Friday, April 22, 2011

Good (Angela Jean)

In an earlier post I came clean about my hoarding collecting and showed you some of my tea towels. Since it's Easter I thought I'd share another one of my collections. Eggs. Fancy ones.

 At this time of year I have little baskets of eggs all over the house. 
These ones are not as much a part of my collection as they are a little snack.

These are my favourites. I made them a few years ago. They are real eggs, with the goop blown out and covered with thin strips of Japanese Paper. I saw them in a Martha Stewart magazine article and as a Japanese paper fanatic, I thought I'd give them a try. The detailed instructions are on Martha's website, here.

I was a bit obsessed at the time and made dozens and dozens. I gave most of them away, intending to make more. These days I don't have nearly the same amount of time for crafty endeavours, and the crafts we do around here now have to be kid-friendly.

Today, while the boys were napping, Amelia and I decided to decorate some eggs. I had never dyed eggs before so I thought we should give it a try.

Armed with instructions from the ever-helpful internets, we boiled some water, added vinegar and liquid food colouring.  (3 cups water, 2 tbsp vinegar, 3 drops liquid food colour)
As an aside, am I the only one who is amazed at how long those little bottles of food colouring last? I bake all the time and those tiny little bottles have lasted for years.

We dunked our eggs. And let them sit for about 5 minutes.
I had no idea how dark they would turn out, but we were pleased with the results. The ones in the green dye ended up being more yellow than green, but still quite pretty.
Amelia and my tastes lean a bit more toward the fancy side, so after the eggs were dry we busted out the glitter and got busy.
The final results were not exactly magazine-worthy, and I'm pretty sure I'll be finding glitter everywhere for weeks, but hey, we had a blast.
Happy Easter, everyone!


  1. Looks like you girls had a great time! The eggs are lovely too!