Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Super Clutch of Easter Eggs

I got out the Easter eggs and started putting them around the house today.  Over the years I've created quite a few, dyed with different techniques.  Here's the full clutch. 
Obviously, I blow out the egg and have it for breakfast.  This kid's ear/nose thingy makes it easier to blow out the yolks.
This year I had some new yard sale dishes to fill.

These are "drip" eggs, done by layering drips of candle wax over successive color baths. I melt off the wax and the eggs end up with a shiny finish. (Not a process for the kids.)
These are done with tissue paper and diluted white glue.
The Bear was drip and pen (the kids were into pandas that year).
And these batik eggs use old silk ties.  The method is a "Martha" and the effect of color transfer is amazing.  You can see the fabric weave.  I use blown out eggs (why be creative if ya can't keep em?) so you have be super careful wrapping the cloth.  Since they are empty I use a saucer to hold them down in the pot.  
These are displayed in old silver and rose medallion eggcups.  I date them with a Sharpie, some go back to the 80's.  I haven't made any for this year....yet.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Magnolia Blooms

The magnolia is blooming.
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Friday, March 26, 2010

Iron Bench Transformed

We got a great cast iron bench with the house.  There she is, propped up on a stump.
The two back legs were broken off and one was in two pieces.  I found them buried in the leaves.  PFS noticed one of the soccer players at the local field had welding equipment in his truck.  So for $20 he got the guy to weld the leg.
Then we found an auto body guy who put the legs back on for another $20.
I primed and painted the old gal.
Now transformed and standing steady on all fours, she looks terrific in the garden.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Spring Has Sprung

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Monday, March 15, 2010

First Blossoms

On a gray and drizzly day I saw the first blossoms of spring and took some quick shots.
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Storm Damage

Here's the drive, post blizzards.  The poor magnolia and the pines did not fare well.
 We had the tree guys come to make repairs.
From the bucket and with climbing ropes the broken limbs were trimmed out.
If you look carefully you can see the new cable bolted on to support the big limb.  A large branch was cut off the redistribute the weight.
Everything got chipped.
We recycled it all beneath the tree and out front by the raspberry patch.
There was still a bunch of snow on March 1, but mostly melted now.