Easter Eggs: Water Color & Coloring With Food (Mini Tutorials)

Eggs dyeing in natural color . Clockwise from the top right we have turmeric (yellow), red wine (purple-ish), onion skin (brick red), another turmeric, blue berry (dark blue), and last and kind of least: paprika powder.

This year Easter will be on April Fool’s Day, but it’s no joke how fast it came up again. So fast that I didn’t have time to color any eggs yet this year.

I just finished my Easter decorations, even. I usually have some branches with budding leaves in a vase and hang some emptied and painted Easter eggs. Then over a few days the leaves will come out because of the warmth of the room, and these tiny bright green leaves will look adorable. I am unsure if the leaves will come out by Sunday. We will see.

My Easter Decoration
My Easter Decoration

The eggs are painted with watercolor paint. I have hollowed them, so I can use them again each year. I even have 6 more blank eggs to paint, maybe next year. To hollow them you just need to take a raw egg, make a hole in each end and then blow really hard into the top hole. The raw egg white and yolk will come out the other hole. It takes a little afford to do. You will need to blow hard. Once empty, I wash them with water and dish soap, making sure to get some soapy water into the egg, swirling it around to get the inside clean, and then blowing out the water through the hole. Then I repeat just with water a couple times to get all the soap out. After having dried completely, the eggs are ready to be painted. I chose a design with butterflies on a yellow background and a bunny in the meadow design for mine. Perfectly spring and Easter themed.

Easter eggs painted with watercolor and design with butterflies on a yellow background
Easter eggs painted with watercolor and design with butterflies on a yellow background
Easter eggs painted with watercolors and a bunny in the meadow design
Easter eggs painted with watercolors and a bunny in the meadow design

To be able to hang them I used a tooth pick, tied some magic thread on it (clear jewelry thread) and made a loop. I inserted the toothpick into the top hole. It will turn sideways and not slide out of the hole again. Voila, a cute Easter ornament.

In addition, I usually decorate some hard boiled eggs just for that year. I have done just plain colors from the store, painted like a galaxy and some natural coloring with food items and spices. I love the ones colored with food items and had great success in the past. Below a little tutorial on that.  I have used 5 different “colors”.

Recipes for the Natural Colors

  1. Onion skin (brick red): 1 cup yellow onion skins per cup of water. Boil in a sauce pan for 30 min. Remove peels.
  2. Red wine (sparkly purple): Just the wine
  3. Blueberry (dark blue): Mix 1 cup frozen blueberries with 1 cup water, bring to room temperature, and remove blueberries. Squeeze out the berries.
  4. Turmeric (yellow): Mix 2 tablespoons ground turmeric per cup of water.
  5. Paprika Powder (light red):  Mix 2 tablespoons ground paprika per cup of water.

I filled the coloring water into jars, added vinegar (1 tablespoon of vinegar per cup of color), and added white hard boiled eggs.

Eggs dyeing in natural color (from left to right: Onion skin, red wine, blueberry juice, 2 x turmeric and paprika powder)
From left to right: Onion skin, red wine, blueberry juice, 2 x turmeric and paprika powder.

I let them sit in there overnight, stirring occasionally. I was really happy about the results. However, the onion skin and the paprika powder turned out surprising, I expected the opposite results.

The red wine one turned out really interesting. There were tiny sparkling crystals all over it. I wonder what caused that. Here are some pictures of the result. Aren’t they fascinating?

Eggs dyeing in natural color . Clockwise from the top right we have turmeric (yellow), red wine (purple-ish), onion skin (brick red), another turmeric, blue berry (dark blue), and last and kind of least: paprika powder.
Clockwise from the top right we have turmeric (yellow), red wine (purple-ish), onion skin (brick red), another turmeric, blue berry (dark blue), and last and kind of least: paprika powder.
Egg colored with red wine has little sparkly crystals all over.
Egg colored with red wine has little sparkly crystals all over.

What do you usually do for Easter decoration?

Easter Finger Puppets and Basket – Crochet Pattern

Easter is coming up so early this year, and reading a few posts about Easter gifts for children, it hit me: my baby is old enough for her own first Easter basket. Whaaa?

She is now 13 months, so there won’t be candy in the basket yet, but I have ordered a few cute toys to add. I found these Easter egg shaped shakers that are perfect, as she loves making noises. I also could not help myself ordering a fun bunny board book with sensory parts to feel and explore. Unfortunately, the book has not yet arrived.

Crafty me obviously had to make part of this basket myself. I made the basket with a waffle crochet stitch.

The part I enjoyed making the most, probably because I came up with the pattern myself, are little Easter themed finger puppets. There is a chicken, a lamb and a bunny. Although the lamb looks more like a dog, probably due to how I embroidered the face. Embroidery is not my strong suit 😀

Because this is for a 13 month old, I didn’t want to use Easter grass, and instead used some left over green tulle from a skirt project.

Find the pattern for the basket and finger puppets below the pictures.

Crochet Easter basket with crochet finger puppets and egg shakers
Crochet Easter basket with crochet finger puppets and egg shakers
Crochet Easter finger puppets: Bunny, Chick, and Lamb
Crochet Easter finger puppets: Bunny, Chick, and Lamb
Crochet Easter finger puppets: Lamb, Bunny, and Chick
Crochet Easter finger puppets: Lamb, Bunny, and Chick
Easter egg shaped shakers
Easter egg shaped shakers
Easter egg shaped shakers
Easter egg shaped shakers
Crochet Easter basket with tulle for grass
Crochet Easter basket with tulle for grass
Crochet Easter basket
Crochet Easter basket

Materials

  • Worsted weight yarn in brown,  yellow, and white
    You need about a skein for the basket and just a little for each puppet. For the lamb I used fluffy yarn
  • Bigger hook: crochet hook US size I – 5.5 mm for the basket
  • Smaller hook: crochet hook US size G – 4.25 mm for the puppets
  • Different colors embroidery floss for the faces of the finger puppets (I used black, brown, and orange)

Pattern

Finger Puppets

Body

In the color of whichever animal you are making this for, and with smaller hook.

Row 1: 6 sc into a magic ring. sl into the first stitch to form a circle (6 st)

Row 2: 2 sc into each st (12 st)

Row 3 – 12: sc into each st (12 st)

Fasten off and weave in end.

Ears for the bunny

In brown, and with smaller hook. Make 2.

Row 1: chain 3

Row 2: sc in 2nd ch from hook and following (2 st)

Row 3:  ch 1, turn, sc in each st (2 st)

Row 4: 2 ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first st, sc in next st (3 st)

Row 5: ch 1, turn, sc in each st (3 st)

Row 6: ch 1, turn, sc3tog (1 st)

Fasten off and weave in end.

Sew to the top of the bunny body.

Embroider a face.

Ears for the lamb

In white, and with smaller hook. Make 2.

Row 1: chain 3

Row 2: sc in 2nd ch from hook and following (2 st)

Row 3:  ch 1, turn, sc in each st (2 st)

 

Fasten off and weave in end.

Sew to the top of the lamb body.

Embroider a face.

Wings for the chick

In yellow, and with smaller hook. Make 2.

Row 1: chain 4

Row 2: sc in 2nd ch from hook and following (3 st)

Row 3 – 4:  ch 1, turn, sc in each st (3 st)

Row 5: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next st (2 st)

Row 6: ch 1, turn, sctog2 (1 st)

Fasten off and weave in end.

Sew to the sides of the chick body.

Embroider a face.

Easter Basket

Special Stitch – V shape for the waffle pattern

FPtrVstitch:

  • double crochet (dc) in the next stitch but do not pull through the last two loops (2 loops on hook)
  • front post treble crochet (FPtc) around the front post of the dc two stitches back and in row below, but so not finish the tc (3 loops on hook)
  • FPtc around the front post of the dc two stitches ahead in the row below. Finish FPtc by pulling though all remaining loops (4 loops) on the hook

Basket

In brown and with bigger hook.

Row 1: 6 sc into a magic ring. sl into the first stitch to form a circle (6 st)

Row 2:  2 sc into each st (12 st)

Row 3: *sc into one st, 2 sc into next st* repeat from * 6 times (18 st)

Row 4: *sc into 2 st, 2 sc into next st* repeat from * 6 times (24 st)

Row 5: *sc into 3 st, 2 sc into next st* repeat from * 6 times (30 st)

Row 6: *sc into 4 st, 2 sc into next st* repeat from * 6 times (36 st)

Row 7: *sc into 5 st, 2 sc into next st* repeat from * 6 times (42 st)

Row 8: *sc into 6 st, 2 sc into next st* repeat from * 6 times (48 st)

Row 9: *sc into 7 st, 2 sc into next st* repeat from * 6 times (54 st)

Row 10: *sc into 8 st, 2 sc into next st* repeat from * 6 times (60 st)

Row 11: ch 2 (counts as dc from here on), with right side facing, into the back loops only, dc into the next and each following st, sl to chain (60 st)

Row 12:  ch 2, dc in next 2 st, *FPtrVstitch in next st, dc in next 3 st* repeat 9 times from *, FPtrVstitch, sl into chain (60 st)

Row 13:  FPtrVstitch (do a ch 2 instead of the dc in the FPtrVstitch) , dc in next 3 st, *FPtrVstitch in next st, dc in next 3 st* repeat 9 times from *, sl into chain (60 st)

Row 14: repeat row 12

Row 15: repeat row 13

If you want to the basket to be taller you can continue alternating row 12 and 13.

Fasten off and weave in end.

Handle

Row 1: chain 35

Row  2: sc in 2nd ch from hook and all following ch (34 st)

Row 2 sc in each st (34 st)

Fasten off and weave in end.

Sew onto the top of the basket.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. I hope you enjoyed and I would love to hear if you made this basket or these finger puppets <3

Baby Tights DIY – Repurpose

This morning was such a nice morning. I heard different birds chirping, saw a little bunny in the melting snow, and had enough time for a relaxed breakfast and coffee. So I got some writing done. This is what I had planned all month, but each day there was something that sucked all the time away. Usually, I just got stuck social media browsing.  The worst!

Recently I have been tackling a few crafty sewing projects that I had been laying around. Now, don’t get me wrong, there is still more than a lifetime worth of craft project backlog, but I am starting to chip away at it.

I am doing some sewing projects for the baby. I have to do them via hand sewing though, because they have to be able to be done in the nursery, watching the little one play in a safe environment. The living room has become a hazard again, as she is now a master climber *sigh*. We cannot wait for the Pikler Triangle that my husband is building to be done. If you do not know what a Pikler Triangle is, check out this one on Amazon:

Pikler Triangle / Children’s Wooden Climbing Structure / Great for Montessori Toddler Classroom or Household (Foldable – 35″H x 26″W x 4″D made w/ Pine and Cherry)

We have decided to make one ourselves, which is turning into quite a project and will not look nearly as good LOL.

Anyways, when I have to be in the babies room for crafts, I seem to be most successful, aka drawing the least attention, with hand sewing. I tried drawing, but she wants my pencil and paper within seconds. So hand sewing it is. I am currently working on a dress as well as a onesie re-purposed from a shirt. But I have recently finished some baby tights from a gray sweat shirt of my husband that he no longer wears. Baby tights are pretty easy. I also made my own pattern from another pair of tights. I am writing below how I did it and also have some pictures for you.

Materials

  1. A pair of currently fitting baby tights
  2. A very stretchy fabric (e.g. from old leggings, thin sweaters etc.)
  3. Thread
  4. Something to draw your pattern on and with 🙂
  5. About 1 foot of elastic for the waist band (measure the width of the pattern tights)

Instructions

  1. Lay your tights flat on top of the pattern paper, or if clear then below. I used clear construction paper so I put the tights underneath
  2. Trace along the seams, flip and repeat
  3. Add seam allowance to each pattern piece. I did this on the fabric.
  4. Lay out your fabric and trace around the pattern. If you haven’t added the seam allowance to your pattern, add it now on the fabric. Be mindful of the fabrics bias, but it should be pretty stretchy in both directions.
  5. Sew side seams
  6. Fold over upper edge and sew leaving a small opening to insert the elastic
  7. Insert elastic in top seam and pull through. sew together both sides of the elastic, then close the hole in the waistband seam.

Pictures

Here are the pictures to the process, with a little mistake that I had to correct along the way 😀

Baby Tights Pattern
Pattern traced from existing baby tights
tracing tights pattern
Tracing the pattern onto the fabric
Cut Pattern Pieces
Seam allowance added and pattern pieces cut
Rounded Tights Foot
Noticed that I could not have a heel and toe on my pattern, or the seam would be right under the foot and uncomfortable. So I rounded the foot.
Baby Tights Front
Front view of finished baby tights
Baby Tights Back
Back view of finished baby tights

Thread Thursday: Sweater Weather

I finally finished a chrochet project again AND started Inktober.
We had family visiting for the first week of October and I got nothing done. But that is totally ok, because I had a wonderful time hanging out with them.
We did a lot of walks in nature ❤

The crocheting I did, is a warm sweater for my little girl. I got some wonderful yarn through a craft party and chose a maritime theme. I pretty much just made up the pattern as I went. The sweater has buttons on the shoulder, but the neckline is so big, it fits over a big baby head without opening the buttons. The arms seem a little short and I may need to add some cuffs at some point. But that is no big deal. I also tried it on my little girl right away, and it fits!

Hoping to get some more inktober in today and another crafty project before next Thursday. Fingers crossed.

Thread Thursday: I’m dy(e)ing – too much pink!

This post is not about sewing or crochet but it is related in a way. I have received many baby clothing items as a hand-me-down, which I am very grateful about.

It has allowed me to save so much money. I have added a few items that I made myself but the bulk is used from friends or family <3 o:p="">
However, there is one big issue I have. I think this does not relate to hand-me-downs in general but the whole girl’s clothing industry.
There is just SO MUCH PINK! And not even different pinks, no, most of it is the same two shades of bright dark pink or very light pink.
I have kept a few pink items although I really do not like the color much. However, there were so many pink items that I sorted out 3 bags and decided to dye them different colors.
I chose a teal, a navy blue and a Bordeaux red. I may sort through one more time for a green bag at a later point.
I used RIT liquid dye and already dyed one batch with the teal in the machine. But then I ran out of salt and bleach (of course).
So, I am continuing the dyeing later today and add pictures later. I think with the teal it worked out pretty well. In the pictures, you see the “before” for the red and blue, and the “after” for the teal.
I forgot to take a “before” picture for the teal batch.
What do you think?

Next week I will hopefully finally be able to show you the finished crochet sweater I am forming on.

Thread Thursday: Rompers vs. Robes

 

 

 

Ha! Again it is Friday, and I am posting my Thread Thursday post. I just got done with this piece and it was just way too late to write the post last night.
This one is a little up-cycle project, and I am making another one this weekend.
We got some baby robes (or however you call them) which always just slid up when Baby was wearing it. Probably because she is already too mobile but she wears a 3 month old size 🙂
So all I did was used a long-leg romper that fits as a measure for the length of the torso and then just cut out a piece in the middle to make legs. I used a strip of old T-Shirt as the binding tape and added some metal snaps. And Voila, a romper! Super easy! It took me one afternoon – maybe 2 hours?
As I said, I am making one more. Otherwise I am still crocheting the sweater and I am finishing some small Waldorf dolls I started in a craft event at GenCon.
I will try to post the next Thread Thursday actually on a Thursday, LOL.

Thread Thursday: Tiny Frogs

 

Wait, it is already Friday and I forgot to post my Thursday post. Yikes.
Well, better late than never 🙂 And the same goes for the little onesie I made.
Months ago I started cutting the pieces for this adorable little wrap onesie and now I finally finished it. As expected it is now too small for my baby to wear 🙁
But that is ok, as I have multiple friends who are pregnant or have younger babies.
I used the fabric of a pajama pants my friend didn’t want anymore.
Unfortunately, I cannot give you the link to the pattern because the site seems to be gone.

Now that the weather is getting more fall-like, I am working on a crochet sweater for my little one.
I got my hands on some nice merino wool in great off white and blue. I likely have it done for next week’s post.