Tuesday, April 5, 2011
My Grandmother's Decorated Real Eggs
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