favourite things friday

Spring has gone missing in our neighourhood. There was a blizzard on Monday, the temperature continues to stay below 10°c, and the wind is bitter. But that won’t dampen my crafty spirit! Here’s a whole slew of cheerful spring projects (and other cool things too!) for all to enjoy :D

 

Absolutely stunning flower baskets. More stunning is the fact that these are made of the humble, disposable coffee filters! Wouldn’t they make gorgeous center pieces or decorations at a wedding, holding small cookies or candy or favours? How-to on Aunt Peaches.

 

I love the one with fern pattern. Botanical wall decor tutorial by David Stark on Design Sponge.

 

This is brilliant — a lily brooch made of children’s handprint! Perfect Mother’s Day present collaboration for nieces, nephews and a crafty aunt :D How-to on Wild Olive.

 

A free pattern from Mochi Mochi! Tiny bunnies are perfect for carrying around in one’s pocket :D

 

I love that these chicks are made of egg cartons. So very adorable, AND they can hold candy inside! They’d make great party favours any time of the year. From Paper, Plate, and Plane.

 

More egg carton chicks, and bunny too! This time with the Styrofoam variety, no painting required. I think they would also make really cute chubby bird ornaments :D From Simple as That.

 

So we make plenty of things with egg cartons, what about the eggs? Meyamo has a tutorial on how to make fruit and vegetable based paint for decorating eggs. It’s fascinating, and edible! (scroll down to see tutorial)

 

I have a pile of notes, reminders, receipts, coupons and other random pieces of paper strewn all over my desk at the moment, and I’ve been looking for a magnetic message board for a long time, this might be the perfect thing! Have to keep an eye out for metal serving trays next time I’m at the thrift store. Tutorial on Sparkle Power.

 

This caught my attention because my mom recently gave me a large bag of crocheted doilies. Though the doilies I have are really small. But I might be able to combine a few to make one sleeve. How-to by Jessica Wilson on Craftzine.

 

Not trying to get ahead of myself — spring is barely here — but wouldn’t this be so perfect for those scorching hot sunny days? I just love the simplicity of it. Silk shirt refashion on One Pearl Button.

 

This made me smile. I mean physically. But I can type it out too :) Signs jewlery by Chao and Eero. (Via Inspire Me Now)

 

And finally, I end with this, from Shanna Murray, a decal for sale to support Japan, with a quote by Mother Teresa.

 

And today, being Good Friday, I’m reflecting on the great love that is the root of Easter.

Peace, love, and warm wishes to you and yours. Happy Easter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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