Making Pompoms With My Grandgirls

June 19, 2018
It recently became clear to me that I have a pompom love illness and I feel better knowing this. Not only do I have this illness, I spread the virus to several grandchildren while visiting North Carolina. It all began as I packed for my trip. I feverishly began tucking several skeins of colorful yarn in my suitcase, scissors and of course my pompom maker.

I had a pompom chandelier to make for, Sawyer, the newest member of our family.

My goal was to make pompoms on my flight from Dallas to Raleigh. However with safety restrictions, pat-downs and x-rays there seemed no possible way to smuggle a pair of scissors on the flight.

So instead I smuggled in nail clippers.

I chuckled to myself in an evil sort of way, feeling as though I had outwitted TSA, as I zipped up the inside compartment of my coral colored purse.

Seriously, can airport security stifle the creativity of any one person with restrictions and moreover should they even try. If you really think about it have we become "that," untrusting sort of society.

Hindering a creator from creating is like telling the sun not to shine!

Through security I went; unpacked my lap top, took off my shoes, held my breath that the nail clippers would sail on through.

And yes they did!

But I did not.

My earrings, of all things, caused quite a stir.

After the pat down at the airport, I claimed my belongings, headed to the gate, boarded the plane and settled into my window seat. I was feeling almost giddy as I was ready to begin making those pompoms.

I discovered that using dull nail-clippers to cut yarn just doesn't work. Thwarted once again...grrr….

Defeated and discouraged, I tucked away my pompom supplies and read.

But what I did discover was the sweetest group of grandgirls ready with smiles and hugs to help out their Mimi!

Meet my team of Pompom makers from North Carolina; Kennedy, Macee, Preslee and Molly!

It is true you know that "Many hands make light work."

Love you sweet girls~ XO

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  1. Such sweet grands you have! I bet they love pompoms! What a fun activity! You’re a clever crafter!

  2. Making things is almost way more fun when you do it with someone else! I have SO MANY ideas on my mind but don't even know where to start as I'm here alone, once again for the summer. These are darling, Jemma!

  3. Super cute idea and what a way to spend the day. Adorable family!

  4. So girls would love making pom you have a simple tutorial? :)

  5. Beautiful grand daughters. The Pom Poms look like a lot of fun .

  6. The pom poms are so cute. It is a nice project for a summer day. The grandchildren are beautiful.

  7. Aw, I'm sure having such cuties to help made up for not getting to make the Pom-poms on the plane. 😊

  8. Oh, my word! They are adorable...the pom-poms, yes, but especially your little helpers! God bless you, sweet friend. :)

  9. So sad when we crafty peeps cannot have our scissors on a plane ride. I am surprised you got through with the nail clippers! Sorry that did not work. Your granddaughters are soooooo cute. I love the pom pom chandelier. Adorable. My two grand girls call me MiMi too. So happy you had a great visit with them.

  10. Hello Dearest Laura,

    Wonderful meeting you for breakfast and catching up on life.
    Making crafts with the youngsters is one of my favorite things to do. (Remember those crafting days as Girl Scout Leaders!)
    Wondering what crafts you and your little nieces will be creating this week?

    Big Sisterly Hugs,

  11. Anita,

    I will always say that it is just too sad that we are not neighbors, with our zest for the outdoors, gardening and creating we could have some good times!
    I have since left my crafting buddies in North Carolina and now I am here at home making pompoms by myself. Getting ready to open up a shop on etsy with a few of my goodies.

    Enjoy this wonderful Summertime, Summertime!

  12. Good Morning Cindy!

    Thanks so much-we have pompom mania going on in North Carolina and Texas too!

  13. Good Morning Jeanne,

    I do have a simple tutorial! Just tweaking it a bit and I will send it out to you this afternoon!


  14. Good Morning Marion,

    Crafting with the youngsters is one of my favorite things to do. ( Helps to beat the Summertime heat too!)

    Lovely to have you visit me and leave a comment too! Thank you!

  15. Marilyn,

    Thanks so much, it certainly was nice project for a very hot Summer day!

  16. Good Morning Cecilia!

    Oh yes, all of those giggle and smiles chased away my disgruntled attitude!

  17. Good Morning Cheryl,

    Grands and pompoms it surely was a great mix and of course a beautiful and precious blessing too!

    Hugs and Blessings,

  18. Good Morning Kris,

    Well you know the funny thing about all of this is that people used to even smoke on planes! Now we cannot even take a pair of scissors because of the nonsense of the world we live in today. You know I am just one of those people who can't believe how the world has changed. I am becoming a bury your head in the sand sort of person!
    I did have a great visit and feel so blessed-us Mimi's are lucky gals, aren't' we!


  19. Your little granddaughters are so cute, Jemma! I have that same addiction to pompom-making. The pompom chandelier is just adorable!

    Warm hugs,

  20. Good Morning Carol,

    Yep, making pompoms is relaxing and a great craft to do with young children. I am working on several projects using a variety of pompom sizes. Opening up my new etsy shop soon, so stay tuned!

  21. Well, that's sounds like an even better plan...pom poms with the grands!!

  22. Awe Jemma. How precious! Love the pictures of those pretty grands and the poms poms are too cute. I am laughing about sneaking in the nail clippers. When I went to Nicaragua on a mission trip I wasn't real up to date about do's and don't. While putting on a little makeup one morning in our little hotel a friend of mine spotted my scissors in my makeup bag. She just could not believe I managed to get through customs and all the things one has to do with a pair of scissors in my bag. I never once thought about that because I always keep a pair of scissors in my makeup bag! You never know when you may them. LOL! Anyway, it made my nerves bad thinking about coming back through customs with those scissors so needless to say, they got tossed before heading home. I finally told my friend that the Lord knew my heart was in a good place with those scissors so he let me get through customs! LOL! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  23. You tell a good story. So sorry your plan would not work with dull clippers. Glad you had so much fun crafting with your grands. They are darling.
    I love seeing all your projects.

  24. lowcarbdiabeticJanJune 23, 2018 at 8:30 AM

    Such gorgeous Grands …
    I love all the pom poms, so colourful.

    All the best Jan

  25. This is adorable for a child's room and fun your girls could join in on the fun!

  26. Such sweet girls! I am sure you had a ball with them! I haven't made any pompoms yet, but I know it is only a matter of time. I love pompom garlands, they are so much fun for any kinds of holidays or celebrations! your little mobile of pompoms is adorable and I am sure very well loved!


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