Saturday, March 30, 2013

Spring Break Is Happenin'!

I should be packing, but instead I'm blogging. It always seems to happen when I should really be 
doing something else, but isn't that why I said I partially started this blog way back when? It's a 
great way to procrastinate on everything else that needs to be done. This is what 
packing currently looks like...definitely not like my trip to LA.



We're headed to Colorado! We've got some friends in Boulder and Denver, so we'll have plenty 
of things I'm sure we'll find to keep us busy. In fact, as soon as we fly in we're suppose to head 
straight to the mountain to snowshoe to a cabin! Chris and Courtney will be great tour guides 
for the weekend and then they have a million options for us throughout the week. They are 
awesome people everybody should know!

Chris & Courtney at a wedding we
went to last year in SD, CA

When we head to Denver, we'll also be hanging with Hannes. Not too long ago he got a cute little 
puppy who has since grown to climb trees. The dog is quite the climber and jumper that he made 
the news recently! I wish I had the link to show you guys, but hopefully I'll have some proof 
by the time we get back next week.

Sorry Hannes, your dog beat you to making it on the blog.
We can't wait to see you both though!

Ya know what I find to be kinda cool? We don't have to put our mail on hold or even ask
anybody to check our mail...we live in such an old place, we still have our 'mailbox'
attached to the house. That means it goes straight into our coat closet. How
sweet, right? Maybe not to you all, but I love it. Send us mail so we have
a full closet full when we return!

Yesterday I was walking down to the tea house and at some point between the 5
blocks I have to travel to get there from our house, I apparently lost my ID and
debit card. I went to pay for the tea and it was no longer in my pocket.
I went up and down streets, couldn't find it at home, then went back
to the streets...and a young man did a good deed yesterday by
holding onto the cards rather than spending all my money.
So now we can still afford the trip and I have an ID I can
use to get on the plane. All is good, although I was
sweating for that hour they were missing!

Colorado here we come...you better hold true to your beauty, adventures, and all the love people 
have for you. We are leaving 70 degree weather for 30-50s for our spring break. 
Show us what you've got!

♡The Stanleys

PS-We'll only have a couple posts this week while we're gone...you'll get to see the paleo 
BLD +snacks review in a variety of ways and our monthly resolutions which we 
are looking forward to tackling next month!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Birds, Eggs, Bunnies, & Crosses...Easter Decor Ideas

When you have friends over for dinner, this is exactly what happens the night before:

<crap, how fast can we clean the house>
<where do we put all the sh*t that's been laying around for the last week>
<is the decor updated (only I think this)>

While Ty got started on the cleaning, I got to digging through my craft boxes and decor to see 
what I had to put up for Easter. I must say we came up with some ideas rather quickly with 
what we had, but I did make a quick run to the craft store the next day to make a few finishing 
touches. As far as the stuff laying around...just don't ask to see the inside of our buffet or 
parts of the basement. We try to hide it until we get around to it on a later day. 
Our not-so-secret now. ☺

I wish I had a picture of what the buffet and buffet wall looked like initially. Let's just say Ty told 
me it would've scared Jack & Aubry away...apparently it looked like we should be taking 
communion at the buffet. Needless to say, it immediately changed 
and here's what we came up with:


The Buffet & Wall:
Reused a wedding chalkboard frame. Ty was the artist.

Last minute pick up at Craft Warehouse. Grab their add
when you walk into the store, they usually have 40-50% an item.

Repurposed our branches I used for the valentines tree.
The fleur de lis pitcher was given to us last year.
Had the eggs from last year, which were purchased
after Easter last year when they were 70% 
off at Joanns.

Ty's parents gave us a gift basket for Christmas and the gifts were 
placed in this rustic strawberry flat. We repurposed it for our 
Easter decor here. The burlap was another piece from our 
wedding I had in craft tub, the eggs from last year at the 
after Easter sale at Joanns, and the tins were 2 for $5 
at Craftwarehouse for the medium sizes.

Repurposed wreath.
Bought the ceramic cross at Michaels for $3.
Used a piece of twine from our wedding
to tie it to the wreath and hung it up.

There ya have it! We have continued to reuse the large piece of fabric underneath since Christmas.
Why not if it's working, right?


The Entry/Living Room:
I had made this last year and found it in my decor tub.
This would have to be a whole different DIY post.
Another day, another time; just ask!

A nice little gift from Mom! Made of a burlappy-like fabric.
Perfect for the rest of the look to our living room!
#thestanweebunnies

Repurposed my cake server and cover. Since when did we need
to buy those spendy ones at the craft stores when we can just
use what we have? I had the eggs, again from last year,
and also had the grassy stuff from a previous project.
The bird has been with us through every holiday,
she just keeps turning up in different areas 
of the house!


The Bathroom:
70% sale at Joanns last year. Go figure. Cheap & easy decor 
for any place in the house.  Why not the back of the toilet?

Repurposing the frame from Christmas...April 'showers',
get it? Specifically placed in the bathroom/shower room.
Ty is such a creative guy.

The Kitchen:
Clearance at Craft Warehouse last year. I randomly bought them
without any clue what I'd use them for. They came in handy!
For $2 I bought the long grass to put in them and had
the grassy string to stuff in the other two jars.


Happy Easter everybody!

♡The Stanleys

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Coconut Crispies

2 Things:
1) Ya know what feels good? When your husband comes home and tells you that you look
so beautiful or sooo good (usually how Ty puts it)...even when you've done nothing
to yourself other than put on a pair of stretch pants and a tank top.

2) I am getting so close to clean and pressing my body weight! Yesterday I did 95#
several times in a workout, which means I could potentially do a one rep
another time of something even closer to the weight! I was overly excited
that I yelped once or twice and left the weight over my head like I
had won some event. I had to have a moment, so let it be.


I'd like to call this post the paleo version of kettle corn, but because Ty got so excited about 
these possibly being as close to cereal as anything could I figured I'd give him a little credit to 
this post. Ty LOVES cereal, so why not give the post more of a cereal name. He doesn't eat 
it anymore, but if it were in front of him at the moment he wouldn't pass it by. Paleo or not, 
he wouldn't care. I know because I know him, but also because I've seen it happen. 

Anyway, it was just what we needed on Monday night to go with our delicious paleo meal...
something super easy and salty-sweet. 


Place 1 to 1 1/2 C coconut flakes on a hot skillet.


Let the crispies brown up. It can happen quickly, so keep your eyes on the pan.


Have a bowl, salt, and cinnamon ready. Dump your crispies into the bowl.


Place 1/4 tsp salt into the bowl of crispies.


Then place 1/4 cinnamon into the bowl. Mix all together.

Snack away!

I didn't share this bowl, I'll be honest. It was gone so fast. I was surprised myself.
I even put some chocolate almond milk in with the last bit of it to try it out as
a cereal. It was just as good as cereal as it was as a snack, but next
time I'd do a little less salt if we were to make it a cereal dessert.

♡The Stanleys


Recipe found in WellFed cookbook.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Day After

Sometimes work poops me out. This time I'm not literally meaning 'poop' as I normally do. Just 
using it as a general statement as though it 'wiped' me out or 'exhausted' me. You get what 
I'm saying. Even if the 2, 12 hour days aren't that exhausting somehow the day after those 
2 days I look like I haven't slept and my energy isn't quite there. I like to use the day after 
as a personal day. I get up when I want to (7am is sleeping in), I do what I want to, 
I make lists and don't care if I truly get anything done (this is a partial lie, 
I get slightly anxious if I've done absolutely nothing).

But yesterday! Oh my was it a beauty. I got up early yesterday to hit the gym, spent some time 
hanging out with Aubry afterwards, then went to return some craft items and got sent away 
because I left my receipt on the lounge at home. Gah! How frustrating to drive across town 
without the receipt and have to turn around?! Nothing was open or used, 
why couldn't she just help me out a little?

Ok, but really. I had intended to do A LOT yesterday, but when that sun came out...that 
'a lot' turned into 'a little.' And I'm cool with that. Somehow when the sun comes out, I can't seem 
to get a whole lot done. Even in nursing school, I'd attempt to study while sitting outside. Yup, 
I'd either fall asleep or close my eyes instead of studying. It happened. I still got through 
nursing school though.

I got some time to myself relaxing, reading, looking up things to do for Colorado and our 
summer trip, and we made a nice little dinner for ourselves when Ty got home.
I made a quick yummy treat you all need to make...it will be posted tomorrow!


Let's get real. I did read, but how much reading did I really do when it was this nice.
I was using it as a prop in the front yard while I was really trying to get a tan so the neighbors 
thought I was reading on the front step. Really I was spying on everybody in the 
neighborhood, watching cars go by, and working on some lines. 
Tan lines, not lines like drug lines.

PS-notice the book...I've continued the goal of reading a book each month to two months. 
#monthlyresolutionscontinue #developinghabitsmonthtomonth

And best news ever for Kari...she got the day shift position in float pool!!! That absolutely
deserves 3 exclamation marks. That means we get to work together and hang out all the 
time. It will be like hang outs at work...no it wont, I know. Hospital nurses know 
better than that. We don't have time for that stuff. But nevertheless, she got 
the job and we'll at least see each other more often! Congrats my friend!

Hope you all enjoyed the sun as much as I did!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Week 4: The End Of The BLDs, The Beginning Of A Paleo Lifestyle

By the end of this week, you will have been eating paleo BLDs +snacks for a full month! 
Just think how easy it was this month, now it's your turn to keep it going. I suspect you're off on 
both feet with this new lifestyle and as I had said before, if you mess up one night then just 
turn it around and get back on board the next day. It happens!

As for us, we'll continue to eat the good ol Stanley BLDs +snacks. However, I don't intend 
to do another one of these months of planning for not just us but everybody else too. We will 
continue to share our favorite recipes with you from time to time though. 
So here it is:


Apparently I am easily confused...sometimes I write w/ and sometimes
I do the nursing version with the c and line over it. You get the point though.


Week 4: Stanley BLDs + snacks

Grocery List
1 lb bacon
3 avocados
1lb fresh carrots
1 lemon
3 med tomato
1 red bell pepper
4 bananas
parsley bunch
1 orange, 1 lime, or 1 lemon (you choose...it will go on your salmon. See recipe)
1 or 2 spaghetti squash (depending on if you prefer lots of 'noodles')
FOC (fruit of choice; fruits to go with your dinner and lunch meals)
VOC (veggies for dip; see below to decide what veggies you want to dip in it)
frozen berries (only if you didn't buy them at the beginning of the month at Costco)
2 small cans tomato paste
1 small can sliced olives
1 can/jar salsa, your choice of brand
1 small jar peppercinis
pistachios, 1 C (optional)
coconut flour (if you didn't buy any a couple weeks ago)
D.O.C. (please see last 'recipe' in the dinner section to decide what to add to this list for it)


Breakfast

Bacon & Egg Guacamole Over Ham Steaks
4 eggs, hard boiled and chopped into chunks
2 avocados chopped into chunks
1 medium tomato, diced
4 pieces bacon, diced then cooked
juice from 1 lemon
Ham, cut into medium sized squares

Prepare eggs and place in fridge over night. While eggs are boiling, cook up your bacon. Place 
in fridge with eggs over night. Before breakfast, chop up the ingredients as stated above. 
Mix ingredients together without stirring too much but just enough for the avocado and eggs 
to mush together slightly. Serve on top of your mini ham steaks and have a little fresh fruit 
to go with it!


Vanilla Pancakes Topped With Berry Yum + Protein
4 bananas
6 eggs
6 tbsp coconut flour
2 vanilla bean pods, optional
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 dashes cinnamon
2 pinches of salt

2 1/2-3 C frozen berries
4-5 tbsp honey

Sausage (amylu brand from Costco)

Puree bananas in your food processor. Add eggs and blend together. If you bought the bean 
pod, slice it open and scrap the little flecks out of the pod and into your food processor. Add 
the flour, vanilla extract, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt to the processor and mix well. 
Heat a pan on med-high heat, pour a small-mod amount of the batter onto the pan (about a 
3in pancake) and cook until done on both sides. While you're cooking the p-cakes, throw 
your berries into a small saucepan and heat on med-high heat. Once they become soft, add the 
honey to the berries. Don't forget to cook up some sausage to get some protein with those 
vanilla berry cakes. Serve the cakes with berry sauce dripping from the top all over your plate. 
This recipe is doubled so we have leftover for the next day. Do the same and you'll save some 
time the next day!


Lunch
Last week to use dinners as leftovers for lunch. Are you tired of leftovers yet?


Dinner

Turkey Meatza!
2lb ground turkey
2 tsp italian seasoning
1/2-1 C salsa
1 small can olives, sliced
1 red pepper, sliced
1 avocado, chopped
peppercinis, chopped (as many as you want)

Preheat the oven 400 degrees. Mix the turkey and italian seasoning in a bowl. Roll the meat into 
a ball and press evenly into an 8 or 9 inch round pie pan (you'll do this twice to get 2 pizza crusts). Bake for 10-15 minutes until meat is cooked through. Remove the meat crust, dump as much 
salsa as you prefer onto the crust. Disperse your toppings as you wish on the pizza and then 
put the meatza back into the oven for another 10 minutes.



Moroccan Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash
1/2 C fresh parsley, minced (turns into about 2 tbsp)
1tbsp paprika
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 lbs ground beef
1 tsp coconut oil

2 medium onions, diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed (or 2 tsp minced from jar)
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 1/2 C water
2/3 C tomato paste
1/4 C pistachios, chopped

1 or 2 spaghetti squash, cut in half length wise
6 tbsp water

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Place a piece of parchment paper over a large baking sheet. 
Cut your spaghetti squash in half if you haven't already. Scoop out the seeds and any pulp. 
Place the squash cut side down. Sprinkle the water all around the halved squashes. Roast the 
squash until tender, but not mushy, about 30-40 minutes. Remove from the oven and place on 
a cooling rack. Use an oven mitt to turn the squash cut side up to allow them to cool. Once 
they are cool enough to touch, scrap the inside with a fork to shred it into spaghetti strands. 
We sprinkled the spaghetti with a little cumin and garlic powder and served the meatballs 
over the spaghetti!

During the time of cooling, you can get started on the meatballs. In a large mixing bowl, combine 
the parsley, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper with a fork. Crumble the beef into the bowl and knead 
until all the ingredients are incorporated. Measure a level tablespoon of beef and roll into a ball 
between your palms. Line up the meatballs on a baking sheet until it's time to put them in 
the sauce. Heat the oil in a large deep pan or a pot. Add the onion and saute for about 5 minutes. 
Add the garlic, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper and stir until fragrant. Add the chopped tomatoes 
to the pan and stir for another minute. Add the water, tomato paste, and parsley. Mix until the 
paste dissolves essentially. Bring the sauce to a boil, then place the meatballs in the skillet. 
Cover and reduce heat to simmer. Cook for about 40 minutes, remove the lid, then cook for 
another 20 minutes until the sauce has thickened. Top your meatballs and spaghetti with 
chopped pistachios if you so have chosen to buy them this week and enjoy!


Spiced Salmon with Cumin Roasted Carrots
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tbsp fresh orange juice (or lemon or lime)
1 1/2 tsp ginger
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
your leftover salmon filets (we had 3 left)

1 lb fresh carrots
1/2 tbsp cumin
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 fresh lemon (optional)
a few leaves of parsley, minced for garnish

Mix the oil, juice, ginger, cumin, coriander, paprika, salt, and cayenne together in a small bowl 
to form a paste similar to thick salad dressing. Place the salmon in a glass dish. Massage the 
marinade over the salmon, then cover and refrigerate 30 minutes. Preheat your grill on high with 
the lid closed for about 10 minutes then place the salmon skin-side down, close the lid, and 
wait 3 minutes. Check the salmon, the skin should be slightly blackened. Flip the salmon, close 
the lid, and wait another 3 minutes.

Preheat the oven 400 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Wash and peel the 
carrots, then cut them lengthwise into strips, about 1/4 inch wide. Put them in a large bowl. With 
a fork, mix the cumin, cinnamon, salt, and pepper in a small microwavable safe bowl. Add the 
coconut oil and microwave until melted. Pour the seasoning over the carrots and toss until the 
carrots are coated. Spread the carrots in a single layer on the baking sheet and roast for 15-20 
minute, until tender and slightly browned. Remove from the oven and squeeze a little lemon 
juice on it (optional) and sprinkle some parsley over the carrots.




D.O.C.
aka Dinner of Choice
This is the last dinner meal to plan for the week. I'm leaving this meal up to you.
Either go back and make your favorite meal from the weeks prior, make up
your own paleo meal (now that you have all this experience), use
whatever is left in your fridge/freezer/pantry, or look
a recipe up online to give a new one a whirl!
You just have to add it to the grocery list.
Have fun with it!


Snacks

Veggies with Roasted Red Pepper & Walnut Dip
2 C walnuts
1 jar roasted red peppers, drained...
(sometimes I reserve a little to toss into the processor and reduce the amount of olive oil I add instead)
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin (optional)
1-2 tbsp olive oil

Veggies of choice (we like cauliflower, green peppers, broccoli, and carrots in the dip)

Place the walnuts into the processor and blend to its finest. Add the peppers, juice, garlic, salt, and cumin.Process until it seems like you need to add a little liquid to keep it going. This is where you 
can add the olive oil little bits at a time and/or the reserve from the pepper jar. Continue to add 
and blend until you have a thick dip consistency. Happy dipping!




Bacon Wrapped Dates
12 dates
6 pieces bacon, halved

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Cut each piece of bacon in half. Wrap each half piece of bacon
around each date. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10 or so minutes, flip the BWDs,
and bake for 10 more minutes. Savor every sweet-salty bite of goodness!



There you have it: 4 weeks of meals, grocery lists, and a paleo lifestyle.
Don't forget, there's always tuna salad you can make with leftover
canned tuna or of course mixed nuts for a snack. Use up
whatever's left or let it continue to go into next month!

We'd be happy to hear if anybody used the recipes or even attempted the challenge
of beginning a paleo lifestyle...or let me know where I messed up! I've
enjoyed looking back and thinking, how did I miss that mistake or oops, I left
that one off the grocery list? Any feedback would be appreciated!

Soon enough we'll have a review on our favorite recipes from the entire month of the
Stanley BLD +snacks...the tastiest, easiest, cheapest, and more!

♥The Stanleys



Credit to marks daily apple, WellFed, and Paleomg for the recipes this week!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Just Another Friday With The Kid

One of the things that bring me the most joy in life are two little boogers...Case-man and 
Evy girl (Ty you do too, don't worry). Seeing their faces make me grin ear to ear, no joke. They 
would do the same for you guys too. If you ever need a baby fix or just a huge smile on your 
face, I can point you in the right direction.

Today was like that x10. We live so close to the kids right now, it takes about a 5 min drive or 
a 15 min walk. Today I drove up there and picked up Casey, ran him in the stroller to a park 
not far from our house, baked some cupcakes with him, had a dance party for a minute, went to 
a park that's 3 blocks from our house, ate cupcakes with Uncle Ty since he got off early today, 
and then the 3 of us made the trek back to the first park we went to so Uncle Ty could see this 
cool blue swirly thing. It was quite the day. Here's the evidence...


Preheat oven to 350 and let the kid put the liners in the cupcake tins


Place all your ingredients into your mixer/prep it and let them pour it in. They love it. 


Watch the kid's face as "steam" comes floating out when they dump in the prepackaged 
ingredients. He couldn't believe "steam" was coming out of it. I didn't correct him.


Use an ice cream scoop and let them go buck wild with pouring it into the liners. 
It gets messy. Expect nothing less unless your child is oddly OCD in the cleanliness side.


Put them in the oven to bake. Sit and chat about legit things, feet to feet....



video

OR have a mini dance party in Aunt Dori's shoes and a new water bottle in hand.
Uncle Ty got him a water bottle that had grips like alligator skin 
or something along those lines...


video

This is what he was doing when I came out of the bathroom...'drawing a picture for Uncle Ty'
Why not use candles for crayons on a mirror. Probably the smartest/creative thing 
I've seen in a while.


Then to the park to play while the cupcakes cooled.


Frost them. Let the kiddos have it when it comes to the toppings.


Eat the frosting first apparently...


Then eat the cupcake part, but be sure to dump more sprinkles on it in between.
And even wipe your cupcake on the sprinkles leftover on the counter that was spilled 
initially. He was great at not wasting anything!


Never know what kids have to say, what they'll do, or where you'll find them. I love stealing 
him for a day from his mommy for a little Aunt Dori date or spending the day with both 
kids and Allison. It's just more of a party every Friday. 
Who knows what next week has in store!


Thanks for a full day at 2 new parks, some cupcakes, and a lovely piece of 
artwork on the mirror. We love ya dude!

Friday, March 22, 2013

The Faux Faberge Egg


During my trip to South Africa in 2008, I met two of the most awesome people on the 
flight overseas. If it weren't for the two of them, who knows, I'm not so sure I would've made 
it out of that airport! I had no form of communication to contact family at that time and no
 way of getting out of Cape Town until the following day. My choices were to either stay 
the night in the airport with the chance of something happening to me or go with these 
'strangers' I just met on the plane to their hotel room. Either could have gone the wrong way 
I suppose, but I just had this sense about the two of them that I'd be alright. And guess 
what...that little sense I had in my early 20s did me good because Trevor & Nicole have 
since provided a home in New York to visit them and have made the trek out to our 
wedding! They were the ones who traveled the furthest to be there on our big day. 
Don't you all wish you knew these two? They rock!

Anyway, they're awesome in a million ways. Nicole is ever so crafty and I love that
 she does amazing intricate projects like these. She sent me this idea she did years ago 
for her Easter decor and we hope you all will give it a whirl!






From the words of Nicole 
(and please, enjoy the humor in her directions. I got a kick out of them!)

I read your blog every morning on my train commute to NYC. I love the DIY projects
and your cupcakes are always so festive for the holidays or any random occasion. I was 
very much into crafts and artistic works when I was in my 20's. I wanted to share one 
of my favorite craft projects ( got the idea and mimicked it pretty well, in my opinion, 
from Martha Stewart mag), the embellished blown egg or faux Faberge Egg.

Set eggs out to room temp. Once room temp get a long thick threading needle and a 
med size bowl. Carefully poke a hole at the narrow end of the egg with the needle. Turn 
egg over and poke a larger hole than you did at the top on the fat end,  you are prepping 
your egg to be blown....this could get R rated..But I will keep it clean and give you the best tip 
about blowing EGGS (super important, unless you are in the porn industry). When you poke 
the larger hole in the bottom of the egg stick the long pin deep into the egg and swirl it around
to break the yolk inside but not making the hole too much larger.  \You want to keep the
hole about a third to a half of a size of a green pea (depending on blowing ability ;)) Blow
the contents of the egg from the smaller end out of the bottom larger end into the bowl
(use eggs for paleo breakfast...hehe). If you have a stubborn yolk and feel like your cheeks
are going to unhinge from your jaw as you are blowing you can make a slightly larger
hole at the top and bottom and you can poke around with the pin some more to ensure
the yolk is mush.
Once you have blown as much of the yolk and whites out, place your finger over the small 
hole and fill the egg with luke warm water through the larger hole, cover both holes, shake 
gently and then blow the water contents out. Repeat until egg is clear of goo. Let dry for 
several hours.  
Once dry you can just paint designs on the egg with acrylic paint and or embellish 
with some rhinestones, glitter or bows. One of the more time consuming but rewarding 
design is the "faux Faberge Egg". You will need thin thread. I prefer gold or silver with 
matching small beads. You will need glue, a small short needle and a steady hand and
the ability to follow a cross or weave pattern through the beads that you have glued equi 
distant down the sides of the egg.

If you really want to get crafty you can take a Dremmil Drill, use the diamond cutter 
tool and cut an oval door on one side of the egg. Once removed affix a mini, doll house 
type of hinge on one end to create a door. Pipe the entrance and door to the egg with 
your choice of color piping. Paint the inside a pale blue and glue a pearl on the bottom 
on the inside of the egg attach a string from the bottom of the pearl and attach a small 
deco butterfly to the top of the egg connected with the string on the egg.





If you really want to get crazy you can cut a basket shape out of the egg with the 
Dremil Drill and place tiny silk flowers in the bottom of the egg and line the basket
holder with a ribbon of your choice. This will usually end up with many cracked
eggs in the process, but it's fun trying.




Trick...to make the egg stand on end use 3 to 4 beads glued on the bottom in a 
triangular or square pattern.



Thanks for sharing Nicole!