As a little girl I would obsess over my easter egg craft project. I would wander up and down the aisles of my local Meijer grocery store. Whether it was a simple Paas kit, or marbling, glitter, or wax resists, I would dream about all the creative exploits that would land on the simple substrate of a white eggshell. Any moment for creativity was a welcome sight and regardless of the years that have passed, there’s something about dyeing Easter eggs that brings back a welcome DIY staple. This year we ditched artificial color and ventured into the world of natural dyeing processes. Whether dyed with tea, turmeric, or red cabbage, it’s was a fun project to explore.
Keep reading for the full how-to after the jump!
Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
A dozen eggs
2 T white vinegar
1 t iodized salt
4 C red cabbage
Coconut oil or butter for resist
Place eggs in a large sauce pan. Cover with water. Set on stove to high. Boil for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. In a separate saucepan, place 4 C of shredded red cabbage. Cover with water and boil for 30 minutes. Strain cabbage and discard, leaving purple liquid. Add salt and vinegar to the cabbage dye. Rubbing butter or coconut oil on the egg, create a resist. Place in dye in small mason jars. Allow to sit overnight for a deep blue. For a paler color, keep in liquid for only 5 hours. Remove eggs from dye liquid. Run underneath cold water to remove the resist. Continue to dab with paper towel for a beautiful sponged effect. Place in a basket or small wooden bowl for the perfect casual centerpiece at your Easter gathering. Until Monday and happy Easter!
Every spring as blood oranges arrive I can’t contain myself. Everything from the color to their short season, make them one of my favorite ingredients to work with. When juiced, they provide drinks with a stunning pink color and are impressive. This cocktail is an updated take on an old fashioned with the sweetness of blood orange and a nuance of rosemary. Perfect for any spring gathering.
Keep reading for the full cocktail recipe after the jump!
In a small saucepan combine water and sugar. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Add two sprigs of rosemary and steep for 10 minutes. Place to the side. Juice orange. In a small glass, place ice cube. Add juice, bourbon, and bitters. Add 2 T of rosemary simple syrup. Stir and add blood orange wedge and sprig of rosemary for garnish. Cheers!
With cloudy days and rain in sight, this weekend will be spent indoors doing spring cleaning. The next project to tackle? The blog/props closet. This one is a beast and has completely taken over the entry closet in our townhome. We recently have not only watched the documentary on Netflix, Minimalism, but have stayed in some stunning places with minimal design that have kept us going. We’ll be sharing all about our minimalist cleanse on the blog soon. We’ll be spending the rest of the weekend with friends, a few parties, and getting caught up on a few good books.
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One of my favorite companies, The Giving Keys, has released their mini padlock collection just in time for all things love, hearts, and valentines.
What a week it has been. Full of deadlines, working ahead, and wrapping projects up as I close the office for the holiday. This morning I’m sitting in my parents home, surrounded by a crackling fireplace, and a tree trimmed in classic red and gold. As I drink a favorite cup of locally roasted coffee and look out the kitchen window, I find my heart grateful. Grateful for the ones who have stayed by my side, the ones who have held me over the past six months, and provided me with the encouragement to keep moving forward. It is only by grace that I’ve made it home.
Whether you find yourself home for the holiday or in a distant land, from our home to yours we wish you the most merry Christmas. This year more than ever I’m reminded of the importance of wonder and mystery like never before. 2,000 years ago on a silent night, in a cave on the outskirts of town, one of the greatest wonders and mysteries came. And much like my favorite carol states, “A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices.”
We hope you enjoy some rest away from the Internet over the weekend and we’ll see you back here on Monday as we prepare for the new year.
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It seems crazy to say this, but today marks the day of celebrating 2 years around this little space of the Internet that has become home. It’s been a wild ride and things have happened I wouldn’t have even dreamed of. Whether it was opening a physical space, the amazing brands I’ve been able to partner with over the years, or friends that have journeyed with me along the way. We say a resounding Thank you!! I couldn’t have done it without you. Your support means so so very much. With every season the blog seems to evolve. In this season, I’m finding that while I have plenty to say (there’s no shortage of parties or opinions for me), I’m noticing that time is far less than what it once was, making posting a bit more of a challenge. I’m focusing on quantity over quality and am finding that it is working out pretty well thus far.
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