Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Happy First Day of Spring!

Today is the first day of Spring and Easter is not far away.  I thought I'd share this post from a few years ago with photos some of my hand painted Easter eggs.  Most of these were collected during the years we lived in Germany. (click the photo or the red words to go to the post)

I love to decorate eggs for Easter but most of mine are the more typical dyed eggs.  If you want to decorate eggs that you can keep from year to year, it is probably best to empty them.  There is a nifty little tool for this that I learned about when we lived in Germany. 

This is the specific model that I have.  If you do a search for "egg blower kit" you will find various sites that sell these and similar devices.  The price should be under $10 and you'll have to shop around to find the best deal including shipping.  If you have a large specialty hobby store near you you might be able to find this tool but I have never seen one in a store in the US - they were easy to find in Germany at this time of year.

The tool creates a nice round hole with the drill and then you blow in air to force the egg out.  You can save the eggs to use in a recipe so there is no waste.

I have some new ideas for egg decorating that I want to try - as soon as I get my other big projects finished.

Upcoming Creative Memories Cricut Cartridge Sale

If you have been wanting some of the Creative Memories exclusive Cricut cartridges, I have good news about an upcoming sale.  The sale will be for just 12 hours - 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Central Time on March 26th (next Monday) so mark your calendar.

If you don't have a regular Creative Memories consultant, I would be happy to help you with any questions.  On the day of the sale you can order from my Creative Memories personal website - here is a link to the Cricut cartridge page on my website.  

When you buy one cartridge at the regular price ($55) you can purchase a second cartridge for 30% off ($38.50).  If you buy two at the regular price, you can buy two more at 30% off.  If you want an odd number of cartridges, it might be a good time to get together with a friend to order and share the discount (and the shipping).  You'll want to order early since there will be no backorders offered.

All seven of the cartridges are included in the sale - Cheerful Seasons, Reminisce Accents, Stork's Delivery, Traveler, 'Tis the Season, This and That and the newest Divine Wedding cartridge.  You can click on each name to go to the webpage with the description and on that page you will find a link to the artwork on each cartridge.

If you are a digital scrapper, I have some more good news.  Creative Memories will start selling digital artwork in universal formats (jpeg and png files) beginning April 1st.  I find the Storybook Creator 4.0 program very easy to use and until now, all of the CM content was packaged to install directly into that program.  Beginning in April, even if you are using another method of digital scrapping that you prefer, you will be able to purchase some of the great CM artwork to use in your digital projects.

Have you started decorating for Easter yet?  Do you like to decorate eggs?  Do you have an egg hunt?  Do I ask too many questions?!?

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  1. Answers to your questions: Yes! Yes! Yes and NO!!! I have never responded to your posts but follow you faithfully! Love all your fold and cuts but haven't even turned on one of my THREE cricuts in three months - I'm too busy making Cards for Soldiers and stamping! Happy Spring/Easter to you!

  2. Hi Diane ... No, I haven't had time to start decorating for Easter yet, though I've thought about it. Sometimes I like decorating eggs -- maybe this year. (I "phase" in and out of crafts I enjoy.) And no, feel free to ask away! I really came to post that after you told us about the Blas-Fix Egg Blower kit last year, I was amazed! So I purchased a kit and used the method for a month before last Easter whenever I made cakes, omelets, scrambled eggs, etc. (Waste not, want not!) I found the best price on Amazon.com, and it's also on eBay for the same price: $6.94 plus shipping. The shipping CAN nail you so do shop around. On E-Bay the listed price is $3.99 for shipping/handling (which is high, bcause this is very light), but still just as a demonstration, if your readers want this kit (and everyone should have it if you decorate eggs), $11 will get it to your door. I saved all the eggs I blew/washed last year so they're ready to decorate this year, and with the egg blower system, there is no aroma.

    And if you've broken a few shells, soak off then peel the inner membrane altogether so there is nothing but shell, and save those pieces for egg shell art. VERY PRETTY stuff out there, that looks much like stained glass.

    Enjoy your holiday. Diane, if your travels bring you to visit your Dad around this way, please drop by. I am hosting a all day crop in Bucks County on Saturday, April 21 (9 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and would LOVE for you to come and be our special guest instructor or something!! You've got quite the fan base out there!!!! (and I'm your biggest fan, in heart at least!!!) Please contact me for more info, and let's make a day of it!

    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey
    E-mail: cardmonkey@comcast.net

  3. I have started a bit of Easter decorating, and while pulling the decorations out, also retreived my egg dye supplies. It is a long standing family tradition to dye dozens of eggs. The egg hunt usually does not involve the real eggs, as we hide so many that we are never sure we find them all! Usually one hunt is not enough, and we often have to hide them again in the front yard as the hunt continues in the back!

  4. Yes, fully "easterized" here. I have the paper mâché eggs that are to be filled with candy, all over my living room and family room and kitchen. I also have a basket and a tree.

    My daffodils are in bloom already, and I cut them and took some in. I have so many that filling up a few vases still does not put a dent in the garden.

    My china bunnies and Easter chicks are out. A lot less decorating than Christmas, but then I did it in less than an hour, whereas at Christmas, it takes me two days.

  5. Hmmm. Easy to use? I better get back to reading the tutorials.
    Dawn RI

  6. OH I think we are beyond egg hunt and my granddaughter lives to far away. I might decorate not sure.
    I love blowing egg and and decorating them. I use to do a lot of that with my sons when they were little. They thought it was so cool. Every egg we ate we blew for a month or so. I can't wait to see what you create.

  7. I decorate for every holiday and love it. We live in a wonderful 18 home cul de sac and are the oldest couple here. Every Easter we have an egg hunt. A week or so before all the kids help me stuff the eggs with money. That builds their excitement for the big day. Easter morning early we hide the eggs around the houses. All the kids gather at our house and at my signal the hunt is on. Afterward they count their loot while I prepare lunch for everyone. We have so much fun. We are in our 70's so you're never too old to have fun even after your own family has grown.

  8. Haha. No you don't ask too many questions. I love how your mind works. I just don't have any answers worth printing.


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