Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Celebrations: dyed & speckled easter eggs

What would Easter or spring décor be without some fun eggs? I try to do something different every year and this year I went back to basics with good old fashioned dyed eggs.




To make these eggs, you need to blow out the egg and keep the shell intact. You can use the method where you poke a hole on each end of the egg and blow the yolk out but let me tell you, it’s hard work. Rather than keel over, I poked a hole on each end and used a bamboo shish kabob stick to break up the yoke. Then I shook out the yoke, poked some more and shook some more. Once the egg had dripped out I cleaned them thoroughly in soapy water and let them drip dry.

After I had done all that, I saw these beautiful eggs over on Rook No. 17 where I also learned there is a tool to remove egg yolks. Definitely need to get one of those.


To color the eggs, I used a mixture of blue food coloring, vinegar and water. {1 teaspoon vinegar, 1/2 cup boiling water, desired amount of food coloring}.

The speckles were created using a gold metallic Sharpie. Did you know that Sharpies now come in metallics? So fun!

For Easter, I’ll display the eggs with these cute Beatrix Potter dishes and other sweet Easter knick knacks.


The dishes are all gifts my son received when he was a baby. We used to put them out with carrots for the Easter bunny.


I still love pulling out these dishes every spring even though the Easter bunny belief is long gone. But of course, he still wants an Easter basket.



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40 comments:

  1. Very beautiful eggs! Love the metallic decor so cute!

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  2. Beautiful! I just tried blowing eggs for the first time and was just about to paint them blue with brown speckles... haha! We think alike!

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  3. SO cute! Love the eggs and china too:) Saw you over @ Someday Crafts. Visit me sometime @ www.crosson5.blogspot.com

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  4. These are super pretty Carolyn!! I love the metallic speckles - that is the perfect touch!

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  5. Everything goes together so nicely! AND those eggs are just stunning! Thanks for sharing Carolyn!

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  6. Such a sweet vignette with the speckled eggs and the Beatrix Potter plates.

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  7. Always love your projects! These speckled eggs can go either cutesie or chic, depending on the setting. :-)

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  8. Carolyn these eggs look amazing! Thanks for sharing. Your blog is also looking gorgeous! x Julie

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  9. So cute! That's such an awesome idea!

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  10. Those are so pretty! I love the little rabbit dishes, too :)

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  11. Adorable. I have been on the lookout for speckly eggs

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  12. They are beautiful Carolyn! Added to my to do list!

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  13. Love the idea of using a sharpie to speckle them. You did a great job!

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  14. Bunnykins and Beatrix Potter dishes are my favorites; I've done several posts about ours, and this post is precious. What a good idea to use them as part of your Easter decoration! ~Zuni

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  15. So pretty! I love the look of blown out eggs and do mine the same way you do! Yikes! I happen to have some metallic sharpies...and one dozen empty eggs!

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  16. Beautiful eggs! Your photography is just gorgeous as well!

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  17. Hi Carolyn,
    Your eggs turned out just lovely. They are so delicate looking. Perfect little touch for Spring decor.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Suzanne
    Pieced Pastimes
    PS-Would love to have you link this up to Saturday Sparks

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  18. lady...your creativity never ceases to amaze me. these are lovely!!!

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  19. Simply Gorgeous Carolyn. You attention to detail is incredible! Thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful day! Bonnie

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  20. Love the dishes and the eggs! I've got to run to the craft store today. I believe I will be adding a gold sharpie to my shopping list!

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  21. There are a lot of nice eggs out there, yours are the first I have considered doing even the straw is perfect! How cute and so pretty!

    ~Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc.

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  23. I love these Carolyn...beautiful! XO, Aimee

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  24. This is so beautiful I assumed it would be much harder to do! Thank you for sharing. You displayed it so well, I really want to do this now.

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  25. These are stunning! The photos are exquisite too. Thank you so much for joining the Blog Love party!

    Cheers
    Madge

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  26. Hi Carolyn, I absolutely love your Easter eggs and their color! The Beatrix Potter dishes are so beautiful.Lovely decoration, thanks for sharing.
    Have a wonderful day!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  27. Oh my goodness Carolyn, they're just beautiful. Love, love, love them. I'm pinning them to my Easter ideas board. Found you over at It's Overflowing. Oh, and we have those dishes too, from when one of my girls was a baby. Have a great weekend!

    Debbie

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  28. Carolyn!!! These are just beautiful and as a p.s. I love the little bunny face in the last photo ~ too cute!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Project Inspire{d} last week and you'll be featured at this week's party.

    Hugs, Mary Beth

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  29. The prettiest little eggs around. The gold sharpie? So. Smart.

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  30. Gorgeous Carolyn! Featured these tonight at Monday Funday!

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  31. Love these Carolyn! Thank you for sharing them at the It's a Spring Thing Party...sharing them tomorrow on our Facebook page. :)

    Heather and Vanessa

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  32. Very cute Carolyn. What a great idea...who would have ever though! Love the little eggs, and the bowl
    they are in.
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  33. These are really beautiful. I love the color and it's awesome that you used a sharpie to create the speckles. I would love for you to share this at my Swing into Spring party that opens tonight at 8pm EST. Hope to see you there. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

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  34. Your eggs are so lovely and I've got these linked to my DIY Easter eggs post too today!

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  35. These are gorgeous! And I never thought to bring out the baby plates for Easter....running to the closet now!

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  36. These are beautiful, Carolyn! I'd love to include them in a Easter Egg Decorating roundup on my site at OneCreativeMommy.com. Would that be okay with you?

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  37. Hi, I looove these eggs, and sooo simple!!! Every other diy for these are too involved for what I want to do, I have a 5 yr old and have to keep him busy with his while slipping in a few of my own decorative eggs after he goes to bed, and to do an involved, big mess is usually just too tiring to think about! lol! So, when I saw this, I thought....PERFECT!!! I can even dye them right along with his! =) And, while I do not have a gold metallic Sharpie (I had to use the silver one on my school equipment bc its all black and a black sharpie wouldn't show, so I got silver and it worked great!) I do, however, have gold and gold/rust colors in my nail polish arsenal and a few nail brushes I can use to splatter them with! ;) I gotta use what I got, afterall, it never seems to find its way to my nails these days, anyway! Might as well use em for SOMETHING, right?! Lol! Thanks again, and you have gained a new reader! Oh, and I found you at OneCreativeMommy.com! =) Lol!!

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