easy watercolor flowers

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You may remember from my bridal shower questions cards post that one of the options that I almost used was to make water color flowers on each of the cards.  After trying it, I decided that it was a little bit too delicate for the question cards, but I knew that I loved the technique and how easy it was, so I decided to use it on the bridal shower card.  I was really surprsied about how easy it was to execute, and there’s pretty much no way to screw up.  (Love things like that.)

The first step is to take out your watercolors.

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Second, make a bunch of color blobs for flowers, varying how dark and light they are – some of them can even have a dark center.  The best part is the blobs don’t need to be any consistent shape – just blobby.  (I like the word blob in case you haven’t picked up on that yet.)

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Then go back through and add some light green lines for the stems.  I found that I liked starting with a very light stem and adding color as necessary so that the green didn’t overpower the pink in the final product.  It’s really easy to layer the colors.  Also – the leaves are just blobs that are a little more angular.

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Once you have finished putting all of the color on, take a black pen and outline the flowers to make them pop a little bit more.  This takes a little bit more finness since you’re defining the shapes of the flowers an the leaves – but honestly, any kind of squiggles will work.

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Also, I found that it was easiest to use paper that was a little bit thicker.  Mine had a texture on it as well, which added a little bit to the final product.

Well, there you have it – how to use squiggles and blobs to make a pretty watercolor flower card.  I loved getting the change to pull out my watercolors again, it’s definitely been too long.  I think there may be some roof deck sunset painting in my future.

easter activity ideas

Easter Activities and Games

Whether you have children or are a child at heart, there are so many games and activities to play at Easter.  It’s such a fun time – the weather has just gotten a bit warmer outside, everything’s turning green, and people are feeling fun and festive.  Here are some of the ideas that we’ve used with my cousins at our family events in the past:

The Egg Drop

My family has used an egg drop as the Easter activity for at least 5 years at this point. The majority of the people in my family think like engineers, so it was always an interesting competittion. In case you’re unaware – the idea behind an egg drop is that you need to be able to shelter and contain an egg as it is put through a series of tests – you know – dropped from shoulder level, dropped from above your head, rolled down the driveway, dropped from the deck, dropped from your parent’s 3-story bathroom window.

The first year we ever did this everybody built their egg containing contraption at home. The best devices were made using a) diapers, b) foam bath sponges, and c) straws.

After that, we realized that we were going to have to make the challenge harder. Over the course of the next few years we tried limiting the materials chosen, my mother choosing random items from around the house and building our device on the spot right the day of Easter, and working in teams.

The Boat Sink

One year we switched it up from the Egg Drop and made tin foil boats. Every cousin was given a sheet of tin foil of the same size and you needed to build a boat that was able to hold the most pennies. What does it have to do with Easter? I have no idea, but I guess you could use jellybeans instead of pennies and that would make it more festive. Also, clearly, I’m in a family of people who think like engineers if we do things like this for fun, huh?

Hidden Hersey Kisses

I did a post on this once, but this is probably one of my favorite Easter activities. Every year when I wake up my mother has hid 15-20 Hershey kisses around the house. I have one color kisses and my sister has another and we race to see who can find them all first. After many many years of this we know most of the secret hiding places, but every year my mom manages to find a new place. We’ll see what she’s able to come up wtih this year.

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I also checked on Facebook to see if anybody else had cool traditions. Lucky for y’all I heard two really great ideas – and I really want to try both of them.

Make a Bonnet

Rachael (@RamblingsByRach) posted saying that her family makes bonnets for Easter. It’s a contest and everybody needs to design a bonnet ahead of time and there are dollarstore prizes for all of the winners. I wonder if I could get my 6 male cousins onboard with this one…

Egg Fights

Alright, admittedly when I read this I thought that Victoria meant that she and her family throw raw eggs at each other, but it turns out I was totally wrong. It’s apparently a Polish tradition for two people to each hold a hardboiled egg and tap the end against the other person’s egg. The one whose egg cracks loses. This sounds like it could definitely be entertaining – and a good way to start the day. I definitely think I could talk my cousins into this one.

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Are there any other Easter traditions that you and your family have?  I’m always looking for more ideas to make my holiday more festive. Let me know! And happy hump day!

kitchen table pinterest roundup

In case you missed it, last week’s Pinterest roundup was of some of my favorite kitchens, my favorite part of the house.  Well, my favorite part of the kitchen is the table.  As somebody who grew up with a four by eight foot black and white kitchen table, I have developed very strong kitchen table preferences in life.

For one, I learned that I will never have a kitchen table that has grout in it.  When I was younger before every holiday (major and minor) there was always somebody that would need to wash all of the grout on the kitchen table and island with a toothbrush.  Yup, that’s really a thing.  (We also had to dust the plant leaves, but that’s a different story.)

Also, oddly enough (or to be expected, I can’t really decide which) – after growing up in a completely black and white kitchen, I have learned that I actually really like kitchens that feature wood.  Wooden tables, wooden floors, wooden cabinets.  I just love the richness and the hominess of wood.

Overall, here’s what I’ve learned about my table preferences.  I really like wooden tables.  I really like square tables (after learning how to calculate circumferences and radii I think I decided I really didn’t like circles all that much, they’re also incredibly difficult to draw and cut).  I really appreciate tables that seat at least 8 people – there’s something about having that many people at the table that always makes me smile.  And finally, I really like kitchen tables that have benches.

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What about you, what kind of tables do you like?

Did the table you grow up with influence your choice?

making bridal shower question game cards

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I’m not sure if y’all are aware are not, but by far the most popular blog post on this blog is a post called Ideas for Bridal Shower Question Game.  That post features a list of questions that my friend Marie used during a friend’s bridal shower.  She also wrote a post for me about how she executed the game called Bridal Shower Question Game, by MXK.

Sara’s bridal shower last weekend was the first chance that I got at making the question cards on my own.  I called Marie on a Friday night – or she called me – I can’t remember, and she was telling me her to do list and the question cards were still on the list.  As I was sitting in my room (yes, on a Friday night) catching up on Girls, I realized I could probably be of use and offered to make the question cards.  How hard could it be?

Marie said yes and sent me a copy of the color scheme I was looking to match.

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I got to work the second I hung up the phone, and approximately 15 minutes after I started I realized it wasn’t going to be as easy as I thought it was.  I literally went through over 20 itterations – all on the same few notecards.  There were rounded corners, pointed corners, and fancy corners.  There were stamps, ribbon, additional cardstock colors, watercolors, and markers.  There was white ink, blue ink, and black ink.

Here are some of my works in progress.  Can I call them works in progress if I never finished them?  I guess they’re just works.

Please note the four different corners on this card.  None of them really wowwed me.

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After Pinterest searching and finding this pin I attempted to make watercolor flowers in the corner of the card, but it didn’t seem like the right feel.

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I tried to make a really bold question word on the top and decorate it with flowers, but it somehow still felt too plain – even with the rounded corners.

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I tried to find cardstock with similar colors to the picture Marie sent to me, but it felt tacky once I was done with it – even with the rounded corners.

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I thought that I could keep it simple using markers, but couldn’t find the right shade of pink to get the job done.

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My roommate suggested that I pull out stamps.  I tried putting ribbon at the bottom.  And I tried finding a larger width marker to use.

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Once I started writing questions on my sample cards, I realized that I really liked the white flowers stamped in the background – it added a little bit of texture.  My roommate and I decided that the ribbon at the bottom was too much with all of the details.  The ribbon was actually my second favorite option.

Here’s a look at the final product.

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For a full list of questions, check out the Ideas for Bridal Shower Question Game blog post here.

Also, I feel the need to tell you that if I were to do this again, I would try to make the cards into envelopes that could be sealed – similar to the individual cards that I made for everybody at my 25th birthday party.

I actually really enjoyed watching Sara answer these questions, it was fun to see which ones she worded the exact same way as Steve and which ones she had absolutely no idea about.  It was also pretty amusing that every time Sara got a question wrong she had to add a piece of bubble gum to her mouth, so by the end it was pretty hysterical.

Do you have any tips about bridal shower question games or the cards themselves?  I’d love to see what some of you have come up with!