April 11, 2009

Happy Easter!

Our table was looking a little bare, so I found a wire basket, some craft moss and bought some cute eggs to put inside. The scary pipe cleaner bunny came with the egg purchase, which I made at our local farmers' market.
He's really quite simple to make, just bend a pipe cleaner into a body, paste on a cut-out bunny head, and make a carrot out of green and orange pipe cleaners. Their green one just happens to be striped.

It's a ritual for me to buy a hyacinth at Easter each year--something about their thick, heady perfume brings back memories of childhood. I'm also reminded of this Persian poem.
If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft
And of thy simple store two loaves of bread alone are left
Sell one, and with the dole,
Buy hyacinths to feed the soul.
I also bought some tulips, which, along with the hyacinth, will be planted in the garden to bloom again next year.
And finally, I boiled a few eggs and set about mixing up some natural dyes. I don't have high hopes, since I used brown eggs, but maybe they'll be tinged a little browner than before.
I used red onion skins and the juice from a jar of pickled beets. I love eating them on salads, but Mr. Geek finds that abominable. My feelings exactly for his like of okra.
I also used coffee grounds to make a darker brown, a bag of blueberry Celestial Seasonings tea, and a bag of pomegranate tea. I'm letting the eggs sit in the fridge in the "dyes" over night, but I don't have high hopes for any changes. No problem, since I find brown eggs to be beautiful anyway.

I hope you all have a happy Easter, however you celebrate it. May the sun shine wherever you may be.


  1. Kathleen,
    You are so clever! I want to live next door to you and learn from you.

    Happy Easter!

  2. Happy Easter Kathleen, Mr. Geek and kiddo.

  3. Just gorgeous. We'll see if I can wrestle Jasper into Roo's old bunny costume tomorrow...

  4. Happy Easter to you too Kathleen!

    I love your creative ideas.

  5. I would love to see an "after" picture of your eggs...as I would love to give natural dyes a whirl next year! :)

  6. I totally want to see an after pic of your eggs too.
    I love Hyacinths. They are just so beautiful.

  7. Oh, what a festive Easter household you'll have! I even like the bunny, in a bizarro kinda way...Here's hoping You & Yours have the Happiest of Easters!


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