Wow, I had some sort of sleeping sickness after Easter. Took a while to shake off. I just sort of lay down and then didn’t get up for a while, other than to make Bridget push an occasional load of laundry through the system or rouse myself to sling an approximate amount of hash.
Or cause it to be slung by someone else. There was a day in there where it was — “Order Chinese.” And that’s saying a lot about my state, which could be summed up as “extreme lethargy” — because one reason I’m very anti-ordering out is that where we live, restaurants are… not good. The kids spent a lot of time looking things up and we ended up with the same fairly wretched stuff we always (and by “always” I mean “seldom”) get, but it was a necessary wretchedness, because there was no food here and I couldn’t have even mustered the energy to tell people to go buy and make some in time to do it.
Better now. Can deal and cope. Can care. Can blog.
There were two fun things I came up with this Easter, though, that I thought I’d show you.
First, I just had to embellish my Easter garland. Remember it? Pretty, but sparse.
And I tried making this pompom thing complicated, I really did.
I spent quite a while on Pinterest
arranging boards reading recipes searching for chairs looking at pompom garlands. In the end, though, it couldn’t have been more simple.
You buy your pompoms (and this was the last package in this colorway at Michael’s, a sure sign from crafting heaven that you are on the right track despite your suspicions that there might be other, more appropriate, possibly less tacky pompoms somewhere there. No, there are not.).
You temporarily lose your mind over the fact that there are different sizes and neither they, nor the colors, are equally distributed. You see great possibilities for making things complicated.
You try. You fail.
This is all at night that I’m working on this, which is why the photos are a bit dark. I was heavy with the responsibility of documenting the process.
In the end, the process is as follows:
Make a knot in your pearl cotton.
String the pompoms.
Make another knot.
You will need a needle.
There will be so many pompoms in that package that you can do something a little process-y, like big-small-small-medium-small-small-big, or pink-blue-green-pink-yellow-pink-lavender-blue.
But in the end, you will do one or two 6-to-8-foot-ish strands like that, and then a few that are more or less all one size, and your brain will stop worrying about the colors but just try (and sometimes fail and then not care) to keep from putting two alikes together.
And yes, the pompoms may slide a bit along the thread, but you quickly see that you will not be able to knot them all into place, because forsooth, you have other things to do.
And you will have two for the living room:
And some for the kitchen:
The second thing is the cole slaw that brilliantly shows off the ginger-garlic paste I used some of in the chicken liver pate (I know — cole slaw? Easter? but it has bacon in it… ) — equally as easy as pompom garlands, and so, so good. But I’ll leave it for tomorrow…