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Påske. Easter. Pâques - DAS Orange

  Påske. Easter. Pâques - DAS Orange

 

 

 


 

Påske. Easter. Pâques

DAS Orange

 

My mum loves decorating for the holidays (and birthdays),

and no wonder - she's really good at.

 

Growing up our home

was always full of bright beautiful eggs

and feathers for Easter.

 

My brother & I were very lucky

(and spoilt).

 

 

 

 

  Påske. Easter. Pâques - DAS Orange

 

 

 

 

 In our house there would be,

 

There would be the ornamental egg bowls

full of mini chocolate eggs,

 

traditional paper ones (again)

full of mini chocolate eggs,

 

large store bought chocolate eggs, and of course

the colourful wooden ones attached to feathers hanging

off newly budding branches.

 

Easter in out house was truly a feast for the eye

and my growing sweet tooth.

 

 

 

  Påske. Easter. Pâques - DAS Orange

 

 

 

 

In addition to all of the eggs,

we would have hyacinth bulbs growing on the window sill,

freshly baked bread & cakes, and we go looking for Bluebells. 

 

 Easter was magical.

 

It was also spring.

 

 

It's not spring in Australia.

 

 

Although I have a few hyacinth growing indoors and some

mini chocolate eggs stashed away, the bright colourful Easter

I love hasn't quite made it to my home...yet.

 

Instead, I have been taking my cues from nature.

 

Naturally.

 

 

 

  Påske. Easter. Pâques - DAS Orange

 

 

 

 

Autumn has been

tip-toeing into the Snowy Mountains

this past few weeks and as stunningly beautiful as it is,

it doesn't scream Easter at you.

 

In fact, it's been gently advising me to slow down,

dig out my cardigans and make rhubarb crumble.

 

Mmmm...I love Autumn.

 

However, something in me keeps insisting that I

honour family tradition, and hang eggs.

 

So why not?

 

 

 

  Påske. Easter. Pâques - DAS Orange

 

 

 

 

To bridge the two oppposite seasons

I have made little DAS Orange hanging eggs.

 

They are surprisingly Quick & Easy to make;

 

all you need is some DAS Clay in white,

earring stems with closed loops, some multipurpose paint

(I used Martha's Multi Purpose piant in Geranium)

and a stencil brush.

 

 You don't need a lot.

 

 

 

  Påske. Easter. Pâques - DAS Orange

 

 

 

 

To make:

 

a) Roll your eggs and insert earring stems (cut to size),

and place on baking paper to dry over night.

 

As DAS Clay takes about 24 hours to dry properly,

it's better to roll your eggs in the evening to let them dry over night.

 

In the morning turn your eggs

and pop them out into the sun for 15 mins to completely dry.

 

 

b) Once your eggs are dry,

dab paint onto them using your stencil brush and place

back onto the baking paper to dry.

 

N.B.  the paint soaks into the clay quickly,

so you will be able to do a whole egg in seconds.

 

 

c) add string & hang.

 

Voilà!

 

It's that easy.

 

 

 

   
Påske. Easter. Pâques - DAS Orange

 

 

 

 

In keeping with the season here,

I used dried Alpine Daisy stems to hang my eggs off.

 

I kinda like it.

 

 

The Print Nest

The Print Nest

 

 

 

The Print Nest

 

is a little project I made for #365CREATE.

 

What is #365CREATE?

 

It's basically a self imposed challenge

to create something everyday, no matter how small or left field.

 

I have been dipping into Noah Scalin's

365 A Daily Creativity Journal

for inspiration, often with hilarious results.

 

Or at least I think so.

 

 

 

The Print Nest

 

 

 

Why create every day?

 

Well, I thought it would help me think creatively,

accept flawed work, and perhaps help me define my areas interest

(I am easily distracted).

 

I have now completed over 60 #365CREATE projects

and I believe things are shifting for me -

creatively at least.

 

(#365CREATE is posted daily on @sewingdaises on instagram)

 

 

 

The Print Nest

 

 

 

With Easter on the horizon,

 

The Print Nest was an obvious

Quick & Easy project for #365CREATE,

 

especially after making loads of little DAS Clay eggs

the day before.

 

 

Speckling Clay Eggs

  Speckling Clay Eggs

 

 

 

Speckling Clay Eggs

 

According to my calendar (i.e. my local supermarket)

it's nearly Easter again.

 

Huzzah!

 

(sorry I have no idea where that came from)

 

Brightly coloured eggs lining supermarket aisles,

children making Easter bonnets and other amazing 'Spring' traditions, 

 

what is not to like about Easter?

 

 

 

Speckling Clay Eggs

 

 

 

I personally love it!

 

However, in recent years I have noticed

a growing conflict within.

 

Easter is full of the joys of Spring,

but 'down under' we have just seasoned into Autumn.

 

And, there's the rub.

 

Celebrating with bright colours

and fluffy chicks is all good and well, unless you have begun

your annual transition into Heidi

 

 'The Hermit'.

 

 

 

Speckling Clay Eggs

 

 

 

Let me explain quickly...I feel seasons

strongly.

 

In early Spring,

I bounce around like a lamb on hot coals

(very annoying, apparently),

 

and in Autumn, I seek out quieter activities that involve as few

people as possible (also very annoying, apparently). 

 

Having Easter in Autumn stirs all

kinds of crazy within.

 

 

 

  Speckling Clay Eggs

 

 

 

 

Let me explain further...

 

It's very hard for me to make brightly

coloured Easter projects, when all I want to do is bake,

 

make Mock Schnapps,

 

and dress like Christopher Lambert in Highlander.

 

And you thought I was conflicted about

Chrummer Time.

 

 

 

 Speckling Clay Eggs

 

 

 

 

Anyhoo, back to my Speckled Clay Eggs;

 

Made from DAS clay, and speckled with

Martha Stewart's Multi Surface paint

in Carrot and Beetle black 

 

(using a travel tooth brush & paint brush),  

 

they are a fairly good indication of which side of the crazy I am on...

for today at least.

 

 

 

Knitting: Eco Duo Cabled Scarf

  Knitting: Eco Duo Cabled Scarf

 

 

 


The Eco Duo Cable Scarf

is the one I started last May (2013) in Morris & Sons

'Learn to Knit Cables Class'.

 

It's a lovely scarf,

I am not sure why I didn't finish it sooner.

 

Designed by Shannon Dunbandin

 

this scarf is really easy to whip up,

even for the likes of me.

 

 

 

 Knitting: Eco Duo Cabled Scarf

 

 

 

 

Yes, there is a teeny section

that didn't quite turn out right; I blame the actress Katey Sagal

When she whacked Cherry in the face with a skateboard in

'Sons of Anarchy',

 

I became her biggest fan.

 

Enter Katey, exit knitting concentration.

I am actually surprised I didn't make

more mistakes.

 

 

 

  Knitting: Eco Duo Cabled Scarf

 

 

 

 

Anyway,

somewhere along the way

I got distracted (again & by something else)

and put this scarf to one side.

 

But, I sucked it up the other week and finished it.

 

I am really pleased I did. It's fantastic!

 

It's thick, the cables are well defined, and

it's now a cowl.

 

 

 

 Knitting: Eco Duo Cabled Scarf

 

 

 

 

Why?

 

Because, it looks quite dated as a scarf.


I am no style icon, but I have no interest

in looking like Miss Marple...

 

unless it's Julia McKenzie, and in another 30 years time.

 

Now that this scarf  is out of the way 

I can finally move onto all of the other projects

I didn't quite finish last year.

 

*sigh*

 

 

  Knitting: Eco Duo Cabled Scarf

 

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