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Far-Fetched Yarn

I wanted to make a nice little decoration for my mantel. Nothing huge or gaudy, but something with a punch of color. I was using something I saw online as inspiration…



Mine didn’t turn out quite so beautifully. I think my problem was that the letters I chose had angled sides, whereas every other one that I saw had blunt edges.









I hot glued a line at the bottom of a letter, stuck the yarn to it and just started wrapping. It at least started off well…


But it turned bad pretty quickly. At the end of it all my 3 letters went from good to moderately good to “Oh my God, did your toddler make that?”







Moderately good






Oh, well that's special.

But I’m not one to split hairs with my crafty decor, so I just went with it and started gluing.














If you’re curious; K=Kristen or Kyle. V=VanLoon (my last name) H=Higgs (Kyle’s last name)

As you may have already deduced, I’m not a stickler for details when it comes to things in my house, so my project is up and beaming on my mantel. If I was going to remake this I would try to make it messier from the get-go, just so all of my imperfections wouldn’t stand out so badly. Also, I would choose letters without odd angles; it’s no coincidence that the H looks great while the V and the poor, poor K look like I had been drinking.

The yarn and letters cost a total of $12, so it’s not only interesting and cute, but cheap. And who doesn’t love that?




About Kristen Van Loon

My name is Kristen Van Loon and this is the chronicle of my search for *Oomf!* Not only have I deemed myself qualified to revamp, repair, refurnish and refine my house, but I also jump into any DIY project that my friends, co-workers, family and practical strangers stumble upon. I would love to tell you that this is my full-time job and my complete life mission, but I make my bread and butter elsewhere and raise a daughter (Olivia). I have some experience but no time, no formal training and no money. My only saving grace is that I love figuring things out, I’m great at improvising and I’m always inspired. For the record, some things that I do (play with electricity, for one) may seem risky, and some of them are. I will always tell you what I’ve done, but I won’t ever suggest things for you that aren’t safe. Even though I push the envelope, I am only marginally incompetent. If sources (father, my brain, Google) tell me not to do something then I usually won’t. But if I do try and it blows up in my face (figuratively or literally) you will hear all about it, and you hopefully won’t attempt it. At the end of the day, I hope to inspire you. Space-Lift isn’t just a blog, it’s a verb. It’s an action that brightens your surroundings by assaulting everything that needs improvement. Nothing is off limits, and all possibilities will be considered.

3 responses »

  1. Hey where is the O for Olivia?? The H works for her too. I like it.

  2. i want one they look so cool… you think a C would be difficult


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