the big egg hunt

Fabergé, the world’s most iconic artist jeweler, is the proud sponsor of The Big Egg Hunt, a charity initiative to take place in New York this April, similar to the one held to great acclaim in London in 2012 (see photos below). Over 200 egg sculptures, each individually created by the world’s leading artists, designers and creatives, will be displayed across the city for three exhilarating weeks.

The event is 100% charitable, raising money for children in New York City through Studio in a School, and conservation efforts through Elephant Family, saving the endangered Asian elephant and its habitat.

This April, the project will see up to 300, 2½ foot tall egg sculptures, designed by globally renowned artists and designers hidden in Manhattan during the Easter period. Designers include the likes of Diane von Furstenberg, Ronnie Wood, Marc Quinn, Bruce Weber, Zaha Hadid, Peter Beard, Carolina Herrera, Jacques Torres and William Wegman, the eggs will be “hidden” in public places across all five boroughs, with a magical fairy tale taking hunters on a journey to find them.

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In partnership with Sotheby’s, the highly collectable sculptures are auctioned at the end of the event, raising substantial funds for economically disadvantaged children and critically endangered wildlife.

Studio in a School is one of New York’s most respected children’s non-profits, bringing visual arts and professional artists to more than 150 New York public schools each year. The event will equally benefit Elephant Family as they continue to race against the clock to save the endangered Asian elephant from extinction.

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KEY DATES
The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt – April 1st – 26th 2014
All eggs nest together in one location– April 18th – 26th, 2014
Grand Auction – April 22nd, 2014
The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt closes – April 26th, 2014
For further information, please contact The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt team on info@thebigegghunt.org

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Welcome wall hanging

Variegated cotton floss and bright felt is appliquéd into a spring banner that welcomes friends and family. Featured in the May/June 2014 issue of Create & Decorate, we are also sharing this project online for you. It’s perfect for all of this season’s celebrations!

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Welcome Wall Hanging designed by Barbara Swanson as featured in the May/June 2014 issue of Create & Decorate

 

materials

• DMC

–Size 5 Pearl Cotton Variations in No. 4022, No. 4047, No. 4073, and No. 4205

–Size 5 Pearl Cotton in No. 988 and No. B5200

• The Kunin Group Rainbow ClassicFelt: No. 6G4 Peacock, one square No. 051 Shocking Pink, one square No. 351 Yellow, two squares No. 458 Apple Green, one square No. 476 Pirate Green, one square No. 550 White, an approximately 22” x 25” piece No. 660 Baby Blue, an approximately 22” x 25” piece

• 1” plastic rings (two), Beacon Adhesives Quilter’s Choice Basting Glue, fabric marker, pins, ruler, scissors, sewing machine/ sewing needle/thread (Chenille needles work well for hand stitching)

instructions

For pattern, see PDF link below.

1. Cut flowers, flower centers, leaves, and letters as directed on patterns.

2. Use fabric marker to transfer motif placement onto center of Baby Blue felt.

3. Place a flower center on each flower, and use Basting Glue to hold in place. Secure centers to flowers using a blanket stitch and No. 4073 pearl cotton. Accent each center with a few French Knots as shown.

4. Use No. 988 pearl cotton and a chain stitch to accent leaf centers.

5. Layer letters, leaves, and flowers as shown, and hold them temporarily in place using Basting Glue.

6. Use a blanket stitch and No. 4073 pearl cotton to secure letters in place.

7. Use a blanket stitch and No. 4047 pearl cotton to secure leaves in place.

8. Use a blanket stitch and No. 4205 pearl cotton to secure pink flowers into place.

9. Use a blanket stitch and No. 4022 pearl cotton to secure blue flowers into place.

10. Use a blanket stitch and B5200 pearl cotton to secure white flowers into place.

11. Use fabric marker to mark a straight edge on Baby Blue felt at 3/4” above topmost leaves.Measure and mark side edges at 1/2” beyond leaves.Mark a shaped edge along bottom, leaving a 1/2” border. Trim Baby Blue felt along marked lines.

12. Place Baby Blue felt right side up on center ofWhite felt, and use Basting Glue to hold in place. Use a blanket stitch and B5200 pearl cotton to secure Baby Blue felt toWhite felt background.

13. Trim White felt, leaving 1/4” border showing.

14. Stitch a plastic ring near each top back corner for hanging.

Complete instructions and pattern available in a convenient printout here.

This project submitted courtesy of The DMC Corporation.

“What is it?” Wednesday #152

Welcome back to play “What is it?”!

 

Ready to play?

Here’s how:

• Take a look at the photo below.

• Please leave your guess (of the identity of the vintage item) as a comment.

• Stop back in on Friday to see the puzzle revealed—and to read the guesses (we don’t post them until the answer is revealed)!

Happy guessing!

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“What is it?” Wednesday #151

Welcome back to play “What is it?”.

We PROMISE not to spill the beans this week! :-)

Ready to play? Here’s how:

• Take a look at the photo below.

• Please leave your guess (of the identity of the vintage item) as a comment.

• Stop back in on Friday to see the puzzle revealed—and to read the guesses (we don’t post them until the answer is revealed)!

Happy guessing!

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sneak a peek at the May/June issue!

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Create & Decorate magazine, May • June 2014

The May/June 2014 issue of Create & Decorate magazine (on sale April 8th) uses nature at its best for crafting and decorating this spring. Stitch your way to spring with our pretty Ladybug Picnic Jar Wrap— it’s a fun way to dress up all those jars you have hanging around (‘cause you know you do). Hook the Celebrate Summer Table Runner to welcome guests to your warm-weather table (finally!). Upcycle an old cigar box into the Vintage-inspired Nature’s Cigar Box—you can use all the found objects collected on your spring walks. Let other mediums inspire you as they did our editor, Beverly: she used one of Barbara Bunsey’s painted Fraktur Napkin Ring Holders patterns and turned it into a beautiful punch needle! Create & Decorate offers so many creative possibilities—don’t limit yourself!

Want it now? Pre-order your copy (and peek at of some projects) of this issue now … HERE!

“what is it?” 150 – the answer (again!)

Yes, our faces are red… we absolutely made the mistake of posting the puzzle and the answer one right after the other. We caught the mistake immediately, but alas… you know the rest.

For those who have NOT signed up for email notifications—you could have had the answer and cheated! Easiest test EVER!

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Sorry, again. We feel terrible that we ruined your week. As one of our readers quickly responded:

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(Clearly, we weren’t thinking!)

FOR those of your who HONESTLY didn’t see the answer, this week’s puzzle was a vintage glove button hook!

So silver and fancy that it looks like silverware… Who wouldn’t feel special using one to button their leather gloves, and a matching hook to button their shoes. Such style our ancestors had!

Click here to see the original post and read the “guesses”… Haha. (If we don’t laugh we’ll cry!) Many guesses are legit though, so congrats to those who truly guessed correctly, and thank you to those who gave us a good-old dose of sarcasm in their guess. :-) We love our readers.

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monthly cross stitch series! — March

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:

when it is summer in the light,

and winter in the shade. – Charles Dickens

Today we bring you the third design in our monthly cross stitch blog series, designed by Terry Loewen. Stitch this weekend to display for St. Patrick’s Day, and in plenty of time to welcome the March winds that will blow winter away! (Will you PLEASE blow winter away, March winds?)

The idea behind this cross stitch blog series is to offer you an embroidered design of same size to change every month just as you change your calendar picture.

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mad march hare

designed by Terry Loewen

materials

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—28-ct Hand-dyed Marbled Jobelan in No. 429-513*

—Mill Hill No. GBFRM10 6” x 6” frame

—Mill Hill glass treasure bead, No. 12145

DMC embroidery floss in No. 987, No. 989, No. 3832, and No. 3865

Double-sided tape, embroidery hoop, needle, scissors

*Available through wicheltimports.com, and also  babybedding.com 

instructions

1. Stitch design using one strand for “tea and tarts”, and two strands for everything else.

2Handwash in cool water, then gently squeeze out water and press face down to dry.

3. Sew on button on with three strands of No. 989 floss.

4Apply double-sided tape to frame insert. Center design and place in frame.

March Hare Chart

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To reference the earlier cross stitch patterns in this series, click here!

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“what is it?” Wednesday #150

Welcome back to play our “What is it?” Wednesday game!

Well, we had  some technical difficulty posting today, and managed to post the answer along with the puzzle! So, if we didn’t spoil the puzzle for you, congratulations, and have fun! If we did spoil it this week… SORRY! We tried to catch it quickly.

Ready to play? Here’s how: • Take a look at the photo below. • Please leave your guess (of the identity of the vintage item) as a comment. • Stop back in on Friday to see the puzzle revealed—and to read the guesses (we don’t post them until the answer is revealed)!

Happy guessing!

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