I used sharpies to decorate my Easter Eggs this year. I wanted to try something different, and I have to say I was happy with the outcome!
Seriously, all you need are some hard boiled eggs, sharpie markers and minimal drawing abilities. If you can draw a simple flower,a leaf, a line with curls at the end, and make a few dots, you are good to go!
Just start at the ends and work your way down to the other end, or do both ends and then fill in the middle. Either way, who cares? Just keep it simple and fun, because in the end it's just an egg you are going to crack open and eat!
And if you feel extra ambitious, you can color it in! They look awesome both ways.
The whole idea is to just have fun! I know I did :-)
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Do you have a messy bedroom or guest room in your home? Most people do for one reason or another. I happen to have several since my kids are slowly leaving the 'nest' their bedrooms have become a medley of their belongings and things that have been 'temporarily' stored in there over time. It is easy for this to get more carried away than anyone ever expected. One day when you're adding to the pile you actually stop and really look at it and you're like "Oh My Gosh! How on Earth did this happen?" If you're like me or my daughter whom this post is actually dedicated to, the thought of cleaning is overwhelming so you kind of just keep the door shut. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Well that only lasts for so long. Eventually, for whatever reason, you need something in there, or, like me, you actually have a need to use the room for something other than a bedroom so it's time to clean it!
We have our new online store starting up (coming soon) so with all the stuff piling up we really needed a room to keep everything together and organized. My daughter hasn't officially lived (or slept) in her bedroom for a few years so I mentioned to her that I really could use the space. She completely understood but is overwhelmed by the amount of stuff she has accumulated over the years. She asked me for help and I told her I could have it done in a day if she really wanted me too. I think she was afraid for me to do it without her, so she's been working on her room a little at a time (the picture above is a work in progress). But, naturally the fact that I said I could do it in one day is based on experience as I have accomplished this very task several times in the past and this, of course, is what inspired me to write this post! If you are disciplined and on task, you too can clean a messy room in one day and if you follow the step-by-step process it should be as simple and painless as possible!
So here we go....
The bottom line: get rid of as much stuff as you can. Less really is more! Less stuff to clean, manage, and take care of means less stress and more happiness :-)
Enjoy your clean room!
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Difficulty falling asleep lately? Then check out this simple sleep spritzer essential oil blend! It can help to relax you so that you can fall asleep. This is spritzed on your pillow just before bedtime so that you are inhaling the essential oil scents. Each essential oil was carefully chosen:
The following pictures are links to the supplies needed to make this sleep spritzer - (Note that they are all affiliate links through Amazon.com):
Here is one of my favorite "go to" books about aromatherapy (affiliate link):
Please note that essential oils for home health DO NOT replace a doctor or modern day medicine. However, some can definitely be used to supplement, or, in the case of minor medical issues, be used instead of pharmaceuticals.
Always use common sense and seek the advice of a medical professional before making any major medical decisions.
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Adorable, right? What little tyke wouldn't want to cuddle with this 100% cotton pink elephant lovey blanket! The pattern can easily be adapted to blue, or any color of your choosing!
Please note that you can e-mail me if you have any questions at all about the pattern! The links to video tutorials for various stitches can be very helpful if needed!
*Best price I can find for the Sugar'n Cream yarn is $1.99 for a 2.5 oz skein at Michaels Craft Stores. Even better if you print out and use their coupons each week - I print two coupons and bring my husband (They almost always have a 40% or 50% off one regular priced item!).
Make the Head and Nose:
(I strongly suggest reading all the directions first and then watching the video tutorial if this is your first time making a ball shape).
YOU WILL BE MAKING THE NOSE FIRST:
Make the Ears:
The ears are worked from the outside of the ear toward the head in sort of a double layer that will be sewn together at the end....look at the picture to get a better idea if you do not understand, but if you still need help check out the Crochet Elephant Ear Tutorial YOU TUBE video I made...it's not the best, as I made it quickly, but I hope it helps!
This is my first tutorial video and I know it's not great, but I tried!
Sew on Eyes:
Make the Arms (optional):
Make the Blanket:
The final blanket is approximately 18" x 18".
**PATTERN UPDATED AS OF 3/19/18**
This is a basic granny square blanket with 6 corners instead of 4 and 13 rows in pink, then the edging. Watch this video tutorial (below) to make the basic 6 sided hexagon. You will do 12 rows in pink. The rest of the pattern continues below.
Finishing the Blanket:
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Click on the picture to go to the pattern :-)
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Hi there! I'm Kathie, the author behind Creating A Simpler Life blog. I'm excited to share our longterm projects (and planning) toward building our future retirement homestead in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. In the meantime I will be sharing all the other little things we do that are part of creating our simpler life!