Things around the house have been a little different the past few weeks. My husband has been in charge of closing our restaurant at night because our oldest son Elliott ( who’s our chief cook and bottle washer) has been on a road trip. This is the second year that he and his buddies set out on an adventure to the Florida Keys. He and a friend chipped in together and bought a van, you know the kind with the big windows on the side, captains chairs and a bed in the back? He’s a bit of a minimalist, they camped around Florida and stopped wherever the mighty van took them (or broke down). He texted me from St. Augustine to let me know the van died. Elliott is pretty resourceful (like his mama) and got it back on the road in no time. Here’s a cute picture of him and his travel companions from last year.
So it’s been little old me and my two younger kids at night. Since trying to start the blog, I have had my nose in the computer and thoughts running a mile a minute in my head. I have been gathering ideas for blog posts, researching blogging, developing the blog, thinking about all the projects I need to do around the house in order to write my blog and a million other things. I felt like I needed to give my mind a rest and involve my 11 year old (Alexander) in a project right up a middle school boys alley. Coloring Easter eggs using natural food dye! Sounds interesting right? We boiled orange peels and carrot tops with an attempt to make a yellow dye, we used red wine, cinnamon tea, pomegranate juice and strong coffee. Whoa, the process was fun but the dye was an epic failure! You can see for yourself….
I didn’t want to give up on this idea though, so I researched a little more and found this idea from Honestly Yum, dying eggs robin egg blue with red cabbage. This idea was kinda perfect because I wanted to redecorate my mantel and incorporate the eggs to give it a Springy, Eastery feel. I still had Christmas decorations on it so I figured it was high time!
I chopped up the cabbage threw it in a pot and let it boil away. I wanted to show you how magenta the dye turned out and then how it amazingly dyed the eggs this beautiful Robin Egg Blue Color. The darker ones stayed in the dye for over two hours and the lighter ones I only left in for a half an hour. Then I got an old toothbrush and speckled away with some gold craft paint and… Tada… beautiful Blue Eggs! I was amazed!
So believe it or not, I have been working on these eggs all week long! I finally finished them on Friday night. I spent Saturday morning clearing off the mantel and putting the remnants of the Christmas decorations away. I got a clean slate and got to workin’ on my masterpiece! Here’s the finished product! I couldn’t wait for my husband to wake up and see it (he’s my biggest fan). I am just as excited to show you!
Isn’t that Hello Spring print the sweetest?! Printables are all over Pinterest these days. I got this one from Christina’s Adventures, she is a super successful blogger who I have followed for a while and I really love her style and I loved this printable! I painted and distressed an old frame and it looks imperfectly perfect!
I hope this post sparks your creativity! I would love to hear whatcha think about these sweet little eggs. You can comment below and please like and share me on Facebook! Enjoy the extra hour of daylight…Spring is on it’s way…maybe that’s wishful thinking!