Monday, April 23, 2012

Eggspertly Dyed

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Applying Past Projects to New Media:  Aunt Patty's paper dyeing trick applied to the Easter Egg!

Dyeing the Easter eggs always provides opportunities for exploration, science, mess and fun!  This year we tried the shaving cream/neon food coloring trick on our white eggs...and it worked!  Brilliantly!  


1. Spread cheap white shaving cream in a cookie sheet
2.  Apply drops of neon food coloring across surface
3. Use toothpicks to swirl colors around
4.  Roll the dried, cooled hardboiled eggs in the colorful cream (we used disposable kitchen gloves to reduce the tattoo effect)
5.  Allow to set for 3-4 minutes on a paper plate
6.  Wipe off shaving cream with paper toweling
7.  Rinse!  Voila!  Beautiful marbleized eggs, done quickly!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Spring Chicks!

A little bock-buck here. A little buckaw, there.

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With chickens so much on the forefront of daydreams, night dreams, reading time, outdoor work time at Ye Ole Casa Pierson, I was recently inspired to put some of my piñata skills to work, in miniature. I had seen this cute lil' bird on Pinterest, from the blog:

And as I am wont to do, I filed it under the 'I could make that' mental file folder. And this time, it wasn't just left in the folder. I made one. Then I made another. Then, I made a lot of little chickies as the girls were having a special friend over for a playdate and I thought it would make for a great craft! And it was!

To make my birds, I made a 'U' shape out of three strands of 22gauge wire, as that is what I had. I added some toes. I then gathered a strip or two of newsprint and loosely wrapped it around the wire armature to form the body. I used masking tape to tape the toes and help shape the body. I then used some liquid starch to paper mache some unbleached paper toweling on the the birds. Voilá. They were ready to paint or decoupage! Here are some pics to illustrate!

My first attempt.

I used magazines to decoupage the chickie-bird.

Some of the chicks pre- paper mache.

All prepped up!

Maurnie, seriously painting.

Zoe, loving craft time with friends!

Charlotte, did a nice job painting her Chicken Little.

All dressed up. I decoupaged bits and pieces of dictionary with 'Chicken' themed definitions on my bird. I also left the toesies exposed on mine.

5 little Chickens, sittin' on the wall.

Coloring Brown Eggs

Wonder if you can color brown eggs?  I did.  I found out that brown eggs turn into beautiful colored eggs.

Food coloring(in neon and basic colors), jars, and vinegar is all you need.

The box says to let the eggs sit for 5 minutes.

LOVE how the specks from the egg show thru.  What character!

You can tell which eggs were white and which were brown.
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Scalloped Potatoes

Always good with a ham is some scalloped potatoes like grandma used to make.

Scalloped Potatoes (Myrtle Boe's)

10 lbs russet potatoes
3 pints whipping cream
2% milk as needed
1 med onion chopped fine
1 Tbls. salt
pepper to taste

Peel and slice potatoes but not paper thin.  Add onion,
cream and enough milk to cover potatoes by about
one inch.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Put mixture on stove top on low for about one hour.
 Bring milk and cream to a real soft boil, this helps
thicken and should prevent any chance of curdling.

Bake in oven at 325 for about and hour and half until

Be sure to watch it close when its on the stove
top so it does not stick to the bottom.
*(unless you are serving a really big crowd, I recommend halving this recipe.)

Revitalize a clipboard

With some mod podge, paper, and some time.  Make a plain old clip board beautiful!

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