Tissue Paper Easter Eggs

Here is a quickie DIY for your Easter basket – tissue paper-decorated eggs.

You need:

Tissue paper – I had some cute paper from a gift bag.
White glue or Mod Podge
A brush – I just used a cheapie foam brush.
And eggs. This could work with either real eggs or plastic. I used plastic.

supplies

Cute Egg Tester optional.DSC_0536 (Large) - Copy

Cut out the shapes you like from the paper.DSC_0525 (Large) - Copy

If you’re using white glue, mix with a bit of water to thin it out. I used about 1 part water and 2 parts glue.DSC_0538 (Large) - Copy

Cover the back of your piece of paper with the glue, stick it on the egg where you like it, then put another coat on top. Easy peasy.DSC_0541 (Large) DSC_0540 (Large)

Here are some drying.  DSC_0542 (Large)

Don’t worry about not covering up the opening in the plastic eggs. Just take a sharp blade and re-slice open when you’re all dry.DSC_0543 (Large)

Just a little bit of cuteness to the egg basket. Now if there is any chocolate left by this weekend, I’ll fill them up!

PS – Instead of that messy easter grass, try using a colorful scrap of cloth in the bottom of the basket!

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How I Cleaned My Microfiber Couch

This is our couch. The dogs, while cute, have taken it over and made it disgusting.

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IMG_3914Dis-gus-ting.

Drool, chew toys, mud, god-knows-what-else from their furry little bodies have left dirt and rings all over it.

On a mission to clean it so we didn’t have to relegate it to the dogs’ basement room just yet, I found this brilliant idea from One Good Thing. The secret to cleaning a micro fiber couch is rubbing alcohol!

You need: rubbing alcohol (I bought a big bottle for about $1.29), a spray bottle, a soft bristle brush (and maybe a firmer bristle brush – see below), and a sponge (choose a light colored one, or one that is similar in color to your couch so that you’re not transferring a blue sponge color onto your white couch).

Working in small sections because the alcohol dries quickly, spray the alcohol liberally onto the couch and start your bicep workout – um, I mean use your sponge to scrub and soak up the dirt. Here’s the first section I did and the sponge after just a couple of passes. Gross.

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Be careful not to rinse out your sponge and then use it on your couch while it’s still damp. That’s what causes the rings. Alcohol only is the key here. I went through a 3-pack of new sponges.

After doing the entire couch and letting it dry, I noticed that some of the rings were still there.

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Here’s how I got rid of those.  I used a clean, new kitchen brush with a slightly firm bristle. I sprayed a small section at a time where the rings were – really got it wet with the alcohol – and scrubbed with the brush. Voila!

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Looking so much better!

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Now just take your big, soft bristled brush and re-soften up the microfiber. (Look in the car cleaning section of the store for a good brush).

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Hooray!

The culprits:

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Green Bird Things In Honor Of St. Patty’s Day!

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. May songbirds serenade you every step along the way. May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue. And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.


Not a bird, but a birdcage! I love birdcages, but I never want to see a bird in one.  I have a couple of pretty ones that I used in my wedding, and some succulents just a propagating away.  I’m totally doing this project from from Rainy Side Gardeners.

Succulents

 

Teapot Birdhouse from Robin’s Nesting Place. How sweet is this?! Projects like this get me rethinking how I look at thrift store or yard sale items that may be broken or missing a piece.  I like that color, also.  Lucite Green for Spring!

 

How about this graphic print from Sanna Annukka? Go over to her site to see lots more Finnish inspired works!  Found at Animalarium.

 

And some clover, just for St. Patrick’s Day.  This is Vermont (from birds and blooms of the 50 states) from Dutch Door.

vermont (from birds and blooms of the 50 states)

 

Now off to enjoy a pint of Guinness. Cheers!

 

Here Comes Peter Cottontail…

Oh my goodness. Easter is around the corner, which means Spring is here. Woo Hoo!

Because I have the new little one, I have an excuse again to dye Easter eggs! My son is now 13, and finally kind of over it.

Looking for something a bit more beautiful than what I usually do – the supermarket dye kits – here are some inspirational egg decorating ideas.

 

Gorgeous natural dyed eggs from BigSisLilSis.

Natural Dye Colored Easter Eggs

 

More nature-inspired eggs. Herb Stenciled Easter Eggs from Adventures in Cooking.

 

So dainty. From Urban Comfort.

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Mixing typography and bright colors, these eggs are so fun. Found at The SoHo.

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More graphic design inspired eggs. Love these – from Martha Stewart.

 

Pretty, pretty, pretty – using stamps and decoupage. From Paper-Scissors-Superheros.

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What are your favorite ways to decorate Easter Eggs?