Egg Sighting

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I think I may have gone a little overboard with the Easter Eggs this year. I’ve had far too much time on my hands since my laptop charger decided to suddenly stop working a few weeks ago. That meant that I had very little computer access and lots more free time to work on other things. Long story short, I made easter eggs (alot of them!) so I would’t die of boredom in the meantime. I’m glad I did because it brought back warm memories of making Easter crafts with my mom when I was in elementary school. I still haven’t been able to find a new charger. I went to Radio Shack as well as to several computer places and nobody seems to have that model in stock. Drat. I guess I’ll just have to order it on Ebay or Amazon but that can take a couple of weeks or more to get here from the U.S. so I decided it was time to dig out the old MacMini desktop and set it up temporarily. I was tired of using the ipad and having to type entire paragraphs with my index finger.

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These lace eggs were actually inspired by Hakan over at The Rose Garden in Malevik who had some lovely ones on his blog several weeks ago. I used foam egg shapes in different sizes for these and I added bits of rhinestone chain and beads over the lace.

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I also made sugar eggs, sometimes called Panoramic eggs. I hadn’t made those in years. When I was in about 5th grade or so, my mom took cake decorating classes with Wilton. Among all the wonderful things she learned to make in that class were sugar Easter eggs. It wasn’t long before I knew how to make them as well, my mom loved to teach me what she had learned and she was very patient. We would always make a few extra ones to sell. I remember carefully packing them in a cardboard box and taking them to school much to the delight of my classmates. When I recall the ridiculous prices we charged back in the day, I have to laugh. We sold the small ones for 50 cents, the medium sized ones for 75 cents and the very large ones cost $1.25 because they were a bit trickier to make and they used up alot of sugar.  I couldn’t believe my eyes the other day when I saw a small sized one for sale on Etsy for 35 dollars. How times change!

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These are just made out of damp sugar which is packed into a plastic egg shaped mold, turned out onto a countertop and then left to dry overnight.

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My rose making technique was a bit rusty, it took me a while to get the hang of it again.

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They have a little opening or peek hole on one end and an Easter scene inside. This one has rabbits playing in the grass.

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And lastly, I made blue and white decoupaged eggs just because it’s one of my favorite color combos. These are made with real eggs which I blew out and emptied. I used small blue and white floral decals on these eggs and then gave the eggs a few coats of spray varnish. So, it’s not a true decoupage in the strictest sense, but close enough. Once they are varnished, they’re so shiny that they almost look like porcelain even up close.

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Wishing everyone a blessed Easter!

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Blue, White and Elephants

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I don’t usually get excited about Tupperware. I’d never even given it much thought aside from the couple of times I had been wangled into going to a Tupperware party  *yawn* and had ordered an item or two for politeness sake. Most of the Tupperware items I do own were given to me by either my mother or my grandma (who probably had ordered them at parties for politeness sake as well)  and I’d never really stopped to think about the fact that more than 30 years later they were still almost good as new. Not until recently that is. After I moved to Costa Rica  I discovered that generic plastic items are ridiculously expensive here. They aren’t produced locally and most plastics are imported from Guatemala. They aren’t of  good quality and kitchen containers are not designed to last for more than a year or so after which time the lids begin to stretch and loosen and the bottoms begin to crack. Even old margarine tubs are longer lasting. Suddenly I found myself longing for the good old reliable Tupperware products of yesteryear and I decided to check Ebay and see if anyone was selling any. Wouldn’t you know it, there were literally thousands upon thousands of Tupperware items on Ebay.  When I came across these cute little blue and white cannisters that matched my blue and white dishware I knew I had to have them. Curiously they’re only produced for the Indian and Middle Eastern market, they don’t make these patterns in the U.S.  so I was delighted to find that several Tupperware sellers from India shipped internationally and I promptly ordered some. Who knew that plastic kitchen containers could actually be pretty? And who knew that I would EVER (in a million years!!) be writing a post about Tupperware. I must be getting old.

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There was also this peacock design that is so pretty:

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And this guy on the elephant reminded me of Hannibal crossing the Alps:

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They also had a Turkish pattern that sort of looks like mosaic tile:

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The only scary thing about buying Tupperware at this stage is that it’ll probably outlast me.

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DIY BLUE AND WHITE PLATES

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Lately I’ve become sort of obsessed with blue and white dinnerware. I guess alot of people must share my love of blue and white china because there are many different patterns of it out there. Right off the bat I can think of Blue Danube, Blue Onion, Blue Chatham, Blue Willow, Lomonosov blue and white and the list goes on. I guess now I can add another blue and white dinnerware pattern to that list, but I have to think of a name for it first.   Continue reading