Onion Skin Dyed Decorative Eggs

When I was a child my mom had some hollowed out terracotta colored eggs with plant silhouettes on them.  I thought they were very pretty.   Every Easter when my family decorated eggs I wanted my eggs to look like those.  They never did.  Given that I am still thinking about those eggs (20+ years later?), I finally decided to get serious about trying my hand at creating my own version.  These eggs are not simple, but I am pretty pleased with the results and they look like my original egg-spiration (sorry, last corny egg joke, I promise).  The originals have long since perished so no side by side comparison photos are possible.  You’ll just have to take my word for it.

Later this week, I’ll post a simplified version of these eggs (using hard boiled eggs, an easy dye and edible plants).

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Egg-cellent Boxes (Sorry.)

These boxes are made from real eggs!

I wanted to make some egg boxes for Easter, but there were no pre-made egg boxes or water balloons (to use as papier-mâché forms) to be found in my neighborhood.  I had almost given up on egg shaped boxes when I stumbled upon an egg box project, using real eggs, on the Martha Stewart website.  The timing was perfect – I even had some eggs in the fridge that were past their expiration date.  (Cleaning out the fridge is on my list of things to do.) Continue reading

Spring Cleaning . . . Recycled Calendar Boxes

If you are like me and are just getting around to taking down your 2011 calendars, you are in luck because today I will show you how I make origami gift boxes out of recycled calendars.  And if you recycled your calendars months ago, don’t worry, pretty much any paper will work for these boxes, although heavier weight papers work best for larger boxes.  These boxes are a great way to recycle pretty papers that you have around the house and wrap small gifts or candies or to hide small clutter!

The first box may take awhile to make, but they get easier with practice. I know from experience.  For our wedding and reception, I made a few hundred of these out of recycled gardening catalogs to hold candies and thank you notes.  The bright floral pages of the catalogs worked well for our outdoor garden wedding.  Ever since I was a kid I have loved reading gardening catalogs and even now we always have several lying around the house.  There is something magical about planning out a garden and growing plants from seed (or daydreaming about it!).  Our current apartment does not have garden space, but I am looking forward to having a garden one day.  For now, I make do with a few pots in a west facing window where I grow herbs (mint, chives, basil, rosemary and sage) from seed to use in the kitchen.

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Happy New Year?

No, this is not the start of a bad April Fools’ joke, although April Fools’ day is one of my favorite holidays.  It is the start of my blog! When I decided to start this blog, I set January 1, as my launch date.  Obviously it is a bit delayed, but it is finally here.  Welcome to my site! I plan to post several craft and cooking projects over the next week, so if you don’t see much yet, fear not, there is more to come — like the projects shown in the banner above.

P.S. Take a look at the “About Me” page of this blog, if you’d like to learn more about my inspiration for this project.