Bean-Speckled Easter Eggs


Navy beans and food coloring combine to make beautiful speckled Easter eggs.

Supplies:

  • One Pint or Two Pint Sized Disposable Containers with Lids
  • Gel Food Coloring
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Egg Carton
  • Extra-Long Toothpicks
  • Dried Navy Beans
  • Disposable gloves

Hard boil your eggs.

Directions:

  • Cover eggs with cold water, add a splash of vinegar and bring the pot to a boil. 
  • Take the eggs off the burner and cover for 15 minutes. 
  • Put the eggs in a cold water/ice bath until fully cooled.
  • Dry with a soft cloth

Measure 1/3 to 1/2 cup dried navy beans. Place beans in a disposable container. Add your first color.


Mix with a long toothpick.


Place your egg in the container, cover the container and lightly shake the egg in the beans. You may need to turn the container upside down or sideways to cover the egg.

Put on a disposable glove, remove egg from beans and set to dry in an egg carton.

Repeat for as many eggs as you'd like. You may need to add more food coloring.

Add your second color.


Mix slightly, so that some of the original color remains.


Speckle more eggs. Put in fridge overnight to dry.

I particularly like the blue and the blue/red combo!



DIY T-Shirt Towel for Perfectly Smooth Hair


The friction from regular terry-cloth towels can make your hair frizzy! Smooth your tresses dry with a t-shirt towel.

This is a cowl, tube style towel. It allows the user to choose single or dual layers.

This is a great. quick starter project for those who want to practice sewing with knits. Remember to trade out your regular needle for a ball-point needle.

Supplies:

  • 2 Men's Large or XL T-shirts
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors or Rotary Cutter

Pick two soft, knit t-shirts. Try to find two that are the same width armpit-to-armpit.


Cut across each t-shirt right at the armpit. Keep remainder for painting/cleaning rags or DIY bibs.


Place one tube inside the other, right sides together. Pin raw edges. Make sure you're only pinning the two layers together, not all four straight across the top.


If one t-shirt is a little bigger, fold over the excess and make  pleat.


Sew raw edges together. Make sure not to "stretch" the fabric as you're sewing and use a ball-point needle. Keep everything as even as possible. Otherwise it will buckle like this haha.


Turn top layer inside out. Iron seam down if you'd like.


Hang it in your bathroom and smooth your hair dry :-).




DIY Metal Washer Bracelet


These metal washer bracelets are a great teen craft! Might sell well at craft sale fundraisers?

I adapted this from the Metal Washer + Ribbon necklace tutorial. Fold-over elastic makes it easy to take these bracelets on and off. Younger kids can make these, too. Just make sure there's a responsible adult around to  melt the ends of the elastic.


Supplies:

  • Approx. 22 inches Fold-Over Elastic - I bought this pack at Walmart for $2.97
  • (8-12) 1/2" Flat Washers, Zinc - Bought at Lowes, $2.19 for pack of 25. You can buy these by the piece, just make sure to get these zinc washers and not the galvanized ones. The galvanized washers have a great patina but the bag carries a cancer warning!
  • Scissors
  • Lighter or lit candle


Look at your washers. They each have a smooth-edge side. These should face upward.

Cut 22" of fold-over elastic. The pattern side should face upward.

Start about 1 1/2" away from the left end of the elastic. Take two washers and place them on the elastic like the picture below.

For washer #1, place the elastic under the left side and over the right side. For washer #2, place the elastic OVER the left side and under the right side. Place the left side of #2 over the right side of #1


Flip washer #2 to the left (upside down). Thread the elastic through the hole of washer #1.


Flip washer #2 to the right.


Thread the elastic through the hole of washer #2 by pulling it from under washer #2.


Repeat with remaining washers. I used 9 nine washers.


Flip upside down.


Bring ends together and knot. Try it on to see if the bracelet fits well.


Tighten knot and snip off the excess. Light your candle and bring the ends of the elastic NEAR (NOT IN) the flame. This will slightly melt the ends and keep the elastic from raveling. If the elastic is smoking or turning black, you've burned it! Trim and try again.


Tug the knot towards the center of the washer in front of the knot. Stretch the elastic so that the washers are evenly spaced.


Wear it with pride :-).


DIY Penny Weighted Bookmark


Penny Weighted Bookmark! 

The smell of a new book is a-maz-ing. A whole new world to explore!

I don't like cracking the bindings of books, especially new library books. Weighted bookmarks come in really handy! They work well with cookbooks, too.

This is a fun, easy, useful DIY for kids, teens and adults. Might be a good gift to make for Mother's day or Father's day?


Supplies:
  • 22 Pennies 
  • Scissors
  • Plain Duct Tape
  • Decorative Duct Tape

Roll out a length of plain duct tape. Lay your pennies in two rows. Use the adhesive lines to keep them as even as possible.


Cut an equal length of tape. Carefully place the tape over the pennies. 


Trim the tape all the way around the pennies.


Cut a piece of decorative duct tape, slightly longer than the plain duct tape. Lay the duct taped pennies on the adhesive side of the decorative duct tape.


Cover with another piece of decorative duct tape. Use your fingertips to press all edges together.


Now your book will stay open! All it took was some tape and $0.22 :-).








Hey ...

I haven't been crafting much lately. That's because this has become my most-used room:


Because this has been keeping me good and sick:


Baby Boy due by June 2017! Mike and I are calling him Gandalf the Grey for now. Yes, that's a Lord of the Rings reference. 

Morning sickness has been, in a word, terrible. The Unisom + B6 combo has been a lifesaver! My sister told me she never had any morning sickness with any of her kids. Must be nice. ;-). Love you, sis.

I've been having fun collecting free goodies. Here's the Target Baby gift. All you need to do is make a registry and ask for the baby bag at the customer service counter. My favorite coupons are for 20% off maternity clothes and the BOGO Starbucks drink. Plus you'll receive a 15% registry completion discount 8 weeks before your due date:


And here's the Amazon box. You have to be a Prime member, go through a rigorous registry exercise and buy $10 of items from your registry. You'll be eligible for the box after your $10 worth of items have been ordered and shipped. I ordered a box of Amazon baby wipes to fulfill the buying requirement. Like Target, Amazon also has a registry completion discount on select items. 10% off for non-Prime members, 15% off for Prime members. The muslin wrap is being sold for $12.99 and the Oball for $4.99. The baby wipes are full size:


Hope my baby likes Avent bottles hahaha.

Mike and I have waited so long for little Gandalf. Can't wait to meet him and give him a real name :-).