I am not going to apologize for leaving this blog in an unaltered state over the last few months; I have had a lot going on. This just means I have a lot to be thankful for, most of all my friends and family. I was diagnosed with a few things that took a while to get to the bottom of because of the cross contamination of evidence that they cause each other; not to mention a few things that had to be ruled out. All in all, I still have veins, I still have blood in those veins, and I did not get radiation poisoning from all the x-rays I underwent. I am not going to school anyone on the ins and outs of what I have, but I will state the names: Sjögren’s syndrome, fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis. So basically, I have been busy with learning new ways to deal with my diet, exercise and sleep patterns.
All this, and a bag of yarn… I decided to do a little something for some of the people in my life; I am sorry that I did not have time to do this for everyone.
I made Pink Snowflakes this year, with a little sparkle!
The sparkle and stiffness, was simply done by:
A dosing medicine cup (free on bottles of liquid medicines.. basically a shot glass size!)
A plastic knife
Finished Cotton Snowflake
Saran wrapped pizza box (or anything you can pin the glue soaked flakes to)
Pins (should be rust resistant)
plastic container with lid
Step 1. 1 dose of school glue, 1 dose of glitter glue, 2 doses of water – mix thoroughly in a plastic dish with plastic knife.
Step 2. With fingers, put one snowflake at a time in mixture; get it completely soaked. Carefully squeeze out the excess glue, I wasn’t extremely gentle, then press into shape with hands onto saran wrapped pizza box.
Step 3. Take a little extra time and pin into a better shape. Carefully pull open the picots and sharp angles. Let dry for a day or more, will be stiff enough to hold shape as they hang from a tree or in a window.
Step 4: After they are dry, determine the way you wish them to hang and simple string some fishing line through the top of your snowflake. Tie a double knot in the fishing line to make a hanging loop!
Here is the list of blogs I used and I am really happy that there are so many talented snowflake designers out there! A special thanks to every one of them. I am not going to make them pretty links; but I did make at least one of each of these — maybe I will get some photos back of them hanging across the country!