Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Beautiful Brown Easter Eggs

I really hoped that brown eggs could be colored for easter. We buy and eat brown hard-boiled eggs on a regular basis, so running to the store to get white ones seemed silly.
Spring Break Pajama Day #2
 Here is my rationale. The adorable easter egg coloring kits rarely work. Let's be honest. We buy the cups (barely any color transfers to the egg) and we pour warm water onto tablets (the tablet never actually dissolves). Well not this year. I wasn't going to go through all that effort not to make an effort...hahaha. Modest Mouse song reference in an Easter post, why not. 
This year I searched the blogosphere for information on dying brown eggs, which led me here.
I hard-boiled a dozen brown eggs this morning and let them cool in the fridge for a few hours. I filled four plastic cups with 1 cup warm tap water and 2 tbs white vinegar. I added regular food coloring to each one...we chose to make red, purple, green, and blue. The kids did all the work (it's just food coloring and water after all), and ta-da! I should have taken a photo of their hands because they were oddly dye free. Rex immediately wanted the "orange" one, and Goldie had the "purple" one. I think they are absolutely gorgeous and edible to boot.
Happy Easter Mad Mommas!
Porcelain Egg Crate from Marshall's $7.99

Monday, March 18, 2013

Keeping Busy, Awaiting Spring

Spring, oh Spring, where are you? 

Right now I am ready for some Spring. I refuse to live in the Midwest and bitch about winter, but I am ready to get out of this cage. Who's with me?

Here are a few things I have been doing to occupy my idle hands.

Painting my fingernails with a color that feels and looks like spring.

Sinful Colors: Hazard: $1.99 at Walgreens
It matches my business cards for 
Mad Momma Events. You can't tell from these photos, but they SHIMMER!

I am awaiting the website completion so I can launch this biz into the atmosphere with extreme force...aka hand out my gorgeous business cards and push my Mad Momma Events Facebook Page with a giveaway.

My pal Natalie did an awesome design for my business cards and website, as well as for this blog. She rocks.

I have a giant list of vendors to use for my future clients, tons of ideas, and plenty of energy.

I have been playing around with designing my own invitations, party supplies, and other paper goods. It gives me something creative to do while R is napping and G is at school. I added a little sign to the door of this cute photo taken before eating brunch downtown at the Silver Spoon.

How is everyone else keeping occupied during the lion part of March? We will all survive these gloomy days and have gorgeous fingernails for Spring.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Business and Chocolate

Working on getting all my ducks in a row in order to launch Mad Momma Events & Party Planning. It doesn't feel like work, it feels fun. So many people have told me that I should be a party planner, I have always wanted to, and it comes so easy. Hard work doesn't have to be difficult right? Or at least it doesn't have to be boring. Considering that I am hosting and helping with four parties in the next four weeks, it seems like the perfect fit. No really it is a perfect fit. Failing is the only real risk, and I don't take my ego all that seriously, so technically it is risk free. I have wonderful friends who are helping me design logos and websites, make vendor and catering connections, and feed my ego with positive praise.

I am making these too, so what do I have to worry about. I used Duff's Candy Writers and Wilton's Dark Chocolate Raspberry Melting Chocolates, which are ridiculously tasty. For the how to, check out this link. Oh, and thank you for your support (and business).

Sunday, March 3, 2013

8 Uses for Scrap Booking Paper

Not a Scrap Booker? Me either.
But don't pass up the scrap booking aisle at your favorite craft shop. Cheap, trendy, and modern paper prints are just waiting to be reshaped, traced, and designed.

Place in cheap frames for a cute place setting or menu presentation

Use a cookie cutter to make a flag of any shape

Any party theme can be enhanced, I traced these from a tea pot picture I printed from Google images

This custom flag cost pennies to make

Tea Cups! Click here for template

Cupcake Liners that match your party decor. Click here for template

Any shape can be made into a custom cupcake topper