DIY pom pom wreath

As an avid Christmas lover, I couldn’t resist adding a fun wreath to the playroom I’ve been working on for Arthur. I decided a pom pom wreath would be perfect, and a great way to use up some leftover yarn I have laying around the house. By doing this I was able to create a bright and playful wreath while still choosing colors that were not totally out of character.




If you’d like to see how to make your own festive pom pom wreath, follow the steps below. FIY it was super easy!

I started by making an abundance of pom-poms. I used a pom-pom maker by clover and it makes the process so quick and easy. (This makes super cute pom-poms to add to the top of a hat or your ice skates as well) I was partially just using up skeins of yarn during this part, and the amount of pom-poms you’ll need will vary depending on the size of your wreath.

I had made a rosemary wreath a few years ago with the leftover rosemary from our garden so I already had the base for the wreath. WINNING! I knew when I was making this that I wanted to to have a crazy amount of pom-poms and lots of depth. So the pom-poms were going to be a little smaller but have more than if I were to use a larger size maker ( I used the 45mm).




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Once all your Pom-Poms are made.

Using the tails of yarn, tie the pom-poms to the framing of the wreath.

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I recommend attaching these at random.

For my wreath I wanted the colors to be spread out, and totally random. This worked well for me, because using scrap yarn I had varying amounts in the chosen colors.

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Ta-da! You have a pom-pom wreath!

This wreath is so much fun on its own, however you can add a little Christmas tree and/ or a kindness elf to it like I did. I picked up the brush bottle tree in the dollar section at Target (and yes, it was actually $1). The kindness elf I made with a peg doll from JoAnn’s and some felt and a little acrylic paint. I love the idea of being able to place little acts of kindness on the wreath for Arthur once he gets older! I hope you love this colorful Holiday addition. Maybe it even gives you a little inspiration to brighten your holiday decor, or use up those extra skeins of yarn!

ARTHUR BENNETT; AKA LITTLE MANN

Woah, this took me forever to post. Arthur and I are still finding our daily routine; its been a struggles with all the snuggles we both need!    We welcomed Arthur Bennett Mann to our world, on may 24th 2018. Our lives have been forever changed. These have been the most incredibly, challenging and rewarding few months of my life. We've DEFINITELY had our challenges but we'll save that for another time. Because babies are cute, snuggly and full of joy - right!?!  After only 12 hours of labor Arthur entered our world weighing 8lbs 9oz and was 20.5 inches long. My favorite feature was the red hair lightly covering his head! Momma wanted a redhead real bad! Once you become a parent you realize all these attributes about your child that are so unique and special. Arthur was born extremely strong, physically and mentally. He literally held his head up the day he was born and was so curious about the world around him. He was also born very headstrong. I like to say he got that from his Uncle Greg. He was going to do it his way and when he wanted to. At least this is a sign he'll form his own opinions and not cave to the social norms.

Woah, this took me forever to post. Arthur and I are still finding our daily routine; its been a struggles with all the snuggles we both need!

We welcomed Arthur Bennett Mann to our world, on may 24th 2018. Our lives have been forever changed. These have been the most incredibly, challenging and rewarding few months of my life. We've DEFINITELY had our challenges but we'll save that for another time. Because babies are cute, snuggly and full of joy - right!?!

After only 12 hours of labor Arthur entered our world weighing 8lbs 9oz and was 20.5 inches long. My favorite feature was the red hair lightly covering his head! Momma wanted a redhead real bad! Once you become a parent you realize all these attributes about your child that are so unique and special. Arthur was born extremely strong, physically and mentally. He literally held his head up the day he was born and was so curious about the world around him. He was also born very headstrong. I like to say he got that from his Uncle Greg. He was going to do it his way and when he wanted to. At least this is a sign he'll form his own opinions and not cave to the social norms.

Now 5month weeks old I have an 18lb baby who never stops smiling! It could be that he just loves me that much; or that he's already discovered I'm really not that funny. Either way I'm pretty sure this is what winning as a mom feels like. I'm beyond blessed that I am able to work from home with Arthur and see all the things he learns daily! Our favorite part of our day is when Daddy comes home! Family dinner and snuggles are called upon and very special to me.

Now 5month weeks old I have an 18lb baby who never stops smiling! It could be that he just loves me that much; or that he's already discovered I'm really not that funny. Either way I'm pretty sure this is what winning as a mom feels like. I'm beyond blessed that I am able to work from home with Arthur and see all the things he learns daily! Our favorite part of our day is when Daddy comes home! Family dinner and snuggles are called upon and very special to me.

Photos by Emily Steffen

Ivory Dress - Fillyboo Maternity
Bib overalls - Pink Blush
Top - Pink Blush
Tyler’s Shirt - Target
Jeans - Levi’s
Arthur’s outfits are both from Pacifier Boutique

When Spring makes a Surprise Appearance!

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We're slowly digging our way out of the snow and trust me its needed. This has been the longest winter we've had for awhile. Being  9 months pregnant, I've never looked forward to warmer weather so much. Tyler and I bought a new winter jacket trying to accommodate this ever growing baby of ours. Well needless to say we weren't anticipating snow in April. With an everlasting love for cacti and breakfast this springy brunch was exactly what Tyler and I needed. 

My mom use to make this recipe for my siblings and I; and it was always such a treat. Probably because trying to make waffles with three kids was like a never ending game of trying to keep up with the waffle production! Last year when Tyler and I got married we received a waffle iron at one of our showers, and its still on of my favorite gifts we got. Both of us having a huge love for breakfast food definitely helps that cause however. So with Mothers day quickly approaching, I hope you enjoy these yummy waffles as much as my family does! 

 

Waffles

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1c sour cream

  • 1/2 c milk

  • 3 tbsp butter melted

  • 1 cup flour

  • 2tsp sugar

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1/4 tsp baking soda

  • 1 egg white, stiffly beaten.

 

Put all ingredients, except the egg white, in a large bowl. Mix til' smooth. By hand, fold in the egg whites. Pour 1/2 cup batter into the waffle iron. Proceed by cooking for 3-3 1/2 minutes.

 

Enjoy! 

Xx Hayley

 

WELCOME TO "THAT MANN CLAN" AND HELLO THIRD TRIMESTER

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Hello, It's a crazy feeling for me to actually be writing this. I've contemplated blogging for years now - literally. Even before I met Tyler or had started my bridal business; Hayley Sachs Artistry. So this has been in the wheel well for some time now. As i've navigated my role in the wedding industry, finding time outside of the chaos is something that's really important to Tyler and I. This is where we regroup, and find our passions. Of course with my job you develop a love for pretty things and showing that in our food, home and adventures is no exception. 

In July I married the love of my life, my biggest cheerleader, and the best freaking husband I could ask for. Since then we've continued to tackle the dreams we have for my business. Yes, believe it or not the guy who is an automotive technician has a very strong opinion in bridal makeup and hairstyling. We live in a small town in western Wisconsin, just outside of the Twin Cities, with our corgi Gus. We've also begun our greatest adventure yet and that is becoming parents.  Little Mann is expected to join us June 1st 2018. 

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It's so hard for me to believe that we're actually in our third trimester! We hit week 31 today, Im not sure if that makes me excited or absolutely terrified that this Little Mann is arriving so quickly. Pregnancy has been nothing like I envisioned it prior to being pregnant. I really thought I was going to be one of those mom's that loved being pregnant. Even though that is not the case, I've reached a point where there are a few little things he does that I'm pretty obsessed with. Actually, it's really only one thing and that is how much he moves. I love those kicks and wiggles, even though they do scare the living daylights out of me! This Little Mann has some power behind him! 

I was in Vegas the end of February, right around week 27 with Little Mann. I was out there to be apart of an incredible bridal workshop that I was going to be doing hair and makeup for, with the extremely talented Erin Johnson. However since we were in the desert we obviously had to sneak in a few belly shots, and I'm so glad we did. We took these on our way to the airport the day we were flying out, but needing hours to shoot was not something this adventure required! The florist we had worked with the day prior provided floral and I loved how it turned out on the hat! 

Erin is always up for all my wacky ideas and I think that's one of the things I love about working with her most. Besides that she's a totally awesome person that I'd have coffee with every day if our schedules allowed. When I was trying to decide on a look for our shoot, I decided on something soft and intimate - with a little bit of bohemian edge to it. 

I was SHOCKED when I decided on this  crocheted ivory dress. After all I didn't wear any variation of white for our wedding. I had a mauve wedding dress, with blush quartz crown, and ombre blue veil. However with this baby, I've been very into creams, and ivory. The things motherhood will do to you I guess! 

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Being someone who hasn't been overly in love with being pregnant I was nervous that the photos wouldn't come across how I had hoped. That they wouldn't display the immense love I already have for this Little Mann. I was worried that I was look as uncomfortable as I feel, but that was not the case.  That hour in the desert created photos I will be able to cherish forever. But for now let the countdown begin. I think over all I've felt better these recent days than I have the entire pregnancy of course we still have all the glorious aches and pains of pregnancy. We still have challenges with the acid reflux and anemia, but taking it day by day and trying not to get overwhelmed seems to be all we can do. We have 9 weeks to go, and that seems like its going to go way too fast, but i'm so excited to see what his little face looks like and the thought that i'll be able to hold him close and kiss those little hands and lips make it all bearable. 

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Photos by the incredible Erin Johnson Photography

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