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Megans Cookin: I’m feeling so Martha!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I’m feeling so Martha!


I had seen some pompoms on Jennie's blog Tuffet and she had made them for hanging above the baby’s crib. She did them in pastel colors and said they were easy and the baby loved them. They were very cute. You can check her's out here. I kind of had them in the back of mind after that, I thought they would be cute for a Fall inspired party I’m having in October. I also thought what a cute idea this would be for Halloween. All done in orange, black and purple, they could be hung up out of the way. Creating a very festive mood indeed!

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So when I was asked to pick this weeks craft idea for Martha Monday, I jumped at these pompoms. From Martha Stewart Weddings, this was the perfect time to make these for my party! One thing I can cross off my already long list of things to do before then. And you know, truth be told, I would procrastinate and never get these made other wise. You know what I mean?

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I really wanted colors like burnt orange, brown, and tan, all those really pretty Fall colors. So I went to Michaels and found the tissue paper. Two problems right off the bat. Not the colors I wanted and not the right size tissue. Martha said 20x30 inch tissue. All Michaels had was 20x20inch. (Sigh). . This left a few gaps in mine. but I fluffed them together and hung them up, and they were fine.

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I did however, wire two pompoms together and they did have a flat side. When hung flat side up, it was not a problem. They are really forgiving like that.

This was an easy, cheap, and fun project. I made mine while sitting and watching T.V. My daughter wants to hang these on her wall.

I’ll be keeping an eye out for 20x30 inch Fall inspired colored tissue paper! For complete instructions, click here.

tissue balls 014 . Now I want to show you my cupboards. I was forever having a mess in my cupboards. I buy a lot of stuff from bulk and I had plastic bags of things I couldn’t even remember what they were. So I went in search of some containers for my different things. You know, things like polenta, rice, and couscous. So I made the rounds to price containers and WOW. Have you priced that kind of thing lately? I even went to Ross’s and T.J. Max and couldn’t find what I wanted. Even if I did, I probably couldn’t have afforded it..

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So I bought a dozen quart canning jars and I LOVE them! Everything matches, is clearly labeled and makes me smile. All that for less then $8.00. What’s in my jars?

  • oatmeal
  • coconut
  • chocolate chips
  • mini chocolate chips
  • Kosher salt
  • Splenda sugar
  • Splenda brown sugar
  • Couscous
  • Jasmine rice
  • polenta
  • Quinoa
  • Panko crumbs
  • Vanilla Beans (smaller jar)

These jars keep freshness in and any kind of bugs out! I can see at a glance if I need something and replenish accordingly. This really worked for me and my wallet!

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Blogger Jennie said...

*blush* it was me :) I love the colors you used! So pretty!

And I love all your jars. All my food is in jars too! My favorite jars are the giant marinated artichoke jars you get from Costco, those are the BEST! (plus we eat a lot of marinated artichokes, hee hee :)

September 1, 2009 at 9:08 PM  
Blogger ashley said...

love the pom poms!


September 1, 2009 at 9:45 PM  
Anonymous The Purple Foodie said...

Love the jars!Wish we got them here...

September 1, 2009 at 9:49 PM  
Blogger Pru said...

I still haven't posted mine, but yours certainly worked well. I love it how you did two different colours - very clever!

Thanks for a great Martha Monday.


September 2, 2009 at 12:55 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Your flowers turned out pretty! I like to store things in jars too! I love the way they look.

September 2, 2009 at 3:32 AM  
Blogger April said...

I love the pom poms!! Great choice! and I love, love, love the look of the mason jars!!

September 2, 2009 at 5:25 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

Great way to decorate for a party! The jar idea is fabulous!

September 2, 2009 at 6:51 AM  
Anonymous Hannah said...

Oh, lovely paper flowers! They're so much fun, they would make both great decorations and favors at a party. :)

September 2, 2009 at 6:58 AM  
Blogger buffalodick said...

I use Mason jars for everything but canning! Good post!

September 2, 2009 at 7:13 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Yours look great! Maybe I'll try again another day and get it right. Thanks for picking a fun craft even if I didn't get it quite right. I love your cabinets too. Great idea!

September 2, 2009 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

I loved your post. Martha would be proud of you :-). I hope you are enjoying the last few days of summer.

September 2, 2009 at 10:48 AM  
Anonymous Nutmeg Nanny said...

I love all the jars. I'm always having issues with finding stuff so I love this idea. I need to go out and buy some jars now:)

September 2, 2009 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

I *heart* mason jars. They are seriously the best things ever for storage :) I saw those pompoms and am totally contemplating making a bunch for my wedding! Such a fun festive idea :)

September 2, 2009 at 11:24 AM  
Anonymous Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

I love the mason jars... Your pantry is so organized - I am quite jealous! One day when I am feeling ambitious, I will have to pick up some mason jars and get started!

September 2, 2009 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger tinyskillet said...

You are so "Martha"! Your pom poms look great! I like the festive colors.

Now I so need to get canning jars. What about the lids, are they in 2 pieces? I use like a cork top jars or tupperware so light can't get to it, but if it's in the cupboard that shouldn't be an issue!

September 2, 2009 at 2:09 PM  
Blogger Reeni said...

The pompoms are so cute! And a very clever idea with the jars.

September 2, 2009 at 3:43 PM  
Anonymous noble pig said...

I also store my stuff in canning's the only way!

September 2, 2009 at 3:45 PM  
Blogger Ingrid_3Bs said...

I like the pompoms but I LOVE your canister idea! I need some. For 8 dollars I'm gonna look into it.

September 2, 2009 at 7:24 PM  
Anonymous Karen said...

Those are beautiful! I'm totally going to try it.

September 2, 2009 at 7:33 PM  
Blogger Katy ~ said...

OH MY GOSH! Do I ever love the jars idea. I've been balking at buying storage jars because of the price, but these are PERFECT! And I could probably doll up the lids to make them look soooo pretty on my pantry shelves. I cannot tell you how MUCH I love this!!!!!

Pom poms are fun!

September 3, 2009 at 5:19 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

We use jars like that for everything!

September 4, 2009 at 3:20 AM  
Anonymous Juliana said...

The pom poms look so cute!

September 4, 2009 at 12:13 PM  
Blogger Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Megan, the pompoms are gorgeous. I don't see a flat side to them. They look pretty perfect to me. Good job. I also love putting my dry goods in viewable containers. Canning (Mason) jars are perfect for the job. You can also check at Bed, Bath and Beyond for smaller (plastic) ones. They only cost 99 cents a piece.

September 5, 2009 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Megan these pom poms are awesome!!!!! I am bookmarking these.. A craft I may actually be able to do!! Love it!! :)

September 7, 2009 at 9:21 AM  

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