Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Don't throw away those eggshells!

Today I was looking through the blog to get an idea of what my next topic should be and luckily I didn't have to go that far. Looking at my post for the recipe for "Ovos Moles", I thought it would be great to continue with the subject of eggs. Since the big thing now is "Recycle, Reuse", well then how about reusing those discarded egg shells?

Besides using them for your compost bin or using the egg shells during easter for some cute easter eggs, you can do some beautiful looking mosaics. I actually kept the shells from the eggs I used for the Ovos moles and made this cute little trinket box to give to my cousin's daughter. Mind you, the box isn't completed in these pictures:

Before getting started, you need to properly clean the eggshells. You simply clean them in water and wait for them to dry. Then, once dry, you must peel that little skin on the inside of the shell. That skin needs to be removed in order for you to be able to glue the shell securely.

You can also dye your eggshells by using different foods. Simply add your eggshells and vegetable or fruit, your using to dye with, to boiling water for a few minutes. Me, I used some onion skins to dye them.

Then after that, you can proceed with making your mosaic with some plain white glue and varnish. And Voila! A brand new decorative item for your home!

Monday, June 2, 2008

To good books and good conversation!

Since my entrance into the world of Etsy, I've had much pleasure in chatting with fellow crafters in the forums. I've been especially addicted to the Etc. forums where everything is the subject matter, and none are the rules. Besides all the silliness we get into everyday talking to each other, often Etsians will get to the subject matter of books and literature. One of my favorite subjects honestly!

A few days ago, while on the Etc forums, I stumbled upon a thread that regarded book suggestions for a book club. In the midst of all the suggesting and commenting on various books, some of us decided it would be quite fun to start our own little book club just for us Etsy members. I must say I was quite exited!

So now, a few days later, we've got the book club setup and our first book selection has been made. Our read for the month of June will be "To see you again: A true story of Love and War" by: Betty Schimmel.
The first book was chosen by KealaLegacy (you can view her Etsy shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5164147). It's about the love story between two young people set in Hungary during the Nazi occupation. I've finally purchased it online, so hopefully i'll be receiving it soon. I can't wait to start reading it!

**If perhaps you are a member of Etsy and are interested in joining us, then don't be shy and give send me a convo. I'll make sure to pass the message along to all other members.**