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The Beginner Finger Knitting Class on Outschool is AWESOME!

Her bracelet

She took a finger knitting class today for the first time on Outschool.com.

Knitting and finger knitting are part of her Oak Meadow curriculum.

Here is an excerpt from a great article on the benefits of finger knitting for kids:

“Finger knitting is a fantastic, and addictive, activity for preschoolers. It builds dexterity and strength in those small muscles which control the hand, fingers, and thumb—all critical for later writing skills. Finger knitting also encourages eye-hand coordination, concentration, and perseverance—all equally important for children’s development. (Interestingly enough, when a child is fully engaging their small muscles, their large muscles relax and they actually can sit still!)”

It was so good, Maisie asked Ms. Cindy if she could do a weekly class. She has never done this!

This is the link to Ms. Cindy’s class on Outschool.com. She was extremely engaging, patient, and lovely with the children.

Maisie made a little bracelet today. She wants to make another with beads next.


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Scotty Dogs Christmas Carnival Skirt, Hairbow, and Bow Brooch (Instagram_

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We whipped this adorable scotty dog Xmas skirt (with red and white polka dot lining) at the last minute before a holiday carnival we went to. I made a matching hair bow and a bow pin brooch to go with.

It took less than 1.5 hrs to do the entire ensemble.

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This Week’s (Month’s) Highlights via Instagram

I’ve been really out of sorts because of the pulmonary embolisms, but here are some nice things that have happened this month- lots of birthdays!

First up, Maisie’s 4th birthday was on 10 September! We usually have huge parties, but my health hasn’t been the best, so we just did a family party, with grandparents from both sides and her first cousins from her dad’s side. She received My Little Pony, Spirit Horses, an Ant Farm (her fave, ours too), and the outhouse dollhouse built by my dad (with base and landscaping by us):

 

Her Norwegian dollhouse hosted the new Spirit horses:

Later in the week, she received macarons from our dear friend and we had a blast doing mundane things- also, my friend brought us wild paw paw fruit, which tastes like mangoes squished with bananas and pineapple! I was able to ripen them by sticking the branch in water for a week.

It’s still been brutally hot out here, so she had a lot of beach time and park time as well:

Then we ended this week with silver and gold henna tattoos- plus I received 2 new Tiffany heart bead bracelets to commemorate surviving the last 2 months since my embolisms ❤

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Berricle Ring Review- WOW!

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Yeah, I need a manicure…

I’ve never been into fake rings. My mother is a jewelry addict and she always was dripping in real diamonds. I’ve never been much of a diamond person myself, even though I own a ton of them (mostly, because of her). I will admit to being skeptical when I found out I’d be receiving this Berricle ring to review… now I am kind of flabbergasted- especially considering the price ($56.90- plus an additional 30% off coupon code right now).


Here is a LINK to the ring and the description:

“This solitaire with side stones ring is made of rhodium plated fine 925 sterling silver. Band measures 2.5mm in width. Features 1.86 carat oval cut cubic zirconia (9mm x 7mm) in 4-prong setting. Accented with 0.47 ct.tw round cut cubic zirconia in micro pave setting. Nickel free.”


When I opened the box, I couldn’t believe how real it looked (compared to my real diamond jewelry) and how heavy the weight was. It sparkles exactly like a real diamond!


 This one absolutely amazes me. Next to my expensive real rings, it actually looks better.

I was told that many people have been buying Berricle and other synthetic diamonds, such as ASHA and NSCD/Sona rings, as ‘stand ins’ for their real jewelry. I can now see why they would! These aren’t your run of the mill fakes!

With my genuine/antique/real rings, I am constantly worried that I will lose stones. It’s EXPENSIVE to get stones replaced- especially if you have heirloom pieces with one-of-a-kind gems.

Not with this ring. I plan on wearing it and not worrying about it. Also, I am curious to see how long it stays beautiful and shiny with regular use.

I will keep this on and see how it holds up in the future and report back.