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Natural Dye Easter Eggs!


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I LOVE finding interesting articles online. THANKS AUNT DONNA for sending this to me! This article was on What’s cooking America. Every year we use different items like the follow list to dye our eggs. Looking forward to the weekend to do it again. 🙂

As most of you know, Elwyn is Anaphylaxis to Red Dye – Easter when she was about 15 months old, I fed her jelly beans and she has a reaction that sent us to the hospital when her heart having to be restarted among other terrible things because of the dyes that I fed her. We have converted the entire house to dye-free and it helps my 3 amigos as well (Autism and PTSD & ADHD can also be effected by dyes and processed foods as well). 

 

How to make natural egg dyes:

  • Wash hard-cooked (boiled) eggs in warm soapy water to remove any oily residue that may impede the color from adhering to the eggs. Let eggs cool before attempting to dye.
  • You need to use your own judgment about exactly how much of each dye stuff to use. Except for spices, place a handful (or two or three handfuls) of a dyestuff in a saucepan.
  • Add tap water to come at least one inch above the dye stuff. NOTE: This will be aboEasterEggDye2ut 1 cup of water for each handful of dyestuff.
  • Bring the water just to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low. Let simmer about 15 minutes or up to an hour until you like the color obtained. Keep in mind that dyed eggs will not get as dark as the color in the pan. Remove the pan from the heat.
  • Pour mixture into a liquid measuring cup. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of white vinegar for each cup of strained dye liquid. Pour the mixture into a bowl or jar that is deep enough to completely cover the eggs you want to dye.
  • Use a slotted spoon to lower the eggs into the hot liquid. Leave the eggs in the water until you like the color. NOTE: Allow the egg to sit in the tea for several hours or overnight. The longer the egg soaks, the deeper the final color will be. If you plan to eat the eggs be sure to do this step in the refrigerator.
  • When eggs are dyed to the color you desire, lift the eggs out with the slotted spoon. Let them dry on a rack or drainer.NOTE: An egg carton works nicely as a drying rack. Be careful to handle the eggs gently and minimally as some of the colors can easily be rubbed off before the egg has dried.
  • For a textured look, dab the still wet egg with a sponge.
  • Eggs colored with natural dyes have a dull finish and are not glossy. After they are dry, you can rub the eggs with cooking oil or mineral oil to give them a soft sheen.
Color
Items To Dye With
Blue
Canned Blueberries
Red Cabbage Leaves (boiled)
Purple Grape Juice
Brown or Beige
Strong Coffee
Instant Coffee
Black Walnut Shells (boiled)
Black Tea
Brown Gold
Dill Seeds
Brown Orange
Chili Powder

Gold
Turmeric
Green
Spinach Leaves (boiled)
Liquid Chlorophyll
Greenish Yellow
Yellow Delicious Apple Peels (boiled)
Grey
Purple or red grape juice or beet juice
Lavender
Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice
Violet Blossoms plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice
Red Zinger Tea
Orange
Yellow Onion Skins (boiled)
Carrots
Paprika
Pink
Beets
Cranberries or Juice
Raspberries
Red Grape Juice
Juice from Pickled Beets
Red
Pomegranate juice
Canned Cherries (with syrup)
Raspberries
Cranberries
Lots of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Violet or Purple
Violet Blossoms
Hibiscus tea
Small Quantity of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Red Wine
Yellow
Orange or Lemon Peels (boiled)
Carrot Tops (boiled)
Chamomile Tea
Celery Seed (boiled)
Green tea
Ground Cumin (boiled)
Ground Turmeric (boiled) or Saffr

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Essential Oil Tuesday –Homemade Bath Salt – Ooooh so relaxing

homemadebathsaltHaving  8 kids in this house, means that mom needs a “retreat” every once in a while…. While, they still bang on the bathroom door while I am taking my relaxing baths (and that could be Tall Man when he is trying to escape from the kids too! LOL), I still try and get at least one relaxing time for myself every week. … This is so very important for ALL moms out there to have their “me” time.

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Homemade Bath Salts

Ingerdients:

  • 1/2 Cup Epsom salt
  • 1/2 Cup Sea Salt
  • 10 drops of essential oils (I used lavender from Young Living plus 1T of dried flowers – I used lavender from my garden that I had dried)
  • Airtight jar

Directions

  1. In a metal bowl, mix the 2 salts together.
  2. Add 10 drops of essential oil and mix well
  3. OPTIONAL: add dried flowers (I just happened to have dried lavendar flowers from my garden, so I added them.
  4. Store in an airtight container

Essential Oil Tuesday – Making "Ouchie" Bags

ouchiebags-elMaking “OUCHIE” bags filled with rice or wheat is something that anyone could use. These are also called “heating bags”, wheat heating bags, rice heating bags, etc.

My daughter, Elwyn, LOVES making these now that she learned how to use the sewing machine. {THANK YOU 4-H!!} We love homeschooled kids too!

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What do you use these for you are asking? 

These bags can be heated in the microwave to use for headaches or sore shoulders.

They can be frozen overnight in the freezer to help with bumps and bruises.

When warm, they can be put in your pockets to keep your hand warm or in your bed to warm your feet (Tall man appreciates this! I always have cold toes!)

We keep 2 in the freezer and have 2 in the kitchen cabinet to heat when needed.

{Pardon the squawking parrots in the video, they wanted to talk over us!}

Welcome to 2011 – Back to school

It always amazes me how fast time flies. It’s 2011. How did that happen? Lar had 17 days off in December (love when he actually uses vacation time) then he was called in 4 times over that period. So, we got part of our vacation or rather our staycation.

It was GREAT to have him at home, especially since he helped me with ideas that I had for Berlyn. We are still having a bit of difficulty adjusting to the autistic tendencies that he has. God made him perfect – God made him Berlyn. So we are trying something NEW. Learning the alphabet has been – should I say – a CHALLENGE.

I found a Star Wars scrapbook with paper at Hobby Lobby. (THANKS HL – LOVE that store!!) I found and printed up Characters from the movies that match different letters of the alphabet. We have made it through “D” so far. He is starting to “get it”. Although he was resistant in making each page into ONE letter… so we are going to run out of pages long before the alphabet is done.  The fact that God has blessed us with him is more important on how fast he learns specific things. Lar and I are constantly researching and relearning how to teach him (out of our own boxes) and I believe that is the key!

Griffen got up this morning and decided that his bookwork would wait and made a lunch sack owl. SERIOUSLY CREATIVE!!! He would just prefer to do hands on any day than bookwork! HAHAHA That’s Griffen!

El is booking her way rather quickly through 2nd grade – and asked if she could start the 3rd grade on the computer today because she was bored!

Shelby moved her squishy chair in my studio where I snapped a quick photo before she stuck her tongue out at me.  OOPS I forgot to take down the Christmas wreath.

I have a list of activities that we have planned out that I can’t wait to share with everyone.  Happy New Year to everyone!!

December 2010 Advent – December 18th – Visit a local Christmas Activity

Our Scout family put together an AWESOME display at the Home-town Christmas. Each of the Cubbies created ornaments for the tree.We cut out camping diecuts and glittered pine cones. We used rope as garland and even made a tree topper of pinecones (my mom got on a kick while helping us organize the ornaments and saw my pinecone Chrismas tree in the kids schoolroom)

Larry, Joan(our Tiger Leader), 4 boys (and one other parent) put up our display to be judged and we got 3rd place out of about 30 other trees!!! WOOHOO!! I am SO proud of those boys!

Luke 2:13 – Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, —

December 2010 Advent – December 15th – Beautify an existing decoration

Our move this last year was rough on some of  my decorations. I had several wreaths in a big bag and they got crushed. Larry told me to just throw them away and start fresh… I am SO glad that I didn’t.

I picked up a few $1 sets of flowers (poinsettias and some snow covered pine) at the craft store (LOVE 50% off days!!!) And my mom brought me over a bow that she made – She is SO tricky and makes the most BEAUTIFUL bows with her bow maker contraption.

BEFORE:

AFTER:

Luke 1:69-71 He has raised up a horn[a] of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us—

December 2010 Advent – December 10th – Paper Nativity

I have been looking all over for fun activities to do with the kiddoes and I came across this post on   http://catholicicing.blogspot.com/ and on Tip Junkie. I was SO excited to see it. I had to share with you!!! A printable 3-D Nativity to make with toilet paper rolls.

I copied their entire post below. Have fun this weekend with your kids and make this. (you can also use paper towel rolls cut in half)

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I made a printable nativity set for kids, and the best part is, it’s free! 🙂

Materials Needed:

  • About 13 Toilet Paper Tubes*
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Crayons
  • Printed Coloring Sheets

Directions for Completing Nativity Craft:

  • Print the Coloring Pages (links below)
  • Color with crayons
  • Cut out as indicated on the sheets
  • Glue around toilet paper tubes with glue stick. For most, just glue the bottom even with the bottom of the toilet paper tube and let the heads hang off the top. A few of the weird ones have directions below.


When gluing the angel, let her wings flap free where you cut them at the dotted line, and then curl them out slightly with your finger.


When gluing the empty stable, just glue each edge to a toilet paper tube half way around.


When gluing the palm tree, let the leaves you cut on the dotted line flap free so they stand out.

That’s it! Now, here’s the free printable sheets to get started on your nativity! 🙂

Nativity Sheet 1 – Jesus in the manger and 2 camels

Nativity Sheet 2 – Mary and Joseph

Nativity Sheet 3 – Shepherd and a sheep

Nativity Sheet 4 – 2 Kings

Nativity Sheet 5 – 1 King and a Camel

Nativity Sheet 6 – Angel and a Donkey

Nativity Sheet 7 – A Sheep and a Palm Tree

Nativity Sheet 8 – Empty Stable

All printable coloring pages are my own artwork and are free for any not-for-profit use by individuals, families, or educational organizations. Copies may not be sold or reproduced for profit. If you’d like to post this project for others to find, I would ask that you link to my post and not my individual downloads. Thanks!

*If you don’t have 13 toilet paper tubes, try using tubes from paper towels or gift wrap! 🙂 You could also consider leaving out some of the pieces.

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Luke 1:49-50 – for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.

December 2010 Advent – December 9th – Make a gift for someone else today

Time to start (or finish) making gift for Christmas time. Shelby is working on gifts for people in her youth group and was going through my book of ideas when she came across these. So, I thought that I would post them.

Shrinky Dink Earrings
You will need the following

  • Shrinky Dink
  • your computer with a color prints (or you can rubber stamp images onto the shrinky dink),
  • hole punch
  • scissors
  • needle nose pliers
  • earring fish hooks
  • (and your oven!!!)
  • clear spray paint (not necessary however, if the earrings get wet they might smudge without)

Yes, these are all things that I have at my house (remember I am an all-around crafter) but your can easily get them at Walmart or any craft store.

Directions

Draw, print or stamp your image. Cut them out (I did a circle on each of these so there would only be smooth edges). Punch a hole in the top and heat in the oven per the directions on your shrinky dink. Once done shrinking, spray with clear paint and add your fish hook. You have a FAST and FUN gift ready to give!!! ***TIP: watch your finger prints when cutting or it might smear!!***

Luke 1:46-47 – And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

December 2010 Advent – December 7th – Make a Nativity Popsicle stick play

Happy Pearl Harbor Day! Remember our fallen soldiers today!!!

This was an item that I created LAST December and I wanted to share with all of my faithful readers again. Make sure that you follow our blog or enter your email address in at the upper right to get our blog delivered right to your email every post. 🙂

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I have created a cut out… You can glue these to Popsicle sticks and make a “play” for your kiddos. We have a new member of our homeschool family. A little boy (3rd grader) named Dylan is going to join us several days a week to do his lessons here at our home.  (This project is on our list for tomorrow!!)

Click HERE to Download FREE until Christmas!!!

UPDATED LINK as of 10/31/12

Password – swmazy123

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I also just added the individual files in the AZScrap.com Shopping cart for free until Christmas for all of those scrapbookers out there:

CLICK HERE FOR THE FREEBIES IN THE CART: http://scrapwarrior.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_3&products_id=37

Luke 1:37 -For nothing is impossible with God.

December 2010 Advent – December 5th – Creating an Advent Calendar at home

There are so many things that are important to me – God, my family, my friends, my health, my happiness. When it comes to happiness, I always laugh at what other people deem in that category. To be rich does not make you happy.

Here are some FRUGAL ways to create your own advent calendar for the holidays.

For about $40 you can purchase one from a store like Costco or Target that you can use over and over and over again. We bought one about 5 years ago at Costco and it lasted until our move. One of the doors is off and I have to figure out a way to fix it.So we are doing the next best thing. We are making our own today.
T0 make your own Advent calendar, you are going to need the following:

  • about 18 sheets of scrapbook paper (I used 16 sheets of Christmas printed cardstock and 4 sheets of plain Bazzil that matched)
  • adhesive
  • cutter or scissors
  • To hang this you will need clothes pins, string and some of those 3M Command hooks that you can remove after the season is over.

I purchased a set of paper from my local craft store. It is a pack of 54 sheets of cardstock 12×12 patterned paper. I cut my patterned paper with my paper cutter into strips – 6 – 6×12, 22-4×12, 4 3×12 and 16 2×12 (these numbers can differ for your needs and you may have left over paper). I then glued a smaller strip on a larger one (see the photo)

Once you are done with the gluing on the patterned paper, it is time to fold. You are making a folded “card”. I actually made 2 folds on each card to have a closure. I used my score pal to score the cards, you do not need to use anything. I clipped together the cards, folded with clothes pins.

Once you have gotten each of the 24 cards folded,  you will need to cut out and glue numbers to the front of them. I am using my Cricut, but you can use rubber stamps or foam stamps and paint. I switched up the size of the font on them.

Next, you will want to add inside of them a daily activity or scripture. We have added BOTH. I used WackyTac to add removable notes so that I can use my advent next year as well.

GIVEAWAY!!! Add a comment for a chance to win a bottle of WackyTac removable adhesive (Drawing to be held on December 10, 2010) Tell me what you would use your WackyTac for.

Luke 1:32 -He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,