Thursday, July 14, 2011

Pom Pombing (AKA Pom Pom Bombing)



For about a month I have been looking at the bare, wintry bones of our Liquid Amber tree at the front of our house and thinking I should bedeck you in pom poms!



Don’t you think the seed pods look like (albeit spiky) pom poms?

A bit of Monday and a bit of Monday night, I pom pommed away and the kids joined in for a bit but then lost interest, because it was a case of Weirdy Mama Strikes Again (eye roll).

The first pom poms took me a relative eternity but after 41 of the suckers, I had perfected the art of the Two Minute Pom Pom.

Yesterday, the kids went off to my Mum’s for the night and even though there was urgent work stuff, I was so taking a pom pombing break.





As with all my dodgy yarn bombing installations, I was caught clambering about on the ladder AGAIN. Happily these Next Doors are wholeheartedly signed up to such yarny larking about and we had a coffee over the fence to celebrate.

Look!



They do a choreographed dance in the breeze! (gale force wind)



They don’t seem to mind getting a little damp! (torrentially rained upon)



They look just like the spiky Liquid Amber pom poms (only really not).



I keep going out to have a look at them. In my slippers. Which are now soaking wet.



I love that in a little while, it will be hard to spot a pom of colour through new green leaves. I don’t mind that they might not have the staying power to last through to next winter – that seems fitting somehow. I am wondering how I can get my hands on a taller ladder or better still, a CHERRY PICKER.



I can hardly wait for the kids to get home to see ’em. I know there will be big grins (followed by one of their Weirdy Mama Strikes Again eyerolls).

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92 comments:

Naturally Carol said...

Oh Tania..they are pom-bomb-a-licious! Absolutely delightful..I wish you lived next door to me. Maybe I should do a little pom bomb on my pecan tree?

Jessi said...

you are so clever... imagine a street lined with trees like that!!! I am imagining awesome things!

Vic said...

*jaw drops to the ground*

Tania. TANIA!

You are a freaking genius... oh I want some! They are gorgeous! I think you should take a road trip out this way & pom-pom my entire town. I do.

OohLookBel said...

Amaze-balls! Some of our local trees have been covered with lacey crochet, but pompoms are so much cuter.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Thanks for brightening up my morning Tania! I wish I lived next door to you - you are way more fun that my neighbours.

teddybearswednesday said...

OUTDONE yourself yet again.
This is my favourite of your yarny bombings so far.
They are so cheerful and happy making, even when wet and wind blown. How could one not be cheered by such a sight. quite frankly i think this is exactly what the world needs , pompoms everywhere! you are a genius!
ps. i'm not being sarcastic xo

Jo said...

"jaw-dropping whimsy run amok". i read this phrase the other day and have been waiting an occasion to work it into the conversation.

just beautiful. i'm eyeing the tragic frangipani tree in my front yard. although i suspect everyone would think i just still had my xmas decorations up in july. i'm that kind of procrastinator.

Anna Bartlett said...

LOVE IT! You may have started something...

june at noon said...

Love them! I would so not get away with this, so I'm glad you can. I can just picture you up on that cherry picker!

Zoë said...

That is delightful!

Andi said...

Pom pombing!!!!!!!!
Now THAT'S a yarny craft I can embrace!!!!

Kirsty said...

utterly gorgeous!

well done!

Kylie said...

They really do look fantastic, Tania. I'm certain there will be no eye rolling but squeals of pleasure and delight :) Kx

ally said...

They look amazing
I especially love that photo 3rd from the bottom.
I'm inspired!!

UpsideDown Kate said...

This is so stinking adorable I can not believe it. I must steal this idea.

littlebetty said...

Totally rad!

Yarn Wrap said...

just lovely I have foam butterflies in my garden.

Rie said...

They look awesome! I wonder if you used cotton? As I was thinking that cotton would naturally disintergrate back into the enviroment...

Allison said...

Dear Weirdy Mama,

You are Awesome. And then some.

I love them.

Sarah said...

seriously groovy

Michelle said...

You are a bad influence lady. I am now eyeing of the liquid amber in our back yard....

Truly though, one of your best yet I think

Emily said...

They're FANTASTIC! A work of art. Hmm, I've got a dead grapefruit tree in the garden that could do with some pom pom cheering up...

librarygirl said...

Tania you are AWESOME. looks so beautiful against the grey sky.
and you know, we were just in Harrietville where there was so much MOSS, and with every sighting i thought of you!

kitty said...

This makes me so happy!
I love the pom pom tree.
Thank you for being Weirdy Mama, you inspire the Weirdy Mama in all of us.
Now, hang those slippers near the fire & congratulate yourself on not breaking any bones.

clare's craftroom said...

You do know the more eye rolling you get the better mother you are !
Love , love , love your poms with aplomb !

Tammi said...

Oh I LOVE them....they look amazing!
I would be more than happy to look out the window at a view like this :)

emma @ frog, goose and bear said...

pom bombing is brilliant! I love it! I tried a pom pom just the other day - took me forever! I love the look of them, but I'm not sure I have the patience... might get the eldest into making them after I show her your photos - she'll be so impressed she'll want to make them!

Allana said...

That is the coolest thing EVER!! Thanks for the grin! :)

rozhearts said...

You make me laugh each time I read your posts. I don't comment much but just had to say that as I think when I do read what you have been up to it makes my day.
I especially love the pom poms. I hope they will last a good while.
(((HUGS))) Roz.

One Flew Over said...

Always brilliant!

Do you need any scrap wool?

x

Catherine said...

brilliant! I love it!

lamina @ do a bit said...

Ha ha ha that is so funny and a gorgeous idea... Love it :) It's a pom pom bomb... like the knitting bombs you see around on trees and lamp posts :)

flowerpress said...

I think you could be starting something with those wonderful things!! Inspired as always.

Bree said...

awesomely awesomeness

they look great, here's hoping they have great staying power.

Bree

ingrid said...

You are my new hero. This is beyond fabulous!

Jenny from Ohjoh said...

BRILLIANT!!!!!

I wish we lived in the same street.

Jackie @ craftonmymind said...

Fantastic! Definitely worth the effort and eye-rolling.

suzy hausfrau said...

Thank you, my five year old and I now have the perfect project for week two of the school holidays. ha...love it!

Maggie said...

so cheerfully perfect!

**Anne** said...

AWESOME!!!! You could do a seasonal theme. I could do a seasonsal theme. In fact I might even make some to hang on my Christmas tree come December. Fab idea. Thank you for sharing you creativity. Gorgeous and creative ladies like you help make the world go 'round just that little bit more sweeter.
Anne xx

Magdalena, The Craft Revival said...

Um, LOVE this! So cool that you did it! Fab!

Widge said...

WAY cool :)

mel @ loved said...

You did it!! Nice work, they look gorgeous, what a pretty sight, and great to know a little rain won't dampen their bright spirits!

Claire - Matching Pegs said...

I love it Tania!

One of your photos of the pom-bedecked tree would make a wonderful print to hang on my wall :-)

Cass said...

Wow that is fantastic, it looks awesome

Magic Bean said...

You are Quite Bonkers. But that is what life is about. Ax

Stitched Together said...

It looks amazing. I love that you did this.

andamento said...

I like them. A lot - such a lovely idea.

Duyvken said...

You totally need a cherry picker! Perhaps you could apply for an art grant and get a picker to do the whole street!

Shannon said...

I think I love you...wouldn't hurt your feet to step on those little suckers.

"Petunia Pill" said...

As "Mr. Rogers" would say (do you know Mr. Rogers or is he only a U.S. name?), well, anyway, as Mr. Rogers wuold say..."Won't you be my neighbor?" I have those prickly things scattered about my yard and try to pick them up promptly because the dogs like to eat them and then they throw up because their tummies can't handle the pricklies! But YOUR pompoms would not be an irritant and I would LOVE to find those in my tree! Your children are SO blessed to have you as their Mommy! Your inner child is alive and well - what a blessing! x&o, Annette

grrl + dog said...

beautiful

beautiful beautiful!

Love the pom pom guerilla action.

Sam Findlay said...

This is brilliant! I love it! It brought a huge smile to my face!

Nikki said...

Yep. Deadlines.... they'll get you pom-pombing every time.

(Do you count how many people smile as they walk past your house? Bet you're putting a few smiles on a few dials...)

Jules said...

loving the pom pombing, soooo cool!! Think a bit of pom pombing could be called for down here too. Your street must be a fun place to live. have a great week and keep on pombing! (love that word) Julie x

Kre8ive Life said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM. Oh if only my Mum had been your kind of Weirdy Mama. I so want to be like you!!!!! You are living the Kre8ive Life and then some. That is just so super I could almost squeal with delight. Just amazing. Please continue to be your fabulous Weirdy Mama self as you are simply inspirational.

Gina said...

OK that's it. I'm getting you scheduled. Actually I think I might just kidnap you instead and keep you at my house to perform acts of weirdness for my amusement.

PS curse you, I have taken up knitting because I am so OBSESSED with the beauty of all your yarny things. And it's not like I have enough trouble finishing things already.

Adriana said...

You're Amazing!!

Craftilicious said...

I wish you were my weirdy mama - I'd love to have done weird stuff like that with my mom :-D
The tree looks a-maz-ing!

Nat said...

that is the sweetest thing i have seen - i wish you were my neighbour. pom poms for all!

Linda said...

they look absolutely fabulous Tania they really made me smile it made me smile too imagining you hanging off the ladder trying to get them all up!! All that colour on a winter tree is gorgeous. I love the Liquid Amber spikey ones too I collect them and other seed pods as they are fabulous to draw

Kate said...

Love it!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

you iz da pomb!

Gifting you with a cherry picker (and somebody to drive it) would be a service to humanity.

My mother is going to think this is the worst thing ever. Will I show her or not? ;-)

Pomb on!

Cheers,
AJ

Lola Nova said...

Perfection! This has made me so happy!

We here are just on the cusp of eye rolling territory, not yet fully entrenched. Though, we have been in the neighborhood of the Mr.'s "Oh, um...ok" for quite some time.

Creative Mom said...

So magical!

famfa said...

I love your blog. I know that I will be instantly cheered up by your words and actions. Thank you for cheering me with your mass of pom poms. X

Astrid said...

I did a double take when I saw this -- we have just been out, bedecking our tree with colourfulness, too, though for a rather sadder purpose. Your bomb-poms are just delicious -- I wonder if any birds or squirrels have their eyes on them?

Flaming Nora said...

Oh I love it! I am so going to have to steal this idea to brighten up the garden when winter rolls round over here!

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

this is why I love blogs.

If I drove past and saw that I would stop the car knock on your door and decalre my love.

Kre8ive Life said...

I totally had to add this to today's Fridays Faves post. Love it love it Love it. http://kre8ivelife.blogspot.com/2011/07/fridays-faves-kre8ivity-in-minute-or.html

heather said...

you make the world a better place.

Sandrine said...

It reminds me that it could be Christmas now... I can't believe you made so many pretty pompoms.The results is stunning and I am sure they LOVE their amazing mumma to the moon and back (and more even after eye rolling LOL) after that effet!
Bon weekend I really wonder what you are up to now :)
xx

Linda said...

Oh my goodness!! How wonderfully amazing! I love this idea, just gorgeous:)

Pink Ronnie said...

You're amazing. "The two minute pom pom" - that's a classic!!!
Ronnie xo

loopyb said...

Oh such loveliness is gorgeous, and big W street is so lucky to have you!!! Me wishes we were able to drive by everyday for a happy peek!! Big love XXXX

Trace said...

awesome work, i wish I had a decidual type tree to bomb in pretty colours!

Loz and Dinny said...

See this is why I like you. Yesterday I plotted how I could get a laddder into the main street so I could snip a bit of liquid amber branch to hang in our house. Now, however, that I have seen your pom pom prowess I am ready to don camoflague and get me some of that action ... tres noice, Mama.

Fiona said...

lovely!

Stomper Girl said...

I wish you were my neighbour. Gorgeous!

Sandra said...

that is just the best! i love it so much. we have made so many pom poms during the school hols and i have been wondering what to do with them. thanks for sharing x

silverpebble said...

The dog's doo dahs. Truly.

I have been trying to think of a version of bombing that might suit. Covering a tree in silver would be slightly Barberella (and bleedin' expensive).

Bonnie said...

soooo cool! That tree...I remember you writing about putting a lace table cloth on it. I thinking the tree is either happy as pie or incredibly embarrassed. Ha Ha! Hey what ever happened to the tree that you yarn bombed in the school yard? Is it still there?
Anyway, I think the pom pom look beautiful.

Poshyarns said...

Oh my, they are utterly fabulous, you very own art installation.

Copper Patch said...

May it be known by all, you are a legend!

Mary said...

Very happy pics! Very welcome borrow our extension ladder anytime, alas I no longer have access to a cherry picker

Amanda said...

I love them and oh my goodness I so remember those stupid spike balls as we called them. Used to step on them all the dang time when I was younger..OUCH..I would sooo rather see all those bright pom poms then those icky things lol...Oh and the weird mom eye roll don't you just love it lol..

Sonia said...

What a beautiful idea. You brighten up our world.I am grateful. Thank you. Sonia x

Conny's Cottage said...

Hello,


wath a great job.

That looks amasing.



hugs Conny

Tammy said...

I LOVE this!

Kelly said...

Awesome pictures...I used to make these all the time when I was a kid.

Funwithfibre said...

So love this .... Clever you

simona said...

So, so cool, Tania!
I knew immediately you're over in Australian when I saw your tree budding. We're looking forward for autumn to cool things down, but as soon as the trees lose their leaves I'll have to try this out myself!