My Favorite Project: Hand-Painted Easter Eggs

hand-painted easter eggs sign

It’s time for one of my favorite projects!  Hand-painted Easter Eggs.  Not up to blowing out eggs? Last year I shared my secret. You’ll want to check it out…seeing as how I have no wind to blow eggs, either.  If you’re the same way, you’ll want this little secret for yourself! But, shhhhhhhh…don’t tell and no one will ever know!

The extra large chicken eggs I have painted previous years are great.  They have lasted 10 years so far. Well, except for the ones Stella crushed….see last year’s post.  I expect they will last many more years.

my painted chicken eggs

I store them in an apothecary jar in my china cabinet away from all the little hands I have running around my house….but I decided to do a little more this year.

This year I’m painting handblown eggs, so they will be true heirlooms….(for all those little hands… when they are grown….;)  )   I ordered handblown duck and goose eggs from Ebay. Want to see the difference? Look at this!

hand painted eggs

Some difference, huh?   (No, silly goose, duck eggs are not hot pink…I’ve already painted this one!) I’m going to be working on the duck eggs.  You may use any size egg. I prefer large or extra large eggs for this.  Go ahead and empty the shells into a bowl (you can bake this pound cake …later…rather have chocolate? try this one).   Wash the empty eggshells,  rinse, pat dry and come with me…

You’re going to need empty eggs shells. I usually paint 6 at a time.

Pictures of things to paint.

Sponge brush to paint egg.

Acrylic craft paint.

Small craft paint brushes

Polyurethane clear satin spray.

Paper towel rolls.

First, paint your eggs. I use acrylic craft paint. Two thin coats. Dry completely in between coats!

Easter egg colors

Find designs you like. Search IMAGES on the internet for birds, flowers, bunnies etc…  I have painted my grandchildren’s favorite cartoon characters, birds, flowers, traditional Easter designs, bunnies and chicks. Don’t forget superheroes!

I painted pastel backgrounds on my eggs this year, but in past I preferred the brighter colors. If you have a color scheme…go with that!

One year, I painted all blue tones for my breakfast room.

It’s not hard to paint….just use your paint brush like you would a crayon and fill in the picture…come on, you can do this!!!

Trace image onto transfer paper. Flip transfer paper over and trace around the backside of your image with colored chalk. Make sure it’s a color that will show up on your egg color. EX: If your egg is light blue, use orange chalk….or if it is black, use white…so it can be seen. Whatever color shows up best….use that.

easter egg transparency

Flip again and tape with right side up on egg and trace image on to egg. This should leave a faint chalk line of your design on the egg. Remove transfer paper. Your image should be on there.   If not, use a darker or lighter colored chalk, as needed. If you like, once image is traced onto the egg,  you may want to draw over the lines of the image on the egg with chalk, so you can see it better.

Or if you’re up to it, simply free-hand your design.

There, you have it.

easter egg pattern

Once image is on the egg, remove transfer paper.  Paint according to color placement on photo. This can be exact coloring as your photo or you can do something whimsy.  If you’d rather have pink bluebirds…have pink bluebirds.

…you can do it any way you please!

I decided to paint some whimsy bunnies and chicks.

easter eggs designed

You can add as many or few details to your painting… Just do your best.

easter eggs designs

When painting flowers,  usually the leaves are in back of the flower, so paint them first. See next photo…

easter eggs leaves

After the leaves dry I paint the flowers. You can make them detailed or not! There is no right or wrong way to paint something. And if you really don’t like it, paint over it and start again!

If you REALLY are timid about it please read this post from last year!

The main thing to remember is to allow the paint to dry between coats. 

After I finish painting I always spray with several light coats clear satin polyurethane.

Easter Eggs 2012

Recap:

Cut paper towel rolls to make stands for my eggs…. ;)

Begin by painting the background color on eggs, Allow to dry.

After dried, transfer your design to egg. Use transfer paper and chalk…opposite color of egg color. dark/light

Then paint the base color of your design.

Add details after it dries.

Spray on finish.

Display!

bowl of eggs porch

 

I love my Easter Eggs….. I hope you’ll paint some for your family to enjoy, too!

easter egg transfers jar of eggs

 

Happy Easter……love

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Palm Sunday

Jesus on Palm Sunday

The Triumphal Entry…. Jesus knows what’s coming. He knows how fickle and easily led people are. He knows it’s easier to follow the crowd, than to do what is right. He knows we mean well, but our flesh is weak. He knows not to trust the praises of men. He knows, by the end of the week, these same people will be calling for his death. He knows all of this and loves us anyway.

What kind of God is this?

It’s a God who had this week planned from before the beginning of time.  Did you know there was a time before Genesis 1:1? My husband recently shared this with me… Of course, I knew these scriptures by heart but I hadn’t thought of the ‘time’ they were referring to.

Jesus knew from before the beginning of time that God would send him to die for the sin of mankind. Did you hear that? Before the beginning of time….in other words…before time as we know time began, God had a plan to save us.

The Word became Flesh

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

This is saying before time as we know it began “the word” was there.  Jesus is the word. He was there with God before the world was created. And even then,

before we were created,

before Adam sinned,  

God’s plan for our salvation was in place. 

Just like Jesus knew not to put too much stock in all the praises he would receive on Palm Sunday…. God knew, before time began we would need a way to be redeemed back to Him.

For three years,  the religious leaders had tried to kill him, but on this day,  Jesus rode triumphantly into Jerusalem, riding of his own free will, to His death.

This is the most awesome event in the history of the whole world.  Nothing is more important. This week trumps everything else in life. 

So please take time with me to remember.

Triumphal Entry

28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”

32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”

34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.”

35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.

37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

Luke 19:28-38 NIV

See you tomorrow….

“Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.”

 

How to Make a Resurrection Garden

Resurrection Garden

Last year I made my first Resurrection Garden and I loved it! I had so many compliments on it. The only problem was that it takes time for grass seed to germinate and it was cold last year and the seed did not cooperate.  So, I’m telling you in plenty of time…..Make this today! [Read more…]

Sourdough Chocolate Sheath Cake

sourdough chocolate sheath cake

Who knew? I took my mama’s Chocolate Sheath Cake recipe and switched the buttermilk up with sourdough starter and voilà  ~ it worked. Which leads me to believe just about any recipe that uses buttermilk can be interchanged with sourdough starter. Maybe not all recipes…but cakes and breads, etc.  (So far I’ve had wonderful success with my buttermilk biscuits and pancakes!)  And taste-wise, I couldn’t tell any difference. Sourdough Chocolate Sheath Cake is awesome!!!  This is great news for those of us who struggle over throwing away extra starter at every feeding! [Read more…]

Make a Jenny Jellyfish Costume

Jenny Jellyfish Costume ad

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Hearty Ham and Bean Soup

Hearty Ham and Bean Soupad

The great thing about serving ham for Sunday dinner is having a leftover ham bone!  Ham bones make the best soups!  And you can freeze a ham bone until you’re ready to make soup. Just wrap it up really tight with Saran and then tin foil…(write with a marker what it is and the date)…and put it in the freezer!  You will be so glad you did on a day like today…dreary and raining. Then when you want to make soup, you’ll be ready. And this Hearty Ham and Bean Soup is the perfect comfort food on a cold and rainy day and so very satisfying.  Buttery Sourdough Biscuits are made for this soup! And today it passed the taste test of Stella….along with lots of buttered biscuits! [Read more…]

Buttery Sourdough Biscuits

buttery sourdough biscuit ad

I’m still on a quest to find delicious recipes to utilize the extra starter that must be discarded at each sourdough starter feeding. This morning I was making Hearty Ham and Bean Soup and decided to make biscuits to go along with it for lunch. So why not sourdough biscuits? Well, I had attempted a recipe I had found, using sourdough starter for biscuits a few weeks ago and wasn’t too keen about it. Ok, I threw them out. They were horrible. They were way too heavy. [Read more…]

Perfect Sourdough Pancakes

Perfect Sourdough Pancakes

Since I started making sourdough bread I’ve been looking for ways to use the sourdough starter that must be discarded at each feeding. Don’t you hate to throw away perfectly good food? I do, too. I wondered if pancakes would work. [Read more…]

How to Maintain Your Sourdough Starter

Maintaining your Sourdough Starter

If, like me,  you’ve decided to start baking Sourdough Bread the FIRST thing you must know is how to maintain your sourdough starter. And there are certain rules, that probably, if you are like me, you will have a problem with… Namely throwing away some at each feeding… If you don’t learn this one thing, you will need to rent the neighbor’s pool the day after you fill yours… approximately 12 days from now. I’m not kidding… [Read more…]

Happy Valentine’s Day

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