Thursday, April 28, 2011

Making Scones

Are you are excited as I am?
Tomorrow morning, I will be up bright and early to watch the Royal happenings.
I've always had a thing for all that is British.
The accent, the countryside, Jane Austen...
You will always find me watching the latest Masterpiece Theatre special.
LOVE the modern day Brit Chick Lit too.

Did I mention that in high school I was an exchange student to England?
I had THE most amazing time.
Instead of simply being a tourist, I was immersed in real British life, living with a family in a small town.
It was exactly as I had imagined.

I never had that dream to be royalty.
(Though, Prince William is quite dreamy and I'm sure that I could get used to royal life.  For anyone who REALLY wanted to be a princess, this is a fun read.)
I just wanted to be a part of the country's culture and way of life.
I still think it would be absolutely amazing to really live in one of those stone cottages, with a beautiful garden, having afternoon tea...
(My husband is not so eager.  LOL)
Maybe someday?
(The cute card above was made by my friend Cristina of Sweet Pea Ink.  
You can find them in her etsy shop.) 

 Can you even imagine the jitters that these two are feeling?
The whole world watching.
Yikes! 
I'd be a wreck!
I am so excited for them, and wish them all the best.
To celebrate, I'm making some scones today.


P.S.  Sending good wishes to all my Southern friends ~ I hope you and your families are safe and sound.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mommy & Daughter Basket Swap

My friend Tabitha hosted a really sweet swap recently. 
A Mommy and Daughter Basket Swap!
Both of my girls LOVE to create, so this was perfect for us.
We were partnered with Karla and Lynn and their daughters.
Karla and Lynn are sisters, so this was truly a family event.
SO fun.
These are the sweet baskets that their girls made for my girls.
These were PACKED with wonderful treats ~ stickers, candy, beads, and fun trinkets.
As you can see, everything has since been played with (or eaten!) LOL.
The girls just didn't understand that I need to photograph these things, first! :)
And, these adorable necklaces were tucked in there too ~ a HUGE hit with my girlies.
These are the baskets that Karla and Lynn made for me!
Eeeek!  LOVE them!
Look at those handles!
And that chick!?!?!
Just gorgeous.

I don't have photos of what my girls made, but Lynn did a post about the swap.
Here are a few peeks of what I sent to the lovely Mommas!
Thank you SO much for such a fun swap!
Also, Karla and Lynn are hosting a Vintage Bling Swap ~ I am so excited!
There are still a few spots left! 
You can see the all the info right here.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Sugar High

I have fond memories of making special treats for our neighbors when I was growing up.
We did May baskets, bread at Christmas, and eggs at Easter. 
 With the help of our grandmother, my sister and I packaged dyed eggs and candies in little grass-filled boxes.
We loaded up our red wagon and delivered them to the neighbors.

I love those holiday traditions, and try to continue them with my own girls.
So, we whipped up a few fun and easy-peasy goodies for some friends and neighbors.

We made Jelly Bean Bark by melting white chocolate and spreading it on waxed paper.  Then we simply dropped jelly beans onto it.  We let it set and broke it into chunks.  (Next time we'll use more jelly beans!)

Some mints...


And of course, the traditional bunny cake!

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Spring Crafting


Some little baskets that I recently made for a few friends...
I love how they turned out.
So sweet.
So simple.
So Spring-y.

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Blahs and the Beautiful

Sorry for the corny title.
I had my wisdom teeth removed on Friday.
Not fun.
I am such a baby when it comes to the dentist.
I go, but I am a total baby about it.
I know I should have had them done in high school or college like everyone else.
But I was a baby about it back then too.

It actually wasn't that bad.
Not much pain, just some swelling and a little achy.
Just really tired.
Spent a lot of time doing the couch luge, drinking smoothies, and napping.
(Will I ever want to eat "real" food again?)


I signed up for this lovely workshop.
It starts today.
I CAN'T wait.
My Little One is super excited too.
We bought a bunch of canvasses, some new pretty papers, and stamps.
Looking forward to making some beautiful things together after a weekend of blahs.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Vintage Easter Flea Market

Last week I found an entire box of vintage Easter and Spring goodies that I completely forgot about!
I've just added them to the website, in the Flea Market Finds section.
They are available in larger lots, so you can scoop up some real cuties at great prices.
 I've been thinking about doing more of these types of sales.
More kits and one-of-a-kind vintage finds.

Maybe a monthly "virtual flea market" on my website?
Think that would be fun?

Friday, April 1, 2011

Petite Inspiration Box Swap - Spring Edition


Edit:  This swap is now full ~ over 50 players.  So fun! All of the group emails were sent Wednesday evening.  If you didn't receive one, please let me know. 

As promised, here are the details of my next Petite Inspiration Box Swap!!!

1. You will be placed in groups of 3 players. You will need to make a "Petite Inspiration Box" for each of the other players in your group (2), and you will receive one back from each of the players in your group (2).

2. The base of the box should be a sliding match box. I found mine at my grocery store in a package of 3 for about $2. These are the larger boxes that measure about 5x2x1, not the teeny-tiny ones. Decorate the outside of each box, and fill them with artsy goodies for your swap partners.

3. The items in your boxes should be vintage or vintage-inspired. The theme of this swap is SPRING ~ it is very open-ended, but please keep with the vintage/Spring style. Find out your partners' likes and dislikes, collections, favorite crafts, etc. Here are some ideas of what to include: Old buttons, millinery, lace, ribbon, trims, jewelry findings, ephemera, images, charms, cupcake toppers, etc.  Some ideas for the Spring theme ~ birds, butterflies, flowers, nests, mushrooms, bunnies, etc.  These boxes are fairly small, so they should be easy to fill up... just be sure to send quality, usable items that you would love to receive yourself. You can see some photos of the boxes from previous swaps here.

4. You will need to mail your boxes directly to your partners by April 29th. PLEASE only sign-up for this swap if you are able to have your swap items created and mailed by this date. As with any swap, it is reallllly important to follow-up with your promise to make quality items and send them on time.

5. To sign up for this swap, please email me at info{at}speckled-egg.com , be sure to send the following:
*Name
*Please select which best describes your "Spring Style":
(a) Neutrals, whites, aged, chippy, natural/nature-inspired
(b) Pastels, florals, foof, glittery, cottage
(c) Bright, bold, kitsch, retro, funky
(d) Anything goes!
*Email address
*Blog address, Website, Flickr, or Etsy Shop
*The country that you live in
*If you are willing to ship internationally

6. I will send a confirmation email when I receive your info. I will close sign-ups on Monday evening or at 50 players, whichever comes first. You will receive your group info by April. 6th. Feel free to grab the button above to add to your own blog.

Hope you can join the fun!!!