Easter Eggs: Water Color & Coloring With Food (Mini Tutorials)

Eggs dyeing in natural color . Clockwise from the top right we have turmeric (yellow), red wine (purple-ish), onion skin (brick red), another turmeric, blue berry (dark blue), and last and kind of least: paprika powder.

This year Easter will be on April Fool’s Day, but it’s no joke how fast it came up again. So fast that I didn’t have time to color any eggs yet this year.

I just finished my Easter decorations, even. I usually have some branches with budding leaves in a vase and hang some emptied and painted Easter eggs. Then over a few days the leaves will come out because of the warmth of the room, and these tiny bright green leaves will look adorable. I am unsure if the leaves will come out by Sunday. We will see.

My Easter Decoration
My Easter Decoration

The eggs are painted with watercolor paint. I have hollowed them, so I can use them again each year. I even have 6 more blank eggs to paint, maybe next year. To hollow them you just need to take a raw egg, make a hole in each end and then blow really hard into the top hole. The raw egg white and yolk will come out the other hole. It takes a little afford to do. You will need to blow hard. Once empty, I wash them with water and dish soap, making sure to get some soapy water into the egg, swirling it around to get the inside clean, and then blowing out the water through the hole. Then I repeat just with water a couple times to get all the soap out. After having dried completely, the eggs are ready to be painted. I chose a design with butterflies on a yellow background and a bunny in the meadow design for mine. Perfectly spring and Easter themed.

Easter eggs painted with watercolor and design with butterflies on a yellow background
Easter eggs painted with watercolor and design with butterflies on a yellow background
Easter eggs painted with watercolors and a bunny in the meadow design
Easter eggs painted with watercolors and a bunny in the meadow design

To be able to hang them I used a tooth pick, tied some magic thread on it (clear jewelry thread) and made a loop. I inserted the toothpick into the top hole. It will turn sideways and not slide out of the hole again. Voila, a cute Easter ornament.

In addition, I usually decorate some hard boiled eggs just for that year. I have done just plain colors from the store, painted like a galaxy and some natural coloring with food items and spices. I love the ones colored with food items and had great success in the past. Below a little tutorial on that.  I have used 5 different “colors”.

Recipes for the Natural Colors

  1. Onion skin (brick red): 1 cup yellow onion skins per cup of water. Boil in a sauce pan for 30 min. Remove peels.
  2. Red wine (sparkly purple): Just the wine
  3. Blueberry (dark blue): Mix 1 cup frozen blueberries with 1 cup water, bring to room temperature, and remove blueberries. Squeeze out the berries.
  4. Turmeric (yellow): Mix 2 tablespoons ground turmeric per cup of water.
  5. Paprika Powder (light red):  Mix 2 tablespoons ground paprika per cup of water.

I filled the coloring water into jars, added vinegar (1 tablespoon of vinegar per cup of color), and added white hard boiled eggs.

Eggs dyeing in natural color (from left to right: Onion skin, red wine, blueberry juice, 2 x turmeric and paprika powder)
From left to right: Onion skin, red wine, blueberry juice, 2 x turmeric and paprika powder.

I let them sit in there overnight, stirring occasionally. I was really happy about the results. However, the onion skin and the paprika powder turned out surprising, I expected the opposite results.

The red wine one turned out really interesting. There were tiny sparkling crystals all over it. I wonder what caused that. Here are some pictures of the result. Aren’t they fascinating?

Eggs dyeing in natural color . Clockwise from the top right we have turmeric (yellow), red wine (purple-ish), onion skin (brick red), another turmeric, blue berry (dark blue), and last and kind of least: paprika powder.
Clockwise from the top right we have turmeric (yellow), red wine (purple-ish), onion skin (brick red), another turmeric, blue berry (dark blue), and last and kind of least: paprika powder.
Egg colored with red wine has little sparkly crystals all over.
Egg colored with red wine has little sparkly crystals all over.

What do you usually do for Easter decoration?

Easter Finger Puppets and Basket – Crochet Pattern

Easter is coming up so early this year, and reading a few posts about Easter gifts for children, it hit me: my baby is old enough for her own first Easter basket. Whaaa?

She is now 13 months, so there won’t be candy in the basket yet, but I have ordered a few cute toys to add. I found these Easter egg shaped shakers that are perfect, as she loves making noises. I also could not help myself ordering a fun bunny board book with sensory parts to feel and explore. Unfortunately, the book has not yet arrived.

Crafty me obviously had to make part of this basket myself. I made the basket with a waffle crochet stitch.

The part I enjoyed making the most, probably because I came up with the pattern myself, are little Easter themed finger puppets. There is a chicken, a lamb and a bunny. Although the lamb looks more like a dog, probably due to how I embroidered the face. Embroidery is not my strong suit 😀

Because this is for a 13 month old, I didn’t want to use Easter grass, and instead used some left over green tulle from a skirt project.

Find the pattern for the basket and finger puppets below the pictures.

Crochet Easter basket with crochet finger puppets and egg shakers
Crochet Easter basket with crochet finger puppets and egg shakers
Crochet Easter finger puppets: Bunny, Chick, and Lamb
Crochet Easter finger puppets: Bunny, Chick, and Lamb
Crochet Easter finger puppets: Lamb, Bunny, and Chick
Crochet Easter finger puppets: Lamb, Bunny, and Chick
Easter egg shaped shakers
Easter egg shaped shakers
Easter egg shaped shakers
Easter egg shaped shakers
Crochet Easter basket with tulle for grass
Crochet Easter basket with tulle for grass
Crochet Easter basket
Crochet Easter basket

Materials

  • Worsted weight yarn in brown,  yellow, and white
    You need about a skein for the basket and just a little for each puppet. For the lamb I used fluffy yarn
  • Bigger hook: crochet hook US size I – 5.5 mm for the basket
  • Smaller hook: crochet hook US size G – 4.25 mm for the puppets
  • Different colors embroidery floss for the faces of the finger puppets (I used black, brown, and orange)

Pattern

Finger Puppets

Body

In the color of whichever animal you are making this for, and with smaller hook.

Row 1: 6 sc into a magic ring. sl into the first stitch to form a circle (6 st)

Row 2: 2 sc into each st (12 st)

Row 3 – 12: sc into each st (12 st)

Fasten off and weave in end.

Ears for the bunny

In brown, and with smaller hook. Make 2.

Row 1: chain 3

Row 2: sc in 2nd ch from hook and following (2 st)

Row 3:  ch 1, turn, sc in each st (2 st)

Row 4: 2 ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first st, sc in next st (3 st)

Row 5: ch 1, turn, sc in each st (3 st)

Row 6: ch 1, turn, sc3tog (1 st)

Fasten off and weave in end.

Sew to the top of the bunny body.

Embroider a face.

Ears for the lamb

In white, and with smaller hook. Make 2.

Row 1: chain 3

Row 2: sc in 2nd ch from hook and following (2 st)

Row 3:  ch 1, turn, sc in each st (2 st)

 

Fasten off and weave in end.

Sew to the top of the lamb body.

Embroider a face.

Wings for the chick

In yellow, and with smaller hook. Make 2.

Row 1: chain 4

Row 2: sc in 2nd ch from hook and following (3 st)

Row 3 – 4:  ch 1, turn, sc in each st (3 st)

Row 5: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next st (2 st)

Row 6: ch 1, turn, sctog2 (1 st)

Fasten off and weave in end.

Sew to the sides of the chick body.

Embroider a face.

Easter Basket

Special Stitch – V shape for the waffle pattern

FPtrVstitch:

  • double crochet (dc) in the next stitch but do not pull through the last two loops (2 loops on hook)
  • front post treble crochet (FPtc) around the front post of the dc two stitches back and in row below, but so not finish the tc (3 loops on hook)
  • FPtc around the front post of the dc two stitches ahead in the row below. Finish FPtc by pulling though all remaining loops (4 loops) on the hook

Basket

In brown and with bigger hook.

Row 1: 6 sc into a magic ring. sl into the first stitch to form a circle (6 st)

Row 2:  2 sc into each st (12 st)

Row 3: *sc into one st, 2 sc into next st* repeat from * 6 times (18 st)

Row 4: *sc into 2 st, 2 sc into next st* repeat from * 6 times (24 st)

Row 5: *sc into 3 st, 2 sc into next st* repeat from * 6 times (30 st)

Row 6: *sc into 4 st, 2 sc into next st* repeat from * 6 times (36 st)

Row 7: *sc into 5 st, 2 sc into next st* repeat from * 6 times (42 st)

Row 8: *sc into 6 st, 2 sc into next st* repeat from * 6 times (48 st)

Row 9: *sc into 7 st, 2 sc into next st* repeat from * 6 times (54 st)

Row 10: *sc into 8 st, 2 sc into next st* repeat from * 6 times (60 st)

Row 11: ch 2 (counts as dc from here on), with right side facing, into the back loops only, dc into the next and each following st, sl to chain (60 st)

Row 12:  ch 2, dc in next 2 st, *FPtrVstitch in next st, dc in next 3 st* repeat 9 times from *, FPtrVstitch, sl into chain (60 st)

Row 13:  FPtrVstitch (do a ch 2 instead of the dc in the FPtrVstitch) , dc in next 3 st, *FPtrVstitch in next st, dc in next 3 st* repeat 9 times from *, sl into chain (60 st)

Row 14: repeat row 12

Row 15: repeat row 13

If you want to the basket to be taller you can continue alternating row 12 and 13.

Fasten off and weave in end.

Handle

Row 1: chain 35

Row  2: sc in 2nd ch from hook and all following ch (34 st)

Row 2 sc in each st (34 st)

Fasten off and weave in end.

Sew onto the top of the basket.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. I hope you enjoyed and I would love to hear if you made this basket or these finger puppets <3

Thread Thursday: Sweater Weather

I finally finished a chrochet project again AND started Inktober.
We had family visiting for the first week of October and I got nothing done. But that is totally ok, because I had a wonderful time hanging out with them.
We did a lot of walks in nature ❤

The crocheting I did, is a warm sweater for my little girl. I got some wonderful yarn through a craft party and chose a maritime theme. I pretty much just made up the pattern as I went. The sweater has buttons on the shoulder, but the neckline is so big, it fits over a big baby head without opening the buttons. The arms seem a little short and I may need to add some cuffs at some point. But that is no big deal. I also tried it on my little girl right away, and it fits!

Hoping to get some more inktober in today and another crafty project before next Thursday. Fingers crossed.

Thread Thursday: Tiny Frogs

 

Wait, it is already Friday and I forgot to post my Thursday post. Yikes.
Well, better late than never 🙂 And the same goes for the little onesie I made.
Months ago I started cutting the pieces for this adorable little wrap onesie and now I finally finished it. As expected it is now too small for my baby to wear 🙁
But that is ok, as I have multiple friends who are pregnant or have younger babies.
I used the fabric of a pajama pants my friend didn’t want anymore.
Unfortunately, I cannot give you the link to the pattern because the site seems to be gone.

Now that the weather is getting more fall-like, I am working on a crochet sweater for my little one.
I got my hands on some nice merino wool in great off white and blue. I likely have it done for next week’s post.

Sunday Impressions – When in doubt: flowers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

This weekend, I did not take any pictures so I dug out a bunch of flower pictures for you to look at as my Sunday Impressions. It also reminded me how great the Chinese Lights festival was, and that I want to go this year again.

Somehow, I ended up with new yarn just as I am decluttering my sewing room. Decluttering craft supplies is the hardest decluttering there is.
At least for me. I need to allocate them to concrete projects and come up with a deadline of how long I can sit on them before they have to go.
I think 2 years should be my deadline for now.
I think I will do a few more projects now that it starts to get colder again. Summer is not a good season for craft projects. They are far more important for the cold months.
Especially up here, where we get so little Summer time, we have to use every minute of it.
This weekend seems to be a little preview of fall with rain and brown leaves. All around a gloomy weekend but filled with fun activities.
And I noticed, I am not ready for fall yet, although I am looking forward to it.
This fall is going to be a lot of mixed feelings. I wonder if that is the reason some ideas cropped up.
I want to do some cabin travel next year, do more drawing and painting and restart my poetry.
Oh, and I do have a Thursday threads post for you this week, so stay tuned.

Sunday Impressions: GenCon 50

Again my “Sunday Impressions” turn into a Monday Post 🙂
But it got pretty late after a long weekend at GenCon in Indianapolis. And I don’t think people read blogs that late at night.
Above you see some pictures of the amazing Costumes I encountered at GenCon.

If you are not familiar, Gencon is a four day gaming convention with some LARP, Anime, Cosplay, crafting and general geekiness sprinkled in. This year was its 50 year anniversary and my 3rd time there.

But this year was my first year with a baby. It meant fewer events for me and my husband but also more of just strolling and browsing than in previous years.
I was able to try out a few board games though of which we got a nice bag full at the AEG game night.
We definitely want to come back next year. And we will bring some costumes as well.

Thread Thursday 7: I’m back with a bonnet

Yes it is happening. Thread Thursday is back!!!
Summer is almost over again, and I don’t know how. The weeks seem to just fly by.
But I am picking up sewing again.
My little one needed a sun hat, because her current one is almost too small and otherwise we only have warm hats. So I printed a bonnet pattern and whipped up this little beauty from some quilting squares on Monday. It’s just plain cotton fabric, but I made it reversible.
You can get the pattern right here: Sun Bonnet Pattern
And there is also a tutorial from PurlSoho.
Here is my step by step process. I did a few tweaks.

Materials

  • ¼ yard  of the outer fabric
  • ¼ yard of the inner fabric
  • ¼ yard Interfacing
  • Thread
  • Bias tape maker (optional – I just used the iron)
  • Pattern (see above)

Step by Step

First of all, the size I used did not match with the actual age of my daughter. This is usually my issue with patterns. They are sized in months but that does not account for babies being all over the place in size at different months and my baby being pretty tiny. That is why I love patterns that are based on centimeters or inches better.
Anyways, I measured her head circumference and took the pattern where the side piece width was about 1/4th of that. I ended up using the 0-3 month pattern and she is 6 months old 😀

I cut out the pieces of the pattern per instruction. I also cut out a rectangle for the back of the head from each fabric. Here are the dimensions based on size.
0-3 (3-6, 6-12, 12-18, 18-24) months: 3 ½ by 9 ½ (3 ½ by 10 ¼, 3 ¾ by 11 ¼, 3 ¾ by 12 ½, 3 ¾ by 12 ¾)–inch rectangle from both the outer and inner fabric.

Then I cut a rectangle from the pink fabric 1 1/8 inch wide and 12 inches long for the ties. You could use either fabric but if you don’t do it reversible then use the outer fabric. The longer you cut the rectangles, the longer the Ties will be.

Different than the pattern I did the visor first. I just felt this would be easier later.
I layered inner and outer fabric right side together and then the interfacing on top.
Then I stitched on the line just catching the interfacing every now and then. You could also use fabric glue to hold it in place. Then I clipped the seam. You need to do that with curved seams so the fabric will lay nice and flat after turning the piece right side out.

I turned the visor right side out and fused it all together with an iron because the interfacing is fusible. The technique of catching the interfacing with a few stitches allows you to also use non-fusible interfacing.

Then, I pin together the head pieces of each fabric, sew them and clip the seams.

Next I was doing the ties. Here you can use the bias tape maker to have it easier folding the strip. I just used the iron and had to make a few more runs: first fold in half and iron, then fold sides toward the middle crease and iron, then fold in half again and iron.

For each tie, I picked one end that will be the outside end and fold it inward so there are no raw edges.

Once I got the strip all nice and folded, I top stitched close to the open edge.

Next I pinned everything together:

  • The two back of the head pieces in different fabric right side facing. 
  • In between, the visor right side out and right side facing each back of the head piece.
  • also in between the two back of the head pieces, the tie with the remaining raw edge pinned in the bottom front corner.

After all was pinned, I sewed around the edge leaving a gap in the back for turning.

I turned in side out and pressed a little.

Then to close the gap in the back, I top stitched along the lower edge of the bonnet.

Last but not least, I added a little pucker in the back for shaping by folding each back seam toward the visor by about 1/4 inch. I sewed along the bottom edge and up by about 1/4 inch.

And here is how it turned out. Cute little reversible summer bonnet. I love it.

And so you can see the fabric a little more in detail, here a couple close ups.

I had to try it on her the next day to get good light for the pictures. I think it also looks cute with the visor folded back 🙂