Are you overrun with easter eggs and don’t know what to do with them? Try making a cheery flower garden with your leftover eggs. Its simple and easy, and a great activity for little hands.
I found this really cute flower pattern by googling flower clip-art, but you can use any flower shape you want. This one just happened to be the size I was looking for. You can find it by going to http://www.clker.com/clipart-14008.html I found that I could fit six flowers comfortably on one sheet of 8 ½” x 11” paper. I photocopied several different colors of flowers for my “garden.” Cut out around the outside edges of your flowers leaving the black trim visible.
I used colorful plastic easter eggs that are approximately 1 ¾” x ¾”. These particular eggs did not have a hinge (they can pop apart into two pieces). If you have the kind with hinges, simply trim the hinge off with a pair of scissors (be careful!!). If you have the standard sized easter eggs (about double the size that I used for this project) simply make your paper flower bigger
Take a plastic egg and pop it into two pieces. Placing the shorter of the two ends on the top, line up the top and bottom of the eggs, sandwiching the flower in the middle. **Keep in mind that which ever side you put the smaller end on is the way that your flower petals will turn towards. If you want your flower petals to turn out, then put the small end on the back.**
When you have your flower centered to your liking, carefully press the egg together. You may have to use a little creativity and force to get the two pieces to stick together. Just be careful not to press too hard…I have crushed more than one by pressing too hard, and on occasion, sent one flying across the room.
Once your flower is completely secured, you can arrange them in a basket, make a flower arrangement or arrange them individually on the table. For even more fun, you can mix and match colors, add glitter, stems...the possibilities are endless.
If you use this pattern, send me pictures. I would love to see what fun ideas you can come up with.
Today's blog interview is with the amazing Nikki Mannen of Kniffty Knits.
My name is Nikki McGinnis and I am from North Carolina. I began making jewelry in a jewelry class my junior year in high school. I started my business the next year. Over the years I found out that it is hard work to make this a full time business. For every situation, I had to pray and turn it over to God. When we go through these types of problems, we just need to stop and pray. When things get tough my husband, and family really give me encouragement. My friends have always been there for me too. Young girls today need a good support structure because of all the peer pressure and beauty images that they face. A piece of jewelry they make can tell everyone, "I'm me and I'm not going to be in the same mold." All young girls need to take a step back and evaluate their life and see that if their friends aren't there to encourage them and be supportive, then they aren't a true friend. Looking back at my life then compared to today, I would have told myself to not give up so easily.
You can check Nikki's work out by going to her etsy shop knittstergirl426, or her facebook page kniffty knitts. If you are in the the Charlotte, NC area, you can check out her work in person at Mack and Mack of Charlotte.
Here it goes...our first of many fascinating interviews. Welcome to the lovely and talented Christina Winchester.
Tell us a little bit about yourself….who you are, where you’re from, what kind of cereal you like, etc?
A little bit about me... Hmmmm. I am a junior at Friends University, majoring in Religion. I have absolutely no idea what I am going to do when I graduate, only a few slight ideas. I love to write. My favorite color is pink and purple... And I don't like spiders.... Yep. That pretty much sums me up. :P
Tell us a little bit about your journey to this point in your life.
My journey has been crazy. From moving from Florida to Kansas at 15, to being diagnosed with Diabetes and Lymphacitic Colitis within a year of each other. And then a few years later getting an anxiety problem. It is never boring with me. But if I hadn't of had these things happen, I would not be the person I am today. I have realized through all of this how strong I actually am, and what I am capable of doing.
What kinds of challenges have you faced through your journey, what you did do to get through them?
Haha, It kind of seems like since I turned 17 my life has been a challenge. But no, that's not true. While yes, I have had more issues than a normal person my age, I am so blessed. With everything that I have been through I just continue to remind myself that none of my suffering is in vain, that God has all of this in hand, and He sees this, and will use my story and my suffering for His glory. And if that is the only thing that I can accomplish through this, I would not change a thing.
What advice do you have for others going through this kind of situation?
Trust that you aren't alone. That God sees you, and knows how you feel, and what you are going through. And that he does not delight in your suffering. He's got this.
Who / what inspires you when the going gets tough?
If the things ever do get tough I just open my Bible to the book of Job. In the last few chapters when it is God talking. Where he points out everything he has done. "Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it" It's kind of a reminder, God is awesome. And if He can do all that and more, surely he can and will be there for me when I am struggling.
What do you think is the hardest thing that young girls today face?
Society is horrible to girls today. Telling them that you have to look like this, act like this, wear this. Sex has permeated things, and it is seeming to be more and more ok for younger and younger girls to do this. And that's not true.
What advice do you have to help them through it?
Don't doubt your value, you are a beautiful and special daughter of God. And you were created for a special and unique purpose to you, and only you can accomplish that purpose. So embrace it.
If you could go back in time and give yourself a message about your future, what would you say?
Pretty much the same thing. Don't doubt your value.
Thanks Christina! Great words that have given us lots to think about. We'll continue our series with a new blog post next week.
I am really excited to announce that we are going to start running a new blog series!! Each blog post will feature an interview from a strong woman who has an encouraging story to share. These women come from all walks of life and have some amazing stories to share. I hope you will take the time to read them and to share them with others. They have some amazing stories and I have been blessed by each and every one of them!!! If you know of someone who has a great story to share, let me know. I would love to include their (or your) story in this series. You can send their / your information in an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.