We LOVE pom poms in our house. Correction, 3 out 4 of us do; I am pretty sure my husband cringes when he comes home and sees them scattered throughout the house. We play with them in all sorts of ways: drop them through paper towel tubes, put them in “egg carton trains”, play the “pick up game” of throwing them in the air and then collecting them. We just discovered the fun of throwing them on top of our sheet fort and watching them roll down. The joy that comes on my toddlers face when she gets to squeeze a bunch of them in her hands is priceless. So, when I came across this pom pom wreath idea in the latest Sunset magazine, I decided to turn it into a craft activity with my 3 year old.
As you continue to contemplate your holiday shopping to-do’s, consider a trip to Piedmont Avenue for a visit to an eclectic and inspiring pair of stores envisioned and brought to life by native Oaklander Dana Olson. Situated on the 4200 block of Piedmont Ave are Good Stock and Neighbor. Pop into Good Stock where you find lovely jewelry and accessory items to please the ladies on your list. Head next door to Neighbor, to then find an array of home decor, gift, and garden items. Make sure to step out back to visit the stocked shed occupied by Preserved, a specialty shop that offers all you could need for food preservation. These three options combined offer a fabulous one-stop shopping experience.
There are few Oakland residents who haven’t heard of Oaklandish. Bringing local pride to our closets for over a decade, the brand has become synonomous with love for our city. Through the years they have built upon their early roots in public art projects to include 2 Oaklandish retail locations and a partner brand “Never Say Elsewhere”. Oaklandish further expanded last year with the opening of Oakland Supply Co., a concept shop in Oakland’s Waterfront Warehouse District focused on quality craftsmanship and American Made Goods.