Eggs + Sharpies = colorful easter decoration!

I had this idea yesterday. I haven’t painted one egg since kindergarten but today I landed on the Sharpie’s homepage and when you can use Sharpie’s to paint on Chuck’s well… you can get freaky on an egg as well. Easter is coming faster than I thought so all I needed was a pack of white eggs as the pens were already there (ordered them from all over the states as in Germany they’re nowhere to find).

Easy task I thought but I was not aware that eggs get stamped before they hit the stores so I had the problem how to get rid of those pink numbers. Tipp Ex works. Works perfectly fine. But looks bad. Really bad. Don’t do it. My fabulous new colleague Annette had the idea to use a nail file and YES that is much better. I took a picture of the result but as there was nothing to see anymore… you get the hint.

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tipp ex egg

eggs with stamp

I decided to have a theme. „Tattoo Eggs“ As I’m turning 30 this year a new tattoo is due so I painted the eggs with potential designs. First I blew them out which was a real mess but it provided dinner as well. Then drew on them with a pencil.

pencil scetch

Right after this picture here the egg fell down. If you consider to do something similar I recommend you let the eggs dry for a day so that the rest of the slimy inside isn’t all over your hands. First: it makes the egg slippery which isn’t the best factor to work with. Second: it’s sticky, your hands will get dirty from it and the mess will be all over your working area and now try to use an eraser on an empty egg….

sacred heart

This is how they got finished – I just used a black Sharpie for the outlines and colored the rest in whatever color came to my hand. That’s all the magic. And I like them a lot! They will make a super easter decoration arranged in a bowl.

I’ve made 3 traditional tattoo themes: Happy Easter with cherries, a diamond and a star. 2 swallows facing with a star underneath and a sacred heart.

tattoo eggs

tattoo eggs 2

Here we have a koi fish and a swirl with some cherry blossoms representing japanese tattoo style. Here I’ve found out that Sharpie’s don’t mix with water because I thought of making a more watercolor -ish design but unfortunately that doesn’t work. For the swirls on the koi egg I used a Copic marker with a paint brush tip which worked pretty nice with a bit of water.

japanese eggs 2

japanese eggs

And here we have a sugar skull which actually looks like an egg head which wasn’t meant to be but as it was the first egg I’ve painted I wasn’t aware of the bowing (and here you can still see traces of the pencil)

sugar skull egg

That was the first round of painting eggs. I plan one more session using something different. Don’t know yet. Wouldn’t have thought it could be so much fun. Before this year easter was all about eating chocolate and loads of lamb. But my creative juices are flowing now and I will not stop them :-)

Are you making easter deco yourself? What are you up to? Is anyone having an idea for a nice wreath? I’d love to see your suggestions.

Floating away…

Oooohhhh I was so excited about this event. I finally redeemed Martins christmas present and so we went floating yesterday. It’s the most relaxing thing I’ve ever done. A massage never took me where this floating got me.

That’s the deal. There is a water filled tank for two where you get in and technically float on the surface. The water is similar to the water in the Dead Sea. It contains so much salt that you can’t go down (0,7 kilo per liter). The temperature of the water is the same as your skin so when you float there is a point where you don’t know what’s water and what’s your body. WEIRD! So you sit in the tank, lay back… blubb, blubb…. and your body rises to the surface and this is the most incredible feeling ever. You don’t touch anything and just float! We’ve been inside the tank for one hour and the first minutes your head is trying to relax. It’s a small challenge to let go and to trust that you won’t go down. Then I was like „hm… what am i going to do here for a whole hour? i can’t stand this. i gotta move. what will we have for dinner? a whole hour?! no way!“ But then there was the point where I was so relaxed I fell asleep. Yes. In the water. Martin said I snored. I personally couldn’t tell if I was awake or sleeping but the owner said that this is a good thing. Means I was relaxed. And it’s true. I had some neck ache and it’s all GONE. And the mood… whoohhooo. We were both happy and wiggly. Another cool thing was that we were not wizened like after an hour in the bathtub. The consistency of that water doesn’t dry your skin but makes it super fresh and clean. On that picture you can see me relax and this is how it looks like :-) (don’t laugh!)

Overall that was an overwhelming experience and definitely something I will do again and again and again. It’s a bit pricey but worth every single cent! You should try it! Find the next Floatbase in your city and get carried away.

For Germany you can google „floating“ and you’ll find all kinds of results, for the US I’ve found the site floatation.com.

float tank

Double tank where we spent the hour

This is how it looks from the side. Image by floatbase.de

floating

Me relaxing…

Quick and dirty! Another one…

Uh.. I think a new blog label is born. Due to lack of time right now I’m not doing huge projects but sometimes I NEED things so urgently that it has to get done. Quickly. NOW. So today I will be cruisin‘ round town and hopefully will need some business cards. I checked my belongings and got started.

colored paper – check!
stickers – check!
woven labels – check!
stamps and inkpad – check!

Actually this is the list of things that I used at the end because when I sat down I had no idea what I’d need except of paper. I grabbed the paper, then the labels… as I was sewing the labels on the paper the stamping idea came up…while stamping and not having an idea how I can implement my email address as its too long and the stamp is too short I took some stickers from the „Crafty Stickers“ book, wrote it on, put it on the back of the cards. That’s ok for now. The whole abracadabra took me 30 minutes maybe and now I have 6 handmade business cards (one I screwed up).

Quick and dirty. As I said.

needs

cutouts

done with the business cards

No the numbers aren’t weird. I photoshopped a bit on my phone number. You never know who wants to stalk you…

Quick and dirty!

In the process of making my heavenly working space a bit more lovely (Paola… do you get the hint?! girl, I LOVE this task! Really!) I just put together a quick and dirty pin board for my wall to which I can stick my to do lists, some notes… whatever I can pin up with a needle.

By quick and dirty I mean.. it’s a 5 minute project for which you don’t need much.

You need a piece of cardboard (mine is 5 mm thick, filled with foam by Kapa but any thick cardboard will do the job, too), a piece of fabric and duct tape.

cardboard and fabric

You just have to cut your fabric and wrap it like a present. Duct tape it. Done.

cardboard and cut fabric

finished pin board back

pin board

Ok… maybe it even takes less than 5 minutes. I used the same fabric as the couch because I didn’t have anything else available right now and actually it fits together and it’s already 11:30 pm and I just wanted to get it over with for tomorrow. :-) Sometimes it doesn’t need much to satisfy me and who thought I would be crafty THIS week.  I love my new board and it will remind me of the important things to do in the near future.

Livin out load by Keri Smith

Here’s my second book review and it’s about LIVIN OUT LOUD by Keri Smith.

If you’re lacking ideas you can find them here! This lovely spiral binded book is nicely illustrated, colorful and loaded with playful exercises that will make your creative juices flow once you flip through the pages. Keri encourages you to be original, write a journal and gives you tips on how to start one and why you should enjoy it, a chapter on how to make a living doing what you love (yay). Then there are activities for you to do e.g. „Lifestyle for Sale“ (what would you sell if you had a lifestyle store) that challenge your imagination. Throughout the books you find stickers, postcards with quotes, nice illustrations, crafty tutorials… the book is full of nice discoveries.

I read it once but I always come back to the book to read a certain chapter again. Some activities are not for me but overall it’s a cool book which inspires me and cheers me up. It’s a little kick in the butt as well when you’re down and you lack of motivation. Get it! It’s fun!

livin out load mosaic

see them pictures bigger in my flickr.  one, two, three and four