Time to create

written by Laura LeClaire

Call it Spring fever but I’ve been craving some time to create and while the mojo hasn’t returned to get me actually scrapbooking, I was looking for something else to get my hands dirty. I love to create with a variety of mediums and what better place these days to find inspiration for all things crafty than Pinterest. It didn’t take long to find exactly what it was I wanted to make. The trouble, I thought, would be in finding the thrift store items I needed to make my ideas a reality.

Here is where I drew my inspiration from…

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I fell in love with the birds in this image …spring-2

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I couldn’t believe my luck when after 2 thrift stores, I had these items in my hands…spring-4

… almost forgot to take a pic of the candle stick before I completely altered it …spring-5

This urn was exactly what I was looking for…minus the floral arrangement of course …spring-6(oops…you’re getting a sneak peak of the other 2 projects while I snapped a pic of the urn)

A few more miscellaneous supplies and I was ready to get started.
Found these dyeable eggs at Micheal’s and chose to try them since they are the size of real eggs, which I figured was the right size to fill my urn.
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Picked up these smaller foam eggs at Dollar Tree for the “Spring” frame … When painting/staining these, I did poke a push pin in the bottom so I could stand them up to dry after.
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Gathered my supplies…paint, brushes, Tim Holtz Distress Inks,  Alcohol Inks and Dylusions Sprays … it was time to get messy!
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Used the sprays similarly to alcohol inks by spraying them on my splat mat and running the applicator with felt through the spray and rubbing it on the dyeable eggs for the urn.
The smaller eggs, I painted a robins egg blue then went over the paint with Weathered Wood Distress Ink.
Sorry I don’t have more photos of the painting and staining of the eggs…it’s hard to do that and take pics by yourself :)

Here are my finished projects…
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I found the porcelain blue bird at Micheal’s…was the perfect size.
I may change the letters to black on the eggs to spell Spring just so they pop a little more but they are ok this way too.spring-11
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Here is a close up of the dyeable eggs I coloured with the alcohol inks and sprays…they look pretty real don’t you think?spring-13
There were a dozen eggs in the packaging so I can always make more in different shades next year if I like.
I love when projects come together the way this one did…bits and pieces from here and there with the end result just like I pictured in my head.
I hope you are making memories this weekend as you celebrate Easter with your loved ones.

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This post was written by Lori on April 5, 2015

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Here comes Peter Cottontail…

Happy April Fools Day!!

Did you prank anyone today, or did someone prank you?  Luckily none of that happens in my house, or my kids just haven’t figured out it’s April Fools day! LOL

It’s Easter weekend, which means there will be lots of chocolate and good food all around!  I did a little search on Pinterest to help us all get in the spirit!

How cute are these tags with the little bunny ears sticking up!!

I couldn’t resist this next one….little bunny bottoms are just too cute!!  You can view the original post HERE

If you didn’t see this fun little project on the Tim Holtz blog recently you’ll want to check it out!!!  And while you’re there be sure to check out his April tag!

For me growing up we always celebrated Easter twice because Ukrainian Easter follows the Orthodox calendar the two dates don’t always land on the same weekend.  I remember going to my Baba’s house to decorate the traditional Pysanky (Ukrainian Ester Eggs), we got to choose our own designs and the smell of the bees wax to this day makes me think of my Baba’s kitchen.  I haven’t made these since I was a child….maybe next year I’ll see about making some with my kids.

Another Ukrainian Easter tradition is the sweet braided bread called Paska.  Recently my son Zach and I embarked on the journey to make this together.  Now I’ve made bread before so making the dough didn’t intimidate me too much, it was putting it together that was a little scary! Let’s just say we had some laughs and we weren’t too sure how it was going to turn out but I think my Baba would be proud.

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If you’d like to try your hand at making this bread check out the recipe & instructions HERE.

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter Weekend!!!

Posted under Fun Stuff, Recipes

This post was written by Lisa on April 1, 2015

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