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Ruth asks…

What does it mean when your cat comes up behind your head on the pillow and ever so gently kneads your scalp?

AND very gently bites your hair with his teeth?

LoveKnots answers:

Mommy!!! One of ours has a little spot on a red square in a quilt where she nurses, the knot that used to be there is worn away. We call it her red spot. The others will go through this nursing behaviour at different time in various places on the bed. One cat will give full face baths (grooming behaviour) and the same one who has the red spot gives me little purr purr kisses as she purrs me to sleep (Kitty love).

James asks…

What is a good mother’s day present to make?

I want to make something possibly not too difficult and one that doesn’t require too much materials. I’ve only made my mum cards but now i wanna give her an actual gift. :D

Thankyou! ^^

LoveKnots answers:

Make a laminated (or non-laminated) bookmark: find pictures of the two of you or pictures she would like out of a magazine or inspiring words- it can be a few small pics or just one. Cut the construction paper to the size you want and start gluing the pictures on, then take it to Staples/Office Max, Office Depot or a store like that and get it laminated, then cut it. After hole-punch the top and put a ribbon or twine of some kind through the hole and tie it in a knot. You can even skip laminating it.

Make a ‘love jar’ and fill it with origami hearts, flowers and slips of paper with notes of appreciation written on them or ‘I love you’ written in different languages (on the back write which language it is).

Http://www.ehow.com/how_2061320_fold-origami-heart.html

http://www.bloom4ever.com/how-to-make-origami-rose.php

Say I love you in different languages

http://www.links2love.com/i_love_you_languages.htm

Quick Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

1 Medium Ripe Banana, peeled
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
¾ Cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
¼ Teaspoon Salt
1/3 Cup Olive or Vegetable Oil
2 Tablespoons Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Egg
¼ Cup Chopped Nuts
½ Cup Chocolate Chips (or what feels good)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray small rectangular or 9×9 square baking pan with non-stick spray.

Chop or mash banana. Combine with flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, oil, milk, vanilla and egg in large bowl. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips to this mixture OR save them to add as topping, sprinkling on top of mixture after poured into the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Isabellas (Oatmeal Cookies)

1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups oats
Dash salt, optional
Powdered Sugar

Cream butter and sugar until light. Mix in vanilla, then flour, oats and salt. Chill thoroughly, about ½ hour in the refrigerator. Shape into small balls and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Flatten with a fork, crisscrossing. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-18 minutes (depending on your oven). Sprinkle with Powdered Sugar

Jumbles

3 large bananas, mashed
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped dates
1/3 cup oil (I use walnut oil)
Dash of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients, let set 15 minutes. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Sandy asks…

Should I start hitting with wooden bats?

Im 14 5’8 154 lbs and my dad doesn’t want me hitting with bbcor bats. He wants me to hit with wood, should I?

LoveKnots answers:

It can get very expensive. Make sure when you buy bats you get “hard maple” not the soft type. The one thing you will notice is that wood breaks quite frequently and cost a fair bit to replace.

If you are just starting, I advise getting something called a “composite” bat, which doesn’t break. I’d only use it for training. You can also use bamboo bats (which come with 90 day warranties) If you are looking for a really high end bat, lots of players use “Sam Bats” which are slightly more expensive but fully customizable and a great game bat. I don’t know your financial situation but I would do composite in practice and Sam Bat in game if I had the money. Cheaper the bat, lower the grain count, easier it breaks. Don’t forget that, and also dark stained bats are sometimes stained dark just to cover knots (which will break the bat) in some small bat companies or with cheap bats.

Also, for the love of goodness, DO NOT HIT CURVEBALLS in anything other than a game situation unless you have a warranty or composite bat. You catch 1 ball on the end, splits your bat. I fed a curveball machine for maybe an hour at work, and we went through 3 bats, 1 of which was bought the day before (85 bucks gone per bat), and that one in particular was hit square and STILL broke.

And remember, expensive bats aren’t always better. Look at the weight as a guide, heavier bats tend to break less.

And, don’t leave them in the cold or hot (like in a trunk) because that will make them brittle.

Worth noting I love wood and wouldn’t use anything else, but study up before you start using wood. There are a bagillion things that can go wrong. I tried to tell you the main ones.

Thomas asks…

Does anyone have any good ideas for a valentines gift for my boyfriend?

I’ve never really made an effort before with is bad, he doesn’t like chocolate or soppy stuff some thing romantic would be nice tho. Thanks

LoveKnots answers:

Make a bunch of origami hearts (ehow) and folded roses (bloom4ever) and fill a ‘love jar’ with a love note

Laminate a photo of the two of you, made into a bookmark – so it can be a few small pics or just one, glue it to construction paper with hearts, then hole punch the top and put a piece of twine though the hole and tie a knot in it.

Quick Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

1 Medium Ripe Banana, peeled
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
¾ Cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
¼ Teaspoon Salt
1/3 Cup Olive or Vegetable Oil
2 Tablespoons Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Egg
¼ Cup Chopped Nuts (optional)
½ Cup Chocolate Chips (or what feels good)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray small rectangular or 9×9 square baking pan with non-stick spray.

Chop or mash banana. Combine with flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, oil, milk, vanilla and egg in large bowl. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips to this mixture OR save them to add as topping, sprinkling on top of mixture after poured into the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Isabellas (Oatmeal Cookies)

1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups oats
Dash salt, optional
Powdered Sugar

Cream butter and sugar until light. Mix in vanilla, then flour, oats and salt. Chill thoroughly. Shape into small balls and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Flatten with a fork, crisscrossing. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-18 minutes (depending on your oven). Sprinkle with Powdered Sugar

Carol asks…

What can I make for my pet rats, using A4 paper?

I’m going to get two rats soon, so I need to make some toys. There must be some things you can make with paper, but I can’t think of anything. I’m not in a creative mood today.

So has anyone got any ideas? I’ve got plenty of plain A4 paper, but no other size.
Is Sellotape harmless for rats?

LoveKnots answers:

You could always just put a sheet in there for them to rip up and make bedding out of? Rats are very destructive they love to destroy things. I’ve learnt that from experience ;) You can also put some treats in a cardboard loo roll tube and roll the paper around it with the ends twisted closed like a christmas cracker- this makes them work for their dinner and also gives them something to do. I would also suggest making hammocks. I work in a rescue centre where there isn’t much enrichment for the rats, so I am always making hammocks for them, and they love them. You can do this by cutting a large-ish square in a bed sheet or pillow case, then make a two inch long cut diagonally at each corner and tie the ends to the cage bars. Super easy and doesn’t take much time and the rats love it. For something more sturdy and longer lasting, you could get the sewing machine out and sew up some fabric from old jumpers etc, there are lots of websites and youtube videos that instruct you on how to do this.

Rope ladders are another quick, easy thing to make. Simply cut three strips out of a large piece of fabric, perhaps a bed sheet, line them up, tie a knot in one end and plait it until you have enough room to tie to the bars. Make another knot in the end and tie both ends to the cage bars. Good luck with your little gremlins :D

Nancy asks…

Fun and interesting hobbies I can do wih my friends?

My friends and I are looking for a new fun and interesting hobby to do together.Any suggestions? Keep in mind that we are 15 years old so nothing too boring please.

LoveKnots answers:

Well…idk what you call boring but when I was 15 I loved to take pictures, I always made my own scrapbooks but if your friends want to do something w you they may enjoy that.

Also you can learn to sew…make pillows and knot blankets for friends that are sick or family members expecting babies. Knot blankets are really easy. Just pick up a piece of fleece cut a 4 inch square out of each corner and then just cut strips around the edge of the blanket about 3 inches long and tie them in a knot…no sewing required.

You can also…cook! If you have a parent that will loan her kitchen for the evening (promise you will clean it up) and search easy cookies or chewy brownies on the internet and try your hand at making your very own dessert.

George asks…

How do you make dreadlocks? and whats the quickest way?

right now i got long hair, regular hair. now, thats just too normal for me…so im thinking about either getting dreadlocks or short hair with a few dreadlocks still ya know? so whats the quickest way?

LoveKnots answers:

For you, backcombing method will work perfectly. Firstly, washyour hair with a non-residue shampoo. Clean hair locks much easier and faster than dirty hair. Once dried, section your hair into 0.5 to 1.5 inch squares (depending on the thickness you desire). You can either brickwall your squares giving them a neat appearance or just grab and section for more natural looking dreads.

Using a metal lice comb or proper dread comb, start combing each section back towards your scalp, releasing a couple of hairs each time. You will start to see your hair knotting up close to the roots. Contine all the way down to the end. Until there is no hair left to backcomb. Now put that dreadlock between your two palms and rub back and forth vigorously for a minute or two. If you want to use wax, you can apply a small amount to each dread. Then heat with a dryer to melt wax into dread. However, you dont really need wax – it can be more of a hindrance than a help.

If you want to you can use small rubberbands on the roots and tips for the first few months.

There are so many different ideas and tips that could help you along the way.

My advice is to hop onto a few sites and research thoroughly before deciding to get dreadlocks. There is a lot of maintenance involved and it can take up to 2 years for your dreads to mature. The first few months, your dreads are babies and you have to put a lot of time and love into them. Then they will go into rebellious teenage stage where they will drive you crazy with loose hairs.

Checkout these sites for more info:

dreadlockforums.com
dreadlocks.com
perfectdreadlocks.com
huminature.com/dreads.html
knottyboy.com
dreadheadhq.com

Paul asks…

I need some cheap, creative but at the same time romatice ideas?

Valentines day is just around the coner, and I am looking for some cheap, creative but at the same time romatic ideas for gifts. Im thinking about making a big basket off things that he could use. Im not sure if it would work. I have a $20 limit, so anything in that range would work.

LoveKnots answers:

A basket is a good idea. Here’s some things to put in it:

Make a bunch of origami hearts (ehow) and folded roses (bloom4ever) and fill a ‘love jar’ with a love note.

While this is a project to do with kids, it doesn’t matter – it’s a cute idea:

http://www.education.com/activity/article/Love_and_Kisses_Valentines_Day/

Laminate a photo of the two of you, made into a bookmark – so it can be a few small pics or just one, glue it to construction paper with hearts, then hole punch the top and put a piece of twine though the hole and tie a knot in it.

Make Cookies

Quick Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

1 Medium Ripe Banana, peeled
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
¾ Cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
¼ Teaspoon Salt
1/3 Cup Olive or Vegetable Oil
2 Tablespoons Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Egg
¼ Cup Chopped Nuts (optional)
½ Cup Chocolate Chips (or what feels good)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray small rectangular or 9×9 square baking pan with non-stick spray.

Chop or mash banana. Combine with flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, oil, milk, vanilla and egg in large bowl. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips to this mixture OR save them to add as topping, sprinkling on top of mixture after poured into the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Isabellas (Oatmeal Cookies)

1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups oats
Dash salt, optional
Powdered Sugar

Cream butter and sugar until light. Mix in vanilla, then flour, oats and salt. Chill thoroughly. Shape into small balls and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Flatten with a fork, crisscrossing. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-18 minutes (depending on your oven). Sprinkle with Powdered Sugar

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