DIY Twine Easter Eggs + Carrot

Back in December, I hosted a couple of Christmas wreath workshops at my local library. My friend Erin, the librarian kindly asked me to return to do an Easter craft. I turned to Pinterest for inspiration and found tons of idea, ultimately choosing rustic twine Easter eggs paired with a carrot. When I host these craft nights at the library, we try to keep cost in mind for people to attend. I was able to get all of my supplies from the dollar store therefore the cost was only $5 per person.

To make the eggs, I picked up a package of foam eggs in two different sizes from the dollar store. Initially, I started by covering the egg in mod podge using a small artist's paint brush and started wrapping my twine from the middle. I found that the mod podge made a mess and the twine was not adhering properly. I got my glue gun out and started from the end which worked much better you just have to be careful not to constantly burn the tips of your fingers. I wrapped the twine tightly adding a dot of glue every so often and also trying to make sure there wasn'twhite showing through.  I made 3 eggs, 2 larger and 1 medium. For the craft night at the library, I wasn't able to find enough of the foam eggs for the entire group so I used large plastic eggs that open at the middle, which also worked just fine!

For my carrot, I used a few stems of faux greenery from the dollar store. I taped the greenery pieces together for my steam and then used newspaper to create my carrot form. I wrapped the paper around and crumpled it until it started to resemble a carrot, then I wrapped it in twine. I loved the look of it in the natural twine colour but because I was using it as an example for the library craft, I decided to paint it orange.

I also grabbed a little wire basket from the dollar store and green craft grass. I displayed my eggs and carrot atop the grass and added a bow using leftover ribbon from last year's Spring wreath.

This is a really easy and inexpensive craft and perfect for Easter + Spring!! The ladies that came to the craft night loved it and were excited to go out and get their own baskets to display their new Easter décor. You don' have to style it in a basket, this would be great as an addition to your tablescape or as shelf decor. I made a second set of eggs as well as another carrot at the craft night that I plan to style differently or possibly give as a hostess gift at Easter next weekend :)

Jess xx

Cheers to 2017 !!

Happy New Year, everyone!!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!! I enjoyed 7 days off of work, the first of which were busy with Christmas, celebrating with family and friends. The latter part of the week I enjoyed relaxing at home and to be honest, didn't move too far from the couch and it was AWESOME!!  I headed back to work on NYE but was able to ring in the new year with friends enjoying champagne cocktails, appetizers and games.

I always feel a little sad at the end of the holidays and dread taking down my Christmas décor. But once it is all down and stored away until next year, I give the house a good clean and feel refreshed!! The new year brings a fresh start and we have lots to look forward to this winter!! My sister is getting married in Toronto in February and before that we are celebrating her bachelorette party with a weekend away in Blue Mountain!! 18 girls + one chalet + a ski town!! TK and I are also heading to Florida in March- hello St. Patrick's Day party in the sunshine!

I have put all home projects on hold until after my sister's wedding in February. We are doing all of the décor and centerpieces ourselves and I am excited to share our winter wedding creations {after the big day, of course].

Lots of exciting things to come in 2017!! Wishing you all a great start to the new year!

Jess xx

Christmas Traditions

Today I am talking about Christmas traditions and my favourite things to do this time of year! We are only two sleeps away from Christmas and I have one day left of work before 7 glorious days of holidays!

I mentioned in a previous post that I have been blasting music since well before December 1st and I make an effort to watch a Christmas show or movie every night. My all time favourite Christmas movie is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (which I watched last night & always watch while I decorate my tree). My other favourites include Home Alone 1&2, the Santa Clause and the Family Stone (sob). I love enjoying the lights in our neighborhood each night when we walk Poppy, our neighbor has a wild display that people drive to our little village to see.  

I am not usually a sweets person but I have definitely been indulging in hot chocolate and spiced eggnog on the regular!!And I finally got around to doing some Christmas baking. These sugar cookie bars and Christmas crack are AH-MAZING!! Last night I finally started my gift wrapping and tonight before people arrive I will hopefully complete the last of my Christmas cards and food prep for the weekend!

We will be busy for the next few days celebrating with family and friends. We are starting tonight by having friends over for appetizers and cocktails at our house. December has flown by so I haven't had an opportunity to host anything yet. We always spend Christmas eve at my parents so we will head there tomorrow to enjoy tons of awesome food, cocktails, board games and a lasagna dinner (my fav) !! We will spend the night and then head to TKs parents' on Christmas day for breakfast. As we have gotten older, we do less and less presents with family, it's more about spending time together. Later on Christmas day we have a turkey dinner with TK's extended family and then head back home to get together with friends. Boxing day we head back to my parents' to celebrate with my niece and nephew and exchange gifts. We are making a day of it again and ending with breakfast on the 27th. Then we have a party at our friend's who live down the street as well as our annual girls gift exchange. I am excited to share my DIY gift this year but have to wait until after the exchange!! And starting the 28th, we can relax for two days before I head back to work on the 31st:(

We have had two extended family Christmases already and as mentioned will spend the next couple of days back and forth between our family get togethers. Here are a few of my favourite Christmas appetizers I will be making this weekend;

Cranberry feta pinwheel recipe  here

Cranberry feta pinwheel recipe here

Spicy Cranberry Meatballs  recipe

Spicy Cranberry Meatballs recipe

Spinach Dip Bites  recipe

Spinach Dip Bites recipe

I'm not going to lie, with Christmas just a few sleeps away, I have found myself feeling a little bit sad thinking about how soon it will be here and gone and I am not ready for my decorations and tree to come down! 

Christmas is my favourite time of year and I am so excited to spend the next week celebrating, indulging in waaay to much food, too many cocktails and spending time with my favourite people!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!

Jess xx