Around this time last year I learned about the art of Pysanky eggs. It’s a really fun craft of decorating eggs using melted wax and dyes. I was so intrigued by it’s complexity that I bought a kit in hopes of making more at home. Well, I think Easter came sooner than I had hoped so I didn’t get back to it last year. Luckily, my friend motivated me to try it again this year and we got together to begin our designs.
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?!
One thing that I’ve been appreciating more these days is the ability to use crafting supplies in multiple ways. Take for example, a stamp set and coordinating dies. Manufacturers have made it much easier to create stamped images and then cut them out by using detailed dies (with the help of cutting tools and machines) for paper crafting. But today, I decided to try them out on felt instead and managed to create a fun little playing board for our 5-year-old to play with. In this particular example I used the “Basket Bunch” photopolymer stamps and coordinating dies from Stampin’ Up.
Trying to get out of this creative rut and managed to make some cards last night.
This one was done using a new allium flower stamp from Paper Source and some glitter.
I used flocking powder on the little rabbit punch out (thanks Liz!). Not sure if you can see how fuzzy he is in the photo.
You must’ve seen the old email cartoon that goes around about this time every year … one chocolate bunny has a bite in his bum and tells his friend that it hurts. Alas, his buddy’s ear has been nibbled on and therefore he’s a little short of hearing. It’s my favorite email and so I kind of duplicated it here.