monstera eggs

Remember when I made marbled eggs last year? And galaxy eggs the year before that? Well I have something new for Easter 2017! What else am I obsessed with other than marble? Monsteras! I haven’t had time to blog, but I missed it so much so I wanted to do something really easy and fast, but cute nonetheless. I was inspired by fresh cut monstera leaves I found at the Met Market. Monsteras aren’t an Easter icon, but these are just colorful and festive. Here’s how to make your own!

MATERIALS

Eggs
Food coloring
Monstera cutouts
Mod podge
Foam brush or paintbrush
Measuring cups
Large bowls/jars
Water
Vinegar

 

Step 1: Hard Boil your eggs for 10-12 minutes. If you’d like to preserve your eggs you can hollow them -  you can find the instructions here. Once they’re boiled, cool the eggs in cold water for another 10 minutes.

Step 2: Take your jar or bowl and fill it with enough water and vinegar (1 teaspoon of vinegar for every 2 cups of water) to submerge 1-2 eggs. Once you’ve measured your water and vinegar, add in the food coloring. To get the pink color that you see in the pictures, I put in 15 drops of red.

Step 3: When submerging your eggs into the water, use a measuring cup to slowly lay your eggs down to the bottom. Leave the eggs in for at least 7 minutes for a nice neon pink color. When it’s time to take out the eggs use the measuring cup again to keep your fingers from touching the egg, which can rub off the color. Allow the eggs to dry standing by placing it back in the egg carton, this will keep the dye from rubbing off on other surfaces. Allow to dry for 5-10 minutes. I suggest only dying 1-2 eggs at a time, unless you have enough room in your container so that the don’t touch. Make sure there is enough space between the eggs, or they will not dye properly and you’ll end up with unevenly dyed eggs.

Step 4: As your eggs are drying, start to cut out your little monstera leaves or any other design you want on your eggs. To save you some time I attached the printout that I used. I took a picture of an actual monstera leaf and edited it. Print out the sheet and cut them out.  The amount of leaves you use is dependent on the size of your eggs.  I used large sized eggs, and used about 4 leaves per egg.

Step 5: Now to decorate the eggs! In a small bowl squeeze out a generous amount of mod podge. With your brush put a layer of mod podge on an area of the egg a little bit bigger than the cut out. Then place the cutout on the egg, pressing it down making sure it’s sticking onto the egg. Add another layer of mod podge over the cutout to seal it. Go over the cut out several times to make it’s flat and free of air bubbles. Allow the egg to dry for at least 5 minutes before adding more leaves. Also, be sure to keep the wet area facing up so it doesn’t stick to anything else.

Step 7: Once dry repeat until you’re satisfied on how your eggs look. As for a finishing touches, you could cover the whole egg in mod podge to give it a glossy look!

MARBLED EGGS

Easter is a few weeks away, and just like every year since I was a kid, I decorated Easter eggs. This year I wanted to do something different. I know Easter is about celebrating life, rebirth and the spring season. People also associate the day with pastel colors, but I’m not really into those colors; I wanted to do something more minimal and modern. After some brainstorming I finally decided to make some marble-inspired Easter eggs! I mean why not? It would be something I could leave out for display even when Easter is long over.

MATERIALS

Eggs
Nail polish (any color of your choice)
Large container
Water
Chopstick

Before we start, decide whether or not you want to eat the eggs after they have been decorated. I’m not sure what’s in nail polish, but I can’t imagine it being good for consumption.  If you do plan on eating them, then I suggest you do either one of the following steps:  You could blow out the eggs by poking holes in the top and bottom of the eggs and blowing the contents out. If you’re like me and you don’t want any holes on the tops of your eggs, then I suggest doing this next step.  I cracked a hole in the bottom of my eggs, around ¾ of an inch and let the egg ooze out completely. After extracting the contents from the eggs rinse it out with water. Drain the eggs completely and lay them on a towel to allow them to dry. You can then use the extracted eggs for that quiche recipe you have always wanted to try or that cake you’ve been meaning to bake.  

To learn how to blow out an egg, here is a quick video to help you out.

Also, if possible do this project outside or in a well-ventilated area, the nail polish smell can become too strong.

DIRECTIONS

Step 1: Cover your tabletop with paper to help keep the surface clean and dry.

Step 2: Fill your container three-quarters of the way up with room temperature water. Then pour a few drop of nail polish into the water.

Step 3: Using the chopstick, swirl around the nail polish making a marble pattern.

 

Step 4: Take an egg and submerge it into the water. Before you fully remove the egg from the water make sure to rotate the egg so that the majority of it is covered with polish.

for this part I suggest wearing rubber gloves, I learned the hard way

 

Step 5: Right when you lift up the egg from the water let it air dry for 15 seconds. It should dry enough for you to handle with your free hand. Let it dry on a towel for 10 more minutes before handling it. And that’s it!

That was easy wasn’t it? I had a great time using this decorating technique and I think they turned out great. Just like natural marble, the texture is never the same. Each egg comes out different and you never know what you’ll get until you take it out of the water. Not only can you use these eggs to decorate your home for easter, but you can use them all year long since they’re hollow and won’t spoil. Another great idea is to fill them with gold confetti or glitter for extra fun!




salt dough ornaments

We’re slowly gearing up for Christmas at my house and I love every second of it. Preparing for Christmas is just as fun as the holiday itself. Since my family won’t be celebrating Christmas at home this year, we decided to keep the decorations simple and save the fragile ornaments for next year. So a part of keeping our decorations simple meant no large Christmas tree; just two mini trees on our dining table. We didn’t have any mini ornaments to hang on the trees so I thought to make my own. I always wanted to make salt dough ornaments and I finally had my chance. Let me show you how to make these simple, but definitely festive ornaments and garland.


What you need:

2 cups flour
½ cup salt
¾ cup water

 

Tools / Equipment:

cookie cutters
string/twine

You can do this in a mixer or by hand. I’m kind of lazy to do it by hand and I don’t have mixer, but luckily my Ninja blender has a paddle perfect for making dough.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees

TIP ONE I used regular white flour and whole wheat flour. The white will give you a lighter look, while the wheat makes the ornaments a darker color with a flaky texture.

Add the water in small increments as you mix. Keep adding water until you get a doughy consistency. It should feel like playdough and should be easy to mold.

Roll the dough into ball, wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for 8-10 minutes, allowing the dough to harden.

After you take it out from the fridge, sprinkle flour onto a clean area and roll out the dough. Try to evenly roll the dough out into a ¾ inch thickness.

Using your cookie cutters, cut out the shapes.

TIP TWO: For variety mix up cookie cutter shapes and sizes.

Then using a straw or a paperclip, cut holes for the string.

TIP THREE: Make one hole if you want to make an ornament or two holes if you want to make a garland.

Place all of the cut out pieces on a baking sheet and bake them for 30 minutes or until it turns a faint light brown. Once they  are done place them onto a cooling rack.

Once they have been cooled it’s time to decorate and string them! For decorating I used the spray painting and glittering technique from my last DIY post. When stringing the ornaments make sure you have a good length allowing for the ornament to hang. When stringing the garland allow spaces in between each shape, this will help it to rest on the branches.


Once they have been cooled it’s time to decorate and string them! For decorating I used the spray painting and glittering technique from my last DIY post (view here). When stringing the ornaments make sure you have a good length allowing for the ornament to hang. When stringing the garland allow spaces in between each shape, this will help it to rest on the branches.

A Golden Thanksgiving

As a kid, the time between Halloween and Christmas was an awkward period where I wasn’t sure if I should continue celebrating fall or if I should skip straight to the Christmas festivities. I feel guilty even thinking about skipping Thanksgiving, but Christmas has everything; festive music, amazing food, and of course, the over-the-top decorations. As I got older I realized that Thanksgiving is just as important as Christmas. It’s like the pre-season celebration to Christmas where it brings my family together. Thanksgiving doesn’t have the gaudy decorations that Christmas does, so I thought I’d bring out the sparkle a little bit early this year with my gold pumpkins! These pumpkins are perfect for brightening up your table setting and will definitely impress your dinner guests. I know this time of year can get really busy for most of us, but this project will be the easiest thing on your to-do list!

I have three different ways to decorate your leftover pumpkins from Halloween with two different materials, glitter and spray paint.


The first way to decorate your pumpkin is with glitter.

Materials:

  • Paint brush

  • Mod Podge
  • Glitter

STEPS
With your bush, cover the stem of the pumpkin with Mod Podge. Then to give it the drip effect cover the area around the stem and down the creases.

Let it dry for 30 seconds, then sprinkle the glitter. Once all the wet areas have been covered shake off the excess glitter. Allow the pumpkin to dry for 15 minutes before handling.

Tip: don’t over do it with the Mod Podge. Don’t get it too thick or it will drip too far down, unless you want it that way.


The second and third way to decorate your pumpkin is with spray paint.

Materials:

  • Spray paint
  • Painters tape
  • Newspaper

The second way is a color blocking technique.

STEPS
Lay out your newspaper, covering any surfaces you don’t want sprayed. With the painters tape, cover the part of the pumpkin you don’t want painted, either the top or the bottom half.

TIP 01- Do this activity outside or in a well-ventilated area

TIP 02- when applying the painter's tape, in order to get that straight painted edge, make sure it sticks in between the creases so that the paint does not seep through.

Once you’ve covered part of your pumpkin, you can start spraying the exposed part. One coat should do the job, but allow the paint to dry for 5 minutes before doing any touch-ups. Let them dry for 2 hours before handling.

Tip 03- Follow the directions on the can. Be sure to shake the can for the amount of time stated to allow the contents to be fully mixed.


The third way to decorate your pumpkin is to spray it all gold, because you can never have enough gold for the holidays!

STEPS
With this technique, spray the top of the pumpkin with its first coat and make any touch-ups after letting dry for 5 minutes. Let the top half dry for 15 minutes before you turn it over to paint the bottom. After letting it dry fully for two hours it’s ready for decoration!

What I love about this is when you buy pumpkins for Halloween, you can then use them for Thanksgiving - a great money saver! Also, it was not hard at all and clean up was a breeze. These pumpkins are great for displaying around the house or as centerpieces. If you’re like my family and already have Christmas decorations up for Thanksgiving dinner then these will fit right in!





Fern Pumpkins

Halloween is just around the corner and I finally found time to decorate my pumpkins. This year, instead of making a giant mess from carving a pumpkin, I decided to decorate them as simple as possible. I wasn’t sure how I was going to decorate my pumpkins, but all I knew was I wanted to keep it minimal, clean and as natural looking as possible. The best place to start was with white pumpkins; they’re not what people usually associate with Halloween, but they’re minimalistic, chic and since they’re already white I didn’t have to paint them.  Next up - what do I decorate them with? As some of you might know I have two obsessions - anything marble and plants. I love succulents, tropical plants and anything in between. And so I decided to decorate my pumpkins with leaves. At first I thought I could decorate them with brightly colored fall leaves, but I wanted to be different. I felt that the fall leaves were too predictable and too holiday-ish.  Until one day as I was visiting my grandma’s house I saw a large fern bush right by her front door…then it clicked, I would decorate my pumpkins with those! They’re simple, they have a beautiful dark green color that would look perfect against the bright white pumpkins and there was so many fern leaves for me to use! So I came up with  a Mod Podge pumpkin!

Materials: 

White Pumpkin (any size you wish)
Fern leaves (as much as you’d like, but remember less is more)
2 bottles of Mod Podge

Tools:

Scissor
Foam brush

Step 1

Wash and wipe down your pumpkin, making sure it’s clean.

Step 2

Take your fern leaves, turn them over and using the sides of your scissors scrape off all of the spores. Removing all the spores will help the fern leaves adhere to the pumpkin easier.

Step 3

With the foam brush cover the back of the fern with Mod Podge. Do the same with the area of the pumpkin the fern will go on. Wait for the Mod Podge on the leaf and pumpkin to dry, this take a minute or two and  allows for both surfaces to adhere to each other.

Step 4

Once dry, cover the fern with two coats of Mod Podge, allowing the first coat to fully dry before applying the second. Give each coat at least 3 -4 minutes to dry. Mod podge applies white, but dries clear so don’t worry about it on other places than the ferns. Once your fern has fully dried repeat Step 3 and 4 until you're happy with your pumpkin. But remember, less is more! Allow you pumpkin to air dry for half an hour before handling.

I hope you loved this simple project as much as I did. It definitely turned out the way I wanted it too. Since I didn’t cut into the pumpkin, I don’t have to worry about it rotting. This way of decorating your pumpkin will definitely last for a few weeks. Given that the ferns give a fall and an au natural look,  I could also use the pumpkins as decoration for the Thanksgiving holiday, so this can serve as a decoration piece for more than one holiday!

Some quick tips

Removing the spores from the fern leaves can get messy, so I suggest covering your work space area in old newspaper for easy clean up.

When cutting the ferns I advise only using the first few inches, where the leaf is the most flexible. If you use anything further down, the stem gets stiff and will be difficult to paste onto the pumpkin. You want something that will mimic the shape of the pumpkin.

When applying coats of Mod Podge make sure the previous coat is dry. Applying a fresh coat to a wet layer will only smudge the mod podge and won’t allow for thickening.



Marbled Fabric

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If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably noticed my obsession with marble. I became obsessed with marble when I visited Barista, a cute coffee shop in Portland. The shop had marble countertops that matched with their hexagon tiles and gold hardware. I love staging my coffee for Instagram and placing my coffee and pastry on the marble top made my photo pop and looked really clean. Being In Portland, many shop interiors always use wood or other rustic looking materials and that’s definitely not my style. It was a definite treat to find a place like Barista. I love the combination of the black streaks on the white stone and it makes everything seem classic and sophisticated.  It’s definitely one of the main reasons I go to certain shops and restaurants; their marble tabletops are the perfect backdrop for my photos and make me feel like I’m at a French boulangerie! So why not now have this beautiful texture on a textile? With this post I’ll show you how to take boring scraps of fabric and transform them into a beautifully dyed textile that you can use for any project.

What you need:

Supplies

  • Fabric (As much as you’d like, but it will be easier to dye fabric in small increments)
  •  1 can of shaving cream
  •  1 bottle of black acrylic paint

Tools

  • Toothpick
  • Spatula
  • Baking Sheet

Note: the dying process will happen within the baking sheet, so I advise that you only use fabric the same width as the sheet. It would be difficult to dye anything larger. This project can get very messy. I suggest you do it outside or near a sink with lots of rags or towels. 

 

What to do:

Cover the whole baking sheet with half an inch of shaving cream, making sure the surface is fully covered and use spatula to even it out.

On top of the sheet drizzle the black paint and use the toothpick to create the design that resembles what you see on marble. When making the marble design make sure to spread out the paint.

Once you’re happy with the marbling design lay your fabric flat on to the sheet and use your hands to make sure every part of your fabric touches the paint and shaving cream.

Leave your fabric on the pan for 30 seconds to allow the paint to penetrate into the fibers.  Lift the fabric up from the sheet and run it under cold water. The water will wash off the shaving cream, but will leave the paint on the fabric. Keep in mind that high water pressure, like that from a sink might, remove the paint from the fabric.  So try pouring water from a cup and try to only aim for the shaving cream. Also, when you’re rinsing the fabric it will be a bit muddy, but it should lessen once it’s dry.

After rinsing the cream off, air-dry it and it should be ready for use!

This was a fun project, but messy project! I tried this project multiple times and have some tips:

I tried this with canvas, it work well, but you have to make sure you leave the fabric on the pan for 30 or longer to make sure the paint penetrates the fiber. Canvas is a thick fabric so the longer the better. I also tried doing this project with a lighter fabric like muslin, but it was too light and the paint penetrated too much and dyed the both sides and came out too muddy.

Another tip that I have is when you’re creating the marble design make sure the paint stays up on the surface above the shaving cream. Any paint under the cream won’t make it onto the fabric.  

Stay tuned for what I’ll be using this fabric for!