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Popsicle Stick Christmas Ornaments

It's November, which to many over-enthusiastic holiday lovers means CHRISTMAS! Yes, I love Thanksgiving as well—it's just one big holiday celebration for me from now to the end of the year. So far, I've refrained from putting up my Christmas tree, but that doesn't mean I can't prepare, right? This past weekend, I spent some time making some ornaments. I love to create handmade ornaments to add to my little tree each year. 
Lately I've been interested in popsicle stick crafts. I found some super cute ideas on Pinterest (see the links to my Holiday Crafts and Food board and specific posts below). I like that such a simple material can have so many possibilities. Just add paint and glue!
I was able to get my kids involved for part of my craft day. They are ages 2 and 3, so they didn't do much beyond just paint a few popsicle sticks. I turned these painted sticks into little Santa Claus ornaments—two for each daughter as they're bound to ruin some of them …

Easter Egg Doodle a Day, Part II

Happy Easter, everyone! In my previous post at the beginning of the month, I set out to create one Easter egg each day leading up to today. I had a lot of fun with it. I found that I not only liked coming up with the different designs, but I also enjoyed finding creative ways to photograph the eggs for posting on Instagram. In addition, I entered a few of them into a Martha Stewart egg decorating contest, and one of them (the patchwork design) ended up being a top 50 finalist.  So all in all, it was a great crafty, creative exercise with some unexpected results. Here are the final eggs:

























Easter Egg Doodle a Day

Well, it's April, and it's FINALLY starting to feel like spring is here in my neck of the woods. A cold spring, but as long as the snow is melting… It has been a long winter, and I am ready for some colorful flowers and green grass. 
For the past few years now, I have enjoyed decorating eggs during the Easter season. It's a fun way to express my love of pattern and color. I try to pay special attention to each egg and make every one unique. Here are some that I've done in the past.







For most of my eggs, I just draw on them with permanent marker. I haven't really experimented a whole lot with other techniques, though once I did use food coloring to paint on some Cadbury mini chocolate eggs, which kind of worked like watercolor paint. It was a lot of fun, and adorable! 



Usually I only do a few at a time, but this year I am going to attempt an Easter-themed doodle-a-day challenge. Hopefully by the time the holiday is here, there will be 20 eggs total. If you would lik…