My List of Crocheted U.F.O.’s (Un-Finished Objects!)

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Completing my Unfinished ObjectsAs I pursue the fine art of completing crocheting projects, I bring to you the reality of the U.F.O. or Un-Finished Object.  I will try to update this page as I complete each project.  If you’re really interested, come check me out and friend me on Ravelry, as I post pretty much everything I crochet on that site.

Project No. 1: Coming from the Leisure Arts book called “Our Best Baby Afghans” is the first blanket I am completing (and is currently in my bag) called Pastel Waves.

Pastel Waves blanket from Our Best Baby AfghansI would estimate I started this blanket over eight years ago, before my first child was born.  <Big sigh.>  I’m starting with it first because it’s more than half-way through.  (That’s my logic anyway!)

Project No. 2: From the site Free-Crochet.com, this pattern is called the Amish Print Crochet Afghan.  This unfinished project is probably about six to seven years old, and I used scrap yarn to make most of it up to now.  I hope to complete this project and I will probably give it to my local homeless shelter, unless one of my family members want it.

Amish Print Crochet Afghan U.F.O.

Project No. 3: Lion Brand’s Glittery Shrug.  It’s an intermediate crochet pattern and I do like a challenge.Glittery Shrug U.F.O.A project I started as a crochet-along on Ravelry, I worked on this piece you see for months.  I’m not fond of smaller crochet hooks, but I’ve also never made anything for myself that I could wear on my body (only hats.)  I really like the color of the yarn and I hope to finish it soon, although I was a larger size when I started it.  We’ll just have to see how it looks when it’s done.

Project No. 4: Heart Squares – I couldn’t find the original pattern for this but I do recall it was on the back of a Jamie Brand Yarn label. I plan on completing rectangles to join these hearts with and crocheting an edging around the whole thing. Seems simple enough.

Heart Squares Stack of U.F.O.'s

Project No. 5: From the book The Ultimate Book of Scrap Afghans: Crochet, this pattern is called Hiking Trip, designed by Kelly Robinson. I was shocked to see how much this book was worth on Amazon.

Hiking Trip U.F.O from the Ultimate Book of Scrap Afghans

Project No. 6: Blooming Flowers – Another stash yarn project, I couldn’t find the pattern that matched this blanket exactly either! I’m going to have to find it, or write it up, as the closest thing I found in my library was from a book called Big Book of Scrap Crochet Afghans by the House of White Birches. The pattern it resembles the most, but I know is not exact, is Blooms at the Beach by Katherine Eng.

Beach Blooms U.F.O. ProjectI’m not really big on making motifs, but I know I started this project to use up my ever expanding scrap yarn pile. I learned that I get really bored sewing up motifs. I know I can’t be the only one.

Oh well. It will get done. I know it.



Ten Crocheted Projects for Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn

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10 Crocheted Projects w/LB Wool-Ease Thick & Quick YarnI recently got a stash of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick Yarn from the flea market.  It was an amazing deal of 7-1/4 skeins for $5.  (Score!)

Most of the skeins are full, two are unlabeled, and one is actually a Loops & Threads (Michaels Brand) Charisma labeled yarn.

Because I have an unbelievable amount of yarn, I don’t go looking for yarn on purpose, but knowing how much these skeins are worth individually, I JUST COULDN’T pass it up.  Many some of you can relate….

Anyway, because all the colors are different, I looked up the Lion Brand Website to find some patterns that I could potentially use this yarn for.   I’m a crocheter, so the patterns are all crochet patterns. The best thing about this thick yarn is the large sized hooks!  All the pattern listed use a size N-hook or bigger.

Here’s my list of projects I came up with for this specific type of yarn that I look forward to trying to use up in the near future.

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(1) This is definitely something that I could use for my own little girl or make as a gift for a new mom of a little girl.

Girls’ Ruffled Edge HatRuffle Edged Hat

(2) I love bags, especially ones I make on my own that don’t make me look like a grandma.  This a bag that could easily be one of my “What’s in My Bag” stories for smaller projects or using for a quick trip to the grocery store.  (I have three kids so that happens A LOT!)

Two Toned BagTwo Tone bag

(3) I’ve made this pattern for the granny dog sweater with worsted weight yarn before.  The pattern works up very easily and can be made for different sized dogs.  I personally make dog sweaters and donate them to the local dog shelter.

Granny Square Dog SweaterGranny Square Dog Sweater
(4) This looks like a cute scarf that I would actually wear!  The pattern states that it uses one ball of Wool-Ease Thick and Quick.

Flirty Ruffle ScarfFlirty Ruffle Scarf

(5) Based off the extremely successful movie, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
this cowl is a trendy thing that I think would be envied by many.  It uses four (4) balls of the Thick & Quick yarn, so if I wanted to make it I’d had to purchase the other skeins of the same color.

District 12 Cowl WrapDistrict 12 Cowl Wrap

(6) One skein of this yarn could be used to make this warm-looking cowl and the Lion Brand Website has the pattern shown completed in different colors.

Open Work Crocheted CowlCowl

(7) These beanie pattern could be used for a quick gift, or saved up for a Christmas gift for those people you may have get something for at the last minute!

Family of Beanies PatternBeanie

(8) Something I think this skeins were made for was this kid-friendly blanket.  This yarn is extremely soft, so I could imagine giving the blanket to a one-year old or a new mom who loves color.

Baby ThrowBaby Throw

(9) I ABSOLUTELY LOVE all things pumpkin.  These adorable little gourds are perfect for the colors I got!

Thanksgiving GourdsThanksgiving Gourds

(10) Last but not least, what crocheting list would be complete without a afghan pattern?  Obviously in my case, I would have to purchase a significant number of skeins to finish this pattern off, but the colors I got in my stash lend themselves well to use for this throw.

Lacy Stripes ThrowLacy Strips Throw

I hope this list helps you!  I’m glad I’ve got the links in one place now so I can reference it. Keep crocheting friends!

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What’s in My Bag – R2D2 Beanie

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R2D2 Beanie from the Star Wars Craft BookI recently finished my first R2D2 Crocheted (Slouchy) Beanie.

It’s a copy-written pattern from The Star Wars Craft Book by Bonnie Burton. Star Wars Craft Book has a pattern for an R2D2 beanie

I give my review of the pattern on Ravelry, but in a nut-shell, it’s not a pattern for beginners, and the gauge was a little off.

I used an old Red Heart royal blue yarn and silver Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn.

Again, I stress, I CANNOT put the pattern here on this website!  Sorry, but I’m not breaking any copyright rules that way. Pattern marked & ready!

Just buy the book from Amazon, or put it on your wish list for your birthday.  (That’s how I got it!)

~~~~~~~~~I do have personal photos of every round that I am going to share with you below.~~~~~~~~~

Few warnings: (1) Although I did the gauge, I should have used a size G-hook.  (2) I made one mistake and very clearly marked it on the photo of that round.  (3) I re-wrote several rounds.  Those rounds are written here, but have NOT been checked for consistency.  I’m not sure if I will make another hat, although I want to.

Let’s begin with gauge –

To do the gauge: Row 1 -ch 13, dc in third chain from the hook, turn; row 2-ch 3, dc in next st (counts as first dc) & across (12) dc sts

To do the gauge: Row 1 -ch 13, dc in third chain from the hook, turn; row 2-ch 3, dc in next st (counts as first dc) & across (12) dc sts

This is the H-hook gauge, closer to what is asked for in the book and what I used to actually make the beanie.

This is the H-hook gauge, closer to what is asked for in the book and what I used to actually make the beanie.

G-hook gauge compared to H-hook gauge

G-hook gauge compared to H-hook gauge

Here are the photos of my beanie, complete with descriptions.  I hope it helps you!

R2-round1

End of round 1.

End of round 2.

End of round 2.

End of round 3.

End of round 3.

End of round 4.

End of round 4.

End of round 5.

End of round 5.

End of round 6.

End of round 6.

Outside view of round 7 complete.

Outside view of round 7 complete.

Inside view of round 7 complete.

Inside view of round 7 complete.

End of round 8.

End of round 8.

 

End of round 9.  This row begins the blue part of the eye background.

End of round 9. This row begins the blue part of the eye background.

As stated in the pattern, you will be carrying the yarn off and on throughout the remaining part of the hat.

As stated in the pattern, you will be carrying the yarn off and on throughout the remaining part of the hat.

Photo collage of round 10.

Photo collage of round 10.

I re-wrote round 11 – Sc in first st, sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st, *sc in the next 5 sts, 2sc in next st*, repeat from * to * 2 more times, sc with gray in the next st switching to blue, sc w/blue in next 10 sc, switch to gray in last st of blue, sc with gray in next st, ** sc in next 5sts, 2 sc in next st**, repeat from ** to ** 4 more times; join w/sl st to first st.  (If sts are remaining, sc in each st to slip st to first sc of round.)

Round 11 - I MADE A MISTAKE!  Don't do it.  you can get the eye section to match by ending the blue on the last stitch of blue.

Round 11 – I MADE A MISTAKE! Don’t do it. you can get the eye section to match by ending the blue on the last stitch of blue.

Again, I’m not perfect, and I messed up this row.  But I fixed it in the end.

Hints on round 12.

Hints on round 12.

I re-wrote rounds 13 and 14:

Round 13 – Place a marker in the 19th gray dc to the left of LCS (eye patch.)  Sc in joining st, *sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from * to * 3 more times, switching to blue in last st for LCS; carry and drop yarn as in previous rounds, w/blue sc in next 11 sts.  Drop blue yarn but carry it under sts.  W/gray, **sc in next 7 sts, 2sc in next st**, repeat from ** to ** once more; w/blue sc in next 2 sts, drop and carry blue yarn, w/gray sc in next 9sts, 2 sc in next st, w/blue sc in next st, w/gray sc in next st, w/blue, sc in next st, w/gray sc in until last st.  Join w/sl st to first sc.

Note: The pattern suggests to finish off the blue yarn and re-start it.  I chose to carry it through, and you can kind-of see it in the finished product.  It’s your choice.

Round 14 – Place a marker 5 sc to the right of the right edge of the LCS (eye patch area).  W/gray ch 1, sc in same st, *sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from * to * 2 more times; w/blue sc in next 4 sts, w/gray sc in next st, w/blue, sc in next 11 sts; finish off blue.  W/gray **sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st**, repeat from ** to ** once more, sc until the last st of row, 2 sc in last st.  Join w/sl st to first st.

This collage shows both rounds 13 and 14.

This collage shows both rounds 13 and 14.

This collage shows the front and back of rounds 15 and 16.

This collage shows the front and back of rounds 15 and 16.

This is the front of the crocheted part of the hat complete.  I just need to weave in the ends.  (I know you see the mistake!)

This is the front of the crocheted part of the hat complete. I just need to weave in the ends. (I know you see the mistake!)

This is the back of the finished pattern of the beanie.

This is the back of the finished pattern of the beanie.

I sewed on buttons rather than crocheted embellishments for the eye and the red spot on the front.  R2-hat red button

I hope you make one too!  I love mine and its currently too hot to wear it, but you bet I’ll be wearing it this winter.  When and if I have time (hear me laughing in the background) I want to make one each for my family!  <Big sigh.  I can dream can’t I?>

R2D2 Beanie

 


Getting It Done, sort of…..

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Getting It Done

I haven’t posted about my 30-days of hustle experience for quite some time, as Easter has taken its place.

I got over the “dip” (a term I learned that happens when you are trying to accomplish a goal) in trying to finish my mother’s advanced directive.

We actually read and filled out four pages!
I am so grateful for this.  We got to the part of the directive that discussed medications, and we stopped because she didn’t want to think about it anymore.  Quite the win if you ask me.

I am grateful for this, Easter Sunday, where my mom and I were able to communicate clearly, talk about some deep stuff (as far as dealing with her eventual death) and get a piece of a goal done.

Yay!Romans 15:13 - Overflow with HopeHappy Resurrection Day too.



Scavenger Hunt – Day 6 of Resurrection Crafts

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Scavenger Hunt Eggs

This is the sixth day of my 12 Days of Resurrection Crafts series.

Day six from the Resurrection Eggs Easter craft comes from Matthew 26:34, and is represented by a feather.

I created my own printable, based off of this blog post from the Dating Divas, for an Easter egg hunt for the hubby. John3-16 & egg scavenger huntWe have a dog, and the 2nd clue mentions the dogs bed.  You may need to change that if you don’t have one.

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  • 6-large plastic eggs
  • one bag of bunny shaped chocolates
  • one bag of coin shaped chocolates
  • one bag of chocolate Easter eggs (gold)
  • one box of Cadbury eggs
  • one box of marshmallow Peeps
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  • A big prize, namely a bubble gum dispensing chicken

I did this scavenger hunt based off of trying to match the clue with the candy given.  The last prize was a chicken that “pooped out” gumballs – a big hit with my three kids – and subsequently, it’s a gift that includes a bird with feathers.  (A stretch, I know, but that’s what I went with today!)

My 8-year old is the only one who can read at this point, and I could see that made the 4-year old sad.  The three-year old followed the older two everywhere, but the hunt wasn’t the fun part for him – he stopped and opened up a piece of candy every moment he could get.

The scavenger hunt looked something like this:

found Day 6 egg in the basket and read the noteMy oldest found the Day 6 egg in the big basket and read the first clue.

The second egg  at the dog bedThe second egg was at the dog bed in plain view and he read the next clue.

the third clue with the pots & pansThe third clue was hidden with the pots and pans, and that one they had to find in a pot.

what my son was doing the entire timeThis is what my youngest son was doing the entire time.  This is in front of the TV, where they found the next clue.  He was just happy to get chocolate!

Found the prize!The last clue to the kids to the bathroom near their shampoo.

opening up the prizeThis hunt took me at least 30-minutes to prep, with the printing, not including going to Walgreens and buying the candy, and then placing all the candy with the respective eggs.  The hiding was only 5-minutes of my day, and I had to send my kids outside to do it.

It was fun for them, and it made me realize that they didn’t do scavenger hunts very often, so it was a big deal that they even had to follow directions and look for things.  Hmmm….

It looks like I will be doing stuff like this in the future.



Making Stick Crosses – Day 5 of Resurrection Crafts

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Resurrection Garden with CrossesThis is the fifth day of my 12 Days of Resurrection Crafts series.

Day five from the Resurrection Eggs Easter craft comes from Matthew 27:2, and is represented by rope.

For this craft, we tied the stick crosses together for our Empty Tomb Garden.

We found the sticks outside. found our sticks outsideWe used beading twine (similar to this: )to tie the sticks into crosses. beading twine and sticks

I first broke the sticks into smaller pieces to make the cross. broken sticks

My oldest child understood how to hold the sticks together so that we could tie them, but the 4-year old and 3-year old did not know how to do this.  Thankfully, I was able to tie them together myself.

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img_0737After wrapping the twine around the sticks about fifteen to twenty times total in the various directions, we tied a double knot to close it up.

finished crossI had my kiddos place the crosses where they wanted to in our little garden.  The whole project took less than fifteen minutes.

As always, I hope you’re having fun!

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Shaving Cream Dyed Easter Eggs

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Shaving Cream Dyed Easter EggsThis was such a fun way to dye Easter eggs!

Materials we used to dye Easter eggs with shaving cream: materials

  • hard-boiled eggs
  • foam shaving cream (the gel type will not work)
  • food coloring
  • glass pans
  • wooden skewers (toothpicks or plastic knives would also work)
  • old egg carton (or paper plates with paper towels on top to “set” the wet eggs on)
  • paper towels

We did this craft outside for easy clean up with the water hose and so I wouldn’t have shaving cream everywhere inside.  I also had all the kids wear shirts they could get food coloring on, just in case.

 I sprayed the shaving cream in each glass pan, and let the kids play with that by itself for a few minutes.  This activity in itself was exciting and fun as shaving cream is so soft and yet squishy all at the same time. spray cream & playAfter the shaving cream play, I scraped as much shaving cream off their hands as I could (to not waste) and the kids rinsed their hands under the water hose.scrape off the shaving cream to not waste

rinse hands with the hoseThe kids tried to “flatten” the shaving cream in the glass pan on the bottom as best as possible.  I did have to help my three year old with this, and also sprayed a little more shaving cream on top as needed.

Next I showed my children how to drop one drop of food coloring throughout the pan, trying not to concentrate all of the drops in one spot, but ensuring they were dropped throughout.

I had the kids pick three colors each to drop in their dish, to not get crazy with too many colors and end up with brown eggs.

food coloringI gave my children a wooden skewer (but a plastic knife would have worked just as well) to move around the shaving cream.  The results were a beautiful work of art that was going to get ruined.  (This is where I remind you to take lots of pictures for posterity and great memories!) move colors slightly to mix

beautiful art to run the egg throughThe next step is to roll the egg around in the dyed shaving cream.  My daughter and I made a 30-second video of this, as well as took photos.

 rolling the eggBoth my boys mixed the colors on the eggs, rather than rolling, and you can see the result of their mixing was a more even colored egg.  They still came out beautiful, but the rolling effect as on my daughters eggs allowed for the different colors to stick out on the egg individually. mixed colors on the eggs

mixed colors on the eggsThen, we waited.

waiting to dryI had my children wash their hands again.  washed handsWe waited about 10-minutes and I suggest waiting longer to get a deeper hue for the colors. Ours turned out pastel and I think if we have waited ten more minutes, the colors would have been more vibrant.  After they spent time outside, it was time to clean off the shaving cream to reveal the colors.

wiping eggs

wiping eggsThe results were beautiful!  I was surprised.  There’s just no other way to describe it but beautiful (or interesting, I guess.)  The colors swirl around on the shell and the coloring has a certain artistic look to it (in my opinion of course!) shaving cream dyed egg completeOn another “mommy note” – I have let my kids eat the vinegar/food coloring dyed eggs before, but I made it very clear that they could not eat these eggs due to the shaving cream. 0Shaving Cream Eggs - Page 003

0Shaving Cream Eggs - Page 004What a great non-craft day!

If you haven’t been following, we have been celebrating Easter with 12-days of Resurrection Crafts, and this was one our “No Craft” days.  That just means we took a break from coordinating the lesson of Resurrection Eggs with the craft done for the day.

I hope you can try coloring the Easter eggs this way!  I don’t know if we’ll ever going back to regular food-coloring dyed-type again.


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Praying Hands – Day 3 of Resurrection Crafts

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Praying Hands CraftThis is the third day of my 12 Days of Resurrection Crafts series.

Day three from the Resurrection Eggs Easter craft comes from Mark 14:32, and is represented by praying hands.

A relatively simple craft, we started out with different colors of paper, some cardstock and some just colored printer paper.  It was folded in half, pressed down well, and I placed the pinky side of my child’s hands along the fold. fold & traceI then traced around the closed hand (verses an open-fingered hand) and cut along the traced lines. cutting the hand out

Open the hands to write, stick a typed up prayer, or just to keep as a reminder to pray.opened hands to place your prayerAs I have three children in various stages of their own Christian walk, and technical savvy, my oldest wanted his prayer typed out, cut and glued onto the inside of his praying hands.  typed up prayer request

glue down the typed up requestglueing the prayer request down

My middle (4-years old) first wanted to “write” her own prayer (hence the scribbles) but made a second set of her hands so I could hand-write her actual prayer request. scribbling a prayer request

hand written prayer requestAnyway you do it, even if it’s like the three-year old who didn’t want anything written in his praying hands, the little hands are a great reminder to pray, just as Jesus did in the Garden. different prayers for different kidsYou bet these little hands will go into the saved paperwork for this mommy…. =)


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Making Bread – Day 2 of Resurrection Crafts

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Make Bread - Day 2 of Resurrection CraftsThis is the second day of my 12 Days of Resurrection Crafts series.

Day two from the Resurrection Eggs Easter craft comes from Matthew 26:26, and is represented by bread.

We have a Breadman Ultimate bread maker, a perfect machine for the occasional bread/pretzel dough/jam making family that we are.  (The link takes you to Amazon showing a newer version of our bread maker.)  It’s worked well and is over 8-years old and still runs great.

We used the recipe book to make the bread, and we had all the ingredients for the basic white bread recipe, including yeast, bread flour, oil, sugar, and salt.

The bread maker has a setting that allows for all the ingredients to be placed into the bread maker insert directly.adding salt to the dough

adding yeast to the mix
According to the directions, the ingredients have to be added in a particular order, and more yeast is needed if the bread maker is set for a rapid setting.

We set the bread for the 1-pound rapid setting, so it was done in two-and-a-half (2-1/2) hours. watching the dough getting mixed

It was a little dry, and my husband thinks that was because we didn’t eat it straight from the pan when it was done.  bread is doneThe kids still enjoyed it with butter on top, and we got to enjoy the time together.

We prayed before we enjoyed it, to get the full effect of the time Christ prayed before breaking bread with his disciples.  That’s what it’s all about anyway!


Empty Tomb Garden – Day 1 of Resurrection Crafts

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Empty Tomb GardenThis is the first day of my 12 Days of Resurrection Crafts series.

Day one from the Resurrection Eggs Easter craft comes from Matthew 21:8, and is represented by a palm leaf. Day 1 - Resurrection Egg

My family and I made our first Empty Tomb Garden this year, and we broke up the making of the garden vs. the addition of the crosses into two separate days.  You may note that the above photo does not have the crosses, as I included making the crosses on the Rope-Day, or Day 5.

I had left-over moss from a cub scout project involving making terrariums that we used instead of grass seeds. (Go ahead and ask “Who has left-over moss?”  Yep, that’s me.)  It was great because we were able to have an instant garden, rather than waiting for any grass to grow.

We also had the 9-inch planter, the soil, and the decorative rocks, as well as the tomb stone.  The only thing I needed to buy was the 2-inch sized pot (for the tomb itself) and that cost $1.

An overall easy project, we completed it in about 30-minutes start to finish.  The 8-year old helped every step of the way, but the 4-year old and 3-year old were disinterested after the dirt was added.

Materials we used: Materials

  • 9-inch circular planter
  • soil
  • moss (can use grass seed) and spray bottle of water
  • 2-inch pot (for tomb)
  • 2-inch minimum rock
  • optional decorative rock for approach to tomb Decorative Rock

After wiping up the outside of the pot, we place soil in the bottom about half-way up and added water to it. My kids then patted the soil down to squeeze the air pockets out of the loose soil.

1 Add SoilWe then continued adding soil to about 1/2-inch from the rim of the planter.

soil almost to the rimNext we placed the tomb (or the 2-inch pot) and placed soil over the top of it. img_0540My oldest son used his spray bottle (that he got with his terrarium) to spray both the top of the soil and the moss. spraying the soilspraying the moss

We then began placing the moss, over the pot and around the side of the tomb opening.Add moss

moss added

We completed the garden by placing the large rock (the stone that was rolled away) by the opening of the pot, and finally placing the decorative rock on top of the exposed soil.

optional rockI mentioned earlier that I had purchased the moss for a separate reason.  It was purchased off of Etsy.

It’s easy to care for, and all my kids enjoy using the water bottle to spray the moss to water it.

We will be adding our crosses on Day 5.

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