Weekend Homework

Hi Everyone,

I have a bit of homework for you this weekend! Who doesn’t love craft homework?  At least I’m not making you eat weird vegetables like the last time I gave you homework.

1. Get the materials to make your moss wreath because next week I’m going to show you 2 other ways to decorate the centre of it. If you can’t find a pool noodle you can actually just use a regular styrofoam wreath form. Shocking I know, to use something for what it’s intended. Make your basic moss wreath and get ready for the next 2 instalments of the Pool Noodle Wreath.




2. Buy yourself a potted Hyacinth. Make sure it isn’t too full blown. You’re gonna want to try a few things with it after my Hyacinth post next week. Might as well be prepared so while you’re reading the post you aren’t thinking … CRAP!! I wish I had a potted Hyacinth RIGHT NOW. Disaster will be averted if you run out and get one this weekend so it’s ready for you next week.



3.  Make a Monkey Fist Doorstop as seen hanging off the doorknob in my How to Fix a Screen Door that Slams post.  I had a few people ask about it so I thought I’d share the link where I found out how to make it.

You can learn all about how to make one here, at Design*Sponge.  A few tips … if you want to make one, the trick is to keep tightening the knot.  It probably takes 3 or 4 go rounds of tightening the knot to make it seem anything like a hard fist at all.  So don’t get discouraged if it seems a bit wonky when you first make it.

I got my rope at Home Depot and the tennis ball that’s inside the knot at the Dollar Store.  I had trouble finding the natural looking rope Design*Sponge used so I went with plain white rope.  Doing this showed great OCD improvement on my part because normally I’d give myself an aneurysm running from store to store, city to city, province to province trying to find the natural rope.  I did not.  I went with the white.  And I’m not at all obsessing over the fact.  At all.

And if that isn’t enough for you, check out Centsational Girl’s latest project.  A Sunburst mirror made out of … well I don’t even want to tell you it’s so great.  Go have a look yourself.  Plus it involves thievery, which I LOVE!


Have a great weekend everyone!



  1. Jennifer says:

    I’m so relieved — I’ve already completed step one of my homework. Finding a hyacinth in Arizona may prove a bit more tricky but I’ll try. As for the monkey fist doorstop — I thought that was a cat toy. Now that I know it’s a doorstop, I’m going to have to make one of those too. I’ll try to learn from your non-OCD example.

    Thanks for keeping us on our toes. Heaven forbid we fall into relaxation mode over the weekend…

    • Karen says:

      Jennifer – *sniff* But searching for materials and making monkey fist doorstops until you swear is relaxing. Isn’t it? Sitting doing nothing. *That’s* stressful. No? You have me so confused. ~ karen

  2. mimi says:

    “I’d give myself an aneurysm running from store to store”
    I’m nearly giving myself an aneurysm laughing at this!
    Thanks for all the links, even though I never noticed the monkey fist in the first place. Unobservant or what!
    have a wonderful weekend, Karen.

  3. Eva says:

    Help! I am ashamed to say I have a graduate degree, am well past “a certain age” and usually pretty handy around the house, and I am having an aneurysm trying to figure out what a “monkey fist door stop” is, and how to use one? I thought it was a cat toy, too! This is really embarassing! Do you hook it to something on the wall? Do you use it to prop open the door a monkey-fist sized width? Do you loop it on both the door and screen door handles to “stop” the door from being opened? But then why the ball? And isn’t that something serial killers do to keep you from escaping? I may need to go back to bed…

    • Pam'a says:

      I’ll take a stab at this since we can’t have you sitting there in a quandary all weekend!

      I believe the thing is called a monkey-fist knot because it sort of resembles a monkey fist, or at least some oriental person who made it up thought so. As for how it works, I think it just hangs there and, when you fling your door open, it keeps the doorknob from bashing a hole in your wall.

      (How’d I do, Karen?)

  4. Got my huge ball o’ white cord, waiting patiently by my computer screen. Note, I was going to use it to try out a version of your ‘random yarn wall decor’ but now I will save it for a Monkey Thingamajig.


  5. Shauna says:

    Agreed – the Centsational Girl post is brilliant!

  6. Connor says:

    I’m pretty sure I’ll be making that mirror, especially since I just got interviewed for a job at Home Depot! Garden Center actually, so hyacinths, here I come! 😀

    • Karen says:

      Connor – Good luck! I worked in a garden centre when I was in school. LOVED it. For the 2 weeks I worked there before quitting. I’ve quit a significant number of jobs, LOL. ~ karen

  7. Eva says:

    Thanks Pam’a. So nice and simple it makes total sense! ‘ppreciate your attempt to keep me out of the monkey house! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Oop! I forgot to reply to this. The monkeyfist doorstop is literally just a doorstop. Hang it on the doorknob until you need it then throw it on the floor to keep the door propped open! ~ karen

  8. Erin says:

    I love that I’m not the only person on this planet who actually uses the word “Wonky” ;]

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