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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Cascarones on: April 15, 2014 11:49:33 AM
Cascarones (literally Shells in Spanish) are hollowed-out chicken eggs filled with confetti.



Cascarones are a Mexican Easter tradition. The decorated, confetti-filled cascarones may be thrown or crushed over the recipient's head to shower him or her with confetti. Having a cascarn broken over one's head is said to bring good luck.



I never heard of Cascarones until last year, when my cousin that lives in Houston told me all about this Mexican Easter tradition that is very popular in Texas. This year the girls - my twin granddaughters - are old enough to understand and have fun cracking the Cascarones, so I decided to make it for them.

After a little research, I substituted the confetti with Rice Crispy Cereal (non sugar-coated cereals are ok for birds) because I run out of bird seeds. I have a bird feeder and a hummingbird feeder outside my front windows. I enjoy feeding wild birds and watching them. I wanted to make the Cascarones as safe I could for the birds, avoiding colorful confetti.

To give a little color to the rice crispy, I used a few drops of vegetable food coloring (from my local Natural Food store) in 2 tbsp. of water (vegetable food coloring aren't as bright as conventional food coloring but are non-toxic for birds) To make sure the cereal was completely dry I baked for a very short 2 minutes at 400⁰ F on a baking tray.

Cascarones are usually sealed with tissue paper, but I thought that a crepe paper flower will look prettier. I also made a pretty egg carton cover, because no self-respecting crafter will be able to resist decorating the egg carton. Wink



The girls have lots of fun and we make sure to pick up all the crepe paper scraps and most of the shells from the lawn afterwards.

~How to make Cascarones~



1.  Gently tap the top of an egg.   
2. Peel away just a small hole. I use kitchen scissors.
3.  Empty contents of the egg out into a bowl.
4. Thoroughly rinse the egg and shake out excess water.  Let the egg dry.
5.  Dye the eggs.
6.  When the eggs are dry fill with confetti, bird seeds or non-sugar-coated cereal.
7.  Glue the hole in the egg with tissue or crepe paper.

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Re: Sorbian (Melted Wax) Eggs - again on: April 15, 2014 10:41:28 AM
They are lovely. Congratulations on your skill and talent. Beautiful Easter Craft!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Lollipop Bouquet & Hersheys Kisses Flowers on: February 13, 2014 03:57:18 PM
Thank you for the compliments. The lollipop flowers are very cute. I thought about using red petals cupcake liners, but my preference for pink is well known in the family  Smiley
Stillatthetop, the idea came to me from my elementary school days when we used to make them for Mothers Day.
The picture doesnt really show the textured cardstock, but it gives the flowers a textured look to the petals and leaves.

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Lollipop Bouquet & Hersheys Kisses Flowers on: February 13, 2014 09:38:39 AM
My three years old twin granddaughters are attending pre-school three days/ week. I wanted to make something easy and pretty for the girls to take to their teachers on Valentines Day. The answer came to me in a Google Images search, a lollipop bouquet.



Lollipop Flower Bouquet
The Lollipop flower is very easy and fast to assemble. I used 3 mini pink petals cupcake liners, a lollipop, and green cardstock for the leaf. To assemble, I folded 2 of the cupcake liners in half and put them on the lollipop. I opened up the 3rd liner fully and slip it on to look like a full bloom flower, then added the personalized cardstock leaf last.



For my family, I made Hersheys Kisses Flowers.



I used textured cardstock paper for the flowers and leaves, unfortunately doesnt show well on the pictures. Because the Valentines Hersheys Kisses comes in 3 different colors, I made 3 different color flowers, one to match each Hersheys kiss. I add a personalized tag and pack them in a Valentines themed bag. This flower idea comes from my elementary school days.



Happy Valentine's Day!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2013 Christmas Tree Along! on: December 20, 2013 03:59:38 PM
This is our Christmas Tree. I always set up a Nativity set under the tree. I have 16 Nativity sets between the living room, dining room and family room.  In our culture the Nativity display is very important.
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Peacock Costume (now with AFTER shots!) :-) on: November 06, 2013 03:20:13 PM
I Love it!! That's a vey pretty peacock. Congratulations!
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Peacock Costume on: October 28, 2013 02:54:46 PM
So pretty! I love peacocks! they are so beautiful. Looking forward to see the costume put together and Congratulations on a very pretty job.
8  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Little Witches Brooms on: October 26, 2013 07:07:47 AM
Black Tulle Brooms


My three years old granddaughters are going to be twin witches for Halloween.


But no respectable witch will be out on Halloween night without her broom Wink
So I made them witches brooms out of black tulle, light enough for them to carry them.


P.S hollywood311, we will be happy to pay the parking fee Cheesy  - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428463.0#axzz2ipuJecfb
9  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Halloween Craft: Faux Chalkboard "Broom Parking" Sign on: October 26, 2013 06:49:59 AM
Very Cute! I like it a lot!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding Photo Props on: September 11, 2013 10:27:27 AM
After the big success of the Alice in Wonderland Photo Props I made for my niece's bridal shower, I was inspired to make these Wedding Photo Props for her wedding.



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