Thursday, April 17, 2014

Paint-Pen Decorative Eggs

I had a few minutes to play with some eggs today...We never really eat our Easter eggs, so every year I make a few that are for decoration only. I either blow them out, or let them sit and dry out, saving them always. Last year I fell in love with the silk-dyed eggs I made using old silk scraps. SO much fun, they were beautiful. This year I decided to try using a white paint-pen to draw little flowery designs on my eggs...
I like to let my eggs sit in the dye for a few minutes and then towel dry them so they get a swirly watercolor feel to them. Then I used a plain old craft paint pen to draw little designs onto them. ***These eggs won't be for eating but they will look beautiful in a basket as decoration.

Do you have spring or Easter plans for the weekend? I can't wait to spend time with family and eat some delicious food! 


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pretty Things...

It's a been bit busy lately. Things are picking up at work... and at home, spring cleaning, yard-work, and putting the finishing touches on the next book release for Epic Dreamer. We're also having a giant, huge, enormous tree taken down from the side yard this Friday which has been a tad stressful and makes me a little sad. Easter is this weekend and I haven't had any time to think about how I want to do our eggs this year. But I have had a few moments to pick up some really special hand-me-downs from my Mom. Some fabrics that I've loved since childhood, as well as some gorgeous hankies and scarves that belonged to my Grandmother. My mom and I also shared an hour or two together doing a tiny bit of shopping. I came home with a really sweet white cotton summer dress and some new drinking glasses....
My Grandma loved dogs, there was a period of many years when she only had poodles. The scarves with the poodles make me smile. She had wonderful taste and I, of course, was too young to appreciate it before it was too late to tell her so it's nice to keep the life of her things going now with happy memories.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014


I stopped by the nursery today, knowing full well that it's still too early for planting. Everyone has the itch... my instagram feed is full of people readying tiny pots for seeds and posts about garden plans for the summer. I'm not the only one and that makes me chuckle. Nonetheless, I came home with few pots of the sweetest little things and will have to keep them safely inside until May.
Do you garden where you are? What gets you super excited? They had the cutest-ever little strawberry plants in the greenhouse today! I love growing strawberries and can't wait to go back and get a few.


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Make a Picnic Lunch Box

The weather is getting warmer and as soon as it gets a little bit warm and sunny I'm ready to eat outside. We have a really beautiful picnic basket that was given to us by my maid of honor for our wedding but, if I want to pack a little something just for myself, it's a lot to lug along. So I had a thought, and now bring you...  my new personal "Picnic Lunch Box"!

I felt really inspired by the print on this paper and wanted to make some paper flowers to decorate my lunch box. Something that had this bright, playful feel. See below:
I started with a white wooden craft box that had a hinged lid. Then I decoupaged my fun little flowers onto the front and top. I let it fully dry after several coats.

Then I attached my carrying straps. I used two 30" strips of burlap ribbon (red striped).
I tacked the ribbon ends onto the bottom of the box, brought them up the front edges (tacking up the front with tiny tack nails), over the top and then repeated these steps down the back and under the back side bottom. (Make sure that your tack nails aren't longer than the thickness of the walls of your box or they will poke through the wood on the inside. Upholstery tacks may work well here as well.)
Isn't it the cutest thing ever? It's the perfect size for a small beverage, a sandwich and a few treats.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Simple Spring Display

I love glass domes, and they've become hugely popular these past few years. I started collecting really teeny ones and a few larger (but still small). They make whatever you put inside feel extra special and I often switch the "specimens" and give different little objects their chance to shine. Here's a really simple way to make pretty spring glass domes for display. You can fill them with whatever you have on hand : Spring stickers, found objects, keepsakes, etc.
(Tiny glass display domes found in the Miniatures aisle at Michael's)


This is a really simple way to sweeten up a table center or a mantle piece for spring or Easter. I especially love the one with the nest inside, a real birdie nest that nick found in the woods and brought home in his hand.


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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Warm and Dry

It has been raining all weekend. Cold and rain. I'm hoping the rain is the earth's way of preparing itself for the turning of the season, that everything will be saturated just before it warms and begins to bud and blossom. Lots of time spent indoors here, working on the laundry room (coming soon!), playing with flowers and baking bread. At least there is the smell of warm bread baking to ease the gloom of rain patter on the roof...

I hope you've all had a lovely weekend, perhaps the weather has been better for you!

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Make Simple Easter Napkins

It's nearing toward the end of March, coming up on April and Easter. For those of you that celebrate, it is a joyful celebration. A lot of us have an Easter meal with friends or family, and some thought goes into the table and the meal. Here is a really quick and simple way to add something sweet to your Easter table. If you do not celebrate, the words are easily changed to "Happy Spring!" or something else fitting.

You will need:
-A set of simple plain cotton napkins
-Rabbit stamp
-Alphabet stamps
-One permanent/archival ink pad

Put a piece of scrap paper beneath the bottom right corner of your napkin. Stamp your bunny stamp onto the corner of the napkin, pressing down evenly.

Stamp your happy spring saying around the bunny and let dry.

Complete your set by repeating the above steps. When you are finished give them all a good press iron. I find this helps the ink set. Wash in cold water and hang to dry. Repeat iron.

Easy as pie, which would be a lovely dessert to serve with your new napkins;)

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