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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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Accomplish More! {Tuesday Ten}

With the time change this weekend, many of us had an “extra” hour to accomplish something. What did I do with my hour?

I slept right through it!

But what if we had a couple of extra hours every day? What if I had 26 hours a day to accomplish more?

  1. A couple of years ago, I started making a quilt through an online Block of the Month class. I’m so close to being done! If I had more hours in the day, I would finish my quilt so that I could snuggle up underneath it while napping on the couch.

    All 20 quilt blocks
    All 20 quilt blocks: I have them sewn together, the backing attached and have started quilting about half of the quilt. I need to finish quilting and bind the sides together. Almost done!
  2. Read all the books on my book list! My to-read list at Goodreads keeps growing longer and longer…. Most of all, I want to read all the stories in my new anthology that was just released yesterday: Clash of the Couples! I’ve only had time to read a couple of stories, and they are hilarious!
  3. Write more. I’d love to submit more stories to other anthologies, and maybe (gulp) write my own book.
  4. Do my nails. I like having nice nails, but rarely have time to give myself a manicure. Last Thursday, Ed gave me a little time to put on my new Jamberries! It was nice to lock myself in the bathroom for 30 minutes.

    Mint Chevron Jamberries
    Mint Chevron Jamberries
  5. Snack more…let’s face it, I’ll get hungrier with 26 hours in a day.
  6. And so, I’ll need to work out more. My new gym is open 24 hours a day, so that will be convenient!
  7. Create more art and take more art classes.

    Baby graph drawing
    I drew this baby from a magazine ad in an art class I took before I had children!
  8. Fix up my laundry room. It is in the basement, and it is not a pleasant place to be…yet I do so much laundry! I really want a nice laundry room. I’d also love to paint the master bathroom. It desperately needs a new coat of paint!
  9. Go on more dates with Ed! We are also desperately in need of some time together.
  10. Talk to my sisters and brother more! As the big sister, I don’t always do a good job of picking up the phone and calling my siblings. They could all probably use a couple more hours in the day, too!

Truthfully, I’d probably run out of time just like I do now with 24 hours in a day. Lisa and Rabia gave us this prompt for Tuesday Ten, so pop on over and see what they would do with two extra hours a day!

What would you do with more hours a day?

 

The Golden Spoons

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Your Spin Cycle Prompt {week of 2/10}

I love youRoses are red, violets are blue;
Here’s a Spin Cycle prompt especially for you.

Valentine’s Day soon will be here;
Is it your favorite time of the year?

Love, recipes, crafts and cards,
Write about it. It’s really not hard.

loving him is red

No date? No love? Maybe despair?
Valentine’s Day sometimes is not fair.

So tell us your feelings about Valentine’s Day.
Then link it up here and we’ll all shout “Hurray!”

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