Friday, March 21, 2008

Dyeing Easter eggs ala Martha Stewart (with my own changes).
My eggs are home-laid brown and green ones, so if you use store-bought white eggs you will get a slightly different look.
I used a dozen eggs, but one tie only wrapped 7. I put the rest in the pot to fill it up, and give the kids some to eat.
Dying Easter eggs ala Martha Stewart (with my own changes)
1 dozen eggs
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 silk tie with a design or colors you like
twist tie for each egg
water to cover
deep pot

Cut the tie long enough to wrap around each egg, and secure with a twist tie.
Put the 1/2 cup vinegar in the pot, add the wrapped eggs, and water to cover.
Simmer as usual, until they are as done as you like. For the size eggs we have, I usually simmer for 7 - 9 minutes.
Drain hot water. Rinse with cold water.
Remove the wrapped eggs to a plate to cool. DO NOT unwrap until they are cold! They will smear a little.
When the wrapped eggs are cool, remove the twist ties and cloth, and let dry.
The loose eggs, you can just rinse and use as usual. They will be all speckled because of the vinegar. (The upper right and upper left eggs were unwrapped ones.)
If you want the eggs speckled without using the tie, just put vinegar and coloring in when you cook them.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Decorated sugar cookies for March Madness...
The way basketball fans see the world.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Toilet roll tube reindeer/moose

For each reindeer/moose you need:
1 toilet roll tube
pair of googly eyes
small pinecone for nose (the green nose is actually a small stud earring)
ponytail holders
Hair clip
black felt tip pen

Cut 2 large, and 2 small areas from the bottom of the paper roll to make legs. Color in tips with the pen, to make the hooves. The picture below shows the cut areas. Glue on eyes, and nose. Use felt tip pen if you want a mouth. Stretch pony tail holders to form harness.
Add hair clips for antlers.
Place in snowy landscape or let them scamper through the woods...
I tried to give you two different looks. You could also use pompoms for the nose, buttons for eyes, or pipe cleaners for the antlers. The kids didn't want ears, but you could glue some on, made from the scraps you cut out to make the legs.