i was hoping to do some crafting around christmas time with my littles. while i would love to do something elaborate and completely original, the truth is, i’m way more crafty in my mind than i am in real life. and, bring kids into the mix and things always get a bit tricky. so i decided easy was the way to go, for them and for me.
i was thinking snow globes or pom poms would be fun and took to the interwebs to narrow it down. instead of my normal google or pinterest searching, i took the bing challenge and tried Bing Smart Search . i hopped onto the misters computer and got a little carried away in my searching. i have to say, i loved the color and visual look in a big way. you don’t have to leave the app or program you are using or even open a browser. you just swipe and type.
so, snow globes are certainly more christmasy but they also involved a lot of supplies and supervision…..pom poms clearly were a better fit.
i loved the idea of making a pom pom garland to garnish the fireplace with (they are so cute!) :
after ooing and ahhing, i then concluded that perhaps ornaments where the way to go since it is christmas, after all. and, let’s face it, a few ornaments are a lot easier than an entire garland.
i immediately saw so many great images (without having to click on an “images” link) that gave me a clear idea of what i was going for. i absolutely love how you scroll from left to right on Smart Search versus the usual up and down. you get a glimpse and grouping of images, posts, and videos followed by many links on the subject (see image below). again, so great visually.
i had seen some pom poms this season that required pom pom makers. i didn’t really have time to order one and didn’t want to mess with it. so i kept scrolling (sideways) through the search and came across a post from the lovely lark and guess what?
this is all we needed to make our pom poms – – yarn + scissors.
while i started with the idea of a pom pom garland and moved on to ornaments, we actually ended up using these as gift tags, which can in turn be used as ornaments by the person who receives the gift. and, luke has been making these into necklaces to hand out to his friends. this turned out to be a really great craft for us because my older two can make these on their own and are doing so daily (maybe i’ll we will end up making that garland, after all).
the pom poms are a lot of fun, and, honestly, i had just as much fun searching on Smart Search (what can i say, i’m an an internet nerd – and hey, search a city … i love how they display the results for cities). i’m curious, have you tried bing’s smart search?
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