painting eggs*

I am sitting here at a coffee house with a view of the ocean, a vanilla latte made with breve and the sounds of Brian Crain {Spring Symphonies with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra} through my tiny earphones. My heart is swelling thinking about our weekend and the flow of this music is taking me back to it all.  

On Saturday I felt brave to try some fun designs while dyeing our eggs, inspired by images I saw on both Pinterest and Martha Stewart online.  I loved that Cedar was all for it and when he became bored (because it took longer than planned), he played with his trains on the table near me, commenting during the process on how beautiful it all was.  It was so sweet having him near me after he was finished dyeing his own while my husband was out and about doing errands.  We had the Weepies station on Pandora playing and incense burning and my neighbor coming in and out sharing stories of her life back when she "dressed like a Free People magazine in the 60's" after she saw a catalog on my table.

I wanted to share some of the things we tried.  Now do keep in mind that mine didn't come out as clear as the ones they showed online.  Perhaps I wasn't careful enough and I also may not have chosen the right leaves (they suggested leaves from herbs because they are less absorbent).  But rather than bummed, I was actually quite pleased because I am a lover of simple and subtle and subtle is how they turned out.

Natural dye from Natural Earth Paint...

Lace scraps & trimmings...

Botanical prints...

Brown eggs & white paint pen...

 this one is my husband's design.  both cedar's heart one and this one are most dear to me

this one is my husband's design.  both cedar's heart one and this one are most dear to me

The results...