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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Simple Decor for Easter, and Fabric-Wrapped Eggs

This year I am keeping Easter very spare, in terms of decorating. I am not buying anything new, and I will not put out very much of my existing decorations. In fact, I have a box of pretty decorations that are going to the thrift store that supports one of the main animal rescues here. I did the same with Valentine's day decor, a few weeks ago. Sometimes I get a "pang" when parting with something. But honestly, after I give things away, I often cannot quite recall them later. 

chocolate bunny hiding behind an antique mexican crockery


I did take a few plastic eggs and glue some strips of black-and-tan checked homespun onto them, while watching the Weather Channel's coverage of Winter Storm Roland, and their predictions about Winter Storm Shirley. Valentine's Day is giving the U.S. a very cold shoulder this year. 

homespun check checked easter eggs fabric covered


The eggs are easy to do. I have seen eggs finished much more neatly for sale, but I don't mind my less-perfect creations. I tried two different ways I found on the internet, and I like the way that uses strips best, not the way that wraps the egg and just has some slits to overlap. Aleene's Fast Grab Glue worked very well on these. The egg underneath is one of a dozen "chalkboard" finish eggs that I got last year at Walmart, for just pennies after Easter. 

I mix my primitive items with sparkly ones, new ones, vintage mid-century, whatever. I like a mix. Some are purists, and that is fine, too! I put several nests and eggs in a big tin "tart" on a pedestal, and that is by my front door, at a window that looks directly at the courtyard. 

pastel sparkly easter eggs in nest



the merry needle themerryneedle easter decorations in tin tart

I know how to make Ukrainian eggs, known as "pysanky." I don't know if I will make any this year. I would need to order new dyes. A very kind Ukrainian mathematician taught me how to make them, and gave me a "kistka," the tool that draws wax onto the eggshell, decades ago now. I have so many little projects going that I am not able to get to them all! But with these winter storms coming, it might be best to have some distractions on hand. I think there might be quite a few power outages and certainly it is going to be hard to get around in many areas. Do you have enough yarn, fabric, paint, and trim to tide you over the coming winter storms?


23 comments :

  1. We have haid no named snowstorms this winter. We had snow all day yesterday but only added up to a few inches.
    The eggs are sweet I am hoping that we are coming out of winter by the time Easter rolls around.
    I have given a lot to the thrift store in the past year and you are right at first you think oh I should keep them but after they are gone you forget altogether. I am trying to keep only what I love and will use at the house. It feels good to purge. And yes I have more than I will ever use of my craft supplies.
    Cathy

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    1. I so agree with you, about keeping only the things you love! Easter is April 4th this year. So, pretty much in the middle this year, and hopefully winter will not hang on too much this year.

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  2. Sue will probably start with easter decs shortly after Valentines. Of course, I haven't checked to see whether we will have an early or late Easter this year. Whatever the case, I think the new decs will come out soon.

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  3. I will make a start and add a few bits here and there to my Easter decor. I already have plenty of craft supplies, stocking up before lockdown.

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    1. I will love looking at what you make with those supplies!

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  4. The Ukrainian eggs are so beautiful and fun to make. They are much easier than one would think.

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    1. They look more complex than they are. Of course, I cannot compare to the work of the ladies over in the Ukraine. I like to do them outside, so I hope we don't have a hanging-on winter.

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  5. Hello Holly,

    Less is definitely more in our view when it comes to decorating the house. Indeed, I am not sure that we 'decorate' it at all. We just have stuff, things which have been with us for an eternity, and that is all. No fairy lights, no paper chains, no fancy tablecloths and definitely no bunting. So, Christmas, Easter, Summer Winter come without much of a difference except the quantities and shapes of chocolates vary.

    We love your fabric covered eggs and do like the way you have 'scrambled' them amongst other varieties. And, the charity shops which have received your preloved items will put them to good use and benefit from the proceeds.

    Yes, this is the year of simplifying and taking joy in the essentials of life. A true Easter spirit.

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  6. I enjoyed reading this posting.
    I hope to do a posting on Colonial Easter celebrations coming up.

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    1. I love your work as a living historian and I can't wait to read that post about Colonial Easters!

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  7. I would love to see some of your psanky eggs!! I used to do them years and years ago....and probably still have my old dyes some where LOL. Hmmmm...should try to find that stuff and toss as they will be useless now. Ahh, yes....I have enough projects and supplies to last me an entire lifetime...and several more lifetimes. But that does not deter me from adding to my stash when properly tempted LOL. ~Robin~

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    1. Order some new dyes and kistky now! Get the one-hold egg blower while you are at it, saves a lot of work!

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  8. I hope you get to putter your way through all this winter.

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    1. I do seem to be just puttering around...waiting on a job...waiting on the virus to be vanquished...

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  9. My mom made pysanky eggs, but hers were not very ornate ~ and her "tool" was a pencil with a straight pin stuck in the eraser. Thanks for conjuring up that memory.

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    1. Oh, it sounds like she made the country-style eggs. I was told they are called "drop-pull" designs.They are delightful! And hard to make! I love them.

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  10. I don't have any pretty pysanky eggs but what I do have are a number of very heavy eggs that I think are made of Onyx. They come in various colours and I leave them out all year around because they're so attractive. I'll have to post about them after Valentines Day is over and done.
    I'm tempted to make some fabric strips on fake eggs. I like how yours turned out.

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    1. I have seen beautiful dyed stone eggs, too. So pretty!

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  11. I have enough craft supplies to keep me going through next winter. I remember dying eggs with my grandmother with beets. She lived in Ukraine until she was in her mid-teens and she came to America. I'm going to save egg shells and may be inspired for a little decorating. Take care!

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  12. I have enough supplies in case we are not allowed to leave home because of the virus. I love eggs I had some wooden miniatures hand painted ones.

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    1. I love miniatures! Lucky you, I hope you still have them.

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