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Gingerbread and Easter Eggs!
Submitted by Pam on Mon, 04/06/2009 - 19:12
I just found these Gingerbread Easter House kits by King Arthur Flour. For those of you that didn't get your gingerbread house made during the winter holidays, consider this a second chance! You can order kits here - but hurry!
And now one of my favorite parts of Easter - EASTER EGGS!
Franc Grom, often referred to as the "egg master", uses a boring tool to drill 3000 or more tiny holes into the surface of an egg when creating his amazing designs. Read more about his creations here.
I love the colors and designs on these traditional Polish Easter Eggs. Learn more about these stunning eggs at the Polish Art Center, and be sure to check out the sidebar on the left for links to learn more about Polish traditions. Find books of Polish and Ukranian egg designs here.
You can download this gorgeous platter of Pysanky (Ukrainian eggs) to use as wallpaper on your computer.
If the platter of Pysanky above and this sweet basket of beautiful Pysanky have inspired you to try your hand at making Ukrainian Eggs, Gail (that artist woman) has posted an excellent tutorial showing the step by step process. She made the beautiful eggs in this sweet basket.
This year, I was inspired to try this tutorial for dyeing eggs with natural dyes made from veggies and spices found in most kitchens. (Here's what I used: from left to right on the top row, an undyed egg, yellow onion skin, beets, red onion pulp, and red onion skin. On the bottom row: spinach, chili flakes, blueberry, camomile tea, and carrot.)
My bunnies don't look terribly impressed with my efforts, but I had a lot of fun! The colors are more earth toned and subtle, and the eggs do need to stay submerged in the dye solution at least half an hour. Perhaps this project is not appropriate for very young children who are understandably anxious to see the colors appear. But it might be a fun "green" Easter project for older children and adults.
Like me, I think my bunnies still prefer my lovely naturally colored eggs. I purchased these from an egg farmer a few years ago, blew them, and I save them from year to year. I love the pale blues and pinks and the soft browns. Here is a great tutorial for blowing the white and yolk out of an egg.
I decorated some of the eggs I blew out that Spring with dried flowers from my early Spring garden. I applied the flowers using Mod Podge.
This pale blue egg is decorated with Lobelia.
Here's one decorated with pansies.
Here's a Shooting Star - or, more accurately, a Fadded Shooting Star. They are actually red! But they are one of my favorite flowers, so faded or not, I used them.
My most treasured Easter eggs are a part of the Easter Tree Diane made for me. The Pysanky egg is from a class Diane and I took together last Spring. My Pysanky must be viewed from a distance!
Margit has designed the sweetest little paper eggs. You can print them out, cut, fold and glue, and hang from bare branches to create a very festive decoration. Every time I walk into the room or the heater comes on, they flutter and swiril gently in the air currents. I really think you would enjoy a few of these in your home this Easter.
If you haven't been to Margit's blog yet, I urge you to visit and get acquainted. She is very generous with her skills in designing paper, boxes, Christmas villages and Danish hearts. Everything she posts can be downloaded. I used two of her papers, purple crocus and poppy petal to create this Easter Danish heart basket, which I am filling with chocolate eggs. (My tutorial for making heart baskets is here.)
Since Easter is celebrated so many different ways around the world, I want to share this site I found recently, so you can explore some traditions from other cultures. Perhaps you will be inspired to add a new celebration to your own Easter.
I am thinking about adding a basket of these gorgeous Greek Easter eggs.
Happy Easter everyone!