Saturday, April 19, 2014

Bunny and Chick Coloring Pages

 
Vacation days have brought a little time for doodles - a Spring Bunny and Chick! Both prints outs are ready for your creative hands and can be used in several ways.  Click below to continue ...

Friday, April 18, 2014

Meringue Bunnies


Hi! Happy Holidays! We're in southern France. Oh, we are enjoying the warmth, seeing family and vacationing but, wanted to pop in for a quick hello! We missed the trick-or-treating traditional Witches, (here) but, before leaving Stockholm, we did have a lot of fun getting our house ready for Easter and spreading Spring wishes.

In addition to Bunny Cupcakes (here,) these meringue bunnies hopped onto our parties.  What Winter was for snowmen (here,) Spring brought Bunnies!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Natural Egg Dying Technqiues


Mothers know best ---- Mother Nature and my own. A few years ago, my Mom shared how to dye eggs naturally as an idea for me to do with the kids. She's smart that way -- full of great ideas that really work and that are a lot of fun. 

She's such a social doer --- an ultra organized, make-things-happen kind of Mom that it's hard to imagine that she ever sits down with a minute to spare to push her sleeves up and gets artsy, but she does and when she does the projects are always fantastic. And of course, she knew that sometimes you just can't beat Mother Nature. I think these colors are so vibrant, full of depth  ---  exquisite.

Taking her advise, we began with cabbage, moved to beets, onion skins and more. We felt like scientists and now (if we're not coloring eggs: this + this), we're dying eggs in oodles of colors naturally and want to share with you, today!  Happy Monday Making! ( and thanks, Mom!) 

Click below for full tutorial below...

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Feather Wreaths


Before hitting the road for Easter Break travels, we made Feather Wreaths. We hope you will, too. These are easy. They're sweet. Use them in multitudes of ways, for you or as gifts. Just click below for full instructions...

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Weekend Round Up

Happy Friday Night from Sweden!

Happy Weekend! Easter Break officially began in our house tonight. I'm working overtime to get ahead after getting away, last week (here) and soon taking off with my family. Are you traveling for the holidays? Are you feeling creative or ready to relax?

For full post, click below...

Marzipan Surprise Egg


Happy Friday. Are you in the mood for Easter Creating?

Recently, the kids and I discussed Easter Sugar Eggs. To me, these were pure magic, as a kid. Do you know which ones I mean? Have you seen the eggs that are made of sugar with a scene inside? When we discussed these further, the kids came to the point that they were purely decorative, making them completely uninteresting. This had me thinking about almond marzipan which is very popular here.  A little experimentation and one thing led to another: edible Marzipan Surprise Eggs! Fill these with Easter Candy, notes, or even tiny toy, perhaps? We'd love to see what you do, too!

Come create with us! Click below to continue and for the step-by-step tutorial.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Inspirational Road trip to Dalarna

 
When did you last make a road trip?  Last week, I joined a fantastic group of Swedish creatives, in a paper and bookbinding workshop in Djura and on an inspiring creative road trip in Dalarna.

Whether you already knew this or not, Dalarna is the epicenter of images many think to be typically Swedish with its scattering of little red houses, the Dalahasts (wooden horses), folk costumes, farms,  lakes, mountains and handicraft. While these images were a part of our trip, I felt little bit more like Harry Potter stepping onto Platform 9 3/4 and discovered a thriving design world. There's so much that you just have to  see with your own eyes, just click below to come along with me, too.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Chalk Easter Eggs


Happy Monday and Happy Monday Makings! I hope you've had a wonderful weekend! I like to get the week started with a very, simple, project that everyone can do. The downy-soft colors of chalk remind me of Spring and I've found a way to combine that chalk color with eggs to make Chalk Easter Eggs.  Just click below to see the full post and how!

Friday, April 4, 2014

GIVE AWAY



Happy Friday! If you follow me on instagram (willowdaygram | here) then, you'll know I've been off on a little creative trip in Sweden. It was so inspiring and I'll share more about that soon. Today, I want to share Swedish creativity with you in a Giveaway!  (click below for more)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Make a Collar


A shimmery collar just says "dressed up" to me, don't you agree? With several festive occasions coming up soon, I made this simple, glittery, tie version of a collar for our daughter. She can layer it over a sweater or tee shirt --- remaining comfy and active even while moving in and out of handstands and flips --- without a the burden of a shirt that might come untucked and binding fabric. Classic pretty with a modern twist!

How to add some glamor when the girl just wants to wear a tee? Just click below to come to the full tutorial:

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Play

Notes from Sweden and question of the day:
Do your children have the same freedom to play that you had as a kid?

Last week, I heard an interview that I couldn't stop thinking about, The Overprotected Kid, by Hanna Rosin and wanted to share it with you. Rosin discussed free play and how we protect our children.