With Easter just around the corner I of course spent this past weekend getting a box of goodies ready to send my favorite little lady in Texas. The one and only Madelyn James. Madelyn's love for Minnie is now a full blown obsession, she refuses to wear anything without Minnie or Minnie bows on it. Her mother as you can imagine isn't to thrilled about this. To indulge this obsession I sent her a box filled with Minnie Mouse goodies. Minnie bubbles, Minnie earrings, a light up Minnie necklace, a Minnie cup, Minnie stickers, homemade Minnie hair bows and my favorite Minnie Easter eggs. I saw a post on pinterest and had to make them for her. They were really simple, find easy DIY steps below. I also ran across some really cute printed burlap ribbon at hobby lobby and topped the basket with it. I'm excited to find something else to do with it since I now have three rows.


DIY Minnie Mouse Easter Eggs

Supplies:
-pink plastic Easter eggs
-blue tape
-black spray paint
-white paint
-paint brush
-black buttons
-hot glue

Step 1.
Completely cover the bottom half of your pink eggs in blue tape.

Step 2.
Using the black spray paint, paint the top half of your egg black and let dry.

Step 3.
Remove the blue tape from the bottom half of your egg. Using the bottom of your paint brush and white paint make polka dots on the pink part of your egg and let dry.

Step 4.
Using a small amount of hot glue, but enough to secure the buttons, glue on the black buttons to the black part of your egg to make Minnie's ears.

I wish I had time to add bows but it wasn't going to happen and make it to Texas in time. My Minnie eggs are now on their way to Texas for my favorite little lady!

Happy Easter Maddie James!!!



 
In honor of yesterdays post "Is it a Lime or is it a Lemon?” Scott and I had lemon & lime popsicles last night.  I of course had Lemon, Happy Tuesday!

 
Is it a lemon or is it a lime? That is the question! This is the question that has haunted me all week, stupid as it may seem. I have never claimed to be a green thumb. In fact I openly admit my disgust for all things gardening. When I think of gardening I think of dirt under my nails, sweating outside, dirt all over my clothes and quite frankly how long it takes to weed and plant drives me insane. Whenever we start planting I imagine it taking an hour which in turn ends up being hours of prep work. In short, I'm just not that into it!

When Scott and I moved into our new house I was happy to see that the only gardens we had to worry about we're the three in front. Of course I already had plans of all the low maintenance bushes and shrubs I could fill them with. The backyard was all grass, a large oak tree and one small tree in the corner. We thought it might be some sort of fruit but didn't quite know what kind. Sure enough, a few months later around the holidays a small green fruit started to grow. I was convinced it was a lime tree. what perfect timing for me to add some limes and cranberries to my water for our Christmas party. There I was, giddy as a schoolgirl, taking pictures as I cut the limes from our backyard in our first house. A fruit tree in OUR backyard.

Fast forward 4 months...I'm in the backyard and when I glance over at the "lime" tree my mouth fell to the floor. There on my lime tree hung what looked to be almost ripe lemons. I had to laugh at myself as I thought what an ass hole I was cutting up those limes at Christmas. Here I was thinking I had lime and cranberry water when in actuality I was serving unripe lemons!

I really started wondering how do you tell a lemon from a lime? Cut it open! It was a sour and tinted green...but is that because its an over ripe lime or an unripe lemon? Ask the neighbors! "Hey LADY! When you reach over our fence to steal fruit are you stealing lemons or limes?" Haha, I am so tempted!  Thank god for google!  I found some great information from Garden Guides and I also found this funny blog post by Amateur Gourmet: That's not a lime tree. Obviously I'm not the only one to ever be confused! 

Here is what I learned from Garden Guides:

To the untrained eye, lemon trees and lime trees look nearly identical, unless they have ripe fruit on them. They both grow in the same regions and have the same general shape, bark texture and color. However, there are some telltale signs that differentiate lime trees from lemon trees. No matter what part of the growth cycle the tree is in, you can tell whether it is lime or lemon in as little as a minute.

Step 1
Look at the size of the tree. A fully grown lemon tree can grow up to 20 feet tall with widespread branches. Lime trees are generally more narrow and shorter, usually no taller than 13 feet at full height.
Step 2
Examine the leaves. Lemon leaves are long and narrow, usually around 5 inches long. Lime leaves are more rounded and shorter, usually between 3 and 4 inches long.

Step 3
Tear a leaf open and smell it.  Lemon leaves have a very mild citrus aroma and lime leaves have a bold lime smell. 
Step 4
Examine the flowers if they are present. Lemon flowers grow in pairs or singles and are tinted purple. Lime leaves grow in small clusters and are completely white.

Step 5
Examine the fruit if it is present. Lemons are pointed on both ends, much like a football, and have thick skin. Limes are more rounded, like a basketball, and have thin skin.
 
In my desperate search for some Easter decorations that don't involve plastic bunnies and chicks covered in tinsel I ran across these beautiful egg shells filled with flowers.  I love how simple and modern they look especially in terms of Easter decor. I was excited to find some white egg cups at Cost Plus World Market to put my freshly glittered and planted shells.  A great DIY Easter decoration that is keeping it classy!

If your interested in making your own eggs planters there is a great video below which will show you how to blow your eggs out.  Check out some of my egg shell planter inspirations below!

Instructions:
Wash & dry eggs.  Following instructions from the youtube video below, blow out your eggs.  Rinse and let dry.  Crack and remove the top portion of your egg shell, leaving and opening big enough to plant your flowers.  Using small flowers or plants carefully plant your flowers in the egg shells.  

Another options is to us some white glue to close the pin hole in the bottom of your egg shell and use this shell as a vase.  Fill with water and add your favorite flowers!

Note: I used Modge Podge and glitter to add a little sparkle to my shells!
 
Where do I even begin? It's been so long. These past few weeks have been filled with traveling, dancing, more dancing, a quick trip to Santa Barbara and visits from family. Needless to say its left very little time for crafting. Finally yesterday I was able to steal a few minutes of quality Pinterest time.

I've always struggle with Easter decorations, there is a very fine line between trashy and classy. The house down the street with gillter bunnies lining their driveway, pastel tinsel garland around the porch and light up bunny lights...trashy! I always have a hard time with Easter decor, we don't have kids so we don't need plastic bunnies all over, we're not very religious and frankly my favorite thing about Easter would have to be pastel colors, flowers, and the candy. In case you haven't noticed Easter offers the best candy over every other holiday. Cadbury Mini Eggs, Robin's Eggs, Satrburst Jelly Beans, Sweet Tart Chicks, Reese's Eggs, Butterfinger Eggs...do I need to continue? Anyway after an hour of pinning I decided to kick off the Easter season by putting together an Easter centerpiece for our dining room table.

I got a great new vase from my cousin for Christmas. It has a vase inside a vase so you can fill it with anything you'd like a still put flowers in the middle. Aka I no longer have to cut a plastic cup in half to insert into a filled vase.. I usually fill a vase with conversation hearts then pink roses in the middle for Valentine's Day. For Easter I added blue & teal speckled eggs with a little raffia in the bottom. Then I added white daises and pink spray roses to the center. I'm in love.

Let spring begin!