Our 4-year-old granddaughter Lily is all into pink and sparkles. On a trip to Hobby Lobby last week, I found a few things to put together a fairy-type nest that reminded me of her.
My mother-in-law rode shotgun and we left the guys at home. We were on a mission.
Here's a few things I found at Hobby Lobby to build a nest.
The sparkly colorful eggs tied with a shimmery pink ribbon reminded me so much of Lily. I decided to use the bag the eggs came in under the nesting material. This meant I didn't need as much of the nesting material, and I would be able to find the bag when I was putting Easter decor away! Yeah...I'm a little forgetful. I even tied the ribbon to the top of the cloche to pretty it up.
The bag of eggs was originally around $5.60, but the Easter decor was 40% off. The bag of nesting material was $2.47, but was 50% off in the floral department. I only used about half the bag.
All the rest of the items I had on hand...I used two birds, an artificial nest, a tarnished silver tray, and a small glass cloche.
I got a kick out of the pictures when I noticed the "Our Nest" pillow on the couch was right behind the Easter egg/nest vignette.
Here's pictures of the pillow up close. This is a new favorite I bought at a home and garden shop in McKenney TX last month.
Only one week from today our fifth grandbaby, a second girl, will be born! Hope the Easter Bunny brings you such a special delivery.
As The Other Me Is Sane, the blog gets a lot of hits from mental health links.
I thought if I changed the name to reflect my home and DIY projects, I might attract people with interests more similar to mine. Not that I don't like to do crazy things and share a good time. Just don't want to disappoint.
Like all of you, I love the experience of Starbucks. I've never had a cup of coffee (don't feel sorry for me, I don't even like the smell), but I do like their hot chocolate.
Starbucks no longer gives you a nice cup unless you ask. Why pay the price they charge just to get a drink in a paper cup? And, frankly, the last couple of drinks I bought weren't that good. Too watery.
I decided to make our own Starbucks. I bought two of their mugs and got out my electric kettle.
The electric kettle sits on a heating pad and shuts off automatically when it reaches boiling. The English lady at a tea shop I used to go to highly recommended it. She said to raise it up high and pour so that it aerates the water.
I used Swiss Miss no-sugar-added mix, Nesquik syrup (the only one I've found that doesn't contain high fructose corn syrup) and a can of whip.
Why use no-sugar-added? Because I was going to drizzle chocolate syrup on and wanted to reduce un-needed sugar.
There are many homemade recipes for cocoa mix in blog land. I'm sure it would be cheaper still if I had used one of those, but this was quicker.
Starbucks here charges about $4 for a grande hot chocolate. A cup of homemade comes in under $1.50 a cup. Plus, I got to use a real cup. I don't mind washing dishes.
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Proud To Be A US Air Force Veteran
F-4 Flight, Philippines 1971. Learned from this flight to never get in an airplane that you have to wear a parachute to fly in. Served as an Air Traffic Controller and Instructor