Friday Favorites–Easter

Before I get into all the Eastery goodness I’m here to share today, just a quick reminder – today is the last day to use the free shipping codes in my Etsy shop.  Use the code SPRINGSHIPPING for free shipping on any order within the United States.  For my international customers, use the code SPRINGWORLD for a $4 discount on shipping.

All items in my clearance section are 50% off, but the codes can be used on anything.  There are some great Mother’s Day, graduation, teacher appreciation and Father’s Day gifts still available!

Now, on to the difficult-to-narrow-down Easter projects!

10 Easter Crafts and Recipes - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

Why should bunnies get all the love on Easter?  These Easter Chicken Pouches from Ulla’s Quilt World sit perfectly on top of an egg, as any good chicken should.

Quilted Easter Chicken Pouch by Ulla's Quilt World

This little guy might look good enough to eat, but instead Sew Many Ways has come up with a great outdoor decoration that will likely keep his head.

Faux Chocolate Easter Bunny by Sew Many Ways

My husband says he remembers making these DIY Egg Planters in Sunday school when he was a kid.  If, like me, you aren’t familiar with them, let Hello Home Shoppe show you how it’s done.

DIY Egg Planters by Hello Home Shoppe

The sheer volume of Easter candy can get a little overwhelming.  Try filling a few eggs with these Easter Egg Coupons from U Create instead.

Easter Egg Coupons by UCreate

Don’t let your carefully decorated Easter eggs sit around in a basket somewhere.  Give them some wheels with these printable cars from Mr. Printables.

Egg People on the Road by Mr Printables

I’d love to try dying Easter Eggs with Kool-Aid, as shown on Totally the Bomb, just for the smell alone.

How to Dye Easter Eggs with Kool-Aid by Totally the Bomb

Nothing but Country shared this Magic Jelly Bean craft for May Day, but it would be a sweet Easter activity as well.  Click through to find out what grows when you plant magic jelly beans.

Magic Jelly Beans by Nothing But Country

Not only do these Orange Bunny Rolls from Budget Gourmet Mom sound yummy, but they actually look pretty easy.  A couple of twists, a tail, and you’ve got a bunny.

Orange Bunny Rolls by Budget Gourmet Mom

After the kids have found all the eggs and, if they’re my kids, hidden them and found them a couple more times, keep them busy with this Pin the Tail on the Bunny Game from Lil’ Luna.

Pin the Tail on the Bunny by Lil Luna

These Peep S’mores from Eclectic Recipes are pretty simple, but I had to include them here after my husband and I laughed a little longer than we should have at this photo of the smushed Peeps.  I know – so wrong.

Peeps Smores by Eclectic Recipes

Have a wonderful Easter!

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Friday Favorites–Carrots

You know how most people have a certain food or two that they just can’t tolerate?  That one that you can’t even eat to be nice?  My big one: cooked carrots.  I can manage if they’re minced up small and mixed with other stuff, but plain – there’s just no way.  Taste, texture, it’s the whole package.  Oddly, I like them raw and even more weird, I love carrot cake.  Fortunately, there are many ways to enjoy the beauty of a carrot without having to choke one down all by itself.

Friday Favorites - Carrot Crafts and Recipes - Crafty Staci

I’ve seen many versions of carrot-in-dirt cupcakes lately, but these Carrot Top Cupcakes from Hungry Happenings seems the easiest to actually pull off.  For those of us who are not naturally talented cake decorators at least.

Carrot Top Cupcakes by Hungry Happenings

When I switched to K-cups a while back, I was left with part of a Costco-sized package of coffee filters.  These Coffee Filter Carrots from Urban Comfort would be a great way to use a few up.

Coffee Filter Carrots by Urban Comfort

This Carrot Cake Fudge from Inside Bru Crew Life looks fabulous.  Anyone know where to find the Carrot Cake M & M’s?

Carrot Cake Fudge by Inside Bru Crew Life

These little Thread Spool Carrots from Crafts by Courtney are made using washi tape, but lots of other crafts supplies would work if you can’t find it in orange.

Thread Spool Carrots from Crafts by Courtney

I love how each piece of this Pineapple Carrot Cake from Just a Taste looks like a carrot.

Pineapple Carrot Cake from Just a Taste

These Springtime Baby Carrots from Carolyn’s Homework are a great Easter decoration when you’re going for a more grown-up look.

Springtime Baby Carrots from Carolyns Homework

Just try and keep all the little bunnies out of your kitchen after you make these Carrot Cake Truffles from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen.

Carrot Cake Truffles from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Better yet, let them in and put them to work making Fingerprint Carrot Cards from Sassy Dealz.

Fingerprint Carrot Card from Sassy Dealz

This cute Carrot Bunting from Fiskars would be an easy way to add a little color to your Easter decor.

Carrot Banner from Fiskars

These Carrot Easter Eggs from A Night Owl are just adorable!

Carrot Easter Eggs by A Night Owl

So tell me, carrot fan or not?

Friday Favorites–Bunnies

Is is just me, or are there a ridiculous number of really cute Easter crafts and recipes out there this year?  I’m going to blame Pinterest for that one, because it seems like ever since it rolled into town there’s just more of everything.  Especially food.  Seriously, can we all agree to stop posting delicious-looking things late in the evening when I’m trying not to snack? 

Friday Favorites - 10 Bunny Crafts and Recipes - Crafty Staci

Almost anything that involves coconut is a-ok with me, but these Easter Bunny Tail Truffles from Pizzazzerie are cute to boot.

Bunny Tail Treats from Pizzazzerie

I kinda love how The Frugal Girls made Peeps seem almost healthy with these Peep Fruit Kabobs.

Peeps Fruit Kabobs from The Frugal Girls

Okay, everybody look at this Lop Eared Sock Bunny from Craft Passion, then say it with me – Awwww!

Lop Eared Sock Bunny by Craft Passion

I can’t even imagine how long it must have taken to make this Candy-Coated Easter Bunny Cake from Party Pinching, but it’s adorable.  I wouldn’t let anyone cut it.  Ever.

Candy Coated Easter Bunny Cake from Party Pinching

This Peeps Garland from Pillows A La Mode makes me think of paper dolls.  Or paper bunnies, in this case.

Love me some Nutter Butters.  That’s why you’ll find none of them in my house.  However, after seeing these cute Nutter Bunnies from Plain Chicken, I might have to go out and buy some.

Nutter Bunnies from Plain Chicken

These Hungry Bunnies from Lil Blue Boo look like they were modeled after a well-loved stuffed animal.

Hungry Bunny from Lil Blue Boo

Sometimes it’s just the simplest thing that spices up a table, like these Bunny Tail Drink Stirrers from Pizzazzerie.

BunnyTail Drink Stirrers from Pizzazzerie

Bunnies don’t always have to be sweet.  Check out these Easter Bunny Stuffed Eggs from My Fudo.

Easter Bunny Deviled Eggs from My Fudo

But sometimes they need to be completely made of sugar, like these sweet Easter Bunny Marshmallow Pops from Dollhouse Bake Shoppe.

Easter Bunny Marshmallow Pops from Doll House Bake Shoppe

I’ve been working to get my Etsy shop ready for spring this week by adding some new fabrics and a bunch of new ready-to-ship items.  I decided there were some things that need to find homes, so starting today…

Etsy Clearance Sale Spring 2014 - Crafty Staci

Friday Favorites–Building a Foundation

Since I’ve been talking about foundation piecing all week, it seemed appropriate to end the week with some beautiful projects I’ve come across in my research.  I just love how this technique makes something fairly easy to put together look like it took a month to create.  I won’t tell you if won’t.

Friday Favorites - Foundation Pieced Quilt Blocks

I think I found what I didn’t even know my sewing room was missing – this sweet quilt block from Charise Creates.

Sew Out Loud from Charise Creates

Since I live in the forest, I have a thing for the furry residents around here.  I wonder if the bears would appreciate this Bear Cub from Whims and Fancies.

Bear Cub from Whims and Fancies

This Red Herring Block from Quiet Play is a good example of how paper piecing makes very skinny pieces possible.

Red Herring Blocks from Quiet Play

Paper piecing can also make curves a bit less intimidating, like the ones in this Scrappy Potholder from Fairy Face Designs.

Scrappy Potholder from Fairy Face Designs

Do you say pop or soda?  I understand it’s regional, but while I once called it pop, being married to a soda guy for over 20 years quietly converted me.  Whatever you call it, this Pop Bottle Curtain from Sew Take a Hike is just cute.

More of a tea drinker?  Check out this Teapot from Pink Penguin.

Teapot from Pink Penguin

Sew Mama Sew combined the work of two artists to create this Sprout and Juice Quilt.

Juice Glass Block from Sew Mama Sew

The Night Quilter combined blocks from ShannonMac on Craftsy in a creative way to make this cheery wall hanging.

Oops by Night Quilter

Foundation paper piecing can be pretty simple, like this heart from Craft Couture by T.C.

Heart from Craft Couture by TC

Or you can go all out, like this masterpiece from Harry Potter Paper Piecing.

Harry Potter by HP Paperpiecing

Tell me, have you tried foundation piecing?  What was your experience like?  I think I’m hooked!

Friday Favorites–Meet the Muppets

After working on my Kermit bookmark earlier in the week, I’ve been having flashbacks to the Muppet Show.  I remember when it premiered.  I had spent my young years watching Sesame Street, and then it was as if someone had recognized I was not a little kid anymore and made a grown-up version of my show.  Yep, I was quite sophisticated for a seven-year-old.

Friday Favorites - 10 Muppet Crafts - Crafty Staci

There are no instructions for these Muppet Show Cookies at 1 Fine Cookie, but if you’re talented with one of those frosting-squisher-outer-thingies you could probably pull these off.

The Muppet Show Cookies from 1 Fine Cookie

If you’re a knitter, you might want to give these Jim Henson Muppet Charts from Robin Barnhill on Ravelry a spin.

Jim Henson Muppet Charts on Ravelry

There is some debate about whether the creatures from Sesame Street are technically Muppets.  I’m not here to debate.  Jim Henson was a genius, no matter which camp you’re in and I will be referring to all his creations as Muppets today.  That said, I just love this Yip Yip Alien from WikiHow.

Yip Yip Alien from Wikihow

The best thing about these Sesame Street Hats from Girl in Air is that they’re available not only in kid sizes, but adult as well.

Sesame Street Hats from Girl in Air

Can you imagine a more fun way to hold your glasses than a Muppet?  Check out these Muppet Glasses Holders from djonesgirl on Craftster.

Muppet Glasses Holder from djonesgirl on Craftster

Did you see the Muppet commercial during the Super Bowl?  You can print your own Muppet-jacked car from Spoonful.

Muppet Car from Spoonful

With a little shrink paper you can have your own Muppet charm bracelet.  You can find the template on Disney Family.

Muppet Charms from Disney Family

For a quick, easy Muppet fix, try these Muppet Hand Puppets from Spoonful.

Muppet Hand Puppets from Spoonful

Who hasn’t wished at some point they could be a Muppet?  Rad Megan shows you how you can be Kermit for a day.

Kermit from Rad Megan

You guys, you can design and buy your own Muppet!  They’re called Muppet Whatnot Puppets, and they run just under $100 from Fao Schwarz.  So tempting…

The Muppet Whatnot Workshop at Fao Schwarz

Are you going to see the new Muppet movie tonight?

Friday Favorites–St. Patrick’s Day

I’ve spent my entire life thinking I had some Irish ancestry, even on days other than St. Patrick’s.  As it turns out, I’m more likely Scottish.  I even have a family castle and a once-every-seven-year reunion in the homeland.  I’m also a distant relative of Sean Connery.  As exciting as all that is, it’s a little disappointing too.  I liked being able to claim a little legitimacy in my Kiss Me, I’m Irish pin.  But aren’t we all just a little bit Irish this time of year?

First of all, just for fun, here’s the castle:

Duart Castle

I don’t think they’re going to let me move in anytime soon, but I might be lucky enough to visit one day.

10 St. Patrick's Day DIYs - Crafty Staci

Corned beef and cabbage is really an American version of Irish food, but dishes like this Authentic Irish Colcannon from Boulder Locavore are much more traditional.

Authentic Irish Colcannon by Boulder Locavore

I love the simplicity of this St. Patrick’s Day Clover Canvas Art from Lovely Clusters.  I actually think this would work outside of the holiday as well.

St Patrick's Clover Canvas Art by Lovely Clusters

How fun are these Leprechaun Hat S’mores from Hostess with the Mostess?

Sometimes basic and inexpensive projects wind up being the most impressive, like these Thrifty Hurricanes from Two Twenty One.

Thrifty Hurricanes by Two Twenty One

This Leprechaun Crunch from Yesterday on Tuesday looks fun and tasty, but what I want to know is, who has to eat all of the Lucky Charms with no marshmallows?!?

Leprechaun Crunch by Yesterday on Tuesday

Again, so simple, but this Leafy Spring Wreath from Dollar Store Crafts would be perfect for a subtle St. Patrick’s Day decoration.

Leafy Spring Wreath by Dollar Store Crafts

I know some kids who would enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day Coin Dig from The Pleasantest Thing.  And I know one who hates getting messy and really, really wouldn’t.

St Patrick's Day Gold Dig by Pleasantest Thing

These Shamrock Cupcakes from Easy Cake Decorating are just brilliant.

I think the hardest part of this felt St. Patrick’s Day Garland from A Subtle Revelry would be cutting out all those shamrocks.

Easy St Patrick's Day Garland by A Subtle Revelry

I think the photo says it all when it comes to this Pistachio Pound Cake from The Candid Appetite.

Pistachio Pound Cake by The Candid Appetite

Go find someone to pinch (on Monday!)

Friday Favorites–DIY Recipe Storage

Since two of my more recent projects have involved finding ways to store my crazy recipe collection, this seemed like a good day to find out what other people are doing about it.  There are so many ideas out there that at least I know I’m not the only one with a recipe hoarding issue.

Friday Favorites - DIY Recipe Storage - Crafty Staci

A recipe box is a pretty traditional method of storage, but I loved the added personality of the spoon on this Bent-Spoon Recipe Box from Country Living.

Bent Spoon Recipe Box from Country Living

What I really love about this one are the chipboard tabs inside this recipe box from Paper Vine.

Recipe Box from Paper Vine

This Turn-Style Recipe Holder from Debbie Hodge is pretty enough to double as kitchen décor.

Turning Recipe Holder from Debbie Hodge

This Easy Recipe Card Holder from Make and Takes is perfect for those times you just need to focus on the one card.

Easy Recipe Card Holder from Make and Takes

If you want to be able to plan your recipes for the week, this hanging recipe holder from Shivaya Naturals will come in handy.

Meal Time Organizing from Shivaya Naturals

This recipe binder from Food Storage Made Easy is simple and smart.  The recipes are color-coded on cardstock!

How to Organize Your Recipes from Food Storage Made Easy

If you don’t have a dedicated cookbook shelf in your kitchen who says you can’t add one?  Check out this Easy Kitchen Island Addition from The Endearing Home.

Easy Kitchen Island Addition from The Endearing Home

In addition to all the recipes I’ve printed and written on cards, I also use my tablet in the kitchen.  Based on the food splatter in some of my more often-used cookbooks, I try to keep it off the counter and protected.  This Swing Down Cookbook Rack from Family Handy Man would probably save my screen.

Swing-down Cookbook Rack from Family Handyman

This Kitchen Tablet Holder from Mamie Jane’s is made from a cutting board and Scrabble tile holder.  Love this.

Kitchen Tablet Holder from Mamie Jane's

This Cookbook Chair from Thistlewood Farms definitely wins for most unique storage idea.

Cookbook Chair from Thistlewood Farms

Now I kinda want to go cook something.

Friday Favorites–Nautical

Today’s Friday Favorite topic was inspired by my lunch yesterday.  As I was enjoying a tasty bowl of salmon chowder, I started thinking about all the nautically influenced crafts and fashions I’ve noticed lately.  It’s a trend I really like, and I’m always happy to see it come around again. 

Friday Favorites - 10 Nautical Crafts - Crafty Staci

Until I read it, I never would have guessed that these Decorative Nautical Pilings from Miss Kopy Kat began as foam pool noodles.

Nautical Pilings from Pool Noodles from Miss Kopy Kat

I can’t even imagine the amount of patience required to make this Herringbone Driftwood Table from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs, but totally worth it.

Herringbone Driftwood Table from Sarah M Dorsey Designs

This adorable Pocket Sized Magnetic Fishing Set from Doodlecraft would be a great activity to keep in the car to entertain the little ones on their way to school.  Fish…school…

Pocket Sized Magnetic Fishing Set from DoodleCraft

Out there in cyberland, this quote is attributed to a number of people and places, but I love it, regardless of its origin.  Get this Smooth Sea Printable from Sumo’s Sweet Stuff.

Smooth Sea Skillful Sailor Printable from Sumos Sweet Stuff

This Kaleidoscope Mariner’s Compass Quilt Block from Trillium Design on Craftsy would be a great way to add a little nautical feel to a room without necessarily using traditional colors.

Kaleidoscope Mariners Compass from Craftsy

This DIY Shelf from My Home Ideas would perfectly in a seaside cottage.

DIY Shelves from My Home Ideas

This Seashell Sailboat from Spoonful is easy to make and combines two nautical favorites – shells and boats.

Seashell Sailboat from Spoonful

These Wire Work Anchor Necklaces from RefreshingDesigns on Etsy are just beautiful, and there are tons of color options.

Wirework Anchor Necklaces from RefreshingDesigns on Etsy

I’m not sure from the instructions, but I think this Life Saver from Traveling with JC is made from a foam wreath base.  Great idea!

Nautical Life Saver from Traveling with JC

These Lighthouses from My Insanity are a great recycling craft, and any of the components could be substituted with whatever you have available that fits.

Lighthouse from Me and my Insanity

If you have any doubt about the popularity of nautical décor right now, a quick search on Etsy turns up nearly 200,000 items.  That’s a lot of rope and anchors.

Friday Favorites–Rainbows

Every year when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, the rainbows start showing up.  There was even one behind my house a couple of days ago.  Unfortunately, it didn’t come with a Pin It button, so now it’s gone.

Friday Favorites - 10 Rainbow Crafts and Recipes - Crafty Staci

If I use the last viable bit of a piece of fabric, but there’s still a scrap left that measures at least a couple of inches in each direction, I stuff it into a box.  My intention is to one day make a quilt from it using little squares, possibly in a rainbow.  Every time I see something like this Rainbow Migrating Geese Quilt from Sew Create It I think of that box of scraps.

Rainbow Migrating Geese Quilt from Sew Create It

I think I mentioned my Mother of the Bride Diet recently.  It’s pretty high tech.  If I eat something, I count the calories (using an app), keeping my total under a designated number each day.  I think I could work in this Rainbow Chicken Salad from Pinch of Yum.

Rainbow Chicken Salad from Pinch of Yum

These Rainbow Heart Transparencies from Twig and Toadstool would be a fun way to share a rainbow with the little ones.

Rainbow Heart Transparencies from Twig and Toadstool 

I have to try this Rainbow Sandwich Bread from The Artistic Farmer.  How fun would it be to make sandwiches with this?

Rainbow Sandwich Bread from The Artistic Farmer

This Rainbow Sunshine Plushie from Chez Beeper Bebe looks easy to make and would be a great gift for a new baby.

Rainbow Plushie from Chez Beeper Bebe

How cute are these edible Rainbow Cupcake Cups from Tablespoon?  I had no idea it was that easy to make fondant!

This Rainbow Streamer Party Backdrop from Creative Juice would be great for a St. Patrick’s Day party, but would also work for a birthday or baby shower.  How about a Wizard of Oz themed party?

Rainbow Party Streamer Backdrop from Get Creative Juice

This Origami Crane Mobile from A Piece of Kate’s would be pretty in a little girl’s room.

Rainbow Origami Crane Mobile from A Piece of Kate's

This Rainbow Stripe Crochet Blanket from The Crafty Mummy is just so bright and cheerful.

Rainbow Stripe Crochet Blanket from The Crafty Mummy

Here’s another recipe I’d be willing to fit into the calorie budget.  The beauty of this Rainbow Veggie Flatbread Pizza from Gimme Some Oven is that if there’s a vegetable on it you don’t like, just replace it with another.

Rainbow-Veggie-Flatbread-Pizza-from Gimme Some Oven

I hope you’re not tired of rainbows now, because all this is leading up to a project I’m going to share with you next week.  Another hint…it’s coffee-sleeve-of-the-month time!

Friday Favorites–Crafty Staci

First of all, Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Usually when my blog anniversary rolls around, I dedicate a set of Friday Favorites to the top ten most popular projects I’ve written about since the beginning.  I planned to do that again this year, until I looked it up and realized it hadn’t changed much since last year.  That’s not very interesting, so I’m going to change it up.  Here’s a glimpse into the stats behind my little space:

I’ve written 156 Tutorials

I couldn’t believe that number until I actually counted.  Here’s hoping I have another 156 in me!  The top four are:

Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeve  Robin Hood Hat  Creamer Bottle Snowmen  Ninja Monkey Sling Bag

I’ve shared 39 Recipes

This is kind of a weird one for me.  I don’t consider this a cooking blog, but sometimes I make food I want to share.  The favorite four:

Microwave Caramels  Spiced Chai and Salted Caramel Cocoa Mixes  Caramel No Bake Cookies  Breakfast in a Jar

I’ve curated 161 Friday Favorites

Since I’ve tried to keep these to about ten per week, we’re talking 1610 projects I’ve featured here!  The top four are:

Friday Favorites - Fat Quarter Projects - Crafty Staci  Friday Favorites - T-Shirt Refashions - Crafty Staci  Friday Favorites - 10 DIY Gifts for Guys - Crafty Staci  Friday Favorites - 10 Projects for the Car - Crafty Staci

Just for fun, these are all the topics I’ve covered so far as Friday Favorites:

Friday Favorites Topics - Crafty Staci

Believe it or not, I have many more filed away for the future – and I’m always open to any topics you might want to see.

Last chance to enter my 4th Anniversary Giveaway!  Entries will be accepted until midnight tomorrow, so make sure to get yours in.  I’ll announce the winner on Monday!