Easter is always a busy time in this house, and this year was no different.
Decorating eggs has been part of our Easter tradition for years, so my daughter and I spent Good Friday blowing and decorating to our hearts content.
In the past we have opted to display our creations in a nice bowl, but ever since I spotted an egg tree on www.marthastewart.com a few years ago I have been lusting after something similar. So, after deciding that this was to be the year I got one organised I went surfing the net for inspiration, and found this little beauty at www.taradennis.com.au
Isn’t it gorgeous?
So off I went shopping for what I needed to make it, couldn’t find the type of pot I had in mind…and did some very rushed wild guessing at dimensions and spacing and wound up with this:
So for this year at least (I am known for changing my mind you see) this is my egg tree!
We have generally played around with dyeing eggs in the past, but I wasn’t able to track down any dye this year, so we decided to paint the eggs instead. I don’t think I’ll be bothering with dye ever again, since this was so much quicker and without all the mess!
We were rather rushed for time and my little helper got bored after the first 5 or 6, but I think they turned out reasonably well for a first painting effort anyway.
Methinks she was far too keen to make use of her very recently restored computer privileges to be overly thrilled by egg-painting, but she is a fabulous egg-blower. Perhaps those saxophone lessons are coming in handy for something!
If you are wondering about her hair-do, this was something I came up with when she was four years old and decided to cut her own hair…TO THE SCALP! Not wanting to be seen in public with a partially bald child I had to do some problem solving and this hairstyle was the result. I bring it out every now and then because it looks pretty impressive for something so very simple.
If you want a hint on the quickest and easiest way to blow eggs, you might want in invest in one of these little wonders:
This is the Fiskars craft drill and it makes short work of drilling the holes in your egg shells without the masses of breakage that other methods seem to be prone to. I bought mine in a moment of temporary insanity without any real purpose in mind, but now it has paid for itself in egg breakage alone. See husband…there was method in my madness after all!
Saturday I spent with a paintbrush in my hand once again, but this time on little faces! A friend roped me in to do face painting at “Adelaide’s Biggest Easter Egg Hunt” so I spent the day wiping chocolate from messy little faces, negotiating determined little people away from faces I couldn’t hope to capture (Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker and Princess Fiona for example) and repeating the words “ok hold still sweetie” until it turned into a chant. Not something I’d be prepared to do for a living, but I had some wonderful laughs and my arm could probably be twisted if they need some help next year I suspect!
After face-painting for 5 1/2 hours, I got home and threw together three of these:
which looked pretty cute as table centres for our BBQ lunch on Easter Sunday…then I organised an Easter clue hunt for four children before collapsing in bed.
Today I am taking a well-earned break, and plan to spend the afternoon relaxing and making the most of the last day of the Easter weekend, before the school holidays begin in earnest tomorrow.
Hope your Easter was wonderful!