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A New Crocheted Wreath Variation: Spring!

I’m continuing to modify the crocheted wreath I created back in December – it’s so easy to do since the doilies are just pinned on!  Thus far I’ve shared two versions: Christmas and Valentine’s Day.  Today I’m showing my newest version: Spring!

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I used crocheted doilies and floral pot holders in purples and yellows, and love how the wreath turned out. Two of my favorite flowers are irises and daffodils, and the color scheme of this wreath reminds me of those two flowers.
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I didn’t make this a “strictly Easter” wreath since this version is likely to hang until June, when I’ll work on creating a 4th of July-themed wreath. So this wreath uses spring colors, but doesn’t include bunnies, chicks, or eggs – though I was tempted because I love all three of those things!
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Spring begins tomorrow, so I’d like to wish you a Happy Spring a bit early.  If you live in a cold climate, I hope you enjoy nicer weather.  :]
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Warm regards,
Melody
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Dyed Coffee Filter Flowers

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It’s that time of year again, when chocolate bunnies and brightly colored eggs abound.   Not into dyeing eggs? You might consider buying some discounted egg dye kits after Easter Sunday nonetheless.  Don’t own a coffee machine?  You may want to pick up some coffee filters anyway.  Why? Egg dye kits and coffee filters constitute the base materials for a variety of spring-hued projects that can be enjoyed year-round! From paper flowers to festive banners, these versatile dyed circles can be used in projects that are both frugal and versatile.

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Egg Dye on the Cheap

Last year I purchased a kit to dye some Easter eggs for a photo shoot with one of my rabbits, Cypress.  After Easter had passed I noticed the same egg dye kits were marked down to something ridiculously low – I think it was ten cents per kit, if I’m remembering correctly.  I decided to buy five kits on the cheap since I knew I could come up with a fun way to use the lovely dyes the kits make.  Well, it took me almost a year to get around to it, but here are some of the ways I used last year’s clearance dye.

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Paper Flowers

My primary idea was to use the dyes to create paper flowers.  And though I don’t drink coffee, or own a coffee machine, I kept seeing a stack of coffee filters in the break room at work.  I wanted to find a way to use both the dye and coffee filters, and my mind finally connected the dots.  I purchased a package of coffee filters as soon as I hit upon the idea.

I wasn’t sure how they’d turn out, but I decided to give it a whirl, and was thrilled with how many beautifully-colored paper circles I was left with.  I made nearly 200 colored paper circles in dozens of shades!  Nine colors of dye came in the egg dyeing kit, but by using the dye in full strength followed by increasingly diluted dye (pour out some dye, add water, repeat) you can create many shades of just one color.  It just depends on how much time and patience you have – and how many coffee filters!

The samples I created include two flowers with embroidered centers – including one with a vintage lace hanger – and a flower with a vintage button center.  (Please don’t laugh at my embroidery “skills” – I’m a total beginner!)  I also created a simple light green flower with a stamped center that’s been embellished with a single large, black button.  I attached this stamped flower to a gift bag, and love the way it dressed up what started out as a bland basic!

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Banners, Too!
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Another project I whipped up is a banner. In addition to the dyed circles, I used a small paint brush, black India ink (you could use craft paint instead), a ¼” hole punch, and brass brads.  With a pile of dyed circles on hand it’s quick and easy to make banners for any occasion quickly and easily by using different pictures, symbols, and letters.  It would also be super easy to make a Very Hungry Caterpillar from paper using this same technique!

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Our bunny, Pinto, loves these colorful, dyed coffee filters!

My Dyeing & Drying Tips

  1. Cover your work space with plastic and work carefully to avoid dyeing your work space. Consider wearing a water-proof apron or old clothes.
  2. Wear gloves if you don’t want colorful fingers and hands.  I passed on the gloves because I happen to love colorful hands!
  3. Decide how many coffee filters you’ll dye at once.  I dyed around 6 at a time, but you may choose to separate them and dye them one by one.
  4. Squeeze out excess dye after you’ve dunked your filter(s) into the dye.  You can either squeeze the filters out over your cup, or into a sink.
  5. Allow for plenty of drying time. I ended up using a blow dryer with a diffuser attached on my dyed filters because I was trying to finish the projects for this post in one day and it happened to be raining outside on the day in question.

*Please note: The cups of dye in the photo near the top contain two batches of dye per color.

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Who Knew? Apparently Egg Dye Tablets Have a Shelf Life

Quick note on the egg dye tablets: it’s best to use them sooner than later.  I waited nearly a year before using the clearance packs I purchased last year, and though they dissolved enough for me to make plenty of dyed circles, the tablets didn’t effervesce the way “fresh ones” do and didn’t dissolve completely.

Hmm, what else can I make?

I’m sure I’ll think of some more goodies to make with these dyed circles, and am looking forward to more brainstorming and creating.  In the meantime, I’m simply taking pleasure in looking at the delicious colors.  Yum!

Your turn: What would you make?  Have you dyed something aside from eggs with egg dye?  Have you used the tie dye technique with egg dyes? Please leave a comment if you’d like to weigh in on the subject of egg dyes, creating with coffee filters, or if you have any questions about the projects I created.

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Happy Spring, and Happy Easter!

Warm regards,
Melody

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Greetings from Our Live-In Easter Bunny!

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It’s fun having two real, live Easter Bunnies living with us year-round.  As you may know, we adopted a bonded pair of rabbits – Cypress & Pinto – in March of last year, and have been drowning in their cuteness ever since!  They have their mischievous moments, to be sure, but they’re so completely adorable that any “bad” behavior is quickly neutralized by their darling faces, their wiggling noses, and their fluffy little tails.

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Did I mention their oh-so-soft fur and their playful bunny antics?  Well, they slay us with those things, too.  Their fur is super soft, and when they’re out and about the bunnies almost always have time to stop and get pet – they love being pampered!  The hopping, jumping, running, and exploring they do keeps us in stitches.  And though they’ve lived with us for a while now, I still gently elbow hubby from time to time and say, “Look – we have bunnies in our living room!”  They’re such a sweet and funny sight to see.

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With Easter coming up this weekend, I thought it only fitting that I post some Easter Bunny pictures featuring our white female bunny, Cypress.  Pinto posed for Year of the Rabbit pictures a few months ago, and Cypress deserves equal camera time.  Isn’t she a cutie?  She’s bigger and plumper than her sweetie, Pinto, and we call her Plumpy about as often as we call her Cypress.  (The nickname Plumpy was taken from the movie Love Actually).

Hubby, Cypress, Pinto and I wish you a very Happy Easter, whether you celebrate with chocolate, celebrate religiously, or both!

Warm regards,
Melody

P.S. We’re getting closer to the drawing for SIX giveaway winners – the drawing will be held this Tuesday, April 26th!  Have you entered both ways yet?  Join in the fun!

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