I began creating dough ornaments as a child around our kitchen table. Mom provided a homespun recipe of 1 cup of flour to 1/2 cup of salt ratio, and enough water to form a play dough consistency. My sister and I spent hours imagining and creating.
Years later, my sister and I started an arts and craft business and dough sculpturing was one of my contributions. Currently, my daughters and their friends gather around the table to make dough ornaments for Christmas.
I also enjoy bringing the craft into my classroom right before the holidays. Students delight in forming the dough into designs. They often report of continuing the craft at home.
One of my recent highlights was an email I received from a young women who was like a daughter to me while we lived in Amsterdam, Netherlands. We had lost contact over the years and since that time her mother, one of my former close friends, died of breast cancer. This made her unexpected email so precious to receive:
“JoDee, your dough sculpturing made it all the way to Costa Rica where I taught children. Roses were their favorite.” Zoe