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Juju Hat Inspired DIY, in Which I Create an Eyeball

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Just for the record, this was supposed to be a legit tutorial in which I offer you a super cost effective way to bring the amazingness of a juju hat into your own home.  But it's not exactly that.

I feel like juju hats must have been a trend I totally missed the first time around.  But no matter.  They seem to be making a come back and I got all excited because who doesn't want a burst of fabulous feathers on their wall?  My husband, that's who. No one!

If you are unfamiliar, a juju hat is actually a headdress made of the most beautiful feathers woven into a raffia base.

Observe:
Image via House Seven Blog

Gorgeous.  A simple, beautiful statement and a great textural element.  Albeit a very, very pricey element.

I had this big open space on my fireplace, so I thought why not make my own big black feathery adornment for Halloween?  And I did.
DIY juju hat

I couldn't afford real feathers.  Even DIY's I looked up were still quite costly.  But I could afford feather boas from the craft store for $3.99 a pop at 40% off. (Yes, I'm still on a personal spending freeze, but I had set aside a little bit last month for a couple of things I would be working on this month).DIY juju hat

The conversation that ensued the afternoon it was hung above our mantle, confirmed that what I created was not exactly what I intended...

Sully (5 yrs old): "Look, Dad!"

James: "Oh....is that the project you were helping Mommy with yesterday?"

Sully:  "No.  She made an eyeball!  And she made it all by herself!"


DIY juju hat

I knew I wasn't crazy about it, but ever since Sully deemed it an eyeball I can't see it as anything else.

Should you attempt your own (juju hat or fuzzy eyeball), here are some things you should know....

-This project makes the biggest mess ever.  If James was home during this little craft sesh, he may have died.  There were feathers everywhere.  The regular feathers, but lots of super fine little teeny-tiny feathers that I'm still finding all over the floor, the table, my clothes...everywhere.  If you want to avoid this delightful scenario, never ever cut a feather boa.

-If you are brave enough to cut it into smaller pieces and then attach (like I did with the white) you will need more feathers than you think.
DIY juju hat

If you keep the boa intact and just wrap it around (like I did with the black - much less noticeable with darker colors), You won't need as much.  Although I did try to leave as few gaps as possible for optimal fluff factor.
DIY juju hat

-Go BIG.  In this case, the bigger the better.  Especially if the outer layer sort of blends into the wall color.
DIY juju hat
Mine is way undersized and I'm afraid adding another layer to the outside will only contribute to the eyeball effect or take it more of a bulls-eye route.  I'm sure that won't stop me from trying though.

-Even though it's sort of comical, and not nearly a close replica of a true juju hat, I don't hate it.  I really wanted all black but they didn't have enough black boas.  And when you're working off a clearance rack, you go with what's there.  I think I might even love it if it was all black.  So much so that I might endure the feather debacle one more time to fix it. Maybe.
DIY juju hat

-I wasn't sure how to handle the center so I grabbed one of these.
DIY juju hat

I bent a paper clip and glued it to the center before I added the last boa, and attached the clip onto that.
DIY juju hat

I think it would have been fine without it, but I liked the way it finished it off and was slightly different than the rest of the feather pattern.
DIY juju hat

OK that picture wasn't helpful.  It's not easy to photograph black feathers.  #firstworldproblems

-On the plus side, this project was literally light as a feather, so I just used a command strip hook on the fireplace and glued a paperclip to the back of my circular cardboard base to hang it.
DIY juju hat

DIY juju hat

It didn't pack the elegant Halloween punch I had in mind, but since it does read like an eyeball maybe we can put it in the "creepy" Halloween category?

At least the rest of the room is feeling more like fall, sans the creep factor..... 
DIY juju hat

DIY juju hat

kantha throw

I think we finally have this part of the room figured out and here's a sneaky peak at what's happening on the other side of the room.  Baby gates and all.
DIY juju hat

By the time we finally finished the bones of this space and were ready to move onto details, the holiday season was a knockin'.  I wanted this room to have a  neutral base, so that I could easily change things up for the seasons.  So, far it's been perfect.  Not perfect as in perfectly styled (did you see the baby fence?), but perfect as in it only takes a few changes via pillows and throws to give the room a totally different feel.  I think the next few months are going to be a lot of fun.

*Pssst!  Did you catch the Giveaway we're running this week?  TWO amazing prints of your choice from Hatch Prints Shop, AND a gift card of your choice to either IKEA or Target.  Something to help make things feel a little more like home in your casa.  Hope over to this post to enter!  Ends Friday at midnight.

Thanks so much for reading! We would love to hang out!
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Working With What You Have: Fall Decor Take Two

Deme Crinion1 Comment
We're halfway through October, which means halfway through my personal spending freeze.  The temptation to hit the store for "just this one thing" has come many times, but I especially felt the pull when the kids wanted to put up fall decorations.

Fall decorations that were in scarce supply around here since I purged at the end of last season.

On the plus side, the few things I did have were things I really liked.  So, before caving and shelling out cash for more pumpkins, we raided the craft closet and shopped the yard to augment what we already had on hand.

Here's what free fall decor is looking like around here this year...

Working with what you have: free fall decor

Before we did anything with decorations, we cozied up the place with some extra throws and pillows. A couple weeks ago we gave the piano a mini fall update (see the details here).  This rug instantly softened the area and has a great color palette for fall.
Working with what you have: free fall decor

The pillow is from Lulu & Georgia (courtesy of an awesome giveaway hosted by my most favorite of mommy grammers, Grace!) and pulled some of the orange accents from the rug.
working with what you have: free fall decor
We tossed a cozy blanket from our linen closet over the chair and called it "fall".

I've never known what to do with the top of the cabinet behind the chair.  Since the ceiling is pitched, anything set on top typically looks dwarfed and sad.  This was my attempt to add a little height.
Working with what you have: free fall decor
I already had this jug-vase-thingy from Home Goods and the mummy jar from Target.  I just needed something to fill them....something other than candy corn.  Because my rate of consumption is not safe.  Not safe at all.

I relocated a plant from another small pot to give our mummy some height..and some hair. Yes, it's an ill fit but I'm saying it adds to his mohawk.  
Working with what you have: free fall decor

Then I grabbed a few sticks from outside.  Thanks to a windy night they were basically covering the driveway.  I stuffed a large plastic bag inside to help hold the sticks in place.
Working with what you have: free fall decor
I liked the bare look void of leaves for fall, but wanted to add a little color. #cantstopwontstop

We ended up using a few pieces of  leftover felt from my daughter's First Communion banner project (purples and gold) and some blue construction paper to cut leaves.  I used a needle to string some black thread through for a loop at the top of each leaf.
Working with what you have: free fall decor
Easy peasy.

These were mini poms I cut from two sets of pom pom trim in my sewing stash.  I strung the black thread right through the orange ones...
Working with what you have: free fall decor

...but stretched out the white ones a bit to stick right onto the tiny branches.
Working with what you have: free fall decor

Together I think they make a fun pair.  
Working with what you have: free fall decor

I had some leftover poms, so I put them to use in the dining room as well.  This trio of blue and white was a $5 steal (for the set!) from a garage sale this summer.  I arranged a few orange pumpkins on them (again stuffing a plastic bag inside the short one so the pumpkin would sit close to the top).
Working with what you have: free fall decor
(You can see our work-in-progress picture ledges in the background!)

I grabbed a few more sticks for the leftover pom poms and dropped them in the pitcher.
Working with what you have: free fall decor

working with what you have: free fall decor

This old school mint high chair was another garage sale find from last year and it's become a fun spot to play with seasonal items.  We kept it simple with a couple of my more neutral pumpkins.
Working with what you have: free fall decor


Working with what you have: free fall decor

A 24 hr flu has taken our family down one by one this week.  The babe and I were the last ones to bite the dust so, hopefully we'll all climb out of the fog enough to enjoy some of this beautiful fall weather this weekend.  And finish up those picture ledges!

How do you get creative with seasonal decor when you're on a budget? Is anyone else shopping their yard for fall?

Working with what you have: free fall decor

*Check out our fallified piano right here.

*And for last year's fall home tour (and more backyard diving), go here.


Thanks so much for reading! We would love to hang out!
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