Wednesday, 27 March 2013

crafting | modern style easter eggs

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If you're looking for some last minute quick and easy tips on how to make some fun decorating crafts for Easter, then this is the post for you.

I wanted to do some nice decorating for Easter and settled on egg decorating. Now, you know me, I'm not the frilly frou frou kind of person. Multi coloured was not going to be for me. I saw a couple of more modern versions of decorated eggs and decided to give it a try to paint patterns with sharpie pens.

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Now, if you are fussy about details and want a perfect job, but you don't have a super steady hand, then this isn't a job for you. I found it difficult to keep lines straight on the organic shape of the egg. If you are a more easy going kind of person with no OCD tendencies, then you will be very happy with how easy this project is.

I got pre blown eggs from my craft store - I didn't have the time, or the energy, to deal with the mess of blowing them myself - and used a couple of different size pens to paint directly on the eggs. I know it could have been nicer if I had taken the time to tape off on the ones where I chose to draw stripes but I took a gung ho approach and just went to town.

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I decided to keep some eggs white to bring some balance to the display in the glass bowl, which is from Ittala by Alvar Aalto. I think it makes the ones that actually have a pattern stand out more.

I am quite happy with this project. It was very easy to make in about an hour in front of the telly and it looks funky and sleek at the same time. I have an easter decoration that isn't tacky.

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How are you decorating for Easter?

Saturday, 1 December 2012

advent calendar grown up edition

So the husband mentioned a couple of months ago that it would be cool to have a grown up version of an advent calendar. I have been thinking of doing one for years, and now that he mentioned it himself, I knew I had to do it.

Being the natural born procastinator that I am, I put it off for weeks and weeks until I had just a few days to put it together. But oh! What do you get for a grown man if it has to be relatively small both in size and in prize? Finding 24 of those is difficult I tell you. I finally got the last piece on Friday on my lunch break and then spent half the night making number tags and putting everything in bags in order to be able to put them up today when the husband was at work.

It turned out well, I think. Some of the objects are a bit on the heavy side, which meant that I had to go a little overboard on the tape. I wish I didn't have to use tape; I originally wanted to attach the bags to string. In the end I couldn't figure out a way to fasten the string to the wall without making holes. So tape it had to be.

It was a great success when he came home and was able to open the first bag. I now hope the excitement lasts all the way until Christmas!

I put the bags on our chalkboard wall in the entry to the kitchen from the hallway. The chalk banner is always there but usually it says "Remember". I thought it fitting to change it to "Merry Christmas". And, ok, we won't be able to use the wall as a message board for the most part of the month but I think we will manage. As long as we remember to put the trash bin out on the right day, I think we're good. LOL!

I used regular kraft paper bags to hold the items. The tags are made from red striped kraft paper that I free handed the numbers on. I had planned to print the numbers but felt it was a tad too noisy at 1.30 am. I stapled the tag to the bag, also making sure to staple the bag itself shut at the same time. It was not until this morning that I noticed that I had forgotten to change the pink staples that I had used for the BIL and SIL's wedding in August. Oh well!

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

handmade birthday box

This weekend we were invited to a birthday party for my dad's wife who turned 60. We had bought her a gift certificate and I wanted to present her with something better looking than just an envelope.

And so I created a small box custom fit for the size of the gift certificate and dressed it up so that it looked all pretty.

I cut a hole in the lid and covered it from the back with a solid, complementing paper. The egdes along the hole were trimmed with paper lace, and then I made three 3D hearts with a few different pretty papers. The finishing touches were a few banners with the lady's name and age.