Gingerbread and Easter Eggs!

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.

Or if you are looking for something a little easier, check out this super simple and delightful Easter egg tutorial from the creative genius of LollyChops.

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!

wooow what do you know much

wooow what do you know much of easter eggs dyings.LOL
it's amazing and inpiring as well.
thank you for sharing the ideas and the links.

Okay, I have calmed down, but

Okay, I have calmed down, but I have to tell you something. This guy with the borer tool, who makes designs in eggs? Can he come over and make all my stencils for me? I tried to make two this morning and lost three eyes and a mouth.

no, not mine! I only have the usual two eyes and they're on my face still!

I thought about those dried flower eggs and then realized I'd have to deal with albumen. I'm afraid of albumen.

But these pictures are awesome!!

Bonny, Thank you for sharing

Bonny, Thank you for sharing so many really great ideas for coloring eggs, and especially for sharing them on your comment so that others can see them and get inspired. I am definitely going to try every one of them.

Oh, stop it. Stop it stop it

Oh, stop it.

Stop it stop it stop it!!

I'm printing this out; this is TOO good. Can we have more?

Another inspiring post, Pam!

Another inspiring post, Pam! I love all the variations for colouring eggs. I think my favourite of all the photos you posted is the one with the dried flowers. That is really beautiful - and differnt!

When I was quite young, my Mom and Dad coloured eggs using things from the kitchen, much like you did. One year we coloured eggs using the dyes that come in kits available in stores around about now. While the eggs were set up to dry, we sprinkled different kinds of salt on them to create patterns. I think we had kosher salt, sea salt and ordinary table salt. The sea salt is rougher and has bigger grains as compared to table salt and the pattern was more dramatic. The trick is not to use to much salt all over the egg, just a few grains here and there.

One year we also used coloured tissue wrapping paper. It was fun folding creases like a fan fold, or simply crumpling up the tissue paper and tearing it into strips. Then we simply draped them over wet eggs and waited for them to dry. Pulling off the paper left fabulous textures of crinkles and folds! If you blew out the egg contents and then decoupaged eggs with crinkled paper or cutouts from paper napkins, the effect woukd be permannent. That was fun, too.

Can't think of any more just now, but you get the idea.

Happy Easter!!

The new header is coming

The new header is coming SOON!

Again, I thank every person who took the time to help me sort this out and select a new summertime look. I've met some lovely new friends in the process so I guess being conflicted is not such a bad thing after all!

Happy Easter to all.

Oh My Gosh!!! where to start.

Oh My Gosh!!! where to start. When you do something, you always do it up BIG!!! Those Polish eggs are to die for!!! DH is Polish so he has seen these while growing up. They are so gorgeous.

Then you show the ones you did with the dried flowers...AWESOME!! They are so beautiful!! What a creative idea!!

Phew, I have to go sit down and read this all again.

When do we get the new header?