Happy Easter with hand lettered eggs

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter 2014, painted eggs, calligraphy

Happy Easter! How else would I have decorated my eggs but with a bit of hand lettering? :) I’ve also officially fallen in love with these naturally blue/green eggs from my local farmer’s market…

You may already know this but I’m a huge animal lover with two house buns of my own. I spread the word each Easter about how bunnies and chicks do not make good gifts for children. Parents often impulsively purchase these cute “Easter” animals for their kids but do not realize the aftermath of having a small animal come into their home. They require a lot of work, specialized veterinary care and diet, and live long lives (Domingo is 10 years old this year!). They also need a lot of space and don’t usually do well with small children. Kids often become “tired” of them as they grow older and many of these animals are then left in shelters facing an unpredictable future. So unless you’re ready to commit to taking proper long-term care of these beautiful and fragile creatures, please think before you buy!

Instead, give your children stuffed animals, chocolate bunnies, and/or gift baskets full of sweet treats, puzzles, coloring books, and other fun Easter toys (those were what I loved getting as a kid on Easter…are they too dated? lol)

For more resources, please read here, here, and here for more reasons why animals shouldn’t be given as gifts.

Enjoy your Friday and Easter weekend, lovely friends!

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Easter 2014, painted eggs, calligraphy

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Guest post // Lark & Linen

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lark & Linen, house envy, guest post

Hi friends! Come and visit me over at Lark & Linen today and say hello! I’m taking over for lovely Jacquelyn while she’s away enjoying some vacation + family time in Mexico! So join me as I show you one really gorgeous house in beautiful Southern Amsterdam – a place that is on the top of my travel bucket list! It’s got a twist of New York City style meets Scandinavian design, I know you’ll love it as much as I do!

Here’s a sneak peak at some product picks inspired by this beautiful home – find all the source links over on Lark & Linen!

xo

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P.S. Have you entered all the birthday fun/celebration giveaways yet? Enter both giveaways: 1) $600 Visa gift card in celebration of Janee’s birthday, and 2) Canon Rebel T3i camera to celebrate Trina’s birthday! Happy one year older, ladies!

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Giveaway // Canon Rebel T3i

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Of Trees and Hues giveaway

Oh hey! It’s a month full of birthday celebrations! It’s my dear friend, Latrina’s birthday month and to celebrate the amazing photographer that she is, we’re giving away a Canon EOS Rebel T3i to one lucky winner!

Continue below to enter via the Rafflecopter and be sure to visit Of Trees and Hues to wish Trina a very happy birthday!!

Giveaway open to U.S. and International readers. Begins on Tuesday April 15th at 12 AM PST and ends on Tuesday May 6th at 12 AM PST.

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Easter DIY // Candy nests

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter 2014

I almost didn’t post an Easter post this year. I know. Nothing really inspired me until literally, at the last minute, something caught my eye at my local arts and crafts store. It’s been forever since I’ve taken part in an Easter egg hunt. We used to have huge basket loads of those plastic eggs filled with candy every year as a kid! Now, my Easter holidays consist of giving small little treats (then again, I do this for most holidays), and when I happened across these petite egg-shaped paper mâché boxes, I knew they’d be the perfect treat box to remind me of those good ol’ days of hunting little plastic treasure eggs.

I made these “Candy Nests” by first personalizing each “egg” (box cover) by painting them with gouache (but you can use paint pens or acrylic paint as well). I like to personalize with names + calligraphy, but I also really like the idea of decorating them like you would Easter eggs! Then I filled them with some shredded 100% natural excelsior (as “nest”; you can also use crinkle) and adding in some Easter treats. Enjoy!

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Easter 2014

What you’ll need:

// Oval paper mâché boxes (like this one, or most likely available at your local arts and crafts store)
// Paint + Paint brush
// Excelsior or Crinkle
// Candy or small treats to fill

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Easter 2014

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P.S. Have you entered the $600 Visa gift card giveaway yet? I’m helping to celebrate Janee’s 27th birthday by teaming up with 29 other wonderful bloggers and giving you a chance to win this awesome prize to treat yo’ self! Enter here!

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Giveaway // $600 Visa gift card

Monday, April 14, 2014

Yellow Bird Yellow Beard birthday giveaway

I’ve got some exciting news! Yellow Bird Yellow Beard‘s Janee is turning 27 this month and to celebrate, I’m teaming up with 29 other bloggers + friends to bring you an amazing birthday giveaway! Enter to win your chance at a $600 Visa gift card to be used, well, anywhere!

Continue below to enter by using the Rafflecopter and be sure to visit Yellow Bird Yellow Beard and wish Janee a happy birthday!

Giveaway is open to U.S. and International readers. Begins Saturday April 12 and ends Saturday April 26.

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