Month: November 2010

Handmade Pom Pom Ornaments

I have been happily filling my home with pom poms of all sort of sizes, patterns, and colors over the past week!

What started this crazy was a memory I had as a child of my mother’s handmade Christmas ornaments that hung from our tree every Christmas. I had been wanting to add a personal touch to my own family’s tree and voila, the craze started.

Yarn pom pom decorations are wonderful to decorate your home and tree with during the holidays as they prevent the potential risk of choking, cutting, or harming younger children.

I’d been doing my research on how to create pom-poms and found that their are several ways depending on your personal preference. I choose to purchase several size of pom pom maker tools made by Clover from my local craft provider and have been nothing but happy with my results. In fact, I can make a pom pom using the Clover makers in under five minutes compared to other methods I’ve used before that took much much longer.

There’s really no wrong yarn to use when making pom-poms. It’s all up to how you’d like them to look. If you want really fuzzy soft looking pom poms, I suggest going with a thicker heavy weight of yarn and if you’d like your pom poms thinner a lighter weight. I would say to experiment with whatever yarns you have on hand and to remember to have fun with it.

In the photo on this post you can see the process of creating a pom pom with a Clover pom pom maker. I wrapped three different color yarns of the same weight to create a fun and very festive patterned pom pom to add that special something to my Christmas tree.

You can do all sorts of things with pom poms like making wreaths, adorning gift bags & presents, making scarves, creating fun critters, making floral arrangements, topping off hats, hair clips, and so much more.  The sky is the limit! Don’t put a damper on creativity, just let your imagination take you and you’ll probably be surprised and over all thrilled with what you can come up with!

Video Games Live: Level 2 DVD {Review}

Video Games Live Level 2 DVD
Shout Factory
Run Time 3 1/2 hours
Release date 10/19/10

About the DVD…

Video Games Live™ is an immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time. Top orchestras & choirs perform along with exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussionists, live action and unique interactive segments to create an explosive entertainment experience!

Video Games Live™ bridges a gap for entertainment by exposing new generations of music lovers and fans to the symphonic orchestral experience while also providing a completely new and unique experience for families and/or non-gamers. It’s the power & emotion of a symphony orchestra mixed with the excitement and energy of a rock concert and the technology and interactivity of a video game all completely synchronized to amazing cutting edge video screen visuals, state-of-the-art lighting and special on-stage interactive segments with the audience.

My Thoughts…

I  call myself a gamer. I grew up playing games like  Chrono Cross, Final Fantasy, Mario, Zelda, Tetris, and many others.  I’m very much pleased that many of the games I loved playing have remarkable music of which I am not surprised was  put together on a DVD collection like  this one.

I was going to wait on my husband to watch this collection but with our conflicting schedules, I couldn’t wait any longer and watched it on my own. And though alone, I quite enjoyed watching the Video Games Live show DVD and most assuredly will watch it again.

My props to the creators who put together the whole project. The musical arrangement are phenomenal, the commentary extremely helpful, the video remarkable, and the  interviews were an added bonus in learning a little history behind the music of games I grew up loving.

Whether you grew up playing games or you have children that do, I would recommend picking up a copy of Video Games Live show DVD or CD. It’s a favorite in my household and in my opinion  it’s definitely great background music to enjoy anytime.

Buy it!

Video Games Live Level 2 is available at a discount on Amazon in the following formats: Blu-ray + DVD combo |DVD | CD

DISCLAIMER: My thoughts are mine own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I was given a review copy to share my thoughts about.

Learning Resource Game: Twist & Match Monsters Matching Game {review & giveaway}

Who said games and toys that are educational can’t be fun? Certainly not me! And on that note, I was recently introduced to Learning Resources, a company that offers many fun learning toy options great for  both boys and girls in vast difference of age groups!

I was given the opportunity to review one of the Learning Resources new games called  Twist & Match Monsters! This early learning game is geared toward children  ages 3 and up and is perfect for 2 to 6 players.

Learning Resources Twist & Match Monsters Matching Game is a lot of fun and it’s great because children can practice learning skills like color and attribute matching and number recognition! It’s also a great way to start teaching your child to be a good sport about playing games and taking turns with their friends or family members!

I can’t wait till my daughter is a little bit older to try this game out as I know she’ll enjoy it!

Buy it: You can purchase the Twist & Match Monsters Matching Game
for around $19.99 at the Learning Resource website and you can also find it at other retailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Win it!

One USA winner is being given the opportunity to win this game!

To Enter: Visit Learning Resources and let me know what other toy or game you would love to own or gift to someone!

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DISCLAIMER: My thoughts are mine  own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any compensation for hosting this giveaway or review other than the sample above mentioned.