and hot glue strings.
There it is: my Blooty-inspired pom pom tree!
It looks a great deal less cute then I imagined. My husband was a little less charitable, describing it as “a muppet with mange,” and, “what it looks like when Grover takes a dump.” But I’ll tell you what — I had fun doing it! No for serious, I did. Except for the sore scissor fingers. I have never used scissors enough to know that you could get sore fingers from them. But it is REAL. I almost had to tape up like Muhammad Ali just to finish this thing.
Anyway — I might not be tough enough to craft, but Miss Andrea certainly is! Check out the Paint Chip Pals today, donate to the Kickstarter campaign, AND, if you comment on any of the blogs involved in the blog hop you are entered to win a FREE Paint Chip Pal!! HUZZAH!