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DIY Nail Polish-Dyed Easter Eggs

23 Mar

These are amazing. Amazing! They remind me so much of the swirly papers we used to make with paint and water when I was little, but ultra intense.

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All you’ll need is nail polish (I suggest hitting the Dollar Store for this), a dish of water and some nail polish remover for cleanup. You’ll also want a disposable plastic cup or bowl, toothpicks and of course, eggs.

Fill your container with water and then start adding drops of polish. Once you get a color combo that you like, use your toothpick to gently swirl the surface, creating the marbleized effect. Then you just dip! Go as far as you can on one end and let dry, then go back and repeat with the other side. Let them dry – topcoat or don’t, it’s totally up to you!

I would caution you to do this with blown out eggs or hard boiled eggs that you don’t intend to eat.

I think I’ll give it a try this weekend!

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Experimenting With Sisal

9 Jan

File under: things that I thought would work, but totally didn’t.

I have it stuck in my head that I’m going to crochet a giant rug. There are various designs floating around my sketchbook, all of which seem workable – once I find the perfect material.

If I had unlimited means, I’d have my own sheep and be able to spin my own custom, giant yarn. Since this is not the case, I’m trying a few more readily available materials.

First on the block is sisal, which is available in fairly big spools at any big box hardware store. At about $7 per 100 feet, it’s a good deal.

And it looks really pretty on my blue crochet hook:

There are a couple of problems with crocheting sisal – and they probably should have sprung to mind before I even started, but my idealism won out.

First, splinters. My hands are in agony after just a few hours of playing with it. I spent probably twice that time tweezing daggers out of my fingers.

Second, it’s just too stiff. It’s perfectly flexible, and doubles back on itself with no problem, but because there is no elasticity, it is impossible to move beyond the first chain. And even that just looked sloppy.

So, the sisal will have to be used in another way (I’m thinking of channeling some very 70s table trivets) and I’m moving on to the next material for the crochet rug.