I recently decided I love journaling so much that I'd try to start an art journal. You know, something novel to explore in the winter months. As is my way, I checked out about 8 books from the library to immerse myself in the hobby. I went so far as find an old book at a thrift shop that might serve as my vessel... and then... the lights went out. Paint? Color? Found objects? Layering? Ohhhmegeeee.... it left my armpits sweating with anxiety. I returned the library books the next day.
That's why I like safe projects like this one. You can't really mess up a dyed egg now, can you? It is strangely rewarding to prepare the dye and dip, and the waiting is always the hardest part. Easter is a blessed celebration but wouldn't quite be complete in our household without the dyed eggs. I have no idea where the egg tradition comes in, but I'm sure there's some logical and lovely explanation.
Last year, I stopped purchasing the dye kits opting for the route I found pinned here. This Real Simple article opened my eyes to what the dyed egg COULD be. Instead of vibrant technicolors leeching through a shell into the soft, white flesh of an egg I planned to consume, I could use elements from the earth to create warm, natural hues. I mean seriously, doesn't the bright pink sorta freak you out after you peel the egg? So, using blueberries, raspberries, beets, tea, coffee, and turmeric instead? Voila, problem solved.
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