Embroidery hoop sphere

embroidery hoop sphere 3You got a sneak peak at my latest sphere when I showed you my craigslist console table last week. Now I'll show you how simple it is to make!

veneer sphereDoes anyone remember this veneer sphere I made awhile back? It's moved around the house from the mantel, to the console table, to the guest room. I liked how it turned out, but then I saw a similar sphere made out of embroidery hoops on Pinterest (along with tons of variations) and had to try it.

embroidery hoopsI had a stack of embroidery hoops that I found at a garage sale that I wasn't using and started experimenting with different spheres. First I tried using 4 hoops, but I think I like it with only 3 better.

I liked the natural finish and didn't really feel like staining them. Then I thought it would be fun to add a pop of color to the inside. I grabbed some craft paint and a brush and started painting during one of Emerson's naps. There's something so therapeutic about painting, even if it's just a small project!

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Slide two hoops over each other. They have some give to them, but it is a tight fit. I didn't glue them together, so if Emerson gets a wild hair and decides to play with the sphere, it falls apart, but it's easy to put back together.

embroidery hoop sphereThe slide a third hoop over the first two. You can crisscross all three together, or intersect the third hoop around the middle if that makes sense.

And that's it! How easy is that? Has anyone else done fun things with embroidery hoops? Check back Friday for more embroidery hoop ideas.

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Celebrating Tradition: Christian Seder

seder supperYesterday was Palm Sunday, marking the beginning of Holy Week. I always find it's easy for Easter to sneak up on me. We don't give anything up for Lent, so we aren't counting down the days until it's over, and I hate to admit it, but it's easy for Easter to be more about getting together with family than Jesus' resurrection.

This year, I'm doing the Holy Week study from SheReadsTruth and trying to pause each day to think about what it really means that Christ died for me.

A few years ago Adam and I had a Seder supper with some friends from church and while we definitely veered from tradition (serving lamb burgers and skipping the horse radish) I remember it was a special time to slow down and remember what Easter is really about.

Laura and Cody are hosting a Seder dinner this Thursday. Laura has been planning it for several weeks and her excitement for it is rubbing off on me! There will be lots of kids at the meal (I think she said there will be 4 five-year olds!), so she has been working to condense the readings and make it accessible to little ones. I can't wait to be a part of it.

I've been reading about the significance of Passover in Jewish culture and how it applies to Christians. I always love learning about Jewish traditions and seeing how they apply to my faith. The Passover or seder meal is a communal meal that celebrates the Israelites' deliverance from Egypt. Seder means order and the meal includes readings, questions, and different symbols, like bitter herbs, a lamb bone, and unleavened bread.

Everyone is bringing something to share and I'm making a white cake, which symbolizes purity and the sweetness of eternal life.

Even though Emerson will be more interested in the crackers and cake and kids and won't remember the dinner, I love the idea that we are already starting to instill some of these traditions in our family.

If you want a great guide to celebrating Christian Passover, check out Ann Voskamp's guide. She takes you through everything you need and more importantly, why it's important for us to continue honoring this tradition.

Is anyone else having a Seder supper or have other meaningful Easter traditions? I'd love to hear about them!

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