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Happy Easter! How to Naturally Dye Your Easter Eggs


Thought I would share this post again in honor of the start of Spring and in celebration of Easter.

(With a little one who just turned 8 months, I’ve been relying on simple arts and crafts for the older children such as water colour and wet-on-wet painting with a fresh spring colour scheme. We are reusing our beautifully natural-dyed eggs from the previous year and enjoying the rest of our time playing outdoors in this fantastic spring weather.)

Happy Easter!

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It’s Easter Monday and we have had a beautiful long weekend with family. This year, we decided to celebrate rebirth and spring both indoors and out. We began with a trip to our local farm, Riverdale Farm, where children and adults alike can enjoy the daily activities of the animals and their caretakers. My older daughter is enrolled in a wonderful program there called, Little Farmers, where the kids learn about each of the different types of farm animals each week. This week the focus was fittingly on chickens and eggs.

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In keeping with the chicken and egg theme for Easter, we decided to naturally dye our hollow Easter eggs.

To do this you will need:

-8-12 eggs
-skewer sticks
-4-8 toothpicks
-8-12 strands of approximately 10-12cm length twine/ thin string
-15 yellow (Spanish) onion skins
-2 tbsp white vinegar
-pot of water

Directions:

Peel the outer skins of 15 yellow onions. Place in medium saucepan with 4 cups of water and 2 tbsp of white vinegar.

(At this point if you choose to dye hard boiled eggs that are red in colour, you can insert whole eggs into water as well.)

Bring pot to a boil then simmer for 20 minutes. (For those using hard boiled eggs, remove eggs at different intervals following this to achieve variation in desired colour.) Use a sif to separate onion skins from natural onion dye.

For those wishing to use hollow dyed eggs which you can later attach to string on branches for decoration follow these additional steps:

While waiting for pot to boil, you can remove egg yolk and whites from your eggs, by puncturing top and bottom of eggs carefully with tip of sharp knife. Make sure to make holes on bottom at least a 1/4 size of your smallest thumbnail.

Use skewer stick to push through hole on top and bottom of eggs and to puncture egg membrane.

Cover top hole on egg with mouth and blow the egg white and yolk out through bottom hole into medium sized bowl.

Do this for all the eggs. Rinse and store in egg carton.

Dip hollow eggs into boiled onion dye and let dye sink in for up to 20 minutes. Remove at different intervals for achieving yellow, pink and red colour. For a stronger reddish brown dye, leave eggs in dye overnight in refrigerator.

For a more finished look, coat eggs in olive oil which gives them a nice sheen.

To display your hollowed-out natural dye eggs:

Tie a small knot on end of each string of twine and insert toothpick that has been cut to 1 cm length into knot before tying tightly once only. Thread end of string and toothpick vertically into top hole of egg shell until stick is fully inserted. Once in, the toothpick should fall into a horizontal position easily to hold string in place. You can also attach string through egg holes with clasps or tape. Tie string with attached egg onto branches such as forsythia or pussy willows in a vase for a beautiful indoor decoration. Or plant in plantar outdoors.

Enjoy!

Here’s what we did in pictures:

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Magical Fairy Dust to Brighten Your Days: A Fairy Garden


As the snowdrops and crocuses peak their bright little heads out, I can’t help but feel an urge to garden and create.

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Yesterday, my girls and I set out to prepare the front garden. We raked the remainder of the fallen leaves of autumn, and tilled the soil in preparation for the spring flowers we wish to give tribute to in our beautiful celadon green planter: tulips! As this is the first spring in our wonderful new home, we are unfamiliar with the vegetation that also calls our home, their home, and are looking forward to discovering what new growth appears in the coming months. We are hoping for a colourful symphony! In the meantime, my girls and I will be creating a fairy garden. This is an idea I came across last summer but alas, do to our move we were in no position to plant anything and were instead living the life of nomads

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as we awaited the last six weeks of our closing date on our house, and travelled through the more northerly reaches of the St. Lawrence River off of Quebec, Canada in the Charlevoix (http://www.tourisme-charlevoix.com/en/), Tadoussac and the Haute-Côte-Nord (http://www.tadoussac.com/en/culture-tourism) regions. More pics and info on this later!

So, now here we are with a new spring…and a fresh desire to plant and garden. As Miss J’s birthday is coming up, we thought that starting her very own fairy garden would be a wonderful way to celebrate the season for her. And since I now have two girls, the younger one will have to have her very own as well. For more info on how to make your own fairy garden, please visit this fantastic and creative blogger, Donni here on her site the Magic Onions: http://themagiconions.blogspot.com/2010/08/make-fairy-garden.html

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