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stoliedina
« Reply #100 on: January 07, 2009 06:08:05 PM »



Here's my first pair of those mini-mittens! I'm in love with the cuteness!

And christephi - here are the two dough ornament recipes that you asked for.

Salt Dough Ornament Recipes

Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water

Directions:
1. Mix salt and flour.
2. Add in half the water, then gradually add the remaining water.
3. Knead until the dough is smooth, this can take up to 10 minutes.
4. For flat dough ornaments roll out the dough on baking paper
Or be creative and make odd shapes and wreaths (takes longer to bake)
 
Create:
Use cookie cutters, cut-out templates, or just use your hands.
Dust dough with flour and begin to add details to the ornaments with a toothpick, popsicle stick, and knife.   

Don't Forget:
Use a straw to make a hole so you can hang the ornament.

Baking: Time varies based on thickness of ornament
Temperature: 325 degrees
Time: 1 1/2 hours - or until dry

Decorate: Let cool before you begin
Paint with acrylic paints
Glue on beads, buttons, or any fun accessory

Preservation: Making them last a long time
Coat with acrylic varnish when everything is dry

*** Color Variation Notes***
- Substitute coffee for water - great for gingerbread people
- Add food coloring to make dough a unique color - white, blue, red, etc...

Cinnamon Dough Ornament Recipe

Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
5 tsp cinnamon
3/4 to 1 cup water

Directions:
1.Combine dry ingredients in a bowl
2.Stir in water gradually to make dough
Tip: If it sticks to your hands - add more flour, If it crumbles - add water
3.Knead for 5-10 minutes until smooth
4.Refrigerate for 30 minutes
5.Roll out dough to desired thickness can range from1/4 - 3/4 inch thick
Note: The thicker the longer it will take to bake.

Create:
Use cookie cutters to create teddy bears, gingerbread people, and holiday shapes. Use a straw to make a hole so you can hang the ornament.

Baking: - Check After :45 minutes - 1 hour
Temperature: 325 degrees
Time: 1 1/2 hours - varies based on thickness, bake till dry

Decorate: Let cool before you begin
Paint with acrylic paints
Glue on fun eyes, buttons, ribbon, or any fun accessory

Preservation: Making them last a long time
Coat with acrylic varnish when everything is dry, this is optional.


I have not tried either of these recipes, so I can't say if they're reliable or not. I will say that someone gave me an unvarnished cinnamon dough ornament, and not only is it beautiful, it smells great and has survived three Christmases so far!

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« Reply #101 on: January 07, 2009 06:11:40 PM »

mini-knit mittens - the pattern can be found online here: http://www.pinkargyle.com/mini-mitten-ornaments.html

I made a pair of these adorable mittens stoliedina mentioned.  I had to battle a wiggly two-year-old pulling on my arm while trying to take a picture, and *poof* the battery ran out on my camera.  I'll get a pic up as soon as it's recharged.  I already started another pair. They're too cute! :-)

I didn't have any size 1 dpn, so I used size 3 (the smallest I have). Each mitten is about 2 inches long.  Next time I'll make the thumbs just a bit shorter, but otherwise I love how they turned out! :-)

Eek! I posted my picture before you edited your post. Your mittens are adorable! I did mine on size 1 dpns, but with a slightly thicker yarn. They're about 1.5 inches long...I'm probably shooting for a dozen pairs, which I probably won't get done this month, but it's a start!
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« Reply #102 on: January 07, 2009 06:57:54 PM »

Lovely mittens, ladies!

christephi - what kind of yarn did you use? I love the gold running through!
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« Reply #103 on: January 07, 2009 08:23:45 PM »

christephi - what kind of yarn did you use? I love the gold running through!

It's some oddball bit of yarn I acquired somewhere along the way...obviously acrillic, but other than that it doesn't have a label, so I don't know.  I've always considered it a useless thing, but now I'm glad I didn't toss it! (Who could possibly throw away any kind of yarn anyway?) The white with gold is perfect for mini Christmas mittens! :-)

Sadly, I don't know enough about yarns to tell you what weight it is....pretty fine, but I don't know if it's sock yarn or not.

stoliedina - I love yours with stripes! Too cute!

I'm definitely gonna make some more...I started one out of some varigated sport dk, but got tackled by DD and dropped a stitch right at the beginning, so I pulled it all out.  I'm also going to try to get some snowflakes crocheted yet this month.
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« Reply #104 on: January 08, 2009 06:21:34 AM »

iloveoctopus - I just peeked at your Etsy shop and thought to myself - she should do monster ornaments! Your little figurines would be too cute with a Santa hat on top with something to hang it. I just *had* to suggest it Smiley

i can honestly say i never even thought of that, thank you! i think i will!
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« Reply #105 on: January 08, 2009 06:31:58 AM »

*looks at iloveoctopus's etsy*

Yup that would be SO cute!

*runs off to buy a zillion monsters*
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« Reply #106 on: January 09, 2009 05:39:53 AM »

Mittens 2.0



This pattern is addictive. I'm already halfway through pair three!
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« Reply #107 on: January 09, 2009 08:20:38 AM »

I need to learn how to do that.
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« Reply #108 on: January 09, 2009 08:43:26 AM »

Mittens 2.0

This pattern is addictive. I'm already halfway through pair three!

Adorable!  I've already made another lonely mitten too...and almost finished my first snowflake.  All this while running a household of six (sometimes I feel like I don't get enough done, but really, it's a miracle I get *anything* done)!!  I *NEED* to get some size 1 dpn!
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« Reply #109 on: January 09, 2009 09:56:58 AM »

The mittens are just too cute!

I've begun my project, but there's still a lot of work to do.  Thank goodness for the weekend.
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