Panoramic Sugar Eggs for Easter

Fun Easter craft: Panoramic sugar eggs.Have you ever made Panoramic Sugar Easter Eggs? My mom and I had so much fun posting about the candy bar trains we used to make at Christmas that we thought we would share these super fun Panoramic Sugar Eggs too.  They are a bit time-consuming, and pretty fragile, but the end result is so sweet, it makes the work worth it. Make sure you read through before you decide to make them as you really need to make them a day or two ahead of time to make sure they set up and harden as much as possible. Or you can pull a Sharon and read through the post halfway and then try to make them and not give yourself enough time…that’s how most of the new recipes I try work out…

Fun Easter craft idea: sugar eggs with a mini scene inside! Long story short, you make the sugar eggs ahead of time and then decorate them later.

Panoramic Sugar Eggs for EasterThese do take a few special items so you will want to make sure you give yourself plenty of time. You need the sugar egg mold like this one here. I bought mine on Amazon and since I have prime it showed up really quickly. My mom picked some larger ones up from the local cake supply store.  You will also need some miniatures to create your little scene with inside the egg. I am super lucky that I have my mom’s vintage miniatures to use. I’ve looked at my local craft stores and also online and they are really hard to come by. I pick them up whenever I see any that might work for the candy bar trains or these sugar eggs. And yes, some people make these panoramic eggs standing up and cutting out the center. That is crazy hard and we didn’t want to attempt that.

How to make sugar Easter Eggs. My mom did not keep her sugar egg instructions so she searched around online to refresh her memory of how to make the sugar. She used this post as a guide. First you make the sugar by mixing 6 cups super fine sugar (or put regular sugar in a food processor for a minute), 3 tablespoons of water and we used a touch of food coloring because I thought it would be really cute. As you may notice, the finished eggs are white sugar. That’s because my mom made the larger white eggs a few days prior so they would be ready when I needed to take the pictures. But I think I kind of adore the pink sugar and would love to make some like that as well! Once you get the sugar mixture ready, you press it in to your egg mold. And you really press it making sure it is packed really tight. After you are done compacting the sugar, use a butter knife to level the egg. It is best to do one half of the egg at a time because they are really fragile at this point and if you flop the other side out and don’t catch it correctly it will crumble.

DIY Panoramic sugar Easter Eggs craft.Hurry! Quick! While it is still soft, you want to cut the flat edge off that will be the front window to the panoramic egg. And dig out a little section which will help you  get started scooping out the middle later. And then you wait. For about 2 hours.

Pink sugar eggs for Easter. After two hours, the center will still be a bit soft but the outer shell will be harder. Using a spoon, you need to scoop out the middle, leaving enough around the outside so that it doesn’t collapse. Do a little at a time. Be extra careful near the front section, which you previously cut flat. It will be harder than the center and you may need to use a little pick or tooth pick to help get through it. A spoon might be a little too much force.

Pink sugar eggs for Easter. So the egg on the right is scooped out and the other side is not. If you wait too long, you won’t be able to scoop it out and then you will have a solid sugar egg which I think would still look pretty cool, especially if you didn’t cut off the flat edge on the front. Once it is all scooped out, let the eggs sit to harden for a day or more.

Sugar eggs for EasterOnce the eggs are hard, you can start getting really creative with them. You will need miniatures, royal icing in various colors and bright candies to decorate with. These chocolate covered sunflower seeds are super cute and look like little Easter eggs!

Sugar Easter Eggs with a miniature scene inside.My mom used to do a lot of cake decorating so she has a ton of decorative icing tips that I get to use for these fun food crafts. Here we made grass using green royal icing. The royal icing works as the glue to hold in the scene inside the eggs.

DIY sugar eggs for Easter. A great craft to do with kids. Once you scene is complete, you can then start to put your eggs together and decorate the outside.

Sugar Egg DIY for EasterOh hey there drunk bunny. I found this miniature wine bottle and glasses  at the craft store and knew I had to pick it up. I think it worked out pretty perfectly with this little guy.

Sugar Easter Eggs with panoramic scene.Next use royal icing to “glue” the two halves together.

Sugar Easter Eggs craft.Try to match it up as close as possible. Don’t worry if it doesn’t match exactly.

Easter craft idea for kids: Panoramic Sugar Eggs.You can use a nail file to file down the sugar and make the edges match up a little better. Just be careful!

Decorate sugar easter eggs. Super fun craft for kids to help with.And then the fun begins of decorating the outside. I don’t have any experience with cake decorating so I got really sweaty when my mom suggested that I do this part. Just practice a few times on a paper towel first and get the technique down. This little flower was super simple with the flower tip. The icing hides the seem in the sugar and makes it look cuter.

How to make Panoramic Sugar Easter Eggs for your brunch table.And then you finish decorating however you would like to. I piped icing all around the front and then added some pizzaz to the top in the way of sugar candies.

Sugar Easter Egg craft idea.When my kids got home from school and saw these they totally freaked out. Well, they immediately asked if they could eat them and then they told me how cool they thought these were. This project is not quite as kid friendly as the candy bar trains were but I can certainly see older kids wanting to help with these. And making funny little scenes to go inside.

Panoramic Sugar Eggs for EasterI wouldn’t suggest eating these as it is straight sugar and royal icing (which is pretty much sugar). These would be perfect for your Easter table or even as a spring centerpiece. Have you ever made these before? A BIG thank you to my mom for indulging me in this post and helping me to make the sugar eggs!

You can find a recipe for royal icing in my candy bar train post!

 

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Art Projects for Kids

Kid's art project for home decor.I’m always looking for ways to add new decor pieces and art to our house. I love the way that adding even a small new piece can change-up the feel of the room. And I love to get the kids involved. Art projects for kids where you display them in the home is a great way to introduce them to interior design. I did this project as a party activity, years ago. I found the leftover canvases and thought I would share it with you. It’s my favorite kind of craft: simple, non-messy and lot’s of personality. This art project, on DIY fabric canvases, also make a great gift for their young friends. We’ve done this several times and the recipient always loves their custom, one of a kind gift.

DIY fabric canvases for kid's art projects. The fabric canvases are really easy to make. You can use a ready-made flat canvas and just cover it with fabric or you can find a sturdy piece of cardboard and cover them like I did here. I just used Super 77 (my fave spray adhesive – use gloves or you’ll stick your fingers together. Forever) and smoothed on the fabric. Since I made at least 30 of them, with all different fabrics, I used cardboard boxes cut to all different sizes. I found this great Ed Roth Stencil Book (but I love this one too!) but you can always just set out the Sharpies or fabric markers and let the kids free hand something. I really loved using patterned fabric for these canvases because it added so much interest and color. I just made sure to choose prints that would work with a large graphic image, and weren’t too busy with too many colors.

Art project to do with kids.The kids really loved making these! I just helped tape down the stencil for them and let them go to town with the marker.

Stencil art project for kids.It is a quick project that leaves them with a piece of art that they created from scratch. I loved seeing the sense of pride as they finished their canvases.

Easy kid's art project with cute patterned fabric canvases.I love using the markers because you don’t really have to worry about dry time and you can add them in to your decor immediately. This worked great as a party project because it was also the favor that they got to take home with them.

Easy kid's home decor art project.The canvases are also really light so they hang easily on the wall with a little DIY string hanger situation on the back. You can even make these for different holidays and add them in as part of your holiday decor.

These would also be great for a playdate or sleepover!

DIY Drink Markers on Melissa Creates and Links!

Easy Drink Marker DIYYou guys! One of my most very favorite people, Melissa, just had her first baby! How exciting is that?! I couldn’t be happier for her and her husband. They are going to make the best parents. Since she is on maternity leave, I’m helping her out with a contributing post. I’m sharing a tutorial for these super simple fabric drink markers.

Head over to Melissa Creates to see just how easy, but cute, this DIY is!

If you have a minute, pop over to Babyshower.com to see my latest contributor post for a cute fabric letter sign.

And if you need more cocktail inspiration for the weekend, here are some of my favorite links.

How to make homemade bitters.

Make these gorgeous flower ice cubes for your next party.

You should totally infuse your own vodka with yummy flavors.

Hello summer! (wait, it’s not summer!) But it can taste like it is with this Aguas de Frutas cocktail bar.

How stinking GORGEOUS are these floral drink stirrers?!

And if you are looking for more recipes, follow my cocktails and beverages board on Pinterest!

 

Make a Vision Box for your Inspiration #StreamTeam

How to store your inspiration when you don't have room for a bulletin board. #streamteamMy husband and I are magazine junkies. I have lost count of how many subscriptions we have. And DiscountMags.com is one of my favorite sites. Those glossy pages are some of my favorite places to find inspiration. I’m constantly tearing out the sheets for later reference, but they end up scattered all around the house in a totally unorganized way. I would love to put these gorgeous and motivating visual images up, but there just isn’t a place in my house to put up a bulletin board for all my pretty pictures. So as I was browsing around Target the other day, as you do, I found these fun opaque geometric boxes in the dollar section. Yeah, Target. I decided that it would be the perfect place to store my ideas so I wanted to share it with you too. Do you make vision boards? Well now you can make a vision box.

As part of my partnership with Netflix #StreamTeam, I created this post to go along with their February theme of creating or changing your destiny. And sometimes dreaming is the perfect way to get starting on that path.

Do you create vision boards? I made a box instead. #streamteamI have been trying to find my new “look” for the blog for a while now. So while some people create vision boards of all the big life goals they have, I decided to keep mine focused on visual elements or thoughts that would work in a rebrand for my blog. As I start to narrow down who I think I am as a blogger, it is guiding me to the types of content I am sharing. And in turn, it is helping me to create some new series or at the very least, parameters for what is “on brand.” I take the inspiration and let my mind wander and dream about how I can use it in my own way.

Create a Vision Box for your visual inspiration. #streamteamIf the image or idea is small, I just cut it down to size to fit inside the box.

A vision box is great when you don't have space to put up a bulletin board. #streamteamBut if it is something I need to save the whole page for, I simply fold it in to fourths. It couldn’t be easier and now it is all right in one place!

Create a style box for your visual inspiration. #streamteamThis little box of lovelies will sit on my dresser so I can easily see it as a visual reminder to keep working toward my goal of rebranding. And it will be easy to keep adding inspiration to it as I find it or pull something out that I want to revisit.

A vision box for all your style inspiration. #streamteamThere is definitely more to my story. And as my kids have seen me working on this and adding more images to the box, it has been a great way to introduce them to dreaming big. We talk about goals they have and things they dream of doing one day. My youngest specifically wants to ride Ghost Rider at Knott’s Berry Farm. Which he thinks is hysterical because it is my least favorite ride there.

Netflix has some great shows for the kids all about creating your own destiny. Ever After High and Mako Mermaids are out now but I’m dying to share the new series, Richie Rich with my kids. Richie Rich was always one of my favorite characters growing up (series starts Feb. 20!) And you know any kid, with that much money, obviously had a big dream.

Other shows with great episodes about setting big goals for yourself are Justin Time (episode #13 about walking on the moon), Fame High (do your kids want to be a star?) and The Gabby Douglas Story (for what it really takes to become an Olympian). Also this month my kids found PeeWee’s Playhouse which isn’t necessarily about goals. It’s just fun. They also geeked out over I Spy, a fave of theirs from a few years ago. They really love discovering new and old series on Netflix.

I’ll be checking out Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown to inspire my own wanderlust.

How do you encourage your kids to view life? Do you like to keep it practical or encourage big dreams? If my kids want to start their own vision boxes, I would be happy oblige them. I can’t wait to help them achieve all they set out to do in this world.

Thank you for supporting the brands, like Netflix, that let me create fun ideas for you.

Coffee Lover Free Printable

free coffee printable with touches of leopard print for the coffee and animal print lover. Happy hump day, yo. As I get older, I’ve become really in to coffee. Not only do I look forward to my morning cup beginning the night before but I also enjoy finding those places that serve really delicious coffee. I also love the community aspect of coffee. I love how you can sit and enjoy a cup with someone and use it as a way to really connect and spend time with them. I began drinking coffee, right out of college, rather by necessity when I commuted to Los Angeles for my internship. Although I was getting plenty of sleep at night, the monotonous, stop-and-go drive was enough to make me feel like I was falling asleep at the wheel. The simple act of sipping something warm, helped me to focus and drive safely. Previous to this, I had enjoyed only mochas (because who doesn’t like to drink chocolate) as a desserty treat. Fast forward to today, coffee is now part of “me time.” Sure I drink it while I take the kids to school, but I also really enjoy preparing it in the morning and knowing that I am about to start my day and will hopefully make some magic happen. So I will tell you how this coffee lover free printable came to be.

Free coffee lover printable using Beastie Boys song lyricsBecause I am a music lover, certain song lyrics float around in my head. This one, by the Beastie Boys, had been an idea I had for New Year’s Eve cocktails. I reached out to one of my favorite graphic designers, Heather of River and Bridge, and since I waited until the last-minute to work on it, gave her very minimal details of what I was looking for. What came back, though was so much better. When I opened the file and saw more of a coffee cup type cup, my first thought was, “Heather is a genius.” For most of us, our day doesn’t get started without coffee. And I love that this feels empowering. Do you get that? I usually over think everything.

Free printable for coffee lovers and people in to home decorTo me, this says, don’t waste any of the day. Let’s get started and tackle what awesome things lie ahead.

Free coffee lover printableTo me it says, let’s make a change, collectively. Not just on your own, but as a community. Let’s finish the cup and DO something.

This free printable is perfect for the coffee lover in your life. Even better if they love Beastie Boys.And it is also just fun! What does it mean to you?

Download this print, frame it and remind yourself to make the most of your day. Take the day by storm and finish that cup. Sure, it sometimes takes 2 or 3 cups to get going. But use that time to plan your attack. Then tilt your head back. And finish that cup.

The song printable is set up as an 8×10 but you should be able to shrink it to fit whatever size best suits your needs. This would also make a great gift tag for a coffee lover gift!

Finish the Cup Coffee Printable

See more of Heather’s work on her site: River and Bridge

*I’m looking to do more collaborations! Let me know if you think we can work together!