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April 2014



Happy Easter! Easter Egg Natural Dye Recipes Experiments!

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easter egg natural dye DIY

Hello hello! Happy Spring and Happy Easter! Holy cow, so much has happened since we went on hiatus from blogging.  So much to share! With the amazing weather this weekend, I found it fitting to freshen up the blog a bit, and what better to start with than a Easter egg natural dye recipe experiment.

We have so many amazing weddings to share from last year, 27 weddings along with a ton of engagement sessions. But first, lets begin with some dyed eggs.

To start off with, here is what you will need:
White and Brown Eggs
Red Cabbage
Blackberries (1lb)
Red Onion Skins (from approx a 3 lb bag)
Turmeric(3 Tablespoons)
White Vinegar (1 Tablespoon in each pot)

I used about 1/3 of a cabbage for each of the different blues (one with vinegar, one without) But! You can use a whole cabbage for a deep wonderful blue.

First, in each of your separate pots, put your ingredients in, trying to use little water- but enough to cover the eggs once they go in.  After each pot is filled, and the eggs are placed- bring the pot to a boil for 15 minutes. Take the pot off the stove, and let it rest until it’s cool- then you put the pots in the refrigerator overnight. The next day, use a slotted spoon to carefully take the eggs out (not to disturb the dye film on the egg) and let them dry fully.
Arrange and enjoy!

*You can also boil the fruits and veggies in the pots separate, to create a dye solution- but time was of the essence this weekend, so I just put everything in together.

Egg Dye Info

Had to use iPhone photos for these photos- my fingers were covered in dye.  Hope the info-graph helps and cheers to all of the upcoming weddings and engagements to share! Happy Spring!

naturally dyed easter eggs how to guide



September 2013



DIY wedding feature in Ruffledblog

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We all have doilies hanging around somewhere.  Whether it be resting on a windowsill under a potted plant or tucked away in a box at your parents’ house.  Together with Revelry Creative, we teamed up to recreate these crochêd little gems.
Another big thank you to Ruffled Blog for featuring the step by step how-to for this DIY wedding project.  Check it out!

DIY wedding feature chicago ruffled blog
Here are the step by steps:

– Flour
– Water
– Balloons
– Vintage Doilies
– Cups (to place balloon doily molds upright while drying)

Blow balloons up to match the size of the doilies (smaller doilies require smaller balloons)
Mix 1 part flour to 1 part water for paste
Dip the doily fully into the Mixture
Wipe excess mixture off of doily
Place the doily on top of the balloon
Place the doily balloon form on top of the cup
Let sit for 3 days until the dome doily structure has hardened.

Let the air out of the balloon and the dry doily will hold the dome shape on its own for decorating.