[My Month in Pictures] April

Ah April, you have been fabulous…bringing lots of sunshine, pretty blossoms, special occasions, fun gatherings, exciting collaborations and projects, and good cheer all round! It really is one of my favourite months as you get to take in and enjoy all the beauty that surrounds you….the little things you can easily take for granted throughout the year and then springtime goes ahead and reminds you of how wonderfully complex and beautiful life is.  I’m so grateful for each and every month that passes by and can only hope for the next month to be just as wonderful. Actually… we do have a trip to Washington DC coming up……and I CANNOT wait!!

Anyway, I hope you’ve all had a great April and that the month of May is a promising one for you too! xx

HAPPY EASTER

MbM_HAPPY-EASTER-15_01Whether you’re celebrating the significance of Christ’s resurrection, embracing Springtime, or just tucking into your delightful collection of confectionery around the table with your family and friends, let’s all take some time out to reflect on the true meaning of hope and rebirth that comes at this time of the year. Everywhere around you there are signs of new life so let’s definitely embrace the goodness that our lives and this world brings us.

I took this opportunity to do it a bit of styling with some eggs and wild flowers – hope you like it! Anyway, I wish you all a joyous and restful Easter. xxx

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[D.I.Y. Special] Paint-splattered Easter Eggs

MbM_DIY-EASTER-EGGS-(MAIN)Morning folks!

We are officially in the countdown to Easter so I wanted to share with you the Easter eggs I made in the week which you can now try out yourself today!  I’m actually quite excited about these bad boys as they’re made of PLASTER! I believe the last time I made anything out of plaster of paris was back in high school so you can only imagine my delight when I decided to use it for this DIY project.

To be honest, while I was pinning away lots of inspiration for Easter, I was thinking to myself how lousy it is to not be able to always keep your egg creations post Easter because they’re far too delicate to store or you just don’t have the space for it. I remember how torn I was about getting rid of the decoupaged eggs I made last year despite hanging on to it for a few months. I know it defeats the purpose of decorating new eggs every year, but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to have a set that you could keep year after year? And that’s when I stumbled across Camille Styles’ concrete eggs. I did weirdly think about concrete but wasn’t sure how to go about finding the perfect moulds for it…….so how genius is actually using your blown out eggs as your moulds!?

Well, I obviously jumped at the chance to try it out. I didn’t have cement on me but there was Plaster of Paris kicking about in the studio (I had bought some for another DIY project I have in the pipeline) so off I went. Be warned that this is quite the MESSY project….but if little neat-freak me can cope, you sure can too! :P MbM_DIY-EASTER-EGGS_01

What you’ll need:

  • Eggs (blown out)
  • Plaster of Paris
  • a craft knife
  • wooden skewers or popsicle sticks to stir with
  • plastic or glass container to mix in
  • paint or any decorative material you wish to decorate your eggs with. (I used black acrylic paint, which I forgot to show here)

Start off blowing out all your eggs so you’re left with the shells. Then measure out your Plaster of Paris and water according to the instructions given to you on the tub. Normally, it’s one cup of water to 1.5cups of PoP. When you mix it together the consistency should be very similar to pancake batter.

Before you pour your mix in, just remember to tape up the hole on the top end of the egg to avoid the mix leaking out! The whole on the bottom needs to be at least a centimetre big for you to be able to pour the mix into. The reason for pouring it upside down is so that when the shell comes off you have a slightly flat edge for the egg to sit upright on.

Once all your eggs are taped up, pour in the mix shortly after its been made, filling it right up to the opening. This is your messy bit of the project especially if you don’t have the most steady hands!

MbM_DIY-EASTER-EGGS_10Once all the eggs have been filled with your plaster of Paris mix, set it aside for atlas two hours. So if you have any errands to run or chores to do, now would be the time for that!

When the plaster has dried, take your craft knife and gently scrap/chip away the eggs shell to reveal your beautifully egg-shaped plaster eggs. Since plaster is a lot softer than concrete, you will need to make sure you’re not taking chunks out of the plaster. You’ll probably find a few marks but that’s all part of the handmade look, otherwise you should have some pretty smooth eggs at the end!

This stage can be a bit time-consuming. It took me about 15/20mins to de-shell all six of my eggs. But hey, it really is worthwhile your time because what you get is simply amazing….as you can see below!!

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Now for the fun bit! I’ve used black acrylic paint for this part but you are welcome to do it in whatever colours you fancy. I went for a very Jackson Pollock-esque style by flicking paint haphazardly onto the eggs. As I said before, for a neat-freak, OCD kinda gal….you’d think this was mental but I must admit I found this rather liberating and therapeutic!

Anyway, whatever you chose to do, make sure you lay some paper or plastic sheets down over your work surface so to avoid Jackson Pollock-ing the rest of your house!! :P Place your eggs upright before you splatter the paint on – this way you’ll get a better chance of an all-round coverage. MbM_DIY-EASTER-EGGS_15MbM_DIY-EASTER-EGGS_16

Once you’ve had your art attack moment, leave it aside to dry. Depending on the type of paint you use, this can take from 20 minutes up to a couple of hours! So if you’re the impatient type, definitely opt for a quick drying paint!

And there you have it folks! You’re very own paint-splattered eggs which you can use all year round and year after year! Probably not toddler-friendly especially if you have throwers in your family but I can say that if you mix in a bit of coloured paint into the plaster mix, you can indeed use the eggs as big giant chalk for your kiddies. There are lots of tutorials out there for that if you want to check that out.

In the meantime…..please stop and admire these monochrome BEAUTS! Sorry, I’m just so delighted at how well they’ve turned out and how much of a KID I felt making them! I really REALLY hope you’ll give these a go this weekend if you’re still looking for ideas to decorate your Easter table. And if you do, share them away on Facebook, Twitter or IG and tag #madebymolu and #craftwithmolu so I can have a nosey.

Happy crafting guys and have a wonderfully restful Easter weekend!! xxxx
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[Image credit: ©MadebyMolu]

[D.I.Y. Special] fun Easter Egg DIYs to try!

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It’s that time again, where we’ll be busy digging out our craft supplies to come up with fun ways to decorate our eggs this Easter. I’ve a few ideas in mind but still unsure what to go for particularly in the limited time I have this week. So while I figure that out, here are a few funky decorating ideas for you guys to try; from dip-dying to decoupaging to doodling. Just click on the links under the images to take you to their full tutorials.

Have a eggcellent week of craftiness! (sorry!!! I couldn’t help it!!) :D xxxobviously sweet_eggs

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[D.I.Y. Tutorial] Easter Eggs with a touch of floral

MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Easter-Eggs_MainMorning folks! How are you this beautiful Saturday morning? I hope you’re all enjoying your well-deserved relaxing long weekend so far. The weather has been amazing too which totally makes a difference! We’ve come over to the green isle to spend some family time over Easter and I can’t tell you how good it is to be away in the countryside soaking up every ounce of Springtime! he sun is out, the fields are green, the daffodils are out and we’ve even had the wee lambs skip and run across the fields this morning – so freaking adorable, it totally made my morning! :D

Anyway, I’ve got a little a little Easter DIY special today so that you all have something to try your hand at before Easter, tomorrow! I’ve basically conjured up a ‘decoupage’ technique but using scraps of fabric as oppose to decoupage paper (or any fine patterned paper) The results are just as good and seeing as I have stacks of vintage-inspired floral material kicking about, it just made sense to use them.

So here’s what you need:

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MATERIALS:

  1. Eggs
  2. Scraps of fine-weight material (I used fine poly cotton)
  3. Fabric scissors
  4. Paintbrush
  5. Water-based glue (PVA)

 

INSTRUCTIONS: MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Easter-Eggs_1-WEB

  1. Empty the egg white and egg yolk using the ‘blowing-out’ technique so that you’re left with just the whole shell to decorate.
  2. If you don’t have white shelled eggs at home like me, then give the shells a quick white wash with either acrylic or emulsion paint. Put a skewer carefully through the egg so that you can paint the egg hands free.
  3. Set them aside to dry – this may take a couple of hours. If you can get hold of white shelled eggs then you can skip this part completely! But this is all depending on what colour material you’ll be using for this project. So if it’s white based material, then white eggs would obviously work better.
  4. Cut out the flowers from your chosen material
  5. Next up, apply some water-based PVA glue all over the egg, and then with a wet paintbrush spread it evenly and easily across. Dip the paintbrush in water if you need to if the glue seems thick.
  6. Take your cut-out fabric floral pieces and place them on the eggshell. Use the same paintbrush to brush the edges down. Apply more watered down glue across the material as this will give the whole egg a lovely glazed look when all dried.

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And there you have it – easy peasy project to give those eggs a touch of prettiness! :) I love how these have turned out, with a complete vintage-esque feel to them. Of course, you can use decoupage paper (any kind of fine patterned paper) or tissue paper if you haven’t got any fabric. Or even use washi tape! (it was only after I had done this, did I think of washi tape!) I love these decoupage ones done By Wilma and these ones using paper napkins by Martha Stewart Living.

So folks, I hope you have fun whatever technique or materials you choose to use but if you give this fabric-decoupaging one (as shown above) then let me know how you get on! I’d love to see your creations so if you would love to share it with me, post it on my Facebook page, Twitter or on IG but be sure to hash tag it with #craftwithmolu and #madebymolu just so I’m able to find them!

Enjoy your crafty Saturday and I wish you all a beautiful Easter!

Much love x x x

 

 

[From the Kitchen] Easter eggs!

BLOG_STRIP Easter Goodies1WEB Next up….chocolate Easter eggs! :D

What you’ll need:

  • Chocolate Egg Mould – I bought mine from Lakeland
  • atleast 600g of chocolate bars – Cadbury’s, Galaxy or Green & Black’s milk or dark chocolates are good for these.
  • Glass bowl to melt the chocolate in
  • Saucepan for hot water
  • Spatula
  • Decorations: Ribbons, Sprinkles, Foil, Cocoa dust, Royal Icing – I ran out of time to pipe the icing onto the chocolate shells so filled my eggs with Cadbury’s mini Eggs!

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  1. is start by melting the chocolate in a glass bowl over a pan of hot water, stirring gently. While this is pretty straightforward, make sure you keep an eye on the temperature so that it doesn’t rise above 27C (for milk or white chocolate) or 37C (for dark chocolate) What this does is maintain the shine and snap once it resets.
  2. Remove the bowl from the heat once the optimum temperature is reached and continuing stirring a bit more vigorously than before until all the chocolate is melted.
  3. Pour the chocolate into the bottom base of the mould – judge it so it’s thick enough to cover the entire mould. And then start rotating the mould so that you gently cover the entire mould. Keep doing this until you evenly distribute the chocolate around the mould. I  added more chocolate as I wanted it to be a bit thicker and by doing so it turned out a bit more rustic as it gradually set! Also, if it goes over the sides, try to clean it off then and there. Mine wasn’t as neat as hoped as trying to juggle taking photos while making these were a tad bit tricky!
  4. Do these to both your moulds (or however many you have) and then place them in the fridge for about 20mins to properly set.
  5. Take the moulds out of the fridge and gently tap the halves out of the moulds.
  6. To stick the two halves together you can go for various methods. One, you can dip brush in melted chocolate and line the edges of the shells – this will act as the glue to stick them together. Or for a slightly cleaner option place the shells onto a warm saucepan for a couple of seconds until you see the edges melt. Quickly stick the two halves together.
  7. Obviously, if you fancy putting some treats inside the Eggs, then make sure you do that before sticking the two halves together! Once your Eggs shells are stuck together you are ready to decorate them however way you wish! Since I was a bit tight for time I tied ribbons around mine. Et Voila! I’m hoping to put some proper chocolate decorating skills to test another time!

Pretty simple right? So there you go….a ‘must try’ for next Easter! :) xx

 

[From the Kitchen] Easter cupcakes!

Well folks, I do hope you’ve all had a busy albeit lovely Easter weekend. I for one kept myself buzzing around, especially in the kitchen in the run up to Easter Day but managed to catch up on some much deserved R&R on Monday! Found it hard shifting back to ‘work mode’ today but thankfully it’s only a 4-day week…..phew! Anyhoo, here’s the first part to my culinary antics from the weekend ……Easter cupcakes – made from simple Vanilla sponge with Bailey’s buttercream icing (yes I know, I opted for that again……but it really is far too delicious not to be included!!!) topped with Cadbury’s mini eggs! One batch had chocolate flavoured Bailey’s buttercream icing and the other had a slight pastel pink bailey’s buttercream icing. Nice and simple……but totally looked and tasted the part!! :D xxx

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HAPPY EASTER!!!

happy easterIt’s finally here! I do hope you are all revelling in the spirit of Easter……..not to mention all the chocolate eggs and bunnies! ;) Whatever way you chose to celebrate, I sincerely hope it’s a good one! It’s been crazy busy here at HQ with Easter fun and madness so watch this space! ;) Much love xxx


(photo taken by me via my iPhone)