Eggs

What are your favorite Easter traditions? Eating the ham? Or maybe your family eats lamb and mint jelly? A lot of people go to church, get pics with the easter bunny, and go on egg hunts. (I just saw something the other day about a ‘beer hunn!’ It’s for the 21 and over crowd and I think I’m going to have to implement it this year! Watch this cute video to find out more.) Our family does a lot of those things. Another thing we do is color egs. There are so many fun tutorials and creative ways to do it. Fun ways like the one featured in this video!

This product, called Shake It!, uses rice and food coloring. The rice is divided into the three provided cups and the coloring is then poured in and shaken up until it’s all mixed together. Can you guess what happens next? That’s right. In goes the egg and more shaking. The colored eggs have a very natural look to them. Especially the blue one. It looks like a robin egg. I wonder how many you can do before the rice loses its coloring power? Do you think this would work with regular rice and food coloring? Just a thought.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Easter Cakes

Easter is next weekend and I’ve got to get ready. Dinner, desserts, and delightful Easter egg hunts all need to be planned and orchestrated. I think this dessert might make it on the menu for 2016. This cake is the most festive and most colorful dessert out there possible.

This pastel creation from Cookies, Cupcakes and Cardio is super cute! It’s got peeps, Easter M&M’s, vanilla buttercream frosting, and vanilla cake batter. ( All wonderful things. Except the Peeps. Ewww! Those things are awful!) It has a colorful inside too. Yummy and festive.

Looking for another adorable Easter dessert? Look no further! This cupcake recipe from Somewhat Simple is super easy and yes, those are real green carrot sprigs on top! This is a really great site with tons of other holiday recipes, crafts, and DIY projects I know you’ll enjoy.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Easter Basket

Easter is early this year. Early as in March 27th! That is fast approaching so you better get your act together. Gather your candy, that horrid fake grass (it will turn up in your house until Christmas if you go that route), some plastic eggs, some real ones, and your favorite tutorial for coloring them. The other thing you will need is a basket. There are some cute ones for sale or you can make your own. Centre Street has a fun DIY Easter basket that you should check out. I’m excited to feature it here today!

This basket is adorable and easy to make. It uses string and a balloon to make an ‘egg.’ Then that string shaped egg is cut to make the cutest basket with the cutest handle. It’s decorated with ribbons, crinkle cellophane, Easter peeps (ewwww gross), and other adorable holiday themed treats. Love it!

See how to make this basket for yourself here…

CentreStreet: DIY Easter Baskets (tutorial)

Sock Bunny

I have so many lonely socks. Lonely as in their partners have gone missing. Is it the dryer? Is it my hamper? It is my husband? It is one of life’s greatest unsolved mysteries that may never be solved. There are a few times when it’s good to have an unmatched sock. You can use it to make the cutest sock bunny. Check out this DIY from Handimania. Easy and awesome.

What do you need? Only things you already have around the house. That’s what makes this such a fun and fabulous DIY. Gather up a sock, some rice, twine, ribbon, marker, and some tape (optional). Those are such simple supplies.

This is the perfect craft for spring and Easter. There is a similar one, using the same materials, that you can find here that is perfect for the snowy season. It’s a snowman. Love!

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Irish Craft

Check out this fun St. Paddy’s day craft. The 36th Avenue has put together a festive lil’ pot o’ gold that I’m excited to feature here today. It’s adorable and super easy. It’s also perfect for the whole family! Those are the best DIYs. (I think this would be awesome if you were a teacher and looking for something to do with your whole class on a budget.) What you need: a mini terracotta pot, black acrylic paint, sponge brush, mod podge, gold glitter, shamrock sticker or vinyl cut out, and Rolo candies (or other gold wrapped candy.)

Easy peasy right? If you don’t want Rolos as your treasure, might I suggest one of these alternatives? The foiled caramel filled chocolate candy balls seem like a winner to me. Or the standby god coins. Here are some other fun and easy themed crafts that I know you will love! Martha Stewart always knows what’s up.

Here’s the link to the full tutorial…

The36thAvenue: St. Patrick’s Day Pot Of Gold Tutorial

Cake

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Ahhhh! Can it be true? I have no idea what to get my husband. I know that we’ll be staying in and having a romantic dinner but that is mostly because I dropped the ball on making reservations at our favorite restaurant. I have a few ideas for gifts but I really need to get my act together!

One thing that there is still time for is planning our delicious dinner. And dessert. Never forget dessert! Cookies Cupcakes And Cardio has a perfect themed cake; it’s heart shaped and looks quite tasty! One of the best things about this DIY? You don’t even need any special pans or tools for this one!

You need an 8” square cake, an 8” round cake, lots of white buttercream frosting, and 2 pounds of strawberries. Can you say delicious?! Need some more inspirations? Here are some other Valentine treats that are to die for.

Here’s the tasty video… Enjoy!

valentines day crafts

Decorating for Valentine’s Day (also known as Saint Valentine’s Day) is so fun and easy to do, and the love filled day is just around the corner. Many people love Valentine’s Day because for many, it is a day you can share your feelings and heart with your special someone. The best way to get into the loving spirit is through decorating! Bring some red and pink hearts into your decor and you’ll capture the day in style.

Many of these Valentine decorations and crafts we’ve found on the web are so easy to do, and not expensive at all. You can really whip out some elegant decorations on a low budget. Check out the beautiful tablescapes in our list below, especially if you are hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner. There are also decorations here that would be fun to do with children and get them involved.

1. Candy filled apothecary jars:

apothecary-jars
Ivillage.com

2. Cute and easy to do bunting:

bunting
Talesofthescotts.com

3. Candy hearts centerpiece:

candy-hearts-centerpiece
Ohlouisedesigns.blogspot.com

4. Clothespin love arrows:

clothespin-love-arrows
Igottacreate.blogspot.com

5. Valentine’s Day countdown:

countdown-frame
Apumpkinandaprincess.com

6. Cupid’s arrow wreath:

cupids-arrow-wreath
Nestofposies-blog.com

7. Cute fabric scraps heart wreath:

fabric-wreath
Sevenclowncircus.com

8. Family love tree:

family-love-tree
Koridors.ru

9. Adorable felt hearts:

felt-hearts
Etsy.com

10. Felt heart trees:

felt-heart-trees
Lollyjane.com

11. Fireplace mantle banner:

fireplace-banner
Suzannecarillo.com

12. Floating candles with pink flower petals:

floating-candles
Brownbunnyflowers.com

13. Fun floating heart backdrop:

floating-heart-backdrop
Hankandhunt.com

14. Paper fortune cookies:

fortune-cookies
Theletteredcottage.net

15. Colorful headboard banner:

headboard-banner
Mieszkanioweinspiracje.pl

16. Adorable canvas made with red buttons:

heart-button-canvas
Hollygagneinteriordesign.wordpress.com

17. Heart print candles:

heart-candles
Candletech.com

18. Dramatic framed heart:

heart-frame
Pearls-handcuffs-happyhour.blogspot.com

19. Fun heart paper chain:

heart-paper-chain
Strumpetscrumpets.blogspot.be

20. Simple heart wreath:

heart-wreath
Thethriftress.com

21. Glitter heart jars:

jar-glitter
Tatertotsandjello.com

22. Whimsical lipstick heart:

lipstick-art
Iheartnaptime.net

23. Beautiful love centerpiece:

love-centerpiece
Allmylittlegems.com

24. Colorful Love frame:

love-frame
Donnienicole.com

25. Love note pillows:

love-note-pillows
Daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.ca

26. Easy to do Valentine’s printout:

love-printout
Homedit.com

27. Love yarn letters:

love-yarn-letters
Mysisterssuitcase.blogspot.com

28. Valentine card mail pouch:

mail-pouch
Atsecondstreet.blogspot.com

29. Cute mason jar craft:

masonjar-craft
Uncommondesignsonline.com

30. Mason jars with paper doilies centerpiece:

mason-jars-centerpiece
Littlelucylu.com

31. Music paper love letters:

music-paper-love-letters
Fancyfrugallife.com

32. Ombre glitter candle:

ombre-glitter-candle
Aglimpseinsideblog.com

33. Pallet Valentine’s Day art:

pallet-valentine-art
Infarrantlycreative.net

34. Funky hanging paper hearts:

paper-hearts
Allmylittlegems.com

35. Love pillow cases:

pillow-cases
Sewsweetvintage.com

36. Cute pom-pom centerpiece:

pompom-centerpiece
Architectureofamom.blogspot.com

37. Queen of hearts tablescape:

queen-hearts-tablescape
Celebrationsathomeblog.com

38. Quilted heart pillow:

quilted-pillow
Craftsewcreate.blogspot.com

39. Roses and candles:

roses-and-candles
Crisvallias.com.br

40. Roses and love cards:

roses-love-cards
Freshideen.com

41. Sweetheart birch centerpiece:

sweetheart-birch-centerpiece
Sweetlittlegals.com

42. Pink Be Mine topiary:

topiary
Ivillage.com

43. Valentine garland:

valentine-garland
Apartmenttherapy.com

44. Valentine’s love tree:

valentines-tree
Shabbynest.blogspot.com

45. Vintage Valentine’s Day table setting:

vintage-table
Lemontreecreations.blogspot.com

46. Glitter XO letters:

xo-glitter-letters
Tipjunkie.com

47. Valentine’s Day yard decor:

yard-decor
Ivillage.com

48. Bright and fun yarn hearts:

yarn-hearts
Homedit.com

49. Fun and whimsical yarn wreath:

yarn-wreath
Aprettylifeinthesuburbs.com

50. Decorated wine bottles:

wine-bottle
Blog.dormify.com

diy gifts

Sometimes the best gift is one you create yourself! We’ve found several creative and fun gift ideas that you can do at home. There’s no need to have any special crafting skills or tools – these DIY gift ideas are easy to do. Do you ever have a hard time finding a gift for that special someone? Check out the ideas below because we found some great gifts for those hard-to-shop for folks in your life.

One of our favorites is #15 as it’s a great way to share some favorite recipes with friends! Another fun idea is #34 especially if you are looking to incorporate photos in a gift. So don’t wait, get going and check out these ideas now so you can get started on your very own DIY gift idea!

1. Fun candy bar bouquet:

candy-bouquet
Funkypolkadotgiraffe.blogspot.co.uk

2. Something similar but with suckers:

box-of-suckers
Sistersstuff.blogspot.com

3. Photo collaged monogram:

collage-monogram
Itsagingersnap.com

4. Use money as wrapping paper!

creative-gift-wrap
Simplyjstudio.blogspot.com

5. Unique ornament idea to fill with dip mixes:

dipmix-ornament-set
Bubblynaturecreations.com

6. Make your own bath bombs:

diy-bath-bombs
Somethingturquoise.com

7. You can also make your own body butter:

diy-body-butter
Shewearsmanyhats.com

8. Homemade slime that cleans:

diy-cleaning-slime
Simplylivingsmart.com

9. DIY coffee bean soap that smells heavenly:

diy-coffeebean-soap
Livingwellspendingless.com

10. DIY glitter drink cup:

diy-glitter-cup
Fitnessista.com

11. Crafty coasters made from Scrabble tiles:

diy-scrabble-coasters
Thegourmetgab.com

12. Homemade coconut sugar scrub:

diy-sugar-scrub
Theidearoom.net

13. Easy to create elastic bookmarks:

elastic-bookmarks
Makeit-loveit.com

14. Make this magic fairy tale bottle:

fairytale-bottle
Artsyants.com

15. Creative recipe ring idea:

favorite-recipe-ring
Lilluna.com

16. Charming framed Scrabble tiles:

framed-scrabble-art
Sashablablabla.blogspot.ca

17. Homemade bubble bath with Victoria style label:

homemade-bubble-bath
Eatdrinkchic.com

18. Homemade orange extract:

homemade-extracts
Akshayapaatram.com

19. Fun and playful photo bookmarks:

kidsphoto-bookmarks
Redflycreations.com

20. Cute knitted soap socks:

knitted-soap-socks
Ravelry.com

21. Check out this liquor bouqet!

liquor-bouqet
Listotic.com

22. Fun DIY mason jar candles:

mason-jar-candles
Everydayfamily.com

23. Mini personalized memory bottle:

memory-bottle
Thirtyhandmadedays.com

24. Personalized Mommy Surival kit:

mommy-survival-kit
Classyclutter.net

25. Personalized DIY casserole dish:

monogrammed-casserole-dish
HP.com

26. Monogrammed journal idea:

monogrammed-journal
Realsimple.com

27. Or how about this monogrammed soap bottle:

monogrammed-soap-bottle
Theidearoom.net

28. These fancy Oreos can make a cute gift:

oreos-gift
Socreativethings.com

29. Turn a cutting board into a personalized gift:

personalized-cutting-board
Nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com

30. Gorgeous photo pendants or magnets that are easy to make:

photo-magnets
Sarahsaving.blogspot.com

31. Make these aged photo tile coasters:

photo-tile-coaster
Dubuhdudesigns.typepad.com

32. Fun but easy stocking stuffer:

roll-coins-stocking
Marthastewart.com

33. Monogrammed mug with just a Sharpie:

sharpie-mug
Goodandmessy.com

34. Adorable pull-out photo album:

pullout-photo-album
Countryliving.com

35. Top secret book compartment!

secret-book
Vividplease.blogspot.com

36. Create this easy to personalize gift in a cup:

starbucks-cup
Somuchtodew.blogspot.com

37. How about S’mores in a mug:

SONY DSC

SONY DSC


Anightowlblog.com

38. DIY garden stepping stones:

stepping-stone
Intimateweddings.com

39. Cute mittens made from old sweaters:

sweater-mittens
Cremedelacraft.com

40. Succulents in a personalized tea cup:

teacup-succulents
Confettiandcleats.com

41. Perfect for the literary fan in your life:

travel-reading-pillow
Polkadotchair.com

42. Cute reindeer wrapping idea:

wrapped-bath-gift
Bumblebeescraftden.blogspot.com

43. A creative way to send someone a hug!

wrapping-paper-hug
Pagingsupermom.com

Decorations

I finally was able to shake off the ‘Ba Humbugs.’ Only a week till Christmas but they are finally gone and the house is actually looking festive. The tree and nativity are up, there is a wreath over the front door, and I have a festive table cloth and poinsettia in the dining room. (No lights this year. There is too much snow on the roof already.) Even with my meager decorating making the holiday bright, there is room for more. Maybe a few DIYs? Why not!

The string Christmas trees would make a lovely centerpiece. Especially, if there were a few different sized ones. I like the doily bowls too. They would be nice for candy dishes. Know which decoration I won’t be making? The glitter pine cones. No glitter! And just in case you needed more decorating inspiration, Real Simple has 12 easy and elegant ideas that will really help to class up your decorating game this year.

Starwars

Know what my honey and I are doing on Thursday night? Going to the new Star Wars premier! That’s right… we got an overnight sitter for the kiddos and are going to stay up late and party the night away with R2D2 and the gang. So excited! Star Wars is taking the world by storm, again. I wasn’t around the first time (May 25th, 1977) but it’s fun to be apart of all the hype now. You need to get on board! There are plenty of fun things to do relating to ‘The Force,’ that don’t require setting foot in a movie theater.

Check out these paper snowflakes. This craft from Handimania is super cool and they are so much better than anything I ever made as a child. You need razor sharp scissors, an exacto knife, and these fabulous printable templates. Get the templates here. I’m gonna do a stormtrooper first. Enjoy…