Fabric decoupage Easter eggs

Easter decorating is a conundrum for me. On one hand, Easter is my most favorite holiday of all time. I love it. So of course I want to celebrate it to its fullest. But on the other hand, just because I love Easter doesn’t mean I love bunnies. Or grass all over my house. Or pastels. Also, one of the things I love about Easter is that it comes after a period of mourning. The darkest night is pierced by the brightest morning. Part of me doesn’t want to decorate at all before Sunday because it takes away from this dichotomy. But if I just decorate on Easter, then I only have one day to enjoy it, and I don’t want to spend money on things I will only enjoy for one day.

So last year I came up with a goal – cheap, beautiful, subtle Easter decorations.

And here’s the result:

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I always have extra fabric lying around the house. Usually it was a purchase because I envisioned making a pillow or doing a project with it. And most of those times, the pillows and projects never come into existence. But I love all of the fabric I have. We also have a ton of plastic easter eggs in the pantry. Phil is a fan of buying things at 75% off the day after a holiday, and last year he bought more easter eggs than we can afford to fill with candy. I’m sure each bag was 25 cents or so. I also have some extra decoupage glue (Martha Stewart brand) although I’m sure Mod Podge would work about the same.

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So that’s all you need! It’s cheap ( your husband will like it), messy (your kids will like it) and beautiful (you will like it).

Step 1: Cut the fabric into strips. I found that the best size was thinner than 1/2″, maybe about 1/3″, by 8″ to 12″ long. You can used varied lengths. I used the longest ones first and by the end you can use shorter ones to cover up the spots that were missed.

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Step 2: Apply glue directly to the back of the fabric. That way the whole strip has good coverage. I tried to put glue right on the egg as well but that was just a hot mess.

A little help from my lovely niece!

A little help from my lovely niece!

Step 3: Wrap the piece around the eggs as flat as you can. Since the egg is round, there will be some bumps, but most of those come out when you cover it at the end. Continue with pieces until the egg is covered.

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Step 4: Cover the whole egg in glue to seal it while the strips are still wet. That way they don’t dry with bumps. The final layer really smooths down the whole thing. I just put mine on the window sill and it worked fine.

An egg before the final coat. A little bit lumpy, but my favorite fabric right now and a sneak peak at what my dining chairs will look like!

An egg before the final coat. A little bit lumpy, but my favorite fabric right now and a sneak peek at what my dining chairs will look like!

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That’s it! They are so beautiful, and subtle, but add color. One of the great things about this craft is that leftover fabric generally goes with your house anyways! It was a pillow, or a chair covering, or curtains. So your eggs will automatically match with your decor. If you haven’t decorated for Easter, I hope this inspires you to put a little color out this weekend to remind you of the hope that comes after this Lenten season.

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Here are some things I found out:

– With thinner fabric, make sure you start with an egg that is close to the same color in case the fabric becomes translucent when it gets wet.

– The fabric that worked the best was the thinner, quilting fabric. This usually comes on the small bolts at the fabric store and there is a multitude to choose from.

– Thicker, home decor fabric also works well, but I had to cut the strips a little thinner to make sure they were pliable enough. The thicker the fabric, the thinner the strips should be (1/2 or less). That way it will lie down flat against the egg. Thinner fabrics can handle thicker strips because it is more pliable and can be smashed down, but I like using thinner strips either way.

– Each egg took about ten strips

– It’s best to use as few layers as possible, so use your fabric well. Try to cover as much space with each strip. After too much fabric, the eggs start to look lumpy and lose the integrity of their shape.

– Sadly, silky, satiny fabrics did not work well at all. They slid around on each other once the glue was on. So even though some of my favorite fabric is satin, it was a fail. It just looks like a lumpy egg imposter.

HAPPY EASTER!

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Radiant Orchid – a little goes a long way

This year’s color of the year as chosen by Pantone is “Radiant Orchid.” I’ve seen a lot of mixed opinions on the color, but I for one really like it. And for a girl who doesn’t like purple, that’s saying something.

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I find that January and February, while potentially good for setting goals, are very uninspirational as far as decorating goes. Christmas is over, spring is not yet.  It’s cold outside, but decorating for “winter,” without holiday touches, seems hard. So for this winter (by which I mean now until bright colors and fresh flowers will reign), I am adding a few touches of radiant orchid to my living room. The color is versatile enough that it can flow from winter to spring to summer to fall.  I have mostly peacock blues and grays in my living room, and I just added gold and brass metals along with my silver. Splashing a bit of radiant orchid was easy, and it looks really good.

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I got a pillow on clearance at Cost Plus World Market. I might go back and get another, but I’m hoping to find some really pretty “radiant orchid” fabric so I can make another pillow myself.

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The little candle is from Ikea and the flowers are from Michaels. I always prefer real flower to fake, but they are hard to come by in January. I do need to go back and get some more to fill out the vase, but it’s 5 degrees outside here so that will have to wait.

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Fresh lilies from my sweet sister.

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I threw an old orchid stem I’ve had for ages up on this shelf along with my husband’s Christmas present (real glasses so he doesn’t have to serve his friends drinks in Ikea cups that have dolphins on them, and some bar tools.)

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I think our living room looks fresh, and even a little bit winter-y. It’s cozy enough to cuddle up in front of the fire, but bright enough to help combat those winter blues.

Radiant orchid. What are your thoughts on the color?

A year of dreams

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I never make New Year’s Resolutions. I guess I think if something is important enough for me to change, it won’t matter what day of the year it is. But there is no doubt that as another year passes into “last year,” I am a year older, hopefully a year wiser, a year further into being a mother, and a year closer Jesus.  And that is enough of a reason for reflection.

My reflection today came while I was mindlessly cleaning my room. Yes, it dates me, but it was one of those days where I felt like God was speaking through my “favorites” playlist on iTunes. First, the words of Jimmy Eat World:

 “Oh babe, I know it’s alive, and somewhere for us to find tonight. Chase this light with me.”

Then Guster – “If that’s all you will be, you’ll be a waste of time. You’ve dreamed a thousand dreams, none seem to stick in your mind.”

Oh sweet Switchfoot – “Dare you to move.”

We all have dreams, don’t we? We all hear words to songs and get inspired to do something, change something, fulfill something. As I reflected on these lyrics, a conversation I had with my son came to mind about the book “The Three Trees.” I of course was crying (if you don’t cry while reading that book you are just a monster), and my sweet son literally wiped the tears off my face and asked why I was crying. I looked at Jacob and said, “I’m crying because it’s sad but it’s also happy. These three trees had dreams that didn’t come true. The first one was not a treasure box, the second one wasn’t a mighty sailing ship, and the third one didn’t grow to be the tallest tree in the world, did it?”

“No.”

“But who made all of their dreams come true?”

“Jesus.”

“That’s why I’m crying, babe. God takes all of our dreams and through Jesus, makes them come true in a beautiful way. Our dreams can come true because Jesus came.”

If we all have dreams, then we all also have broken dreams. Fractured relationships. Failures in our character. Wounds from our childhood. Anger and confusion in our thoughts toward God. Disappointments and heartaches and sadness about how life had turned out. But God…God redeems and restores and reconciles. He can fulfill even our broken dreams.

I love my life. But I can’t deny that there are passions and dreams that I have dismissed. This year, I feel like the Lord is prompting me to dream again and that he is going to make some of those dreams come to pass in 2014. And I also feel like it is a greater word than just for me. I feel like it is a word for many.

This new year, dream again. Dream the dreams you thought were dead. Dream the dreams you don’t think are possible.

Maybe for you, that’s asking God what dreams you have forgotten.

Maybe it’s believing that God actually talks to you when you ask him things.

Maybe it’s taking that college course.

Opening up that new business.

Filling out the adoption paperwork.

Picking up the phone and calling your friend.

Recording your album.

Writing your book.

Moving to that city and planting that church.

Forgiving your father.

The beautiful truth is that our dreams are not in the way of God’s plans. They are the way of God’s plans. He has given us our hopes and desires on purpose – He wants to use them for his Kingdom.  He is so kind that he created us in such a way that as we follow him, as we pursue His Kingdom, as we yield our plans to Him, He gives us back our dreams in ways we never imagine.

And that’s better than being the tallest tree in the world.

Maps

Maps are one of my favorite things to frame as art. They are inexpensive, meaningful, and really beautiful. My brother and dad are building a log cabin that I get to decorate, and I envision two framed maps above the … Continue reading

Nursery sources

Happy Holidays! I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving break. Mine was about as perfect as it comes – family, friends, food, coffee, and lots of lounging around in my pajamas.

In case you are interested, here are the sources for Asher’s nursery! The whole room (not including furniture) came in around $300.

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Door plaque – Plaque from Michaels ($3), hand stamped

Hooks – Ikea LEKSVIK rack ($10)

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Shelf – old wood found outside, four brackets from Home Depot ($1 each, spraypainted black)

Books – from a box in Chris’s (Asher’s daddy) garage

Black paper suitcase – garage sale, but find similar here or here

Yellow Globe – Cost Plus World Market ($6)

Rocker cushions (already had) covered in Ikea curtain ($10)

Red “A” pillow – handmade from Cost Plus World Market cloth napkins

Black and white striped blanket – EIVOR blanket from Ikea ($20)

Lamp “base” – SOCKER Vase from Ikea ($15 for a set of 2) with a small lamp base I already had put inside of it. Ideally I would like to drill a hole in the bottom of the vase to string the cord through, but for now it’s just sitting in there.

Lamp shade – Target ($15)

Frame – SONDRUM frame from Ikea ($4)

Books in end table – antique stores (around $7 each)

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Curtains – Target ($20 on sale, $25 regular per panel)

Floor basket – Home Goods ($15)

Paper chandelier – handmade with twine, paper pages and three embroidery hoops (about $4 each, but you can always use a coupon at Michaels or Joann)

Crib sheet – Mosaic Crib Sheet from Serena and Lily ($36)

Crib skirt – handmade with buffet cloth napkins from Costplus ($5 for a pack of 6 on clearance, regular price $10 for 6)

Bumper – Breatheable baby bumper in white ($25 on Amazon)

Pillows – yellow from Target ($22 on sale), Blue handmade (fabric from Fabric.com), black and white handmade (selling in etsy shop), red from Target (clearance for $7)

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All frames from Ikea

Where the Wild Things are art print – etsy ($5)

Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia art prints – handmade (in my etsy shop!)

Winnie the Pooh and The Giving Tree art prints – basically just images from Google search with my added text. (I put the .jpg at the bottom of the post if you want to download them yourself. Just click on the picture, and when it opens in a new tab, right click and download!)

Metal “A” sign – Hobby Lobby ($4 on sale)

Star – Hobby Lobby ($3 on sale)

White shelf – Chris and Jennie already had

Red vase – came in set of two from Ikea

 Hopefully you found something you love!

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Nursery Reveal

It’s a boy! My sweet nephew, Asher Charles, was born last Sunday.

Jennie and Asher came home a few days later to a beautiful new nursery. Although I have been planning it for months, most of the real work happened last week as I put it all together. There was a little bit of tweaking, but overall it came out just as I imagined. Here is the design board I gave her at the baby shower.

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The colors were based off the San Pellegrino Blood Orange soda can, but she had also asked for a book theme. I wanted the room to feel relaxing and boyish, but classic. To get the book theme, I found some antique children’s books (from Chris’s own garage) and made/found art prints of some of my favorite children’s stories. Here’s how it turned out.

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I love it. I love him. And Jennie cried when she saw it. If I have learned anything from HGTV, crying during the reveal is good. Congratulations sweet sister.

Nursery Design Boards – Gender surprise!

My sister is expecting her third child in October. Her first is a girl and her second is a boy, so she and her husband thought it would be fun to keep the gender of #3 a surprise. I told her I don’t think I would ever do that because for me, the most fun part of expecting a baby is dreaming about and decorating the nursery.

So my sweet sister decided to let me have fun.

She gave me the envelope from the ultrasound technician, and as of today I am the only person who knows if babe is a boy or a girl. I haven’t let it slip once!

Now I am busy planning and designing her baby’s nursery. For her baby shower, people brought money designated for a specific item (pillow, curtain, crib sheet) and then I went out and bought it. Once Jennie heads to the hospital, I will go put the entire nursery together so she comes home to a beautiful, new room.

There are some things she knows, of course. For one, I needed a room color. Also, she has all white furniture. I chose Perfect Taupe by Behr and cut it by 50% with white to brighten it up. It’s a great color – not too tan and not too gray. Also, it doesn’t look purple at all, which I find taupe tends to do. All of the linens are white. This is my blank canvas.

Behr Perfect Taupe

Behr Perfect Taupe

As far as colors go, Jennie said she would love the main color to be coral/nantucket red (coral for a girl, nantuket red for a boy). They are essentially the same color, although coral is a little more pink. After a bit more talking, we decided we would base the entire nursery on the SanPellegrino drinks that she loves so much! That’s right, a soda can. Inspiration can come from anywhere!

The boy nursery is based around the Blood Orange drink. A little more red, with blues, lots of linen and burlap, and a hint of yellow. The girl nursery is based around the Lemonade – coral, lots of yellows, with some mint and forest green mixed in.

So I present today the two design boards I made (from Olioboard.com). They are not exactly what the finished product will be (I have a few surprises up my sleeve), but I wanted Jennie to at least be able to see, and dream, about the general feel of the room. Here they are!

Baby Boy Nursery

Baby Boy Nursery

Baby Girl Nursery

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What’s your vote?