Make Your Own String or Edible Easter Basket

Make your own chocolate baskets to hold goodies in. Image courtesy of Flickr 51633081 @N04/6905180828

Make your own chocolate baskets to hold goodies in. Image courtesy of Flickr 51633081 @N04/6905180828

Over the years, I’ve learned a plethora of craft and food ideas for almost ever holiday. Yet, sometimes the simplest ideas are still the best.

A Better String Egg

I ran across a way to make your own Easter basket with a bit of string, a balloon and a water/flour paste that gives a good visual on what it looks like to wrap the string on the balloon. But instead of using a flour paste, use Elmer’s or a non-name brand white glue. It hardens well in a shorter period of time and instead of dipping the string, take a foam paint brush and “paint” the glue over the string wrapped around the balloon. Then once everything is completely dry,  pop the balloon and cut a hole where you want to add some goodies.

DIY Chocolate Basket

Another way I’ve made a quick Easter egg basket is by simply melting some chocolate and drizzling layers of it over a balloon(as pictured above). I would sometimes even use multiple colors of chocolate for a different effect. Luckily, Chica and Jo have a great tutorial with images of their chocolate baskets.

You’ll be surprised at how simple it is to whip up a few of these baskets. If you have any photos of your creations, I’d love to see them – and Happy Easter!

Tresses and Treats: Green with Envy on St. Paddy’s Day

Image Neon Yellow and Green Hair courtesy of Candy Acid Hair on Deviant Art http://fav.me/d2hdad3.

Image Neon Yellow and Green Hair courtesy of Candy Acid Hair on Deviant Art http://fav.me/d2hdad3.

Now that St. Paddy’s Day is almost upon us, have you made plans on how you’ll be celebrating? This frugal gal loves celebrating without emptying her wallet and found a few fun and unique ways to show your St. Patrick’s Day spirit.

Dye Your Hair with Green Gelatin: If you have blond, grey or any other light-colored hair, you won’t have to bleach it for green results. Sophisticated Edge provides a helpful tutorial.

Dye Your Hair with KoolAid®: WikiHow has a great tutorial on how to temporarily dye your hair with about 3 packs of drink mix.  Try green this week and another color for Easter.

Chalk Your Hair Green:  Over the recent years, there have been many tutorials on how to use chalk to give hair a temporary color. The Beauty Department offers a nice step-by-step with photos and several color examples.

Give your friends green and tasty treats worth the price of gold: Continue reading

Childhood Wishes – A Secret Passageway

A secret passageway. Image courtesy of Jessamyn from Flickr.

A secret passageway. Image courtesy of Jessamyn from Flickr.

I come from a childhood full of Creatures from the Black Lagoon, Scooby Doo episodes and Nancy Drew novels. They helped form my love for delighting and frightening people.

I dreamed of owning a house that had secret passageways, underground catacombs, roaming ghosts or other mysteries.

Although I love my house – it doesn’t have any of that. So when I ran across the step-by step tutorial on how to build a secret room, I got all excited. I have a deep closet that will work with this and maybe I’ll have the time to build it.

If you’ve always dreamed of your secret passageway, you may want to check out an engineering site dedicated to secret rooms. It just might inspire you to build your own. If you already created your own secret room, clue me in on the tips you have for building one. If you bought a house with a secret passageway already – I envy you. Share what you’ve discovered.