Easter Eggs: 2013 Edition

In between regular work and life chaos and re-designing the blog, plus my birthday (more about that later, hopefully), the boy and I somehow found some time to dye Easter eggs (follow me on Instagram - @craftyscientist to see more of that fun stuff). I realize I should keep working on the blog design, but I had to take a break and share some pictures of this recent fun... This year, the eggs were for a work friend's niece because we're ridiculous and love dyeing eggs (but don't know many/any kids up here). It was sad not using eggs from the farm, but still made some fun ones.

We made some pastel eggs with one regular kit...


The paper towels looked pretty fun...

We also got a marbleized eggs kit and it was kind of weird... you add cooking oil to the dye and it looks super-crazy and then you end up with speckled eggs. 

I got a little obsessed with the oil + water + dye cups... 




They remind me of those "calming jars" or bottles that people make for kids that have the food coloring and oil (maybe water too?) and call it waves in a jar or something like that... anyone else?

Bella was super-fascinated and agreed with me... (She hung out by the table all night - I think she thought they were yummy puppy snacks...)

Anyways, I was super-excited about this and sad we didn't have the farm full of eggs to use and I ended up grabbing our regular food/for eating eggs...



The little holes in some of the eggs are because we blew out the contents of the eggs so the boy could use the contents for his garden and so I could bring them to my friend a few days before the holiday and they wouldn't smell so stinky!

This is just a portion of the egg contents turned fertilizer...

In the interest of "keeping it real," here's a pic of the larger process and giant mess... though some of my gorgeous birthday roses (from my sweet parents) are in there to class it up!

And because these were all phone pics from me, I also edited these and had some fun... so these are some pop art eggs (you might also recognize from Instagram). 

I'll get back to blog designing now, but feel free to let me know what you think of the design so far... I'd love some feedback!

Pardon the dust...

I've been working on some fresh new design for the blog (this one was more than a year old!) and I'm trying to mess with the code and put the pieces into place - LIVE on the blog! So if you see buttons not working or messed up pictures, I apologize and hopefully it'll be fixed soon. I'll post another update when I'm finished... until then, I'm excitedly designing and editing to make the blog feel a little more "me" as I am now and not as I was... stay tuned!

St. Paddy's Day Embroidery Update

You might remember this little St. Patrick's Day/ Valentine's Day/ love-y embroidery project from last year (or you can remind yourself here). Well, I didn't quite finish it in time for the holidays last year so I posted my in progress photos or mostly done version...



But I finally finished this thing and EVEN LATER, ironed it! So here are some more pictures of the finished, ironed product...

And some close-up views...



This might be the only one where it's actually ironed well...

If you want to make your own, you can download the pattern I made for this from last year's blog entry here. As always, if you make a version, I would LOOOOVE to see it!


I'll be linking up here (since I totally missed the boat and forgot to actually post this until St. Paddy's Day!)...
Sundays: I Heart Nap Time, Under the Table and Dreaming, LambAround, Flamingo Toes, Petite Hermine, Homemaker on a Dime, The Foley FamNifty Thrifty ThingsThe Tablescaper, My 1929 Charmer, It's Overflowing

Roundup: Quatrefoil Crafts


I've been working on a few roundups recently and quatrefoil is one of my favorite patterns (and has been for a ridiculously long time)... lots of the projects seemed perfect for St. Paddy's Day so I figured I'd share this one with you... a big list of some AMAZING DIY crafty projects featuring the quatrefoil pattern!


I'll be sharing this at some of my favorite parties...

Mondays: C.R.A.F.T., The DIY ShowOff, Craft-O-Maniac, Making the World Cuter, Skip to My Lou, Mad in Crafts, Sew Can Do, Boogieboard Cottage, Keeping It Simple, Polish the Stars, Pinkapotamus, Singing Three Little Birds, Colours Dekor, DIY Home Sweet Home, Be Colorful, The Gunny Sack, Lines Across, The Southern Institute, Get Outta My Head, 3 Mango Seeds, You're Talking Too Much, I Should Be Mopping the Floor, Destination: Craft, Cherished Bliss, 11th Heaven's Homemaking Haven, Sarahndipities, Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Project Inspire{d}Between Naps on the Porch, Ninth Street Notions, Southern Hospitality, Sew Chatty, Thrifty Decor Chick, Reinventing the Ordinary (Pet Party) 

Tuesdays: New Nostalgia, Hope Studios, Vintage Wanna Bee, Tip Junkie, Ladybug Blessings, Topsy Turvy, Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Giggles Glitz & Glam, Reasons to Skip the Housework, Coastal Charm, A Bowl Full of Lemons, Not Just a Housewife, A Diamond in the Stuff, The Ivy Cottage, homework, Crayon Freckles, Crafty Confessions, Me and My Boys, The Kurtz Corner, Sugar Bee, Sweet Little Gals, Chef in Training, Today's Creative Blog, Home Stories A to Z, DIY by Design, Tales of a Trophy WifeOur Delightful Home, homemade ginger

Wednesdays: Creations By Kara, Seven Thirty Three, Sugar and Dots, Someday Crafts, Night Owl Crafting, Lil Luna, Sew Much Ado, We Are That FamilyA Little Tipsy, My Girlish WhimsPolka Dots on Parade, Ginger Snap CraftsFrugally Sustainable, Handy Man Crafty WomanClean & Scentsible, Pincushion CreationsPrimp JunktionOrganize and Decorate EverythingSavvy Southern Style, JAQS Studio, The DIY Dreamer


Thursdays: Somewhat Simple, House of Hepworths, The Shabby Creek Cottage, A Glimpse Inside, Fireflies and JellybeansMomnivore's Dilemma, Yesterday on Thursday & Katie's Nesting Spot, Beyond the Picket Fence, Rhinestone Beagle, Suzy's Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom, Christina's AdventuresSeven AliveThe 36th Avenue, Southern Lovely, The Crafty Blog Stalker, Bear Rabbit Bear, Crafty Scrappy Happy, 52 Mantels, live. laugh. rowe.Artsy CornerDelightful Order, The Train to Crazy, Mine for the Making, The Taylor HouseThe Frugal Girls, No Minimalist Here

Fridays: Fingerprints on the Fridge, The Shabby Nest, Tatertots & Jello, Simply Sweet Home, 30 Handmade Days, WhipperBerryLovely Crafty Home, Catch As Catch Can, Nap Time Crafters, 504 Main, My Simple Home Life, Simply Designing, The Picket Fence, Chic on a Shoestring, The Hungry Hypo, French Country Cottage, Ladybird Lane, The Answer is Chocolate, Truly LovelyLittle Becky Homecky, Delicate Construction, Serenity Now, See Vanessa Craft, Happy Hour Projects, One Artsy Mama,  Mom 4 Real, So You Think You're Crafty, Finding Fabulous For Less, It's a Hodgepodge Life, Tidy MomWhile He Was NappingCraftionary, Five Days... Five Ways

Saturdays: Tutus & Tea Parties, Here's to Handy AndyFunky Junk Interiors, Young & Crafty, Be Different Act Normal, To Sew With Love, Six Sisters' Stuff, Gingerbread, Homemaker in Heels, A Vision to Remember, Positively Splendid, Too Much Time, Crafty Moms Share, Polkadot Pretties, Candace Creations, Serenity You, Shaken Together, Classy Clutter

Sundays: I Heart Nap Time, Under the Table and Dreaming, LambAround, Flamingo Toes, Petite Hermine, Homemaker on a Dime, The Foley FamNifty Thrifty ThingsThe Tablescaper, My 1929 Charmer, It's Overflowing

Miscellaneous: The Girl Creative, Every Crafty Endeavor, My House of Giggles, My Lil Pumpkin PatchVintage Gwen

The Utilities Tracker

It's time for another FREE printable for your financial binder! If you're not sure what I'm talking about, check out this post for the original story and details on the financial binder I've made and am slowly sharing with all of you...

This printable is the Utilities Tracker and here's a peak at the Teal & Lime version...

This printable is one that I printed out several versions of and placed right behind the dividers for all of the utilities we have. Basically, there's a section for our water and sewage bill and it has this page after the labeled divider and then all the water and sewage bills for 2013 right behind it. Then there's another one for electricity, gas, etc.

Here's a little tour of the printable and how I use it...

(1) Due Date - I put the day of the month this bill is due. So if this is the tracker for our water and sewage bill and that's due on the 8th of every month, I write in a big 8 as a reminder.

(2) Company - that's just the nane of the company for the utility/service.

(3) Service - that's where I write in if it's water, internet, phone, cable, or some combination (so you know what exactly you're paying for with that company).

(4) Address - I like to write in where our checks go or where to go if something's wrong or missing or we need help.

(5) Phone Number - phone number for the company if we have an issue... just so it's all there and convenient.

(6) Account Number - if you have problems and give them a call, you want to be able to tell them your account number so I write that in there too.

(7) Amount Paid - this box is where I'd right in the amount we paid for that utility in January. The box below (that whole column) would be the amount we paid each month.

(8) Date Paid - when we wrote the check or paid online.

(9) Payment Method - credit card, check, online payment, whatever.

(10) Check No. - this is where I write in our check number if it's one of the companies that requires payment via check (I don't know why some of them are still like this...)

(11) Confirmation Number - this is mostly just if we pay online or have to pay by phone or something and get a confirmation number for that payment, we can record it here.

This will last you through 2013, but again, I like to have multiples - one for each company.  Our water/sewage is only quarterly, so I just put an "X"or a line through the months that we aren't paying a separate bill.

So that's how I use it... if you use it, I'd love to see it and hear about it! You can download it in Lime & Teal or Citrus & Magenta, whichever you prefer. Please play nice and don't link to the actual download from your website.


Click here to download the Lime & Teal version.

Click here to download the Citrus & Magenta version.


Enjoy!


I'll be sharing this at some of my favorite parties...

Mondays: C.R.A.F.T., The DIY ShowOff, Craft-O-Maniac, Making the World Cuter, Skip to My Lou, Mad in Crafts, Sew Can Do, Boogieboard Cottage, Keeping It Simple, Polish the Stars, Pinkapotamus, Singing Three Little Birds, Colours Dekor, DIY Home Sweet Home, Be Colorful, The Gunny Sack, Lines Across, The Southern Institute, Get Outta My Head, 3 Mango Seeds, You're Talking Too Much, I Should Be Mopping the Floor, Destination: Craft, Cherished Bliss, 11th Heaven's Homemaking Haven, Sarahndipities, Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Project Inspire{d}Between Naps on the Porch, Ninth Street Notions, Southern Hospitality, Sew Chatty, Thrifty Decor Chick, Reinventing the Ordinary (Pet Party) 

Tuesdays: New Nostalgia, Hope Studios, Vintage Wanna Bee, Tip Junkie, Ladybug Blessings, Topsy Turvy, Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Giggles Glitz & Glam, Reasons to Skip the Housework, Coastal Charm, A Bowl Full of Lemons, Not Just a Housewife, A Diamond in the Stuff, The Ivy Cottage, homework, Crayon Freckles, Crafty Confessions, Me and My Boys, The Kurtz Corner, Sugar Bee, Sweet Little Gals, Chef in Training, Today's Creative Blog, Home Stories A to Z, DIY by Design, Tales of a Trophy WifeOur Delightful Home, homemade ginger

Wednesdays: Creations By Kara, Seven Thirty Three, Sugar and Dots, Someday Crafts, Night Owl Crafting, Lil Luna, Sew Much Ado, We Are That FamilyA Little Tipsy, My Girlish WhimsPolka Dots on Parade, Ginger Snap CraftsFrugally Sustainable, Handy Man Crafty WomanClean & Scentsible, Pincushion CreationsPrimp JunktionOrganize and Decorate EverythingSavvy Southern Style, JAQS Studio, The DIY Dreamer


Thursdays: Somewhat Simple, House of Hepworths, The Shabby Creek Cottage, A Glimpse Inside, Fireflies and JellybeansMomnivore's Dilemma, Yesterday on Thursday & Katie's Nesting Spot, Beyond the Picket Fence, Rhinestone Beagle, Suzy's Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom, Christina's AdventuresSeven AliveThe 36th Avenue, Southern Lovely, The Crafty Blog Stalker, Bear Rabbit Bear, Crafty Scrappy Happy, 52 Mantels, live. laugh. rowe.Artsy CornerDelightful Order, The Train to Crazy, Mine for the Making, The Taylor HouseThe Frugal Girls, No Minimalist Here

Fridays: Fingerprints on the Fridge, The Shabby Nest, Tatertots & Jello, Simply Sweet Home, 30 Handmade Days, WhipperBerryLovely Crafty Home, Catch As Catch Can, Nap Time Crafters, 504 Main, My Simple Home Life, Simply Designing, The Picket Fence, Chic on a Shoestring, The Hungry Hypo, French Country Cottage, Ladybird Lane, The Answer is Chocolate, Truly Lovely, Bubbly Nature Creations, Little Becky Homecky, Delicate Construction, Serenity Now, See Vanessa Craft, Happy Hour Projects, Making Lemonade, One Artsy Mama,  Mom 4 Real, So You Think You're Crafty, Finding Fabulous For Less, It's a Hodgepodge Life, Tidy Mom, Scissors & Spatulas, While He Was NappingRelease Me Creations, Craftionary, Five Days... Five WaysThe Creative Paige, Blissful Bucketlist

Saturdays: Tutus & Tea Parties, Here's to Handy AndyFunky Junk Interiors, Young & Crafty, Be Different Act Normal, To Sew With Love, Six Sisters' Stuff, Gingerbread, Homemaker in Heels, A Vision to Remember, Positively Splendid, Too Much Time, Crafty Moms Share, Polkadot Pretties, Candace Creations, Serenity You, Shaken Together, Classy Clutter

Sundays: I Heart Nap Time, Under the Table and Dreaming, LambAround, Flamingo Toes, Petite Hermine, Homemaker on a Dime, The Foley Fam, The SweetTalk Shop, Nifty Thrifty ThingsThe Tablescaper, My 1929 Charmer, It's Overflowing

Miscellaneous: The Girl Creative, Every Crafty Endeavor, My House of Giggles, My Lil Pumpkin PatchVintage Gwen
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