Monday, December 5

on the 3rd day of joyfulness...

dottie angel shared with me
a jumbly bumbly cluster of glee
(skill level : easy peasy with a hint of lemon squeezy)

yes indeedy, another easy peasy one, after all it is the beginning of the week and we would not wish to over do things. as the gleeful season descends upon our nests, i do think hanging little clusters in a jumbly bumbly manner can be most enjoyable. favourite old ornaments from times gone by, mixed in with new ones and a dash of eclecticness in the way of a little happy forsaken soul or two may be just the thing to cheer one up.
this little cluster is called a 'jumbly bumbly' one because quite frankly that is what it is. yes, it is nothing more than a 'jumbly bumbly of things' hung on strings, which in turn has made me joyful.

* ornaments, forsaken little souls, knick knacks, 
(anything you can string and dingle dangle in a jumbly bumbly sort of way)
* yarn, crochet cotton, bakers twine, any thread to dingle dangle things from, 
(but does need to have a little strength to it)
* scissors
* needle
* crochet hook
* button
* cup hook 

1. lay out your little collection of goodies and start tying long strings on them.

2. holding one ornament and its string in  your hand, start adding others to your cluster, making sure they lay nicely on top of each other, when you have a nice bunch hanging together and all gaps appear to have been filled in. take all the strings you hold in your hand and knot them together at the top.

3. using more of your string and tucking in the ends at the top, wrap around to keep in place. use your needle and thread to secure your stringy knot and then snip the tail end of your string, carefully avoiding any other strings in the process.

4. i used Mr Hook to crochet a chain, this is not necessary but does give a bit of strength to the whole thing. figure out how long you require your cluster of jumbly bumbly to hang and make a string befitting to that length (remember it is likely to stretch a little, once the chained string takes the weight of the cluster). again use your needle threaded onto one end to attach it securely to your cluster or you could just do some nifty knotting using your boy scout skills.

5. with needle and string, add a button, i also added a felted snowflake, you could add more than one button or indeed go totally joyful and add a bow! gosh yes, some folks do like bows this time of year and this maybe just the moment to introduce one.

6. screw a cup hook into the ceiling (can you tell i live in the US where the ceilings are easy to make a hole in!) if a hole in your ceiling is a no-no then may i suggest dingly dangling your cluster from a little door knob on a cupboard

7. as always, step back and admire your joyful efforts and then wonder to yourself if a 'jumbly bumbly cluster' made on a larger scale, might look rather spiffy and joyful hanging on the front door instead of the usual wreath this gleeful season.

day 4 of joyfulness tomorrow ~ Tif 


wood & wool stool said...

i'm a fan of the joyfulness-series

at-the-attic said...

you always make me smile ♥

Thistle Cove Farm said...

What a delightful idea; would make a beautiful wreath center as well.

Donna -Little Tiny Stitches said...

Oo, Yes. A lovely jumbly bumbly cluster at Christmas time :o)

I agree, that as well as looking spiffing hanging from your -easy-to-put-hooks-into-ceiling, it would also look mighty fine hanging from your front door :o)

I do so like your little trojan horses too Tif :o)

Looking forward to day 4 of gleefulness my dear :o)

Have a great day Tif,
Love Donna xx

Miss Tallulah Porkchop said...

You are amazing!

Frances said...

Dottie, I love your holiday cluster and think it's a bit like an upside down bouquet. Can you see what I mean?

These early days of December are such fun as we enter into Christmas preparations while still thinking that we will have lots of time to complete all our prep.

Ahhh, well, I am also enjoying my various Santa's workshop activities.


Monica said...

This is very creative, and very fun :)

dottie angel said...

oh yes indeedy! that is exactly what i was thinking when i was building its clustery-ness. just like a bouquet, going round and round adding a stem or a string as in this case :)

many thank yous for the peachy comments

donna!ee said...

lovely 3D collage of those whimsical Christmas doo-dads...thank you much for sharing :)

silly old suitcase said...

Oh my, this is so much fun!!...i'm gonna keep this idea untill this weekend, it's nice to make with the Girls :-)

thank you a lot.

ps do you like bows?

Vanessa Kiki Johanning said...

****MAJOR SWOONAGE!!!!*****

hee hee
I decorated my entire tree with you in mind!!
(Pics on my blog)
Every one in my household thinks I'm a wee bit on the crazy side of the "Granny Chic Phenom.". .

But I am truly just enthralled because it makes me feel all warm and cozy inside!!

cheers...tally ho.. and the merriest of crafting days to you!