learning a new craft :: pysanky eggs

There is a wonderful shop called Pinecones & Needles in Belmont, MA with the sweetest owner named Anne. She recently shared a photo similar to this one of beautifully decorated eggs on their Facebook page. I was immediately intrigued by her Pysanky eggs so my daughter and I popped into the shop one rainy morning to learn more about the process.  Anne was eager to walk us through each and every step (and had the utmost patience when working with our 5-year-old!), and kindly let me take as many photos to document our experience.  So are you ready to learn about this super cool technique or what?!

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ohlin’s bakery (belmont)


A lot of people have asked me if I’ve had any specific cravings during pregnancy and honestly, not really.  I mean, from time to time I’ve craved something specific but I certainly wouldn’t consider myself one of those ladies with a craving so bad that I had to send my husband to the grocery store at midnight in order to satiate it.  A couple of times I’ve had an inkling for things like calamari, ice cream, and bacon – which my husband has lovingly obliged to – but luckily no peanut butter and pickles for me.

On this particular morning, I rolled over in bed and said, “I want a doughnut.”  Passed out for another hour, and woke up still wanting that doughnut.  It probably was partially from reading about Ohlin’s Bakery in Belmont in the most recent issue of the Improper.  And also after our hunt for a doughnut shop a couple of months ago (okay, so I stand slightly corrected – I did make my husband search the area for a doughnut shop based on a craving that day) which resulted in a shop in Allston and me angering a Korean man when he asked me if I wanted cream and sugar in my coffee.

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il casale (belmont)

The last time we were at Il Casale was back in December 2010 which seems like ages ago.  We recently went about a week ago and decided to take my in-laws there as a “thank you” gesture for some work they did in and around our house.  (That’s right ladies and gents, thanks to my father-in-law, all the doors in our hallway now match!)  We lucked out because the restaurant is now open on Mondays, and I managed to get a 7:15 pm reservation.  We got there a little earlier and they were able to seat us anyway (I wonder if my big prego belly helped with that).

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il casale (belmont)

We dined at Il Casale in early December, right after I completed the second day at the Snow Mall craft fair.  I know, another overdue post!

We took a chance and didn’t make a reservation ahead of time.  It was about 7 pm on Sunday night and we weren’t able to get a regular table, but there was plenty of seating at the bar which was fine for us because I think the Celtics were playing that night.  About half an hour later the bar filled up and there was a short line at the door, so we got in at a good time.
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