We're traveling more this holiday, and I thought a live tree would make things simpler. No sticking branches in a metal pole and no fluffing prickly plastic needles, and after we're done, no reversing the process to stuff it back into its box. To the curb it goes!
A key part of this plan, however, was being able to find a tree stand in our attic, which was not to be. It had apparently succumbed to one of my unpredictable Goodwill purges. So after getting the tree and all the ornaments together, we were still off to Lowe's Sunday evening to get the stand. But the BBQ place next door happened to be open too, so this goes into the happy accidents column.
And all's well that ends well! There are certainly worse things than crashing exhausted on the couch in a living room that smells like brisket and pine.
In contrast, the salt dough ornaments my sister suggested actually were as simple as they seemed. The link she shared included this large, cool ornament from Learning and Exploring Through Play:
The dough was a simple mix with the following ingredients:
2 cups flour
1 cup salt and
1 cup water
Extra flour on hands and the parchment paper helps to make it less sticky. The holes were made with a standard pencil eraser, twisting it gently to get all the way through.
At 200 degrees for two hours, we had a porous surface with a little give that was ready to paint. Of course, Son One had to make one a "thumbs up."
And then our family had to go, so I left a few paints and we took our handprints on the road. I'll take over my youngest son's print after seeing the splashy technique he used with some applesauce tonight. I'm not sure when my oldest will get around to painting his, but whatever he does, it will be uniquely his. A Mod Podge seal with a note on the back illustrates how he was more interested in getting power moons in Super Mario Odyssey than placating his mom. That's a memory, too!
This week is going to be rough, having to go a whole week to work, all day each day, and without an office potluck, even! However, I'm on schedule to finish the blankets I began this weekend, and I'm getting some beads together for a great weekend project. As long as the boys can stay out of the tree (it has even gotten a hug tonight), I think I can get ahead of the merry-making game.
Giving thanks for the iPad and sharing its bountiful apps.