Egg Tree 2013



Today is Good Friday, if you swing that way.  And if you don't, it's still Friday, so yay!  Weekend, happy, yeah!

So we finished our Egg Tree.  We blew out the innards of a dozen little eggs, dyed them by using a not-so-great (not PAAS) glitter dye kit, decorated some with washi tape, tied lengths of thread around teeny-tiny matches, stuck the matches through the holes in the eggs, and tied them to our "tree."

Mr. B left a bowl of screws sitting out.  I borrowed one.
We had Chinese take-out the other night.  A pair of chopsticks was still on the table.  I used one
to enlarge the hole on the wider end of the egg and to break the yolk.
We rinsed the eggs in a big bowl of water, then let them lounge while we blew some more.
And they huffed, and they puffed...
Colors, colors, colors.

And then finally, voila!  We have ourselves some Easter decor.  Not enough, mind you.  I am desperate for some light and color in my home at the moment.  But this is a wonderful start!




And we have our books!  I need some classic Easter stories.  We own The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown (illust. by Leondard Weisgard), Max's Chocolate Chicken by Rosemary Wells, some board books about the biblical Easter story, and some famous character titles like Fancy Nancy's Elegant Easter.  I'm shocked by the books we don't own, though.  This year, we checked out three old classic favorites and one nonfiction book about Easter around the world.  (Egg trees in Germany!  Witches in Sweden!)  There is an old Lois Lenski Easter title that's still out, and of course, it's the book I'm most eager to see.  It's due back on Saturday.  I'm not holding my breath...

Marshmallow by Clare Turlay Newberry (Harper Brothers, 1942!  This is an old copy!); The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by Du Bose Heyward, illustrated by Marjorie Flack (Houghton Mifflin, 1939), The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhouse (Simon & Schuster, 1950); Easter Around the World by Shannon Knudsen, illustrated by David Erickson (Millbrook Press, 2005).


(I think the Easter Bunny might be delivering a paperback copy of The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes this Sunday.  We might have crossed wires on that one.)

So a happy weekend to all!  If you celebrate Easter this Sunday, may it be a beautiful one!  If you celebrate something else, happy celebrations!  And if it's just another weekend, I hope it's filled with family and books.

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  1. love all the Easter here! Your table and wreath look wonderful... I'm afraid the cute eggs we made haven't transitioned from play things into decorations yet... and I'm not sure the kids will ever allow them too. bummer.

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    1. Yeah, I know how that goes. Half my Christmas stuff falls into that category. :)

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  2. OMG! I did NOT know about that Lois Lenski book! off to seek at the library asap! YOUR TREE! is fabulous! And thanks for the egg tutorial I never knew how to blow out eggs before. Will save for future ref. We have 'The Egg Tree' too, gonna read tonight. And the Velveteen Rabbit. Gotta buy the Country Bunny book, that one is a Must Own for everyone and I can't fathom that I don't own it. Happy Easter Time sweet D!!!! xoxoxo!

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    1. Isn't it beautiful? I'll share it when it comes. I hope it's soon. I keep checking the library web site. The Country Bunny is sitting in the front seat of my car with the rest of the Easter basket goodies. It's 72 degrees out. I should have brought in the jelly beans, I suppose. Thanks for the kind words about the tree! There was a stray bag of colorful feathers mixed in with the Easter stuff at Michael's. I camethisclose to buying it, then realized I didn't have time for that. Oh, and I was going to try Sharpie-ing some silhouettes on the eggs, but in a day, the girls managed to actually bust one Sharpie and lost the other. Ha!

      Happy, Happy Easter! xxxxooo

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  3. How fun Danzel! Thank you so much for sharing how to do this! Tell the girls for me that they did a beautiful job on those eggs. Happy Easter to you and your family! Absolutely love your delightful blog!

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    1. Thank you, darling! I will pass it on to the little monsters. If the eggs are room temperature, it doesn't even take very long to do it. :) Have a beautiful, beautiful Easter!!!!! xxxxoooo

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  4. Love your Easter Egg Tree! And it looks like you had some fine reading material, too! Happy Easter and thank you for your visit to my blog!

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  5. So ambitious! I'm always afraid to blow out my own eggs (when I've done Pysanky, I've used eggs that were pre-blown). You make it look so easy - maybe I"ll try this year. LOVE the Marshmallow book SO MUCH! We used to have a pet lop-earred bunny, and that book always makes me think of him. :)

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    1. It really is easy! Maybe a little gross, but pretty easy. My sister and I had French lops when we were kids, Pierre and Nicole. I'll think of them when I read Marshmallow to the girls tonight. :)

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