Patterned Easter Eggs

Folk Art Easter Eggs

Easter is just around the corner and I wanted to make some pretty floral patterned Easter Eggs.  These will be part of my Easter table setting (coming next week).  I blew out some eggs a couple of weeks ago and they have just been sitting…  Waiting… for divine Eggspiration. Got a wild hair and grabbed some permanent markers. Voila!  I did these all freehand while trying to throw a ball to McClain and keep Conlan from exercising his new found ability to crawl… off the porch.  Imagine if I had a stencil or even a reference pattern! If using permanent … Read more…

Make a Floral Charger or Decorative Plate

DIY floral Plate or Charger for Easter

You might ask yourself: What the hell is a charger?  Not only will I answer that question, I’ll show you how to make a pretty floral charger for your Easter table setting.  While a charger is technically a car and the thing you use to make your cellphone keep working, in this case we are discussing a decorative plate.  It goes under your regular plate for decorative purposes. Basically a charger = a useless plate that you can’t eat off of.  But damn do they look good. Supplies Plates that can get ruined made awesome (these lovelies we .50 a … Read more…

Easy Crepe Cherry Blossoms; A Quick Tutorial

Detail of cherry blossom

The following is a quick and easy tutorial on creating faux cherry blossoms from crepe paper.  I have followed the rather tedious tutorials on making different crepe flowers before.  Yes, they look lovely…  But with two small children underfoot I will sacrifice a bit of my accurate-compulsive tendencies artistic integrity to make a final arrangement that beautifies my space.  And doesn’t take 30 damn hrs to painstakingly cut tiny petals.  So read on for Quick and Easy Cherry Blossoms:   Supplies (For some reason I always want to type ingredients here…) Shown: Glue Gun with glue sticks (don’t run out!) Crepe Paper … Read more…

Cherry Blossom Spring Mantel

Detail of a spring mantel

Spring is heralded by the appearance of flowers, singing of birds, and greening of everything.  While it isn’t quite Spring-time I am beyond ready for a little bit of growth.  To celebrate the coming season change I worked on creating faux cherry blossoms and branches from old maple limbs and hand-dyed crepe paper. The tutorial for creating these blossoms is quick and easy.  The mantel itself, just required stealing borrowing a few rocks from the garden and moss from the neighbors shady backyard.  Don’t worry I’ll put them all back very soon.  Well at least the moss.  The rocks are probably … Read more…

How to Make Thick Tissue Paper Fringe

Create thick tissue paper fringe

Creating a thick tissue paper fringed garland add a lot of texture to my Spring Photo Wall.  As an added bonus one single sheet of tissue paper will give you 4-6 feet of garland depending on how puffy you want to make it.  The picture below shows a single sheet of yellow tissue paper turned into the piece of garland:   Supplies Tissue paper Scissors Sewing Machine Step 1 Cut a single sheet of tissue paper into thirds down the long side of the paper.  Because I am lazy I folded mine in half to cut as you can see … Read more…