Creative Crafting, Mmm...Food...

Easter is Coming!

I know it was JUST St. Patrick’s Day, but next week is Easter! While Easter is absolutely THE most important holiday in the Christian faith, I’m not going to get too into that today. You’re welcome. Instead, I’m going to highlight a few of my favorite springtime crafts and treats from Easters Past.

And so, without further ado…

I like to call this one, “Ode to that one time that Carli and I weren’t married yet and she didn’t have three baby girls yet and we spent a whole weekend crafting and baking and making marshmallows…”

Paper Bunnies
Paper Bunny Treat Envelope

I also don’t have a ton of Easter decor around my house – maybe when we are a little more settled down for the long haul I can buy some of this and this – but I make due! Last year I made this wreath, and bought some cheap but sparkly Easter eggs to brighten things up.

Spring Wreath
Spring Wreath

In lieu of an Easter basket for my hubby (he doesn’t eat a lot of candy, anyway), I filled each egg with a reason I love him. Call it a grown up version, I guess!

Sparkly Eggs
Sparkly Eggs

OKAY let’s talk about food… Breakfast is my favorite, and I’ve shared some of my favorite brunch items before. But my favorite FAVORITE FAVORITE treat, in general, are scones. I don’t know why, I just love them. I love their texture. I love how well they dip into coffee. I just love those little suckers. And here are my favorites, made for Easter a few years back with my roomie: Maple Scones. Happy Easter, Jesus is Risen, INDEED.

Maple Scones
Maple Scones

Then let’s talk about Easter 2011. This was my first holiday with the family that would later become known as my IN-LAWS. They are amazing, and of course, I really REALLY wanted to impress. How does one impress one’s future possible in-laws? One makes this cake, that’s how!!

Choc PB Cakes
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

And then finally, for Easter 2013, at which point my now-hubster and I were engaged, so now I like really REALLY want to make sure everyone likes me, I made salted caramel brownie parfaits. I think if they weren’t sure yet that I should be marrying their son/nephew/brother/uncle, they were sure then…

Brownies
Salted Caramel Brownie Parfait

Can I get an AMEN? I know that Dennis the Obese Mini-Dachshund told us all that food is NOT love, and I understand that’s very true when it comes to loving your pet-child, but I’m here to tell you that when it comes to winning over future in-laws, FOOD IS LOVE.

Creative Crafting

Springtime Decorations

So I don’t really have tons and tons of spending money sitting around to decorate our house with Easter decor. I wish we did, but sometimes you just need to keep things simple and get a little creative.

Over the weekend, I picked up some $1.50 shimmery Easter eggs from Walmart and filled up my prettiest vase with them. Voila! A centerpiece!

photo 3photo 2And while it’s not my favorite wreath I’ve ever put together, I was able to make it pretty on the cheap, as well. All you need is a plain wreath, a few fake flowers, and wooden letter + paint. Brings a little brightness back to our house!photo 5photo 4

What about you? Any spring or Easter decorating? Share your tips!

Creative Crafting, Daily Notes

Paper Easter Bunny Treats

While Carli and I hung out for the weekend in Chicago, we made a special Easter treat for a few lucky friends and family members…bunnies!  And not just any bunnies, oh no sir.  PAPER bunnies, filled with CANDY.  You just can’t go wrong.  We got the idea over at Martha Stewart.  We didn’t even have a printer handy, so we made our own templates for everything.  How crafty are we??

First, get yourself a big stack of envelopes, and lick ’em all shut.  Mmmmm….

Make yourself a template, and trace it on the back side of each envelope.

Then cut them out!

Make yourself a cute little ear template based on your bunny template, and cut out lots and lots of bunny ears.

Glue all of your little ears to the fronts of your bunnies.

And let the cotton balls invade.

Glue yourself a little cotton ball on the front center of each bunny–they need noses!

Then draw a little mouth and eyes.  You may be able to be more creative with this than I was, but one thing I a NOT is an artist.

Extra cotton balls?  Why not add some little fluffy tails of assorted colors!!??

They are all just so happy.

If you have one of these awesome little stampers like Carli has, then make yourself a personalized stamp and notecards for all of the lucky recipients of your bunny envelopes.

Fill them up with candy and grassy stuffing!!  They won’t even know what hit them.

Daily Notes, Picture Taking Time

Delicious Flower Photographs

As it is finally beginning to feel like spring, I can feel the itch to start photographing flowers and blossoming trees.  Until I have a little more free time, however, I’m just loving all the pictures I’m stumbling upon online.  Check out these 41 Delicious Flower Photographs from the Digital Photography School.  Heaven.

from {Steve Took It}