DIY – How To Make A Bobble Hat With A Pompom Keyring

20171208_112418A really simple DIY for you here. I came across these super cute, super fluffy faux fur pompom keyrings in Poundland a few weeks ago, and instantly thought ‘Bobble Hat!’. My Mum is always knitting beautiful hats and gives me new ones every time I see her, and though they’re wonderfully soft and warm, they’re a little plain as they are. But a huge faux fur pompom for £1?! Yes please. The idea was instant.  

20171208_112455It’s really easy to do – just take a pair of scissors or small pliers to remove the metal loop of the keyring from the elastic loop of the pompom and separate the two.

20171208_112548_00120171208_112620Then it’s just a case of threading a needle, securing it to the hat, and then sewing through the small loop in the pompom a couple of times to secure the pompom to the hat.  

20171208_11281020171208_112850Once the two are joined, you need to turn the hat inside out, keeping the pompom in place. I put my hand inside the hat, grip the pompom, and holding it, turn the hat inside out and grip the outside of the hat so that the pompom is tucked neatly inside.  

20171208_11295820171208_113040This way, you can securely sew a larger area of the pompom, keeping it perfectly in place so that it’s well attached and not too wobbly on top of the hat! 

20171208_113056Make fairly large stitches from side to side (around ¾ of an inch across) until the pompom is well secured. Do a few very small stiches to end off the thread and voila! Your completed hat! 

20171208_11332420171208_113428How cute do these three look with their pompoms? And a total bargain to make too! So glad as well, as with all the snow we’ve had recently, a snuggly hat has been an essential! 

20171208_113549For now, with love,
Ellen  

 

November in Candles: Kringle Daylights, Woodwick Hourglass Melt & DW Home

Oops, I meant to get this post up yesterday but #reallife happened. Before I join the rest of the world on everything Christmas, I’ve a final recap on the candles I was loving in November. Just a few small treats of delicious scents that kinda wrap up Autumn candles for me. From here on in, it’ll be juicy pomegranate, mulled wines and clean balsam fragrances all the way.  

Hopefully you caught my post on the DW Home Pumpkin Allspice candle. This was delicious. Loved every last moment of it. If you haven’t read the full review… go! Pumpkin spice – Autumn candle essential, really!

I also tried a few daylight candles from Kringle for the first time ever. Kringle aren’t widely available in the UK, so I purchased a bunch of daylights and melts online, and enjoyed all three of these.  

My favourite was Welcome Home. The strongest scented of these three, where “friendly spice notes, a touch of baking bread and warm hearthside aromas evoke reassurances of homecoming and sanctuary found. ” It’s not soft and sweetly spiced like a lot of creamy pumpkin Autumnal scents, but richly and actually spicily spiced. The ‘hearthside aromas’ also add to the richness, and it is indeed a comforting smell. We enjoyed this a lot.  

I also really enjoyed Apple Cider Donut which is “infused with spice-sweet cider notes and a lavish dusting of sweet cinnamon. ” It smells exactly like the name suggests, and it really is lovely, though quite subtle. These are the small daylight candles (so named as they burn for a day, up to around 12 hours), and will only fill a small room. I tend to have them where I’m working/relaxing so I can enjoy the fragrance close by, but they won’t fill a large room with scent. As opposed to the fruitier mulled cider scents of Christmas, this is baked apple goodness with just a hint of cinnamon and vanilla, and lots of sugar.

Lastly, we tried Autumn Winds. It was nice, but not my usual cup of tea for an at-home-relaxing scent. It has spicy woody notes, and whilst it does a good job of conjuring images of Autumnal walks through crunchy leaves, it doesn’t have the warmth and fruit that I usually like in Autumn candles. Still nice, but not a scent I’d repurchase in a larger format.  

Finally, we enjoyed the Woodwick Pear Cider wax melt. Aren’t cider scents just so Autumn appropriate?! This really is a juicy pear and ginger cider, with notes of clove and vanilla. It’s warm, spicy, ever so fruity and delicious. The only negative (and it’s a small one) was that the scent didn’t last long. It was amazing for around 4 or 5 hours, and then just gone. It’s suggested they last up to 10 hours, and usually, I find wax melts gradually decrease in scent power. This however, had a wonderfully strong throw and then just nothing. It doesn’t put me off buying the mini hourglass melts, but this particular scent wasn’t as good value. Still better than any scent that has a poor throw to begin with though!  

And that’s my little lot for November! Time to get into the Christmas stash now! 

For now, with love,
Ellen