Thursday, March 17, 2011

30 days of Ostara; Day 27

Haven't you always wanted bunny slippers?
Here's also chick slippers :-)
What you do is take any slipper pattern you like, make the ears for the bunnies or pompoms for the chicks/duckies, and sew them on, and give them face. That's it.
Here's free patterns for knitted slippers and here for crocheted slippers
(Yes, they have easter pattern links too. Knitted and crocheted.)

Today's ornament: filet crochet "sun catchers". If you don't want to learn to filet crochet, you can also make them with cross stitches :-)

Animals corresponding to Ostara:
- hares, rabbits, bunnies,
- hens and chickens, all baby birds from ducklings and chicken to wild bird babies, eggs and nests
- sheep and lamb (lambs and kids are born at this time of the year, also sun moves to Aries)
- all baby animals
- snakes (Persephone's animal, symbol of the Great Mother, start to move at this time of the year after long winter sleep.)

What to do with this information? Come on, look around you! There's depiction of these symbols everywhere, bunnies and chicks as long as one can see! Every and each bunnyrabbit or spring chicken is a small prayer to Eostre. Make candy that looks like these animals, make toys, embroider them on dish towels, print them on table cloth, applique them on cushions... you know what to do with them. :-)

How to make jellybeans at home

I recommend using cornstarch jelly as centers. The flavor and color is in the sugar coating, not in the jelly itself. You can leave the lemon from the recipe, but it gives the candy a slightly sour, fruity flavor.

Corn Starch Jelly

5 cups water - a quart and a cup.
1 1/2 cups sugar - 12 ounces.
1 small lemon
3 heaping tablespoons starch - 3 ounces.

Boil 4 cups water with the sugar in it, and juice of the lemon.
Mix the starch with the other cup, and stir it into the boiling syrup.
Let simmer about 15 minutes to become transparent and almost clear.
Pour it into moulds.
(Be careful though, because the "jelly juice" might damage the mold)

How to make cornstarch molds for jellybeans

You can make any shape with any clay, air-drying, paper clay, polymer clay, ordinary earthen clay, as nothing of your negative will be left in the mold. It's just cornstarch.

(This is, BTW, how you make bunny shaped sugar cubes... You just make the sugar and water blend runnier, and use half caster sugar and half confectioner's sugar. It takes a bit longer to dry than the ordinary sugar cubes, but you could dry them in not too warm oven, like meringues, to avoid browning them.)

Jellybean bracelets

Well, it's not rocket science to figure out how to 
decorate cupcakes with jellybeans to make these pretty flowers, 
but here's how...

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