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Snowy White Dough Ornaments - Yin Mom, Yang Mom

Smooshing Some Dough

ments - Yin Mom, Yang MomIn an effort to increase that loving feeling that is just so needed in this complicated world, I’ve been spending more time lately doing crafty stuff with the kids, for two reasons:

1. Cold weekends are a huge catalyst for cabin fever, (kids bouncing off walls, making mischief). Crafts contain the mess to one room, and give the kids something to do for at least an hour.

2. Crafty time forces me away from the distractions of the computer, to spend quality time with the kids, really joke around and talk to them, give each other compliments, etc.  It’s good old fashioned family time, something that’s too easy to forget to do when you’re busy working hard to get things accomplished all the time.

So, this weekend we decided to make some of the pretty white DIY ornaments that I’ve been seeing around Pinterest lately.  These are so much freaking fun to make.  One of the main ingredients is corn starch, and I don’t know if you’ve ever made oobleck, but if you have, you know that corn starch is seriously awesome to play with.

While I mixed up the dough, I just gave Brooke a plate of it to dip her hands in, and she loved it!  It’s got such a groovy, smooth texture, and it feels cold.  She preferred to to call it corn syrup, and said it feels like metal.  OK.

Snowy White Dough Ornaments - Yin Mom, Yang Mom

Brooke wanted to wear a crazy scarf around her head. I think it gave her a certain, mushroomy quality!

I found the recipe on a great blog called The Woodside Kitchen

Snowy White Dough Ornaments
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ¾ cup water
Instructions
  1. Stir ingredients together over medium-low heat until the dough thickens up. You'll know it's ready to remove from the heat when it's the texture of soft play-doh. Remove from heat and allow it to cool a bit before kneading it out.
  2. You can sculpt it, roll it and cut it with cookie cutters, make thumbprints, handprints footprints. Use the end of a paintbrush to poke a hole for hanging on the tree.
  3. To dry the ornaments, place them on a pizza stone or on a pan covered in parchment paper, then cook in a 175 degree oven until they feel hard. Basically you don't want to take them out until they feel hard and brittle. If there's any softness, keep them in there. For thicker ornaments, this could be up to 2 hours. Thinner ornaments harden up in about an hour.

 

Snowy White Dough Ornaments - Yin Mom, Yang Mom

Done!

This dough is SO fun to play with (again, cornstarch is awesome).  It’s easy to roll out, is extremely smooth, and stays VERY white.  The finished ornaments almost look a little sparkly, like snow. It’s lovely.

We made the cute little mitten ornaments we saw on My Buddies and I, and we also did some fun stuff with cookie cutters.  Brooke had a cool idea to layer 3 thin stars together, and it created a cool effect.

Snowy White Dough Ornaments - Yin Mom, Yang Mom

I used the last remnants of the dough to make some simple little thumprint ornaments, because I need some smaller, filler ornaments to sprinkle throughout the tree.

Snowy White Dough Ornaments - Yin Mom, Yang Mom

This was such an amazingly fun project for us, and I’m pretty excited to make more of these really soon.  This could just be a year-round kind of project for us.

Snowy White Dough Ornaments - Yin Mom, Yang Mom

The finished product!

Darn Doll, Making Me Look Bad.

Despite my effort to stop, I can’t help but keep thinking about the starving children in the world.

My little girl asked for a Lalaloopsy doll for Christmas. She also asked for about 100 other things, so it was a little difficult to weed through it all and get her the things that she’d really love the most.  We don’t go overly crazy at Christmastime, I try to keep it at around 5 or six presents each, which for some may be a lot, but compared to my Christmas’s growing up, is relatively small.  I figure they’re so young, they get overwhelmed with too many things, and then it’s money and clutter for us.

So, I opted not to buy Lalaloopsy this year, because I only heard her mention it once or twice, but other things she was a little more obsessive about. Christmas came and went, and the kids were thrilled with their gifts.  Until, I heard her sweet little voice coming from the potty after a morning spend opening and delighting in all the presents, in the saddest, most melancholy tone: “I guess Santa Clause didn’t bring me a Lalaloopsy doll….”.  Sigh, whoa is me, I am the saddest little pitiful girl.  Poo.

I was a little crushed.  The sadness in this poor child’s voice, how could I underestimate her desire for this doll?  What is wrong with me?

We helped her kind of get over it, joking that maybe Santa left it on the roof, and if not I’d have to give him a call and find out what happened.  It hasn’t really come up again since, so she’s OK, but it keeps lingering in my mind.  And the question keeps popping up, “should I just go get the darn thing for her?”.

This doll is actually really cool.  I’m kind of driven to buy her one now, because I actually kind of want one.  I’m slightly conflicted though.  We spent a decent amount of time and money to give our kids a nice Christmas.  What kind of message does it send a kid if they receive so many toys (from us, grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends, etc) over a 4 day period, and when they’re slightly disappointed they didn’t get one. more. thing., I just run out and buy it for her.  I don’t want her to take gifts for granted.  So, I feel like there should be reason to buy the Lalaloopsy other than just pure whim.

Or, am I just being uptight, the child is four, she’s delightful, and who cares?

No really, I’m asking, am I being uptight?