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Ombré Easter Eggs: Two Ways

25 Mar

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With Easter a week away, I decided it was time to dye some eggs. It’s a tradition that I absolutely love. Every year I try to create new designs on the eggs. This year I tackled ombré. I love the dip-dye color gradation look, and Easter eggs were the perfect place to try out my skills. I attempted two different styles.

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For dyeing eggs, I used food coloring, with a tablespoon or so of vinegar and some hot water. Channeling my mother, I put down some newspaper to catch the drips off the hard-boiled eggs.

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The first ombre set involved dyeing each egg a slightly lighter hue. I used a blue with a tiny bit of green in it. My first egg was in the water for over 10 minutes, the next for roughly 5 minutes, then less and less. The last egg got just a splash to add a tiny bit of color.

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When assembled together, this ombre egg set looks beautiful.

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For my other set of eggs, I wanted each egg to have stripes of color. I had to rig up the glasses to get the eggs to sit somewhat upright. I used a spoon in the glass, flipped so the bottom of the spoon rested against the egg.

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I started with the dye water reaching only partway up the egg. I let it sit for 5 or more minutes, and then added more water. I continued this 3-4 times until the egg was completely covered.

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These eggs are less consistent, but they are still a lot of fun.

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Both batches came out nicely, and are the perfect Easter eggs for current trends.

 

Boyfriend Easter Basket Alternative

22 Mar

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I remember the joy that I had every Easter morning when there was an overflowing basket of candy and toys waiting for me. Because of this, I always want to pass on special treats and candies for Easter. Instead of spending lots on candy to fill an Easter basket for my boyfriend, I decided to make a more meaningful gift. For George’s Easter present, I created  the perfect mix of candy and love notes.

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I purchased Easter colored mini Reese’s Cups and small circular labels.

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On each candy, I put on a sticker with a thing I love about my boyfriend, George. They ranged from his sense of humor to his love for his family. These labels fit perfectly on the bottom of each candy.

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I used a Ball Jar to hold all the candies. Before I started writing out my notes, I dropped candies in to see how many would fit. For my jar, I could get about 25.

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After each candy was labeled with a thing I love, I put them all back in the jar. I cut out a circle of paper to display through the top of the jar, and made a cute little label to go along with it. Tied with a ribbon, my Easter gift is all ready to go!

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This “25 Things I Love About You” jar is the perfect present for a husband or boyfriend on Easter or any other occasion. It’s especially nice for guys with a sweet tooth, like George!

Jeans to Shorts Transformation

8 Mar

I am guilty of having items in my wardrobe that just sit there and take up space. A particular pair of jeans I own was ripped one of the first times I wore them because I fell off my bike (ouch!). They fit fine at the waist, and are a nice, dark wash.

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I decided to transform my jeans into shorts! I already have a couple other pairs of grungy jeans to wear during projects or messy outside work, so this pair was the perfect candidate.

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Since I wanted a folded-up look, I put on my pants and marked the length I wanted them to be when finished, and estimated where I would cut to roll the hem up twice. After cutting, I ironed and pinned the jeans at my desired length. I tried the jeans on one more time to be sure the look was what I wanted. I sewed a simple line with white thread at the top of the fold, using my machine.

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That’s it! This was a super fast refashion for jeans. I know I’ll get more use out of the shorts than I did the torn jeans. Now I just need to figure out what to do with two denim legs!

Stuffed Animal Duck

4 Mar

Currently ducks are my niece’s favorite animal. She’s one and a half, and I’m completely in love with her. In a couple weeks I’ll be out to visit, and I decided I needed something to give her as a gift. This weekend I made a simple stuffed animal duckie for her.

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I am a beginner sewer, and I haven’t made any stuffed animals since I was about 10 years old, when I used a book to guide me through the process. I browsed the web and found a pattern for a completely felt duck that I based my design upon.

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I traced out my design on computer paper, and selected my fabric. I had a patterned yellow print remaining from a fabric coaster project, and planned yellow felt for the wings and beak. My pattern was very basic, with two sides, and a bottom to add a little dimension.

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To assemble the duck, I put the pattern pieces facing each other and pinned. I hand sewed the entire duck, which was both positive and negative. I had more control, but it took longer, and I occasionally had uneven stitches or knots in the thread.

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After the duck was almost sewed all the way around, I flipped it right side out and stuffed it with poly fill. I switched from thread to embroidery floss for the felt details. I used a blanket stitch (which I just learned!) on the felt beak and wings.

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I am pretty pleased with how this stuffed duck turned out. There are a couple things that I can improve for next time. For now, I’m just happy to have a great gift to present to my toddler niece when I visit!

Haircut at Home

1 Mar

The other week I gave George a haircut! I know that so many other people cut hair at home, and I figured I’d give it a shot. Plus, I have cut some of my girlfriend’s hair in the past and everything turned out just fine. That’s pretty much where my qualifications end.

I thought the experience was mostly comical. I didn’t really do any “research,” like watching videos online, before beginning. George gave me a run-down of what his hairdressers normally do. Fortunately, George already had a clipper set, any we purchased a pair of haircutting scissors at Target for $8.

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In terms of technique (not that you should emulate it…), I used the clippers first to make the back and sides a little shorter. I cut the sideburns fairly short, and then swore off the clippers for a bit. I then just used the scissors to make everything shorter, which is all a men’s haircut really is. I spent the majority of the morning laughing and then getting anxious after I took a significant portion of hair off.

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George’s hair wasn’t as short and trim as it normally is after a barbershop haircut. However, I still consider the whole thing a success. At first, I think all my yelping made him really nervous, but my final product wasn’t a bad haircut. No one made any negative comments on his hair, and trust me, I wouldn’t put it past our friends. If he asks, I would certainly cut George’s hair in the future. Ideally, I would do my work between his normal haircuts to save some money on less frequent professional trims.

What about you? Have you cut your own hair or anyone else’s?

Clover Stamp DIY

27 Feb

DIY four leafed clover stampThe other day I was looking through my desk drawer, and I realized how many note cards I have. That’s when it dawned on me that I need to send out more letters or else I’ll lose the battle against my cards and have multiple drawers overflowing.

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The next holiday I can think of is St. Patrick Day, so I got going on using blank stationary. I even already had green envelopes! I decided to make a simple heart stamp to use as leaves on a four-leafed clover.

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I found a pencil that had an unused, level eraser. I drew a heart design on the top, and then used an X-ACTO knife (I always thought it was “exacto knife”) to cut around the heart. It’s fairly simple to cut since there’s two straight edges to the heart, but just be careful!

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Fortunately, I already had a number of green inkpads. I used my new heart shaped stamp on those to make a clover design. I wanted the 4-leafed clovers to be lucky, so I just stamped four heart designs.

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This was very simple, but looks so cute! I guess I’m ready for March!

Scalloped Felt Wreath

25 Feb

Scalloped Felt Wreath

The other day I was feeling a bit overwhelmed and tired of the cold weather. I was near a Joann’s fabrics, so I decided to pick up supplies to make a cheery scalloped felt wreath.

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I purchased 3 different types of felt—a blue, a teal, and a light gray. I got a foot of each, but since the felt is usually so long, you really could get away with much less. I also got a 12-inch diameter foam wreath, found in the floral section. I didn’t want to spend the money on it, but couldn’t think of a suitable alternative to make at home. For the record, this size foam wreath was $5 at Joann’s and $6 at Michaels.

I made up a template for the scallop pattern that I wanted. You can download the template here.

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For my wreath and template, I needed just about 15 cut outs of each color. If you trace out the pattern, you can put the flat sides back-to-back to save felt. I cut through two layers at once to save time.

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I used hot glue to adhere the felt to the wreath. Don’t use too much, or it will show through! Work your way around, stacking the scalloped sides and gluing the edges on the back.

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On the last piece, I cut the wavy shape on both sides of the felt.

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After I was finished with the wreath, I made a simple purple fabric bow and attached to one side.

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I absolutely love how this project turned out. It took about 2 hours, and is a happy addition to my apartment.

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