easter eggs

with easter almost here and a two year old anxiously awaiting the easter bunny's arrival, i am gathering ideas and finishing them last minute. 

for the hard boiled eggs this year, i went with a natural dye options after reading this article. even though the kids won't be eating the shell of the egg, it still gives me a little peace of mind, plus the natural colors are so muted and beautiful. i looked up sources for making your own natural plant based easter egg dyes and found a wealth of suggestions for ingredients. among the common... beets, turmeric, coffee. and then there are others... many others. cabbage, spinach, red zinger tea, red onion skins, rasberries... the list goes on. 

i have always loved the look of little quail eggs with their blotchy freckles... so i decided to go that color route. soft neutrals with speckles of course. 

i used cherry juice, and hard boiled the eggs in it. they turned out a beautiful muted lavender gray. i then used a tiny bit of conventional food color (don't tell) mixed with water. i mixed green with red and a bit of blue to get a muddy neutral flecking color. with my index finger covered with a piece of saran wrap to keep it from staining, i used a paint brush to spot the eggs by running my finger across the ends of the bristles, flicking spots of color onto the eggs.
 and the final product...

...and then the rest of the projects for the weekend. 
i really would like to make these papier mache eggs for e's basket. fill them with jelly beans... naturally colored of course, and i'll have a happy kid.
of course i'm making my macaroon nests, and crispie bunnies just like last year.

and i can't help but love the monochromatic baskets from here. so gorgeous.

ambitious? maybe. but it only comes once a year.
have a happy easter.