Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Pom Pom Flowers

I've seen a trend the last few years, and at first I didn't like it. 
Crafts that are unapologetically homemade; made from yarn, felt, buttons. An Etsy trend, if you will. Handmade things that don't even try to look like they came from a store.
Like I said, I didn't like this trend for a long time.
But it's growing on me fast.
Some of it I can truthfully say I love.
There's something very honest about things like these cute little baby shoes
  and this wreath.
Something that says "Yes, I made this, and I like it." Even if you don't like it, that's certainly something to respect. 
You also get more originality with handmade.
(not that I don't appreciate a well executed knock-off that's nearly indistinguishable from Pottery Barn or Ballard's. I do still love those)
I don't knit or crochet, much to my chagrin. So when I saw a picture of these flowers  
(which I thought were adorable)
in the last issue of Country Living, I saw something that I could do that would be fun and easy without crocheting or knitting.
They're just pom poms on a stick.
I decided to do all white pom poms.
(it was a purely aesthetic choice-prompted by the fact that I only had white yarn.)
Mine have more texture than the ones in the inspiration photo.
(also a purely aesthetic choice-prompted by the fact that I don't have one of those handy pom-pom maker thingys)
They're more mop-like.  
There's no way to disguise the fact that they're home made.
They took less than an hour to make.
And I smile every time I look at them.

What do you think of the "Etsy Trend"?


GRAMS said...

I love things home made as long as they don't look too home made. Of douse I'm deep into crocheting right now so I have to defend myself. Love the pom pons. Such a clever idea.

Polly said...

They are super cute!! I love buying handmade things and supporting the small business person!!

Marie @ Chocolate-Covered Chaos said...

I'm lovin' it...especially the textures. (as long as it has some simple, stylish class) I love your flowers! So simple and cute. I'll be making some for sure. I have some vintage glass bottles and jars that need a purpose;)

Mel said...

They're adorable, like white fluffy, soft, billowy puffs. (was that descriptive enough? lol)

SANDI said...

Adorable...And I Love your numbered vases.

Red Gate Farm said...

Love those pom poms! I'm not sure how I missed your inspiration in the Country Living magazine... I'm going to have to dig that out of my basket and look through it again. This is such a great idea for this time of year when most of us don't have flowers of our own and don't want to purchase any.


gina3 said...

I'm with you; I don't like too crafty...but I saw those too and was in love. Yesterday, I was actually looking up the little tool to make them. I have the bottles, sticks and everything except the pom-poms. How did you make yours without the tool so they look like a ball? (mop style is great)

NanaDiana said...

You are my new best friend! I thought I was the last person alive that didn't like the "homemade" look of some of the items on Etsy. I don't know...maybe it harkens back to having to ALWAYS have homemade when I was a kid. But, you are right, there are CERTAIN ones I DO children's sweaters and...but you can spare me the crocheted geraniums...and knitted doll toilet roll cover ups...but BOY are these little pom-poms cute. I love them~ Hugs- Diana

Sara @ thesherlockshome said...

I had the same kind of issue as you. I didn't really care for the unapologeticly homemade look. But, I think part of that may have been the fact that I really didn't MAKE anything. Now that I craft and do things a lot more, I'm starting to see the charm in the little flaws and quirks of homemade items - compared to the sameness of mass produced items. Homemade is unique. No one will ever have something that looks EXACTLY the same - even if they have it in the same pattern or fabric. And there's always the pride that you have (and the lessons you learn) when you accomplish making something homemade, or the love that goes into someone making something for someone else.

Love your flowers! I'm going to have to learn how to make poms.

Junker Newbie Stephanie said...

Love the texture of the flowers! And the little baby shoes are adorable! For me, it really depends on what it is for whether or not I like the homemade look. And I don't like too much of it in the same room or area.

Lolo @ The Adventures of Stig and Lolo said...

I loved those in the mag and I love yours! They remind me of poofy allium flowers :) I especially love the ones with the dried leaf still cute. Not a huge fan of pom-pommed stuff, but I could totally do these in my house.

ps - i am a sucker for the cute ankle socks with pompoms on the back. reminds me of when I was a young girl :)

Jeannetta said...

These are adorable! Very Seussian!

Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

they turned out cute, of course I LOVE things hand made, they are special because someone took the time to make it.

Olde Tyme Marketplace said...

Too dang cute!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

yep. i love them. boy do i love them. i need to make some. i am thinking some bright yellow dandelions would be fun!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

These really are unique and cute.I really like handmade"treasures". You have a great blog. Glad I found it.

Sam said...

With homemade or manufactured it's all about personal taste. There's a lot of manufactured items I would never buy and I can say the same for handmade. But, I have an Etsy shop, I shop Etsy and if I can make an item instead of buying it off the shelf, I will. Your homemade yarn pom pom's are adorable, they remind me of dandelion pods ready to take flight.

maureen said...

I love how you always figure out a way to diy so many things. and that you find the time to find so many cool things. those are darling and i love your numbered jars

Sue said...

When I saw these pom pom flowers in CL I thought they were adorable. Yours are cute, too. They remind me of the pom poms we used to wear on our shoes as cheerleaders in high school! I have to say that I am very selective about the type of homemade items I buy- I don't like the junky looking stuff. Humble opinion... LOL
~ Sue

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

How did I miss this post? I found it over at Cassie's blog. Anyway, this is is so pretty. I love the display.

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