Happy Easter

Chad Riddersen

Posted on April 03 2012

A tornado ripped through the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the beautiful island of Fiji is heavily flooded, and somehow, we, here in Southern California are blessed with sunshine and warmth.  I have to admit that life has been beyond hectic these past few weeks, but I'm trying to find some serenity and joy as Easter approaches.  What better way to epitomize serenity and joy than with flowers.  Flowers are one of those things I love to have around the house and receive, but they're just so darn expensive.

One year ago, I hosted a baby shower for my dear friend & photographer, Caroline Tran.  I had the pleasure of working with 2 local florists who completely blew my mind with their creativity and diy-prowess.  One of my all-time favorite pieces - their flower arrangements really are pieces of art - is this "Pretty Dozen."

If you're interested in having a go at this before Easter, here are some basic instructions, from Euri of Fleuretica:

1. Empty out each egg by cracking the top with a fork tine or sharp knife. Break away the shells carefully until you get the opening you’ll need.

2. Empty out the egg (set aside for baking!) and rinse carefully.

3. Cut out patterns using tissue paper, newspaper prints, napkins, etc. Figure out how you want to place the pattern on your egg.

4. Using decoupage glue (try Mod Podge from your local craft store), paint on a thin layer over the paper.

5. Allow to dry for a few hours.

6. Add water to the egg shells, place your flowers within!

Whether you decide to have a go at this or make your table's centerpiece a potted Easter Lily plant from Trader Joe's, like I will, have a Happy Easter.  May you surround yourself with things that make you smile.

p.s. If anyone decides to make one of these "Pretty Dozen," will you please please share photos?

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