Easter is my favorite holiday because of the weight it carries for me spiritually. So I always look forward to being creative for this holiday and making the most of this season. Last year I did the traditional painted eggs with a little extra glam. Click here to view. This year I had a little less time at hand, so I took an easier route. But I hope it’s just as “glam.” I simply repurposed some oval shaped Christmas ornaments as eggs and them hung ’em on branches. If your eggs are plain, all you need to make the shine is: glue, glitter and gems. That would be 3G!
A picture of the gems hanging on Norwegian “troll branches.”
My favorite egg has a cross, which brings me to the hart of Easter: “Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4-5, ESV)
I love to bless people with little gifts that say “I know you”. Gifts definitely speak the language of love. I think we all agree that gifts are great, but that doesn’t mean that you care about the wrapping. Fair … Continue reading →
My due date for this pregnancy is within hours reach, so I’m eagerly waiting for my little angel to arrive. At this point the house could not possibly be any cleaner (I have a bad case of nesting going on), the bags are packed, and the cupboards are stuffed with dippers, wipes, and creams that any would tackle any kind of baby rash. That said, my home projects and blogging have been on the back burner lately 😉
However, I do have a little nugget to share: a project I did a while back when we were living in our little desert casa in Arizona. If you have any old picture frames lying around that could use a little TLC, this is an easy project. All it takes is a couple boxes of spray paint, maybe some old jewelry, gold leaf paper, a little corner of beautiful textile, and viola!
1. I started by cleaning the frames before I sprayed them with a sea green paint. Then I applied gold leaves. The gold leaves stick easily to the painted surface
2. After the paint dried I applied a vintage border by decoupage, and some gems to its surface.
3. Lastly, I used a thick fabric (textile) as a backdrop in the frame instead of inserting pictures.
The pictures aren’t that fab because I used my iPhone. (If you want a clearer picture let me know and I’ll send one to you.)
After a typical outing downtown of walking the streets in Oslo, drinking coffee, and munching on pastries, I found a new changing pad for my super Nova (baby’s name). It was a steal.
The only downside was that it had no hemp for hanging purposes. So, why am I hanging the pad? Simply put, our place is so small that we don’t have a separate bedroom for the baby, and I had to create a changing station in the bathroom instead. Needless to say, I would like the bathroom to look appealing to guests, and still be functional for everyday living!
What did I do?
1. I took an old neckless, made a loop, and sewed it to the chaining pad.
2. For looks I added an ornament, and hung the changing pad on the wall!
Real simple, real fun.. Feel free to share with me your own ideas!
As usual, I was shopping for groceries after work and took my obligatory “exited-expecting-mom-stroll” down the baby isle. While I was looking at binkies for the millionth time, I reached the same disappointing conclusion as always: that I needed to go to a expensive boutique to get the ones with a little personality (that does not include Disney or Dora the Explora)!
I found myself staring at a couple of neutral pacifiers which promised that 1.) they had the perfect nub for a little one to suck on (only in natural and good materials of course) and, 2.) with a breathable plastic rim, which is much better for sensitive skin. Very impressive I must say, but the only drawback was that those binkies’ designs were making me yawn on the inside. sigh.
Then the thought hit me. It would only take a couple crystals, some half-pearls, strong glue, and some stunning ribbons to outshine the contenders. Easy.
1. It’s helpful to create your design before you start gluing on your gems. Use a strong glue that will make it impossible for a child to loosen the crystals.
2. Apply your crystals with a pair of tweezers.
To view more images of binky bling visit the Gallery
This year I wanted to step it up a notch and make my Easter eggs nicer than your average Joe’s. The idea was born as I imagined my eggs looking like oversized dinner party earrings. In my mind I went on a journey making a mix of hand-painted, dotted pink, and gold-leafed distressed looking eggs; both batches bejeweled with antique gems, water pearls, and faded pink stones (all real off course!).
No really, it was an inexpensive and fun way to decorate, and I hope it generates more beautiful ideas for my favorite holiday — Easter!
1. Go outside and find your green! Here in Oslo, the trees are budding and the colors are radiant.
2. Poke your eggs with a needle at both ends, blow the content of the egg out, and then whip up a big omelet for your family!
3. Paint your eggs with a base color before you add your design (unless you are using watercolors). While you let the base dry, you can play with ideas on a separate piece of paper.
4. For my pink eggs I used quality acrylic paint and a color-wheel to help me coordinate my pallette. I dotted the eggs with a toothpick.
5. Tying it all together was simple; I threaded everything on some beautiful yellow straw, resembling cute little fox tails. Lastly, I hung my oversized earrings on branches like it was Christmas!