watercolor easter eggs

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Where are all of my milk painters?  I’ve got a simple project to share with you today just in time for Easter.

I started by hard boiling eggs and letting them cool overnight…

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When I’m working on a milk paint project, I almost always use a glass jar with a lid to mix the paint in.  This allows me to store any excess paint for a future project.  I had several jars with just a tiny bit of paint left so I added some water and mixed up the pigment which resulted in a watercolor paint consistency.

Next, I carefully slid the egg into the jar allowing it to soak in the paint mixture for a few minutes.  I splattered paint on some of the eggs with a brush.  Using a plastic spoon, I slid each egg out of the jar and set it to dry thoroughly.

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Prior to painting, I taped off a few of the eggs with floral tape which proved to be too heavy-duty for the delicate shell in some cases.  I like the look of the watercolor eggs without tape best anyway.  The dyed eggs have a very simple, organic look to them using this watercolor method.  Multiple colors could easily layered on each egg if you’re looking for more pizazz in your Easter basket.

Happy Easter!

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where has the time gone

Wednesday already?  Mid-April?

Oh my, the usual Clover Market hangover has lingered an extra day or so this time around.  Being the first market of the season, I seemed to forget how much work goes into the prior days of preparation, early morning day-of setup, evening break down and clean up for such a popup.  Not including the actual 7 hours of selling and schmoozing!  I think many shoppers probably don’t have a sense of what goes into an event as epic as Clover Market.  I try to price my items fairly so it can be frustrating when someone asks for a big break on a price in the first hour of the market after I’ve already put in about 5 hours of work.  I certainly understand the sport of haggling and it can be fun but I prefer to wait until later in the day to make a deal.

Clover Market Spring 2014

At any rate, we had a great turn out in Chestnut Hill on Sunday and absolutely stunning 80 degree weather which, by the way, where did that go?  I was happy to see so many familiar faces in both fellow vendors and regular shoppers.  Everyone was ecstatic to be out and about after the long winter.  Would you believe I didn’t take a single picture?  I really have no excuse.  #livinginthemoment  There are plenty of photos posted on the Clover Market facebook page along with new previews.

The market will be back at its freshman location in Ardmore in two weeks.  Circa Dee will not be at that event.  I have a spa date!  But we’ll be back at the May 18th Ardmore market fresh from a trip to Brimfield so who knows what goodies we’ll have.

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So what’s next?  Well this weekend is Easter, duh, so we’re working on stocking some new plants and other spring holiday & gardening pleasantries at The West End Garage in Cape May.  Stop by Friday through Monday if you find yourself at the shore.  The adorable Ribbit succulent gardens will be back in stock.  Perfect for a beach house!

ribbit succulent garden

Can I digress a bit?  I haven’t mentioned Houndstooth in a while – Ryan’s West End Garage venture.  We’ve been adding new inventory there weekly.  The latest additions are yummy beach themed dog cookies.  Perfect for your pooches’ Easter basket.  Do people do pet Easter baskets?

Houndstooth - Cape May dog cookies

The cookies look and smell so good that I want to taste one.  They are made from human grade ingredients so why not?  Ok I won’t but Wilson goes nuts for them!

Wilson

Finally, I’d like to add that on Saturday afternoon at 1 pm I will be popping into Serendipity Shops of Doylestown to talk milk paint.  Stop by for a free demonstration while you’re out running your errands.  Bring project questions, before pics, etc.  If you can’t make this one, next month’s demo is tentatively scheduled for May 17th – time TBD.  You can always check milk paint demo deets here.

Serendipity Shops of Doylestown

So that’s what’s in store for this weekend and beyond.  Do you have an Easter egg hunt planned?

some bunnies

Hey everyone! I hope you and your family have a great weekend celebrating Easter & Passover.

I’d love to share some timely photos with you from Mandy Keep Photography‘s photo shoot at our Brick & Mortar a few weeks ago.  Mandy specializes in family photography.  Check out these cutie pies in their spring best…

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Yes, that is the real Easter bunny who joined us!

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Mandy did a phenomenal job and raised $820 for Multiple Sclerosis research!  We’re so fortunate to have hosted the event with her.  The funds have been donated in honor of our MS Bike ride team – Team RecanizeWe’re still recruiting riders if you want to join us on our City to Shore Bike Ride in September…

Mandy Keep Photography hosts charity photo shoots regularly.  Her next one event is on April 13th.  She’ll take your professional headshot and donate the proceeds to YWCA.  This is the perfect opportunity for small business orders and professionals.  Details below…

Empowering Women Charity Photo Project

Happy Easter!

live spring mantel

After my bridal shower, the house was in total disarray for a day or two.  It was great to find a new place for everything, purge some old hand-me-downs and do some Spring cleaning along the way.

With Spring cleaning, came a new Spring mantel (although it continues to snow here and stay in the 30’s…ho hum).  I have to admit that I halfheartedly put an Easter mantelscape together last week but I was totally uninspired by it…so I took it down before Easter even came.  And up went a simple scape consisting of live plants with our new painting as the focal.
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I found inspiration in the painting’s color palette and went from there.  By the way, doesn’t mini Wilson look so much like real life Wilson?

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Since spring has been so slow to show around here it is nice to have it on display right on the mantel, live plants and all.

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These little ferns, succulents & baby tear’s in the galvanized buckets were also left from the shower.  I just love ’em.

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It actually occurred to me that just about everything on this mantel was given to me at some point or another!  That’s why you should always shop around your home first when ready for a new look or vignette.  The props you need are probably already there.

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The beautiful, blooming Kalanchoe was left over from a photo shoot a couple of weeks ago.  I used a few vintage canisters as planters.  That is actually a great use for an incomplete set of canisters or one where the lid is lost.  You know, put a plant in it!

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This bottle was left over from an engagement gift we received last spring.  Once we finished the rhubarb alcohol (sold locally at Art in the Age) I couldn’t toss the bottle.  The graphics & label are too cool.

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And this peacock feather was left over from another wedding.  Perfect in what else but a blue ball jar.

peacock feather & ball jar on the spring mantel

A subtle nod to Easter comes in the form of this wire chick.  Instead of eggs, she’s displaying ice blue vintage camera bulbs that once belonged to Ryan’s father.

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And that is what is happening on the Spring mantel.  What’s on yours?  Did you go all out with Easter decor?

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Linking to Jennifer Rizzo

happy valentine’s day

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of helping to style a Valentine’s Day photoshoot.  The shoot was geared for babies and families and general heartwarming love.  Who can argue that?

The photographer behind this project is Mandy Keep – the same photographer who we worked with for our engagement shoot.  Here are my valentines…

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The entire shoot was for charity.  Families could have mini-sessions done for a nominal price which was then donated 100% to Greenpeace.

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Some Circa Dee treasures made their way into the set.  One of my favorite furniture transformations was the houndstooth chest (which I’ve never actually let go of).  It lent a cheerful, spring-like background to the photos.

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Mandy did an excellent job capturing the LOVE for these families.

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But this particular little model grabbed my heart!

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Maybe I’m biased though.  I’ve known him since he was born…

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I am excited to work with Mandy on another family shoot for charity this spring.  Easter is just around the corner…Come get your children’s pictures taken at Circa Dee Brick & Mortar on Saturday, March 9th.  All proceeds will be donated to MS, a cause near and dear to our hearts.

Circa dee Photo Shoot

Happy Valentine’s Day!

All photos in this post are by Mandy Keep Photography

farm fresh

Hi friends!  We are officially a day into spring. Yay!  Did you get your free Rita’s Water Ice yesterday?  Is that just a regional thing here in PA?  Mmm, I love Rita’s but the lines were so long so I skipped the free water ice.  Free is nice but time is money, now isn’t it?  Anyway, a day into spring and I am already getting so behind on posting my spring projects.  Life is just flying by so stay tuned as I try to get the projects up starting with our farm fresh Easter Mantel…

I went hard on the Easter theme over a general spring theme.  You can see there are eggs everywhere.  I couldn’t resist lining the mantel in all of my vintage egg baskets and flea market coop finds.

I don’t know if I will ever get sick of chicken coop wire.  I love it.  Oh and this little basekt sent me on a wild goose chase.  (Duh, that wasn’t an attempt at a lame poultry pun.)  Seriously, I bought it last fall and tucked it away for Easter decor.  I about threw in the towel on finding it.  Then I did some garage purging last weekend and it surfaced amongst the other farmy decor.  Obvi.

This is another adorable small egg basket.  I switched it up with moss balls instead of more eggs.

I also had a wiry canning jar holder that supports our jar turned vase full of felt roses.  Do you like how it is all framed out in my favorite aqua color?  So springy!  The aqua frame is made from old door molding found in that color and condition at the salvage.

In the center of the mantel is a pink chicken coop baby carriage.  Have you ever seen such a thing?  I put a ceramic baby chick in there.  Maybe a little bit creepy but whatever we are celebrating new life in all forms here!  Not all babies are cute.  Sorry chickadee.

All of the “grass” in the baskets are phonebook pages that we shredded.  Which I’ve learned also makes great shipping material.  And the vintage handpainted daisy tray has been floating along the mantel adding another pop of light aqua. I found it last year for 5 bucks and just love it.

With all of the pastels in place, the arrangement needed a dark color to ground it so I used faux moss flowers.

The box is an original vintage egg box, never used, and I have more than one so if you love it as much as I do, you can go snag it from my etsy shop in time for Easter.  Here is what the graphics on top look like. 

Another change this season is the brick fireplace. I finally painted it and am so glad I did. I don’t know what I was waiting for. We had acquired the painted red bricks when we moved in last year and I never liked it but wasn’t sure what I wanted.

I finally decided on painting the bricks with one coat of ASCP cream allowing the brick color to show through.  So glad I did and hard to believe I waited so long because the simple change really brightens up the space and feels more like us.  And yes that is another egg basket down there – larger size.  How many egg baskets are too many?

Happy Spring!  How have you been decorating for the season? 

Linking up to The Lettered Cottage