My Granddaughter’s Version of MONS

When my picture e-book MEET MONS was available on the internet, my oldest granddaughter made a drawing of what she thought it should look like.

Now that I can compare it with my drawings, maybe she was right.

I find her drawing of the princess cat with the big red heart so sweet!

 

cat drawing

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Easter Egg Decorating

This year I will try a new way of decorating our Easter eggs for the Easter table.

I heard of this way of making the eggs look as if they are marbled, in different colors, and thought it would look great as a decoration.
These eggs are for the Easter lunch or breakfast, just made to look decorative. But you can still eat them as  they are colored with food coloring!

Easter egg decorating is normally something we do before we are going to roll or throw the decorated eggs down a hill, to see which egg gets the furthest.
Decorating the eggs in different ways makes it easy to see who’s in lead, but most of all it is so funny and cozy when the whole family is occupied with trying out new and strange ways to decorate their eggs.

But this way of decorating is not on the shell, it stays when the egg is peeled.
What I did was making a test run to see if this new way of decorating worked, and as you can see on the photos it did. I thing these marbled eggs look wonderful!

 

Marbled Easter Eggs

The colors on the eggs can actually become a even darker if yo leave the eggs in the color overnight.

What to do:

Boil the eggs.
As I should use them for the lunch table, I boiled them for 7 minutes.
Cool them in cold water, and then knock the eggs slightly on the kitchen table or with a spoon. This shall make
tiny cracks in the egg shell all over, but not so much that the shell brakes off. (If it does a little, no harm done, and it is difficult to avoid).

Place one egg in a freezing bag and pour 1 teaspoon food coloring into the bag.
Then lightly “massage” the bag now and then, to make sure the color is “massaged” into all the tine cracks in the egg shell.

coloring Easter eggs Easter egg decorating
After half an hour take the egg out of the freezing bag, pour a little vinegar over the egg to make the color attach better to the egg, and then clean it in water.

You can also place the egg in a cup, add the food coloring and some water. Just enough to cover the egg, and then let it stay that way over night.

Easter egg decorating      decorating Easter eggs

 

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If you are going to decorate a lot of eggs, place them in a deep plate or a bowl, but to make the color as strong as possible, make sure not to use too much water.

peeling the Easter egg

I think this is a new and very funny way of decorating the Easter egg, and the look so pretty on the table.
It will also be easy for kids to help you, or maybe even do the Easter egg decorating themselves.

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Easter Crafts

You can use eggshells as small vases for spring flowers, to decorate the Easter table.

Easter egg decorationUse large eggs, and beat the top of the eggs with a sharp knife. Empty the eggs (you can use the content for an omelet), and clean the empty eggshells with cold water, using a finger.
Place the eggshells in egg cups, fill them with cold water, and place them on the Easter table in the middle with little flowers in them.

You can also use them as place cards if you write names on the shells and place them, with flowers, next to each place setting.

Another Easter craft could be making tiny candles out of the eggshells:

Halve the eggs, as precisely as you can, and use the content for food of some kind.

Clean the halved eggshells, and place them in egg cups.

Now you need tealights, one for each halved eggshell.
You can make the egg-candles in different ways, but remember one thing please:

DO NOT MELT THE TEALIGHT IN THE MICROWAVE TO MELT THE WAX!!

Even when you take the candle out of the metal shell, there is still a little metal thing in the bottom of the wick.

I tried two ways of making these funny Easter candles:

  1. Cut the candle wax from each tealight into a bowl, til there is only the wick and the metal thing in the bottom left (and a little more wax as well, as long as the wick can go into the egg shell).
    Place the wick in an eggshell.
    Now place the wax you cut away around the wick. When you light it all the wax will slowly melt and burn.
  2. Heat the tealight in a bowl in a water bath,  and when the wax (stearin) is liquid, place the wick in an eggshell, pour the melted wax into the eggshell, with the wick standing up in the middle.
    When the candle wax has solidified, you can use them as they are, or you can paint the eggshells.

 

Easter egg candle craft

Easter decoration egg with melted wax. It will clot and look really nice.

Easter candle craft

Easter egg decoration, I added the cut wax afterwards.

As you can see on the last picture, I decided to put these Easter egg candles in the metal shells from the tealights instead of in egg cups.

If looked better, and then I could use the egg cups for the real Easter eggs 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter decoration

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Animated Valentine Greeting

As you might know I am having a lot of fun learning how to make small animated GIFs, and here is the newest one: An animated Valentine greeting 🙂

Cute Valentine animation

I hope you will find my animations a little fun too, and will follow me on my continued work to become better making them, and become better making them better.

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Lampshade Decoration

I bought a new ceiling lamp for my hallway, a LED lamp.

When I had installed the lamp I realized the light from it was far too strong for my not-so-big hallway, so either I had to buy another one, or I had to find a solution for the one I already had installed.

That was when I remembered the Christmas star decoration I have made a blog post about earlier.
It was made of nearly-transparent paper, and looked good on laps and in windows.

So I made a decoration like that, only a little larger to cover the entire lamp.

Important: Make sure that you only make this lamp decoration for lamps that don’t get too hot, otherwise I guess the paper could burn.

Lamp decoration

It makes the lamp shine with such a nice light now, enough so you can see everything clearly, but also subdued so the light doesn’t irritate your eyes.

Here is the link to how to  make this lamp decoration: http://blog.clipartqueen.com/beautiful-christmas-star/

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