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The Art of the Easter Egg–Part II

WHAT IT IS

My Easter egg collection varies in “wow” appeal and in sentiment.  As I happily displayed in my previous Art of the Easter Egg post, I have several pretty little eggs that were decorated by skilled artists.  For instance, the shell on this one was cut out by a tiny drill and painted with thickly layered flowers.

I also have a sort of multi-media goose egg, with one side displaying a cross-stitched bunny couple frolicking in a cheerfully painted bunny trail.  The other side is filled-up with a lovely tree standing in a flowered field, the tree itself covered with plump blobs of pink-paint buds.

And, nestled among all of these fragile beauties are my real treasures:  the eggs that were decorated by my children.

BRING IT HOME

My twin boys attended a German kindergarten when we lived in Bavaria, and I was delighted and impressed (although a bit intimidated) when the request came home that they each were to return to school with three hollowed out eggs, for decorating.  This kindergarten teacher was boldly going where no teacher I knew had ever gone before:  she was taking a class full of preschoolers and teaching them to decorate fragile, raw, hollowed-out eggs!

Of course, the intimidating part had to do with blowing-out the raw eggs.  I fully admit that I’m not the crafty sort, and this is not the kind of task that is generally on my “to do” list for spring.  But it wasn’t that hard!  We pin-pricked holes in the tops and bottoms of the eggs until they were large enough to get the job done, then fixed a straw over the top hole (the most narrow part of the egg) and blew out the guts.  Believe me, if I could do it, anyone could.  The advantage of going through all of this, of course, is that the eggs can be kept for years, for display and admiration.

More conveniently, I found pre-blown goose eggs at the Andechs Ostereiermarkt and gladly purchased some for my children.  They simply painted them with water colors, and I must add that the larger goose eggs made a very manageable painting surface for kinder.

I continue to be charmed by the variety of ways the children decorated their eggs for these class projects.  Some are covered with overlapping pieces of colorful tissue, some are swirled with multicolored paints, some are dripped with wax from melted crayons.  I think that the solid colored eggs topped with felt, which lends the appearance of strawberries, are particularly clever.  Also clever are the “grassy” egg stands, apparently fashioned from cut toilet paper tubes and green tissue paper.

Also impressive, as well as thoughtful, was the fact that this teacher fastened loops into each egg and attached the children’s names to them.  She tied strings to small, light pieces of wood and slipped them inside the egg holes; the wood flattened out parallel to the top of the egg so that the string stays in place.  I pack and unpack these fragile treasures each year with such fond memories and such gratitude that my family was able to experience this lovely tradition first-hand.

Happy Easter!  Happy Spring!

22 Comments

  1. prairiesummers

    Haha I remember blowing out eggs until we were red in the face. It was a lot of fun. My baby-girl is too young but maybe next year we decorate eggs with her.

    • I’m so glad to hear from someone else who has that memory!I’m glad your memories are fond ones. :-) Thank you for sharing!

  2. I remember when I lived in Germany, we also had beautifully decorated Easter eggs hanging from indoor plants, and we would hang other decorations on the windows that could be seen from the outside. I also remember my kids painting eggs in kindergarten. Lovely traditions…

    • They really are lovely traditions, Sami. I’m glad you have fond memories, as well. It’s so nice to have these tangible items that take us back and let us indulge in some sweet remembrances. :-)

  3. Betsy

    Robin, “fantastic” is an over-used word, but these truly are fantastic–and stunningly beautiful. Thank you for sharing. My two year old grandson needs the plastic eggs now which he likes to throw to open, but soon now we’ll be ready for goose eggs. Wonder where you’d find those in Atlanta?

    • Thanks so much for your sweet and enthusiastic comments, Betsy! I’ve seen duck eggs at Farmers Markets here in the ATL, but no goose eggs. Perhaps at the DeKalb Farmers Market??

  4. Lovely, what a fine collection you have made, and very inspiring.

  5. TBM

    I love seeing your collection. I remember when I was kid blowing out the stuff in eggs to decorate them. This brings back memories. Easter is one of my favorite holidays.

    • I’m glad you liked seeing the collection, TBM. And I’m happy to know of someone who also did this as a child!

  6. Bonita Babe

    Soo Lovely, and perfect family tradition – do your children remember painting these oh so very artistic eggs? But, especially memorable – that amazing patient talented loving teacher for all those tender little kinder!! Wow!! for sure!

    • They do remember it, but vaguely. They don’t remember the specifics of how they decorated each one, but they remember doing it! Thank you for your comments, Babe–glad you like these Easter eggs. :-)

  7. Just when I thought part 2 couldn’t beat part 1! Fantastic eggs and a beautiful story. I’ve been wondering how difficult it would be to blow the egg, especially getting the thick yolk out, but by the sounds of things it’s not as hard as I assumed. You have a wonderful collection and it’s so lovely to have the ones done by your children, I can quite understand why they’re your favourites.

    • You’re too kind, Lorna, dear. Thank you so much for your “like” and your comments. Frankly, it’s been a while since I’ve blown the insides out of an egg, but I tend to remember experiences that frustrate me beyond my (embarrassingly low) tolerance level, and since that particular egg-blowing escapade does not stick in the annals of my memory, it must not have been too difficult!

      • You have such a wonderful way with words Robin, that really made me laugh this morning, and I was needing a laugh, so thank you!

        • Why, thank you, Lorna, and right back atcha! You have quite a way with words, yourself–and your comment really made me smile this morning, and I was needing a smile. :-)

  8. Diana

    Wow! Robin, I love the beautiful eggs.

    • Thanks for the “wow!” Diana—glad you like the eggs. :-)

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