Category Archives: Seasonal DIY

Decorating Easter Eggs

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Spring is hatching. I hope your heart is open to the weekend unfolding and that you rejoice in the season of spiritual gifts.  We are sprinkling our home with symbols of the season.  Here are a few ideas for decorating eggs!

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We stamped our intentions on this collection after painting these eggs using diluted acrylic paints.

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A Lilly Pulitzer inspired egg that my daughter created!  A mosaic of Lilly patterned papers covers this sweet egg.

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The process for creating the egg below began with a small dish of room temperature water. We added one drop of nail polish and patiently allowed it to spread in the water.  We added separate colors of nail polish, one drop at a time.  Using a toothpick, we swirled the colors and then dipped the egg into the water.

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In the center of the crown is an egg covered in tissue paper.  We used Mod Podge to attach the tissue paper and found it worked so well, we made several!

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We made “intention” eggs using Tim Holtz pressure-sensitive transfer words. IMG_8251

I hope you discover many blessings this Easter weekend.

Song tip: Oh Love Supreme by Andy Squyres!

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Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.  ~ John 11:25-26.

Happy Pumpkins: 10 DIY Pumpkin Projects

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Please examine this pumpkin stem and tell me what you find. Don’t you love finding magic in unexpected places?  In the cracks and hiding in negative spaces.

IMG_9634When I was a young (maybe 8?) my dad’s sunset photo was featured on the local news.  The honey-colored sun aligned itself perfectly on a railroad track while my dad honored the scene with a shutter click.  Just one snap on a roll of Kodak film. And then we waited.  We waited to finish the roll (he didn’t waste frames) and we waited some more when we brought the film to Osco for developing.  But, the point isn’t about patience.  It’s about the magic.  If we had to categorize my dad using Einstein’s equation, he sees “all miracles, all the time.”

ordinary sunrise miracle quoteI think he was born with an enlightened appreciation for simple wonders.  I remember arguing with him as a know-it-all-teen about his fascination with autumn.  Falling leaves remind me of tears; mourning summer’s death.  I was dramatic in pleading my anti-autumn case.FullSizeRender-4

In honor of my dad’s love of this season, I am using pumpkins as a creative canvas.

In the process of creating, I am slowly falling in love with autumn.

IMG_8515Enhance a natural pumpkin with moss and succulent clippings.

IMG_8539Use moss to cover a no-carve pumpkin.  I hope it will last many seasons.

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IMG_8555 IMG_8568The three preceding pumpkins were covered in tissue paper using Mod Podge. The next three were all painted (silver spray paint for the glass encased pumpkin and acrylic paint on the others).

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IMG_8586Create a topiary tower!

IMG_0087 My youngest teen carved this Vineyard Vine’s inspired natural pumpkin.

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3 x 3 heart leaves

Song tip: Kate Nash’s Pumpkin Soup.