A Passion For Creativity

Unleash Your Creativity, by Mary Sara Pipia

Quick Easter Centerpiece Ideas April 8, 2009

It’s a busier week than I thought, but wanted to post ideas for two simple and easy ideas for an Easter centerpiece.  jelly-bean-centerpiece-w-flowers_quick-and-simple

I got an email from Quick and Simple with a couple of Easter ideas.  I love this idea and have done it before.  You need to size vases – a small/medium and a medium/large.  You take the smaller size vase and put it in the center of the larger size vase and fill the space between the two vases with jelly beans, M&M’s or a favorite candy.   Then fill the smaller vase with some water and your favorite flowers – tulips or daffodils (shown here) are fun for Easter.  You have a fun, colorful centerpiece in about 10 minutes. 

I also picked up the lastest edition of Better Homes and Garden magazine.  It also has some fun, ideas.  Check out their seasonal and spring centerpiece ideas.  I love the one with the filled colored, dyed eggs and the flowers in the centerpiece.  esater-egg-vase_bhgFun to use real eggs, but you could also use the leftover plastic eggs that you fill with candy for the kids or use for Easter egg hunts.   They also have some great ideas for other Easter decorations and crafts. 

Do you have a fun idea for a centerpiece?  Please leave a comment.

 

Easter’s on the Way April 4, 2009

Happy Saturday.  Sorry for the bit of lag between posts. Last week, I ended up going away for a long weekend to the Cape with my close friend and her family.  We had lots of window shopping, good food and tons of laughs.  What more could you ask for? 

With Easter a week away, I am in full creative mode.  I’ve been busy, so I’ve been trying to figure out some quick creative things to do.  Suddenly, Easter’s a week away, when it just seemed like to was 3 weeks to go.  Where does the time go?  When I was on my Shop Hop in February I picked up some great rubber stamps by DeNami Designs as well as Amuse Stamps.  One of my favorite is by DeNami and is this Chickie Easter Basket stamp.  I love these cute litte stamps.  I also got a Chickie “Hoppy” Easter stamp as well as some Copic markers, which are the latest fun tool for us card makers and crafters.  Coloring with them is amazing and I’ve been doing some stamping and coloring, trying to work on technique.  I also have these fun Copic Spica glitter pens that give a hint of glitter, which makes coloring the stamped images so much fun. 

 

Going through my stash, all creative people have stashes of stuff, I found these pink tin pails I bought at Target for $1.  So, I decided that I’m going to make Easter tags for the pails, using the Chickie Easter Basket stamp and attach to the handle and will fill with fun Easter treats for my family.  Each person will get their own pail and I’ll put them on their place at the dinner table.  Every year, I try and do something different.  I actually like the paper grass from Williams Sonoma or you can make your own, by shredding some fun paper and filling it in the tins.  Put some tissue in first and then you use less shred or grass.  I’m off today to find some chocolate bunnies, jelly beans and some other chocolates.  My sister loves her peanut butter cups, so those are on the list.  My mother loves fudge, so I always try and pick up some fudge or she loves Almond Joys, so they are always in hers.  I must admit, being something of a chocolate lover myself, I personally love the pure chocolate eggs.  Nothing quite like a solid chocolate egg at Easter. I also love the Classic Jelly Beans from Brach’s. 

 You can also check out some of my favorite sites that I go  to.  You can find fun, easy food and decorating ideas at Food Network’s Holiday and Party section.  Get receipes for everything for the main course to dessert to treats.  Martha Stewart has a lot of ideas and information posted on her web site.  She’s been doing an Easter Workshop leading up to Easter with ideas for crafts and food and photos.  She’s having a contest as well, where you can post your own photos. 

 

So, even though it says is Springtime, it’s overcast and cool here in Boston today, what a better way then to spend the day doing something creative?  Get ready for Easter by baking some cookies, making homemade chocolates, dying Easter egs or making a handmade Easter card or tags for your Easter baskets.  

What are you doing for your Easter baskets?  How are you making them special?  Happy creating and check back later this week as I’ll post ideas and pictures of my Easter tags and my Easter pails for my family. Leave a comment to tell me about your Easter basket.