Favorite Things: Color and Eggs

CM Coloring Eggs Articles Fotor

Judging by the number of articles I have collected over the years offering suggestions on how to dye eggs for Easter this is something I have wanted to do for a long time and just never did it- so in keeping with my attempt to celebrate the day, I finally dyed eggs- before Easter!

As I noted before, when I have an idea often it requires the assistance of a family member to see it through with me. This time my daughter was my “helper” but actually is the one who kept track of how to do each type.

Sounds complicated – we were just dyeing eggs, right? How difficult does this have to be?

I mentioned I have been accumulating articles about egg dyeing over years. Who knew there were so many options?

We chose to dye 8 eggs. We could have dyed 12 but you never know when you may want to bake something so kept 4 available for that!

This is what we decided to do with the 8 eggs:

  1. Use natural dyes: turmeric, coffee, beets, and purple cabbage
  2. Use an unnatural dye: Grape kool-aid
  3. Use good old fashioned food dye with a twist (see photos below!)
CM Coloring Eggs on Stove _Fotor

Boil, Boil, Toil and Trouble! 

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Purple cabbage being strained 

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Isn’t the color of turmeric beautiful?! 

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Pouring the cabbage water! Getting excited to see how the eggs turn out!

CM Color Eggs Cranberry and Coffee_Fotor

Our initial plan was to use beets but didn’t have any so substituted canned cranberry.

CM Color Eggs Kool aid Fotor

Grape Kool-aid smells like summer to me!

CM Color Eggs Green 2 Fotor

Tried a Country Living Magazine suggestion to make ombre eggs with green food coloring.

CM Coloring Eggs Green Fotor

Here is the darkest green of the 3

CM Color Kool Aid in Hand Fotor

An uneven take of the cranberry juice makes for an interesting effect! I will be sure to have beets on hand next year! 

CM Color Tumeric in Hand Fotor

Perfection!

CM Coloring Eggs Finished in Tray Fotor

Our finished eggs! Next year we will try decorating and coloring.

CM Egg in Chick Fotor

Happy Easter!

 

 

I Have an Idea: Entrance Poster (Part 1)

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The entryway in our home has been an important space for me. I like the idea of a welcoming entrance to our home. Our entrance isn’t grand – like most of our home its dimensions have inherent problems when trying to do something with it! Mostly I try to keep it picked up and the closet doors shut.

But one year I was decorating for Thanksgiving and came upon a turkey and pilgrim my children had made in elementary school. They were packed away with Thanksgiving decorations, but I never knew what to do with them!

I decided to put them in a poster frame and hang them in the foyer. They looked surprisingly good there.

Pilgrim Poster

In fact, it looked so good that the space looked bare to me when I took them down.

That’s when I decided to hang a poster-sized picture, which I would change out periodically to fit the season.

My first choice was a picture I took on our daily walk. It was a peaceful winter scene.

Winter Poster

As much as I enjoyed the poster, when the snow was gone, it was time to move on and store it away until next winter with the hats and gloves!