Category Archives: Eggs

a good egg…

last year around this time I had so much fun playing with natural dyes and eggs using some leftover dye for fabrics too (there are  photos and examples here)

getting-started

it was an exciting process and the eggs turned out so beautifully we did not have the heart to eat them all…

Petrified hard boiled eggs

so we tucked a carton of eggs marked *2013* in the very back of our fridge (actually I did the egg tucking 😉 Mr Magpie knows by now to proceed with caution with an eye out for unexpected things in the fridge like homemade gelli plates and such not intended for eating)…

red cabbage dye

over time these hard boiled eggs will completely dry out and become “permanent” egg decos  …

petrified eggs 2000

 I got the idea to petrify eggs back in 2000 … last year I found a couple of those cartoons of eggs that were stashed out of sight on top of a tall cupboard in my art room…

beet and onion dye

I had heard that you could leave fresh eggs out undisturbed and over time they would dry up and could then be used for crafting … 

Colored petrified eggs  from 2000

I did try the natural plant and dye technique on the thirteen year old eggs above last year and it worked nicely when I weighted them down in the dye bath …

Forsythia Japanese Cherry Blossom mug

I am joining Elizabeth and Bleubeard to wish you a Happy T Day

Daffodils under the Redbud Tree

“When arguing with a stone an egg is always wrong.” ~African Proverb

Mandala Monday: Dessert First

Dessert Plate Bottom

my mandala today was done on a dessert plate…

Rose Columbine May Mandalausing a columbine blossom for the center on a bed of China Girl pink rose petals with a bit of fennel greenery…

cake plate May Mandalarobin redbreasts built a nest in our climbing rose trellis on the corner of our front porch…

China Girl Robins Nest in a fairly busy place as that is the direct path from our driveway to our front door…

Robin's Nests 4I tried discouraging the robins from laying eggs there by removing the nests that now decorate a box on the back porch (I know! I felt horrible but it was before they laid any eggs and I hoped they would pick from the many other spots available in our garden)…

Robins almost clutch of eggsfinally on a rainy day I gave up and Mrs Robin built nest #5 and laid a clutch of four eggs (I snapped the photo above before she added the fourth egg)

now mockingbirds have moved in too and built a nest four posts down on the other end of the porch right by our front door… 

Mockingbird

in all the years we’ve had mockingbirds in the garden we have never seen a nest…

Rose Columbine May Mandala (2)

“Life is short.  Eat dessert first” -Jacques Torres

joining Dawn for her Mandala Monday

April Tea …

 

Afternoon sun (1)already…

Beet Dye Egg Ready to Eat

this beet dyed egg was the first we broke into curious if the natural plant dyes soaked into the shellBeet Dye Egg Ready to Eat (1)

 the papers in the background were part of the egg dyeing cleanup and will be nice to use for collage…

Beet Dye Egg Ready to Eat (2)

our blue eggs dyed with red cabbage will be the last to be cracked into I think…

Beet Dye Egg Ready to Eat (3)a favorite condiment of ours is a Sesame seed mix called Gomasio which is a delicious way to cut down on salt consumption and flavor food…

Contorted Filbert Catkins

“April is a promise that May is bound to keep.” ~Hal Borland

natural dyes…

Mr Magpie recently brought home two bags of onion skins and thus began a wonderful two day+ adventure eco dyeing eggs AND fabrics...

onions

last year I used onion skins, beets and turmeric to dye eggs but resorted to food coloring for some blue and green…

beets ready to be trimmed and cut

this year I went all natural using two kinds of onion skins, beets and red cabbage and could not be more pleased with the results and surprises all along the way…red cab

here is how I did our eggs starting with Martha Stewart’s fail proof method of hard boiling eggs so the yolks stay a pretty yellow with no green coloring at all…

Getting Started

using squares cut from nylons to help press the items I selected against the egg to act as a resist I tied the bundles securely with a twist tie to help hold everything in place (you can tell how excited I got about this by my run on wording trying to tell you about it all)

Yellow & Red Onion Skinsafter filling one pot with yellow onion skins (pulled from 10-12 onions at the supermarket thanks to my Mr Magpie!) and a second pot for red onion skins I added about 4 cups of water to each pot (not covering the skins completely) along with 3 Tablespoons of white vinegar …Tablespoon

bring the skins and water to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes or longer straining liquid from the plant material (rubber gloves and paper to protect your work surface are a very good idea)…

onion dye egg bundles

soak bundled eggs in the dye liquid in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight…

onion dye  reveal

the eggs needed to be handled gently after removing  them from the nylon wrappers and dabbed dry to keep from smudging the dye giving them a chance to dry completely undisturbed…

Yellow Onion Skins

Love the golden glow the yellow onion skins gave the eggs…

Red Onion Skins

the resist pattern flopped on one of the red onion dyed eggs above on the left (I tried layering threads from ripping a second hand eyelet dust ruffle which made great fabric for dyeing) so I gently dabbed the egg with a paper towel leaving a wonderful mottled finish…

'Chocolate' Red Onion Dyewho would guess that red onion skins would turn eggs into rich chocolate colors…

egg bundles

 on day two I chopped up the beets for one pot and the red cabbage in a second pot following the same cooking directions as I did for the onion skins…Beet Eggs & Fabric

as vibrant as the beet dye turned out the eggs stayed a soft color…Beet Dye Collage

 interesting green colors emerged which is a bit mysterious because no greenery was used in the beet dye bath at all…

Red Cabbage & sampler

the red cabbage had the biggest WOW reaction for me leaving me to wonder HOW it could dye the eggs beautiful shades of blue while fabrics turned gorgeous shades of lavender using the same cabbage dye bath…

Red Cabbage Eggs and Fabric

the lighter colored blue eggs were soaked for several hours

Cabbage!and the darker blue were left in the cabbage dye overnight in the refrigerator …cabbage & beets egg carton

as you can tell I was more than delighted with this entire process…

Onion skin egg carton

only one egg cracked during cooking which was a good way to test the yolk which was done to perfection…

Beet Dyed Fabrics

I could do an entire post on the fun of using up the leftover dyes for fabric scraps, laces and doilies and such…

Onion skin dyed fabrics and lace

but I have gone on long enough here…

Red Cabbage Dyed Fabrics

if you are interested in learning more about the possibilities of dyeing with natural plant materials try searching the internet for “natural dyes” and prepare to be amazed

Mr Magpie

“A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked” ~Bernard Meltzer

rabbit tea …

Mutti's Rabbits

 my Mutti was a very talented artist and seamstress and she was the master of making miniature dolls, bears, rabbits, fairies and more…

Mutti's Rabbits (3)

she was inspired years ago to make some 2.5 inch (6.35 cm) tall Peter Rabbits with bendable arms and legs after seeing a life size Peter at a Smithsonian Museum Beatrix Potter Exhibit…

Mutti's Rabbits (4)The Tales of Peter Rabbit was a favorite bedtime story for our eldest son when he was young, he would always get a bit teary eyed when it came to this part…

“An old mouse was running in and out over the stone doorstep, carrying peas and beans to her family in the wood. Peter asked her the way to the gate, but she had such a large pea in her mouth that she could not answer. She only shook her head at him. Peter began to cry.”

Egg tuxpi

I have been playing with natural dyes and can’t wait to share my fun with you very soon…

what a difference a day makes…

yesterday we woke up to almost five inches of heavy wet snow lining every tree branch and today there are hardly any traces of snow to be seen…

Mutti's Rabbits (2)

 “Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were — Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter. They lived with their Mother in a sand-bank, underneath the root of a very big tree. ” ~The Tale of Peter Rabbit

nesting …

Wren nest and eggsa recent Cloth Paper Scissors fiber art nest tutorial got me excited about making a nest out of bits of this and that…

Nest underneaththe view above shows what went into my first handmade nest

(Warning: this is the kind of project where it may be hard to make just one as there are so many possibilities!)

Robin's eggsin the spring Mr Magpie and I keep an eye out for abandoned nests … some eggs even mysteriously appear on the ground unbroken leaving us to wonder HOW that happened exactly…

Robin in Marchwe have had Robin Redbreasts in the garden every year for many years and they sometimes build their nests too early and give up and regroup …

Robin's eggs (1)

those eggs will dry out over time ending up rattly and perfect…

Nest top

broken egg shells are also something we collect and you can see here how I used some of those in my art journal pages…

Nesting

I do have a thing for nests and birds and eggs and would also like to try making one of  Claudine Hellmuth’s paper birds nests…

Color My Tea …

Easter seemed to come and go so quickly…

I did get to play with some snippets from the garden and tried my hand at using some natural dyes this year…

it was a bit fiddly to try and keep the pieces of fern and grass in place while wrapping with pieces of nylon…

the dandelion flowers are pretty but did not really work for me…

I was most excited about the rich golden color the Turmeric powder gave...

I use it in the kitchen for a favorite Tofu Taco recipe of ours so I knew to be very careful handling it as it colors anything it touches…

I did like the patterns left by the greens very much…

a simple crayon makes the perfect dye resist…

the reddish egg below was done with dandelion greens under nylon using red boiled beets and greens for the dye…

the brownish egg at the bottom of the platter was done with blades of grass with yellow and red onion skin dye…

the Turmeric egg is off to the right at the bottom…

I was excited and did not leave those in the dye long enough…

the blue/green eggs were done using old fashioned food coloring that was still kicking around our kitchen…

I must admit I had the most fun with the fabrics not wanting to waste any leftover dyes…

it is a lovely sunny but cool day today just right for a hot cup of decaf Darjeeling tea or two…

Happy Tea on Tuesday to you…

Happy Easter…

Happy Spring…

Happy Happy Everything!

Brightest of Blessings to you and yours…

~*Stone Angels will return next Sunday*~