Tuesday, April 5, 2011

My Grandmother's Decorated Real Eggs

     This is a partial collection of my Grandmother's decorated eggs. My sister has some and my Mother has the bulk of her collection in the Antique French display case my Grandmother bought to display her eggs in. She was an artist beyond compare. Her eggs were her crowning glory as they were displayed quite a few times in our county seat library for all to enjoy.
     The first photo has an egg on a stand decorated with pearls and gold braids that opens up to a velvet lined interior. The yellow looking egg has dried fern attached. The one with the mirror in the bottom is open on both sides and has a bouquet of velvet flowers in the top that reflect in the mirror. The one in the front she applied cracked egg shell to an egg and then dipped it in dye to give it the marble effect. My favorite of these is the open one that looks like it has an egg yolk in it. She split an egg in two and placed the top portion of another egg inside that she had added tiny gold beads to. She would apply her beads with tweezers.
                                                                                    The next photo is a close up of some of my favorites. The next photo has 3 of her Easter and spring related eggs. The middle one she dyed the egg in boiling onion skin to give it a mottled look to it. The cross is made with bark and has dried flowers at the base of the cross.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
 The next photo  has two that are Valentines related with hanging hearts. She always put a tiny bead at the bottom to represent dripping blood. I love the Victorian  looking ones that she decoupaged and then added black lace or netting. The glisten you see on a lot of the eggs was her treasured diamond dust.

     The two blue ones she decoupaged and added diamond dust.

     The last two are my very favorites. The one with the dove she took the top of an egg as the base. She placed small letters on the base alpha and omega. Under the egg she put the letters BTL which were her initials. That is the only piece she signed in someway. Next she placed a dove with an egg between it's wings with a gold cross with red rhinestone. The crown of thorns she made from a twig and painted gold. She adds a bit of glimmer with irridescent sequins to the base and beside the crown.
    
     The last one I shared a few months ago for blue Monday. She painted an egg blue and all the decoration she made with crushed eggs that she applied to thin cardboard that she cut into flower design. She evevn made the bow at the top with cardboard with the applied crushed eggshell. This is the only piece that is dated 1971 with tiny white letters applied to the sides of the egg.

     Before Easter I plan on doing another post with the eggs and the cabinet that my Mom has.
                                                                                         I am linking this post to Faded Charm for White Wednesday. I am also joining Kara at Elements Interiors for Whassap Wednesday, Doni at Faith, Grace and Crafts for Pearls and Lace Thursday , Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday , Colorado Lady for Vintage Thingie Thursday , My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
 



40 comments:

  1. They are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. This is a beautiful collection, your Grandmother did an amazing job creating these!

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  3. These are simply amazing!! I have forgotten how many people love decorated eggs -or decorating eggs for that matter..., the most famous ones are probably faberge.

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  4. What a spectacular collection - and what a fantastic family legacy. How proud you must be to have this keepsake from your grandmother. I really enjoyed looking at these gorgeous eggs and hearing how they were made. Thank you so much for sharing them.

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  5. Those are just beautiful. What a wonderful keepsake from your grandmother.

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  6. WOW! These are so amazing! And I'm really glad that you still have these in your family! What a very talented woman your grandmother was!

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  7. They really are amazing and a wonderful work of art! How talented to work with something so fragile and make every one unique! I love the one with yellow, and the little ducks! Very sweet! I know you treasure them! I'm thrilled just to get to see photos of them! ♥

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  8. Thank you for visiting my blog! Yours is lovely! We like the same kind of things! And..before I had 7 babies I was a florist! I worked in a shop for about 5 years. Thanks for visiting!

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  9. What? Your grandmother made all of these pieces? OMG How truly special. Thank you so much for sharing them with us and I know you are so proud of her. Okay- here goes..... She was an eggseptional artist! Someone had to say it.

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  10. awww i love them... so pretty and just the right colors !!! Have great week

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  11. Your grandmother made some beautiful eggs!

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  12. Those are so beautiful-such a nice treasure to have from your talented grandmother.

    Carolyn

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  13. Those decorated eggs are amazing! I especially love the egg box. Your collection is beautiful!

    Danielle

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  14. What a pleasure it was to see your lovely eggs. I cannot imagine doing such meticulous work. Your grandmother was so talented and patient, I'm sure. Thanks so much for sharing.
    ~Lynn
    www.cottageandcreek.com

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  15. What a very talented your grandmother was. These are outstanding creations. You have a wonderful group of egg treasures.

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  16. What beautiful keepsakes from your grandmother. Special memories are so wonderful. Thanks for sharing, Vicky

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  17. What a special collection! Grandmothers are the best, aren't they? Thanks for sharing this - JenT

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  18. Hello, thank you for visiting my blog and commenting on my white chic windsock, and, for introducing me to your beautiful blog! Love the Easter Eggs. I am your newest follower.
    Linda

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  19. What a wonderful collection to be the caretaker of! I love the green one with the pearls and beads.

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  20. What a wonderful collection! And she certainly had a talent for making these. Thanks so much for joining me for Pearls and Lace Thursday and sharing your neatest find! That sounds like it was a wonderful and exciting time!! Good luck on the giveaway!!
    Blessings, Doni

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  21. His friend made it...that would be to difficult for him. He is a business man, not handyman..I had to tell him how to make the outside table...lol

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  22. Oh my, what a talent your grandmother had! Such amazing detail, and how lovely to think of the time and attention she paid to these beauties.
    A treasure for you!
    - Susan

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  23. what treasures! I am sure your Grandmother would be happy that you have them and appreciate them so.

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  24. These are so beautiful! I love having things that my grans cherished and used in their homes, makes me feel grounded. Thanks for sharing your lovely eggs!
    Sherry

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  25. OMGooness, these are absolutely gorgeous! What cherished treasures. Thank you for sharing such beauty. Karie

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  26. These are gorgeous and the attention to detail is amazing! How wonderful that they are still so cherished and have stayed in such good condition. Thanks for sharing these beauties!

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  27. These are amazing!!!! Love them! How wonderful you have them today. Happy VTT!

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  28. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving me a comment. It is always fun to see new people and check out their blogs.
    Your Grandmother's eggs are beautiful! What a wonderful keepsake for you to cherish! You are blessed!

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  29. What beautiful eggs! So blessed to have such a great keepsake from her! Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Mallory
    http://mallicious.blogspot.com/

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  30. Oh my, they are all exquisite. What precious heirlooms. I loved seeing them all. Hugs, Marty

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  31. Your Grandmother was one talented lady...how nice that your Mom has shared them with you and your sis.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  32. I remember seeing eggs like this for the first time at a spring festival when I was a child. My best friend participated in the festival the day before and I was invited to tag along that day to watch her perform again. After she got done, her family and I walked the street to see all the arts and crafts on display.

    She had been telling me about these eggs and made sure I saw them.

    They were just as lovely as she desribed them too me. Your grandmother's eggs remind me of that day with my long lost friend. I'm sure they are even more special to you since they are family heirlooms. Hope you have a wonderful Easter.

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  33. What gorgeous pieces of art! You are lucky to have your grandmother's treasures :0)

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  34. These are gorgeous! Your grandmother was quite the artist. Thanks for sharing!

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  35. Amazing eggs. What a treasure to have them in the family. Thanks for stopping by for a visit. It's so nice to meet you.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  36. Gorgeous collection and I also love the Victorian looking one. Definitely an eggquisite collection! ;)
    Have a lovely day!
    ~*~Wendy~*~

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  37. Those are ALL stunning and you are so lucky to possess such cherished items....

    Take care,
    Lisa

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  38. The eggs are amazing. I especially love the one with the cross with flowers on it. She was an amazing artist.

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