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Dye Eggs Naturally

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Every year the kids and I decorate eggs for Easter. Some years, we use the traditional dyeing kits. They’re always great fun and I love the way my kids wriggle up their noses at the colorful dishes filled with white vinegar. In years past, we have also tried our hand at using sharpies, decorating with pysansky techniques and even making natural ones like these. I made these beautiful eggs with ordinary ingredients from my kitchen pantry. Using white shelled eggs as my base, I was able to dye eggs naturally with herbs and spices. I love the way they turned out.

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DIY: Paper Wall Flower

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I love creating and I am super excited with you all to share that in addition to seeing me on HGTV and HGTV Gardens, I will now be a regular contributor to DIY Network’s Made + Remade! My first post that I did for them is how to create this gorgeous paper flower! I know. Yes, it looks super complicated but this paper wall flower came together so simply anyone, even the kids can make one at home with you.  They’ll just need some assistance with the hot glue gun.

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DIY: Woodland Birch Table Place Settings

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Christmas is always at our house. The holiday is one of my all time favorites. We have a ham and all the side dishes. Family and friends are always welcome, especially for those who have no place to go. A few days before Christmas when the kids are off from school, we sit down together and craft the place settings for our guests. This year, I went with a woodland theme. With only a few crafting items, I was able to make these darling birch table place settings. They came together in minutes and they turned out to be a special gift for each guest.

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Edible Holiday Terrariums

A couple of years ago, the kids and I made edible Easter terrariums and they were a huge hit. We had so much fun that we decided to make ones for Christmas this year. We couldn’t decide on the theme so we made three edible holiday terrariums – a woodland gingerbread cottage scene, a candy cane tree with presents and Scottie dog, and a snowman on a graham cracker and candy cane sled.

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Thanksgiving Favors: Turkey in the Straw

The kids’ table. For some, this is a dreaded place to be on Thanksgiving. In some families, it’s a right of passage to finally “graduate” to the adult table, where things always seem so much more exciting! This year, I decided to make the day a little sweeter for the kiddos by creating these entirely edible Turkey in the Straw place settings. 
As I was shopping for the Thanksgiving dinner, I came across these chocolate turkeys. My gears started turning. I picked up some waffle cone cups. These would make perfect nests. Next, I hopped on over to the Asian section of the grocery store and picked up some rice noodles. They would make the perfect bedding for these turkeys.

To each waffle cone cup, I added the dried noodles, some pumpkin and corn candies, and topped it off with turkey.
I wonder if they’ll let me sit at the kids table this year?
Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest