Well – this may be a first for me in Blogland – and hopefully not a last! My first DIY Tutorial about an old tradition I had the pleasure of sharing in this week!
In celebration of Resurrection Week, I was invited to tea and egg decorating by a lovely young lady named Melody . . .
Her brother is my daughter’s “young man”. Their mother’s Easter tradition was to decorate eggs using a traditional Eastern European method of etching intricate designs with melted wax.
We started with a delicious teatime . . .
Featuring egg salad sandwiches (of course) . . .
Chocolate and vanilla oatmeal chip cookies (delish) . . .
And, a delectable serving of flan!
She poured out a delicious herbal tea with the most enchanting fragrance!
After our tea and conversation, we cleared the table for our project! First, two metal palettes on small electric burners melting crayons to liquid.
The rainbow of color would make design choices challenging – so many colors to put on such little eggs!
Design ideas were brought forth – they were from many years past, preserving some traditional Eastern European folk designs.
The technique was simple – yet tricky. Implement of choice – a flathead straight pin stuck into the eraser tip of a pencil.
Then, dip the pinhead in the color of choice to collect a bit and make swift small strokes of a selected design on the egg. We work quickly – as daughter, Bethany, demonstrates – because the wax dries in a trice!
Eggs should be hard boiled and room temperature.
As it was my first foray into this creative fray, I made a few practice swipes on an index card. Any excess wax on the head can be melted off by holding it to the center of the palette before taking on a different color. Starting at the broader end of the egg, I made my mark, attempting flower petals and working from there.
Hostess, Melody, who had been making these since childhood, prepared a number of inspiring samples for study to the purpose:
Patience and a leisurely pace are paramount to success.
And, then – it’s time for the dying – the final step in the process of bringing my egg to RESURRECTED NEW LIFE! Melody had prepared an array of egg dyes with little samples of what the finished colors would look like.
Planning your dye color prior to choosing complimentary wax colors is suggested to make the most impact on the finished product. I thought a bright yellow dye would offset my mauve, burgundy, and green wax colors best.
Remember this one as displayed with Jemima Puddleduck in grandpa’s vintage 1940’s egg holder from my tea post HERE earlier this week?
And, for my second attempt – I wanted something that suggested a bit of lace in blue and white – beginning with white . . .
Before dying it blue . . .
Looking splendid, now, on display with Peter Rabbit in his new blue jacket with brass buttons!
Daughter, Bethany made a couple of lovely eggs she’s proud of . . .
Which are displayed in beauty on our dining room table with fake plastic pastel luster-look eggs under the Easter Whimsey Tree, protected by a sweet AnnaLee (c) designed bunny.
Melody promised our egg masterpieces can be enjoyed many seasons to come. If left out, the hard boiled egg inside will simply dry up. You can shake it and hear it rattle about – she has many eggs from the past to prove it. No – not rotten – but covered over in beauty and everlasting life.
So like our lives in Christ as we celebrate in this season of New Life – when the rottenness of our sinful life is covered in the beauty of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, giving us His New Life – resurrected to the purpose of displaying His Beauty in our life for all to see, and glorify Jesus Christ as both Savior and Lord!
Beauty in unity – and some diversity. Even Bethany’s young man participated with an ambitious recreation of a favorite Star Wars character, Janga Fete:
Well, what can I say. To each his own.
Me? I love the Melody’s lace-look and roses . . .
And, the pleasure of the company of loved ones making a holiday memory. Thank you, Melody, for inviting me to share in your family’s Resurrection Week tradition. Thank you, Jesus, for the treasure of such a gift!
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.James 1:16-18For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 6:23But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.Romans 5:8-10
Sharing His Eggscellent Beauty this Resurrection Week with: