Time to create

written by Laura LeClaire

Call it Spring fever but I’ve been craving some time to create and while the mojo hasn’t returned to get me actually scrapbooking, I was looking for something else to get my hands dirty. I love to create with a variety of mediums and what better place these days to find inspiration for all things crafty than Pinterest. It didn’t take long to find exactly what it was I wanted to make. The trouble, I thought, would be in finding the thrift store items I needed to make my ideas a reality.

Here is where I drew my inspiration from…


I fell in love with the birds in this image …spring-2

spring-3Images of the above saved to my photos on my phone and I was off.

I couldn’t believe my luck when after 2 thrift stores, I had these items in my hands…spring-4

… almost forgot to take a pic of the candle stick before I completely altered it …spring-5

This urn was exactly what I was looking for…minus the floral arrangement of course …spring-6(oops…you’re getting a sneak peak of the other 2 projects while I snapped a pic of the urn)

A few more miscellaneous supplies and I was ready to get started.
Found these dyeable eggs at Micheal’s and chose to try them since they are the size of real eggs, which I figured was the right size to fill my urn.
Picked up these smaller foam eggs at Dollar Tree for the “Spring” frame … When painting/staining these, I did poke a push pin in the bottom so I could stand them up to dry after.
Gathered my supplies…paint, brushes, Tim Holtz Distress Inks,  Alcohol Inks and Dylusions Sprays … it was time to get messy!

Used the sprays similarly to alcohol inks by spraying them on my splat mat and running the applicator with felt through the spray and rubbing it on the dyeable eggs for the urn.
The smaller eggs, I painted a robins egg blue then went over the paint with Weathered Wood Distress Ink.
Sorry I don’t have more photos of the painting and staining of the eggs…it’s hard to do that and take pics by yourself 🙂

Here are my finished projects…

I found the porcelain blue bird at Micheal’s…was the perfect size.
I may change the letters to black on the eggs to spell Spring just so they pop a little more but they are ok this way too.spring-11
Here is a close up of the dyeable eggs I coloured with the alcohol inks and sprays…they look pretty real don’t you think?spring-13
There were a dozen eggs in the packaging so I can always make more in different shades next year if I like.
I love when projects come together the way this one did…bits and pieces from here and there with the end result just like I pictured in my head.
I hope you are making memories this weekend as you celebrate Easter with your loved ones.

0 thoughts on “Time to create

  • I love your projects Laura. That urn altered the egg frame is perfect, I like the gold lettering on the egss.
    Great job! Thanks for sharing! Happy Easter!

  • Laura this is fantastic!!  I am in LOVE with the little blue porcelain bird on the pedestal, and I’ve been looking for urns to paint, but my thrift stores are obviously not as good as yours!!

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