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Easter Ideas – Paper Napkin Eggs

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Paper Napkin Eggs

Brighten a clutch of undyed eggs with stylized patterns from paper napkins.

No need for meticulous cutting: A loose trim around the designs will do, as the napkins’ edges will blend into the eggshells.

Chipboard baskets, packed with the colourful creations and holiday sweets, are decorated with coordinating tags.

Blow Out Eggs
1. Pierce both ends of a raw egg using the tip of a sharp craft knife. Twist knife gently in holes to widen them slightly, with bottom hole a bit larger.

2. Poke a straightened paper clip into the larger hole; pierce yolk, and stir.

3. Hold egg, larger hole down, over a bowl. Insert the tip of a rubber ear syringe (available at chemists) into smaller hole. Blow air into egg to expel its contents. Rinse egg with warm water; drain. Blow air into egg again. Let dry.

Paper-Napkin Decoupage How-To
1. Trim loosely around the designs on a white napkin using small scissors. Separate printed top layer; discard lower sheets.

2. Coat part of a blown-out white egg (or a white paper tag) with Mod Podge using a small brush. Apply 1 cut out design to egg (or tag); smooth with brush. Let dry. Repeat, adding designs as desired.

3. Apply Mod Podge with a medium brush to entire egg (or tag). Let dry.

 

Source: Martha Stewart.com

 

Flameless Wax Candles

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enjoy lighting candles

I must admit I have always had a serious addiction to candles. In the time that we refer to now as B.C. (before child) there was hardly a flat surface in my home that didn’t have a candle on it, but once my daughter got to toddler age the candles became something that had to be kept far out of reach and definitely not ¬†for ambience on a coffee table.Caribbean Collection Candle Duo

I then came across flameless wax candles from an Australian company called Enjoy Lighting Australia and these seemed to fit the bill perfectly. Some of the earlier candles available on the market in Australia had an almost ‘flashing’ flame effect but these candles were made of real wax and used a triple LED light source to make the flicker as realistic as possible, at last there was something on the market that would give the effect of a real candle burning without the obvious safety issues that come with using the real thing.

flameless candles

The candles from Enjoy Lighting also came equipped with a set and forget timer, a range of colours and on some sets a remote control, we were so impressed that we decided to buy these for our online store and haven’t looked back. I realise this may look like a shameless plug for a product that we stock and no doubt we are impressed with these but I would encourage anyone who hasn’t tried these to get one and see for yourself, the ambience is amazing and the effect so realistic it will save you a fortune in buying candles and the safety aspect alone is worthwhile with so many house fires started from candles.

Candles in Glass Bowl

Celebrity designer Shaynna Blaze star of Selling Houses Australia and The Block was so impressed with the product that she put her name to her own range of Enjoy Lighting candles in Classic Ivory. The candles also just won best product at the Melbourne 2013 Reed Gift Fair.

Shaynna Blaze Signature Collection

If you try one thing different in your home this year, make it one of these candles, trust me you wont regret it!

 

Some ranges of these candles available through us at Urban Spice Homewares and wholesale enquiries and stockist info from Enjoy Lighting Australia