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Knit Knot

For the past couple of days, I have been reteaching myself how to knit. I’ve become just a little obsessed, as a matter of fact, to the extent that I haven’t been cleaning the house, as you can so plainly see in my picture! Why am I having this sudden obsession with knitting, since I haven’t knitted in years and have never finished anything?

I signed up for a new Fellowship Group at my church called “Knit and Know Him.” So I think I’d at least better be able to bring my knitting needles and knit a little something! I started knitting this dishcloth yesterday, reviewing how to cast on, knit and purl. I picked a simple pattern called “Simple Weave,” although I think it looks like shooting stars. Don’t you? (Maybe not….)

To make up for my neglect yesterday, I have been all business this morning. I finished a small load of laundry (unheard of!) and put dirty dishes in the dishwasher. (What?!?)

And also, wrote a small blog post.

Be still, and know that I am God. Psalms 46:10

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Blooming Flowers

In preschool today, we are having our Mother’s Day tea! I made a pretty butter cookie bouquet for a centerpiece. It’s so easy to make, pretty to look at, and tasty too!

To make your own butter cookie bouquet, you will need:

wooden skewers
gum drops
flower shaped butter cookies

butter cookie bouquet 3

skewer
Wooden skewer, the kind you would use for shish kebobs
gum drop
Push a gum drop on the pointy end
butter cookie
Add a butter cookie
butter cookie bouquet
Make a beautiful bouquet!

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Coming Together {Spin Cycle Prompt}

We had TEN entries last week for the Spin Cycle! From 28 Memories to 28 Accomplishments Before 28 Years to 28 Things I Love About My Husband…all the Spins last week were so creative! I love coming up with an open-ended prompt that inspires you as writers. If you haven’t read all the 28 lists from The Spin Cycle, find the links to them HERE!

Are you ready to get those creative juices flowing again?

This week, the prompt is It All Came Together.

Perhaps there’s a recipe you just discovered and the flavors of the ingredients blend together perfectly. Share the recipe!

Maybe a craft project you just finished came together just right. Show us what you did!

Your weekend plans came together and you had a marvelous time! What did you do?

Or something else just came together and you’d like to share it with us here on The Spin Cycle! Link up your posts here any day this week, and hopefully the words for my Spin Cycle will come together by Friday!


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How to Make Salt Dough Ornaments

Salt Dough Ornaments
When my sister and I were little, my mom made salt dough ornaments with us. She let us form the dough into little shepherds, angels, and Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus. After our little hands formed the lumpy Nativity figures, we painted them yellow and added smeary black faces. Even though I remember them as ugly and misshaped ornaments, I have great memories of hanging them on our tree every year when we were growing up.

Now it has become our family tradition to make salt dough ornaments for our Christmas tree. It’s so easy and fun! I even made an Olaf ornament for our tree this year. I formed the dough into a pear-shape, painted it white, and then drew on his features with a black permanent marker. Then I added an orange carrot nose! Now there’s a little bit of Frozen on our Christmas tree.

Olaf Salt Dough Ornament

Salt Dough Ornaments
Mix 1 cup salt, 1 cup flour, and 1/2 cup water.
Form into shapes. We made some free hand ornaments, and used a cookie cutter for some.
Don’t forget to make a small hole for hanging!
Bake on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper at 200 degrees for 3 hours.
Paint with acrylic paint (we used some glitter paint for extra sparkle).
If desired, brush with Mod Podge for a glossy finish.
String a ribbon through the hole, and use for a tree ornament or tie onto a present as a gift tag.

 

Do you make any special ornaments you hang on the tree every year?

Click here to print Salt Dough Ornament directions!

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