DIY : painted and gold leafed eggs

painted and gold leaf eggs
Ever since I gold leafed some pumpkins last fall, I’ve been on a gold rush and itching to do the process all over again. It’s a simple and easy technique to add some gold flare to just about anything. And when I came across these beautiful wooden eggs on Etsy, I knew they just had to have a touch of gold and be a part of my spring décor. If you can’t find some wooden eggs, don’t fret, as this process can be done with hallowed-out eggs as well. For a little added glam I painted them with metallic paint first then applied gold leaf. I must admit they turned out beautiful and making my spring table look classic and elegant. Keep reading for the instructions…
painted and gold leaf eggs materials.psd
Materials

  • acrylic paint
  • eggs
  • gilding glue
  • brush
  • gold leaf sheets

painted and gold leaf eggs instructions
Instructions

  1. Start by painting eggs desired color with acrylic paint. ( if using real eggs this process may need to be repeated for even coverage)
  2. For a mottled finish, brush a very small amount of gilding glue sparingly onto shell. Let dry for 15 minutes.
  3. Press and wrap metallic leaf against egg, and burnish with fingertips. Peel away paper backing.
  4. For a mottled finish, go over foiled egg with a dry brush to remove any bit of access leaf.

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bon appétit : classic deviled eggs

classic deviled eggsOne dish that is notorious this time of year is deviled eggs… Because what else are you going to do with all those dyed and decorated hard boiled eggs lying around. And these versatile niblets make the perfect appetizer for that spring soirée or Easter gathering. But before you can get to the sophisticated variations like smoked salmon, avocado or R’s favorite horseradish, you need to master the classic deviled egg first. So today I’m sharing my version of just that with a few twists of my own, such as zesty lemon and a hint of cayenne to spice it up just a tad. Keep reading for the recipe as I’m sure it will become one in your repertoire.
classic deviled eggs 2 Classic Deviled Eggs

*makes 12

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Pinch of paprika, for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, cover eggs with 1 inch of water. Bring to a boil; remove from heat.
  2. Cover and let stand 12 minutes.
  3. Drain eggs; run under cold water until cool enough to handle.
  4. Peel and halve eggs lengthwise; remove yolks and transfer to a food processor.
  5. Add mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Using a pastry bag fitted with desired tip and pipe yolk mixture into whites.
  7. Garnish with paprika and chives.
  8. Serve immediately, or chill up to 2 hours.

5 crème de la crème : easter eggs

natural eggs

{natural eggs}

Some of my fondest memories of Easter are of course gathering at the the kitchen table pouring out the different colors into bowls and dying eggs. But these days it’s all about the decorating, which in turn has inspired me to up my game this year and join in on all the action. And with so many creative techniques out there from gold leafing to washi tape, I had to narrow it down to just a few for today’s crème de la crème in Easter eggs. How are you planning to decorate eggs this year? gold and graphic eggs

{gold and graphic}

acrylic painted eggs

{acrylic painted eggs}

marbled eggs

{marbled eggs}

glitter tape eggs  {glitter tape eggs}

musings…

musings spring season
Hello friends and a happy Monday to you! With Easter on Sunday, you can expect nothing short of inspiration for the holiday and this season on this weeks edition of musings. And stay tuned for a fun week ahead and hopefully I’ll inspire you to celebrate the best of this season. Keep reading for my musings…

{make} Eggs! Eggs! Eggs! From recipes to DIY’s, now is the time to do some eggcellent things with the yolk of all trades.

{be} Is it just me or do you always find that this time of year is all about planning and projects? I feel I can usually accomplish more during the spring rather than the beginning of the new year. Anyone with me?

{see} When the weather starts heating up there’s nothing better than a matinee. And I’ve been dying to see Wes Anderson’s latest, hopefully I can make so time this week to see it.

bon weekend

bon weekend white peonies

 

Happy weekend friends! Do any of you have big plans for the weekend? I’ll just be finishing up some projects that I didn’t get round to doing yesterday, catching up on some laundry, and of course grabbing my weekend cup of joe at one of my favorite local spots. Anyone else like me and find that as soon as spring hits there seems to be an increase of iced coffees? I know I’ve had my fair share of them this week! Wishing you all a lovely day and keep reading for my favorite links from the week…

Can’t help but to have a girl crush on this little lovely lady.

I’m all about these 30 images of inspiration.

A behind the scenes look at one of the most inspiring creative workspace.

Currently loving this look.

A moment with Elena Brower.

*image via Sacramento Street

happy {two year} blogversary

blogversary cupcake celebration
Bonjour lovelies and happy Friday! Today is a rather special day as we’re celebrating the 2 year anniversary here on bonjour jacqueline! And I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate than with cupcakes! So in honor of today, I decided a trip to one of my favorite cupcake shops, Sprinkles and a stop at the “Cupcake ATM” was in order. Keep reading for more…
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The new sprinkles location at The Linq in Las Vegas.

blogversary cupcake celebration 2So excited!
blogversary cupcake celebration 3I just might be in trouble with this 24-hour cupcake ATM!
blogversary cupcake celebration 4

I went ahead and ordered a classic vanilla with sprinkles!

I also want to take a moment to thank all of you for following along! Here’s to another year and can’t wait to see what’s ahead!

Sprinkles Cupcake ATM / 3545 South Las Vegas Boulevard / Las Vegas, NV 89109

featured artist : ashley woodson bailey

dutch love

 {Dutch Love}

I’ve been a longtime admirer of Ashley Woodson Bailey (and squealed with excitement when I noticed her in my Blogging Your Way e-course) since her early days of The Byrd Collective where she designed breathtaking floral arrangements. And if you’ve been following me for a while you know I have a major soft spot for beautiful blooms. So when I found out that this floral designer turned floral photographer was opening her own online print shop I was beyond thrilled! I’m completely smitten with the contrasting dark and light prints and simply want every single one. But for now I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites and trust me this was no easy feat. Keep reading for more…

royals

{Royals}

dream

{Dream}

magnolia

{Magnolia}

pure love

 {Pure Love}

For more on Ashley Woodson Bailey be sure to check her out here.