Easter Eggs Swedish Style

Friday, April 22, 2011

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In Sweden for Easter, we often dye or paint our eggs before eating them on Easter Sunday. I dont know where this comes from or why we do it, but it makes them look really pretty and as Im all for making things look pretty, I thought I would share the process!

You need:
*red onions/beetroots/white onions (or any other edible plant which works as a natural dye).
*old tights
*things for making different outlines with (such as pretty leaves, tape, rubberbands or anything else that will lay flat on the egg and will stay there while the egg is boiled).

The process:
Cut the tights into pieces which are big enough to contain the egg and for tying at each end.
Make the egg designs by laying the leaves (or whatever else you have chosen to use) flat on the egg. Put the egg and the leaves inside the cut up tights and tie up one side, making sure the leaves are still flat on the egg, then tie the other side aswell.
Boil the eggs in a pot filled with water and the skins of red or white onions or together with some beetroots. When you take them out, the eggs will be both really pretty and ready to eat!

I boiled the eggs below with red onion skins and used the following techniques:
Top left: tights only
Middle: young black currant leaves in tights
Top right: young black currant leaves and rubberbands in tights
Bottom left: lenses (yup, the edible kind) in tights
Bottom right: tape cut into triangles, no tights

Happy Easter!

crochet booties

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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I made a new pair of baby booties! I changed the pattern around a bit (as usual...!) but the original can be found in Crochet Today's special issue: Quick Easy Gifts (2009). More projects are on their way, it is really nice to be crocheting again!

My sister's birthday party!

Monday, April 18, 2011

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It was my sister's birthday party last weekend and myself and our other sister were in charge of decorating! Woohoop! We had so much fun hanging tissue paper pom poms, lights and paper bunting, arranging flowers and napkins and making everything look pretty for the evening. Those flower napkins are fantastic, aren't they? My sister made those, somehow I ended up polishing a hundred and something knives, forks and spoons instead... Lucky me huh...? Haha.. ;)

The theme was spring time and I think we managed to transform the dark basement room into a lovely spring inspired party venue! I think the guests were happy too; all the home made food was yum, the drink was plentiful and the party kept going until the wee hours!

Happy birthday sistaa, love ya!!

Dublin spring

Thursday, April 14, 2011

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Cherry blossoms are so lovely...

A rainbow of felted loveliness

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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If you are looking for a bespoke mobile or ring pillow in felt, then these are the different colours you can currently choose between! Email queries to: kittiwakedesign[at]gmail.com

From left to right: dark green, light green, blue, turquoise, yellow, orange, brown, grey, black, bright pink, white and red. A rainbow of felted loveliness!

Madam Fandorin

Monday, April 11, 2011

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Today I have something very special to share! A good friend of mine recently started an online shop called Madam Fandorin where she sells shoes and underwear with a difference.

The stock is absolutely gorgeous and as I have a bit of a thing for leopard prints, I treated myself to these beauties. I just have to learn how to walk on 15 cm heels now!

Do have a look for yourself, you won't be disappointed!

Visit Madam Fandorin here!

Rose ring pillow - the wedding!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

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Image is Copyright © Kevin Morris Photography

You may remember the Rose ring pillow that I made for a friend's wedding last year? Well, today I am very excited to share some pictures from the big day, all shot by the amazing Kevin Morris of Kevin Morris Photography!

Image is Copyright © Kevin Morris Photography

The design was based on the stunning bride's wedding bouquet, which contained Esperance roses and Oak leaves - a really lovely combination of pinks and brown!

Image is Copyright © Kevin Morris Photography

I used a creamy white velvet fabric for the pillow and hand stitched the felt flower and leaves, then finished off with a brown and white ribbon to secure the rings. The pillow was filled with wadding and home grown lavender and smelled lovely!

Image is Copyright © Kevin Morris Photography

The couple's one year old walked down the aisle with the ring pillow in her push walker! Awww, how cute!

Image is Copyright © Kevin Morris Photography

A huge thank you to Karin and Brendan for sharing the pictures from their wedding day!

If you want a bespoke ring pillow too, please do get in touch! I would love to create something absolutely unique for your big day!

Email: kittiwakedesign[at]gmail.com for any queries.


The 'Robber Duckies'

Friday, April 1, 2011

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Theyre definitely up to no good... Im bringing them to the Village Food Fare Market in Collooney tomorrow! Do come by and visit!