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April Fools: Paper “Brownies”

1 Apr

With Easter so early this year, it’s easy to forget about April Fools Day. If you’ve completely forgotten, but you still want to “get” someone today with a harmless and easy April Fools prank, I’ve got the perfect idea: bake someone paper brownies.

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All you need for this is some brown paper, scissors, an opaque cooking pan, and aluminum foil. Cut your paper into upper and lower case letter E’s.

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Who knew making brownies (“brown e’s”) was so easy! Just stash your letters in the pan and cover them up. You might want to put something with a little weight on the bottom of the pan, like a dishtowel, just to give the plate some weight.

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Now you just need to offer someone some delicious, homemade brown “E”s. It’s not your fault if they thought you said brownies.

Enjoy! Happy April Fooling.

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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!

Easter Bunny Garland

15 Mar

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Easter is quite early this year, and I have begun to get into the spirit. I started with a strand of bunny garland made out of paint chips.

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First, I had to select my shape. Online, I’ve seen similar bunny garlands that look like peeps. I originally had this idea, but want to make my own design. Here’s what I came up with for my bunny outline. You’re free to use it in your Easter crafting.

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For my paper, I used solid colored paint chips in pastel colors that I grabbed from Walmart ages ago. I also used white pom poms for the bunny tail. If you don’t have pom poms, you can use cotton balls, white paper, or maybe make the front of the bunny instead!

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I traced and cut out all my shapes, and hot glued on the tails. I used silver cord from a past project and hot glued each bunny to the string.

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Hung by my “fireplace,” the garland looks so fun! The colors go great with my diy proverb art.

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I also added a terracotta flowerpot with plastic Easter eggs to my mantel to makes things a little more festive.

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Now I just have to wait for the Easter Bunny to arrive!

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!

My Valentine’s Surprise

15 Feb

I want to wrap up my Valentine’s posts by giving a little recap into my big surprise for my boyfriend George. Over the past couple weeks I made two dozen Valentines, each with a cutesy little slogan on it (see here and here for previous posts on the Valentines). I decided I was going to stash these notes throughout my boyfriend’s apartment, so he could find them throughout the day.

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I wrapped each one in plain newspaper. This was just in case George stumbled upon the note before I wanted him to find it—at least it wouldn’t all be given away! My plan was to have one Valentine for each hour, so I marked a time on each wrapped package. One evening early this week when he was out for a couple hours, I hid all 24 Valentines in places he was unlikely to look, and kept track of each hiding place.

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To give hints for each hour, I scheduled tweets on my new thriftyginger account. They started just after midnight on the 13th. To explain the whole situation, I gave a card to George on Wednesday night when we were hanging out. I wrote a sweet note about how I love him every minute of the day, but I wanted to show it every hour (aww…).

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I feel like a bit of a nutter when I tell people this master scheme for Valentine’s Day. Honestly, though, I’m just happy to show my significant other how much I care for him.

George says now he has to step up his game. I don’t do these kinds of things because I want him to reciprocate, but if that’s the outcome, that’s all right by me!

What did you do for Valentine’s Day? Did you keep it low-key, or have master plans like me?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

14 Feb

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I hope you all have a fabulous Valentine’s Day, celebrating (or not) in whatever way you see fit.

xo!

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