Pieced Paper Easter Egg

I would love to decorate more for seasons and holidays, but I just don't have room to store the decor when it's off season. I've found some frames sitting around and realized filling them with gorgeous paper would be the perfect space-saving way decorate for Spring and Easter.

Easter Egg Art Supplies

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Start by trimming the gray polka dot tissue paper to fit your frame as a background. For tips, see my how-to on Hazel & Ruby's blog.

Cut the patterned paper down to a size that will fit in your paper cutter. Then trim each pattern into varying sizes of strips.

You'll be left with a pile of colorful paper curls.

On one of your sheets of cardstock, place strips of double-sided tape in vertical columns.

Arrange the strips of patterned paper horizontally over the tape, varying the patterns.

Place the printed Easter egg template over the cardstock, centering it where you'd like the patterned paper to be. To view the patterns easier through the template page, hold everything up to a window.

Once you like the placement, hold the papers together (or tape them) and cut out all layers at once along the Easter egg template.

Adhere the egg to the center of the polka dot tissue paper you've already cut out. If you want to keep the background paper separate to change out the Easter egg for other seasonal decor, center the egg in the frame first, then lay the background behind it. The frame will keep the egg in place.

Put your second piece of cardstock behind the background tissue paper so nothing shows through. Replace the back of the frame and display your new seasonal art!

Game Time Basketball Party with Delimex

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Basketball is NOT my sport. The only time I remember making a basket was while serving a volleyball during junior high tryouts. But I don't mind watching other people play it. And March is the month for games. So why not get your friends together and party while watching your fav college teams battle it out on the court.

I'm all about the food at a party, but I don't want to spend all my time in the kitchen. Instead I combine something frozen with something fresh. That way I don't stress myself out over food prep and can make things look and feel fun. This go around, I worked with DelimexFiesta.com and their selection of frozen rolled tacos, tamales, and taquitos. They're offering a coupon right now for $1 off on any TWO (2) Delimex® Frozen Taquito products (Excluding Fruit Taquito Products) at Walmart. The coupon runs until 4/7/15 with a final experation date of 5/4/15.

You can find Delimex products in the frozen section at your local Walmart.

You can't have Mexican food without salsa. I whipped up my signature salsa recipe for the party and even came up with a new speedy guacamole!

I had such a hard time setting up without nibbling on the "pick and roll"ed tacos and "time out" taquitos. But I'm a giver, so I took one for the team and waited for my guests. :D

Tamales are a personal favorite of mine, so I couldn't wait to share the "game time" tamales with my friends.

Last, but not least, I knew we'd need some punch to wash it all down. The "in the paint" punch looks as delicious as it tastes!

Want to put together your own themed party? Download my printable Party Planning Bracket to start the countdown to your own fabulous get together!

Want to recreate this party? Download the food labels I created HERE.

What's your favorite party food? Do you keep it simple or do you go all out?

Eight Free Crochet Toy Patterns

When birthdays or Christmas roll around, it's easy for kids to ask for everything they see on tv. But sometimes homemade is the best and most meaningful. If you need a gift for babies, toddlers, and children of all ages, here's a roundup of eight free crochet patterns. There's a toy for everyone on your list!

Let me know if you make any of the adorable toys from these talented bloggers.

Hedgehog Taggie Baby Toy from One Dog Woof

Color Sorting Balls from Seriously Daisies

Colored Pencils from Crochet N Play

Crochet Toy Car from Nephithyrion

Margarita Doll from Petite Purls

Baby Owl from Little Muggles

Crochet Ice Cream from Oomanoot

Baddies Robots from Petite Purls