Apr
14

A Hoppin’ Easter Sunday

Is Easter a big deal in your house? Growing up ours always involved a hidden basket (one year behind the Christmas tree that had yet to be taken down), plastic eggs hidden outside, and a big family dinner at my grandparents’ house. Now it mainly involves dinner at my moms and yes, baskets are still hidden! Check out these 17 projects and ideas to make your Easter Sunday extra special.

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ROW 1:Easter Brunch Invitations + Stickers // DIY Floral Party Hats // Printable Easter Treat Bags    ROW 2:Easter Bread // Easter Sticker Buckets // A Simple Easter Arrangement    ROW 3:Paper Rabbit Bust // Easter Candy Bark    ROW 4:Easter Ice-Cream Sandwich Treats // Bunny Ears Twist Wrap // Origami Easter Bunnies    ROW 5:Paint Swatch Flowers // Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt // Happy Easter Egg Hunt Signs Kit    ROW 6:Easter Egg Terrarium // Washi Tape Eggs // Printable Iron-On Bunny Bags

Apr
01

A Dozen Ways to Decorate Eggs + Bing Rewards

At some point my Easter focus shifted from shoving chocolate bunnies and marshmallow Peeps into my face and onto the art of decorating an awesome egg. My mom and I have had a tradition of dyeing a dozen or two together each spring since I was little. I love our time spent together, but our go-to has been a box of Paas most years and I’m ready to mix it up a bit. Last year we branched out a bit by creating some ombre striped eggs and this year I’d love to take it even further.

 

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With Easter less than three weeks away, I started looking for my perfect project by doing a little research on Bing which is now iOS compatible. I recently switched my settings on my phone to make it my primary search engine, and to take advantage of Bing Rewards. Create an account for free and earn points that are good for gift cards to your favorite stores and other rewards by doing  searches. There are new opportunities to earn points daily. That’s right, earn points towards gift cards for projects you’re searching – magic.

 

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A bunch of colorful options popped up immediately and I narrowed them down. (I don’t like eating hardboiled eggs, so keeping them edible wasn’t necessary.) I ended up with a dozen keepers that are in the running and currently being passed on to the deciding deity – my mom – for a final decision. Which is your favorite?

ROW 1:Hibiscus Dyed Eggs // All-Natural Dyed Eggs // DIY Easter Egg Decorations    ROW 2: Marbelized Easter Eggs // Easter Egg Pinatas // DIY Kool-Aid Easter Eggs    ROW 3:DIY Gold Leaf Eggs // Watercolor Easter Eggs // DIY Fruity French Easter Eggs    ROW 4: Marble Easter Eggs with Kool-Aid // Dot Design Easter Eggs // Sharpie Tie Dye Easter Eggs

 

This post was created in partnership with Bing. All words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Design Crush going!

Mar
25

An Easter Lunch

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THE APPS
Grilled Corn Crema Mexicana Cilantro Crostini – Epicurious
Raspberry Canapes with Basil and Balsamic Vinegar – Cook the Story
Salt + Vinegar Sweet Potato Chips – Undressed Skeleton

 

THE COCKTAILS
Sgroppino – Saveur
Pear Rum Blush – Eat Boutique
Meyer Lemon Sour – Honestly YUM

 

THE TABLE
Tinted Base Tumbler Set – Anthropologie
DIY Ombre Napkins – Once Wed
Vermelho Dinnerware – Anthropologie
DIY Washi Tablecloth – Style Unveiled
DIY Tissue Decal Candles – A Subtle Revelry
DIY Bird Nests – Home Made Simple
Tulips – Blossom Boutique Flowers
Bitty Black Bunny Treat Bags – Mer Mag
DIY Origami Bunnies – How About Orange

 

THE MEAL
Kale and Fig Salad – Pure and Simple
Risoni Tomato and Bean Salad – At Down Under
Roasted Polenta-Crusted Potatoes – Simple Bites
Zucchini Ribbon Salad – Proud Italian Cook
Wild Rice Mushroom Pilaf – Real Simple
Broiled Spicy Brown Sugar Salmon – How Sweet It Is

 

THE KID DESSERTS
Speckled Egg Cake Bites – The Cake Girls
Easter Bunny Sugar Cookies – Indulgy
Speckled Egg Cake – The Cake Blog

 

THE ADULT DESSERTS
Vanilla Rum Custard – Saveur
Brown Sugar Banana Parfaits – Bon Appetit
Raspberry, Pistachio + Rose Cake – The Wild Flour Bakery

 

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Mar
19

Easter Egg Tastic

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ROW 1: Neon Dip-Dyed Eggs // Calligraphed Eggs // Dipping, Marbling, and Speckling    ROW 2: Metallic Egg Art // Gradient Eggs // Painterly Pastel Eggs    ROW 3: Tie Dye Eggs // Natural Easter Egg Dye    ROW 4: Washi Tape Easter Eggs // Stamped Easter Eggs // Scrambled Lines and Letters Eggs    ROW 5: Easy Silhouette Easter Eggs // Golden Marbled Easter Eggs // Watercolor Easter Eggs

Apr
06

Happy Weekend

 

01/  Homemade Peeps!
02/ Spicy Roasted Pineapple Lemon/Limeade – YUM!
03/ Mooo is at it again with 12 pages of Easter downloads
04/ I heart Mark Bittman, check out his Everyday, Anytime Egg-Combination Generator!
05/ Bring home the disco with mirrored subway tiles
06/ Looking forward to the release of Mrs. Lilien’s Cocktail Swatchbook May 29th
07/ You need to be following this beautiful Instagram series – Life with SMS – by Ryan Marshall
08/ Love these watercolor Easter eggs
09/ Ever think about cross-stitching your screen door?

Mar
30

Happy Weekend

01/ Pretty paper flowers with real branches
02/ Festive origami bunny garland
03/ Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Little Paper Planes: 20 Artists Reinvent the Childhood Classic
04/ String art is definitely trending!
05/ Desktop power lines to organize all those cords
06/ Ombre accordion folders to brighten up your desk
07/ American Girls photo series – I had Samantha
08/ Love the super saturated colors in these (inedible) RIT dyed eggs
09/ Ready to entertain with these brush stroke napkins
10/ Lisa Congdon’s 365 Days of Hand Lettering project is both pretty and smart

Mar
28

Rabbit Mail


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I used to be really, really good at sending out cards. Birthdays a week early, holidays right on time. And then a few years ago I started really, really sucking at it. Like, overnight. I’m hoping to get back into gear with Easter (April 8th), these cards are my favorites.

Apr
15

Happy Weekend


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01.  love these tie-on birthday crowns
02.  I need some neon in my spring wardrobe
03.  a little morbid, but some of us want to be modern even in death
04.  I’m awful at making lunch, looking forward to trying some of these recipes
05.  make a hanging gutter garden (then say that three times fast)
06.  yeah, I could shack up in this treehouse
07.  make your own Peeps + Cadbury Eggs (there’s even a deviled version!)
08.  I like the idea of a skewer station next to the grill
09.  cloud doughnuts
10.  a brilliant paper record player invitation from Kelli Anderson

PS: Sign up for the mixtape swap!

Apr
02

Happy {Easter} Weekend.

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+ not one, but two ways to make chocolate Easter surprise eggs

+ loving the current trend of visually documenting a pregnancy

+ scads of April calendars to download: 1, 2, 3,

+ April’s Designer Desktop download

+ a cute Easter basket printable to stuff with treats

+ shabby-chic spring tea envelopes for your tea-loving friends

+ the Yolk Folk + the Carrot Crew Easter paper toy crafts

+ I’d love to make a batch of these Hot Cross Buns this weekend

+ a great roundup on jewelry storage for under $100

+ seed packet printables

+ spring CD sleeve and playlist to download + enjoy

+ genius DIY removable fabric wallpaper

Happy Weekend!
Happy Easter!

Mar
12

Happy Weekend.

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+ I’m obsessed with these rotary phones straight out of the British General Post Office of the 1950s to 1970s up for sale

+ I’ve had this environmental art installation bookmarked for ages and now know the back story!

+ Definitely making these Guinness brownies for St. Patrick’s Day!

+ These downloads might help you get in the Green Spirit, too

+ Love this sleek silver pourer for the dinner table

+ I’d love to seed bomb the crap outta Midtown!

+ Enthralled by this time-lapse of a book cover design

+ Excited to see what’s next for Design Milk’s new Designer Desktops series

Happy Weekend!