Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easter Eggs 2012

We colored our eggs yesterday! We attempted to do the Martha Stewart electrical tape striping and marbling techniques I found online. As usual, it's never quite as easy as it appears in the instructions. For one thing, the narrowest electrical tape Bernie could find was 1/2" rather than the 1/4" called for in the tutorial.  The kids had a lot of fun with the tape, but I found it difficult to position it as precisely as I wanted to.  Next year Bernie wants to try this again using pinstriping tape from the automotive store. 

Anders Gets Serious With Electrical Tape
As for the marbling, I didn't follow the instructions very precisely. I think I made the marbling dye bath too deep and put in too much olive oil, so next year I'll spend some time finding more appropriate containers for that part.  Oh, and NOTE TO SELF: Next year, remember to put plastic gloves on before I start playing with food coloring, to avoid a reprise of the lovely manicure I'll be sporting for Easter Sunday:

Even if I had time to get a manicure today (I don't), I don't think there's anything they could do to get that gross green dye out from under my nails.  Whatever -- next year, GLOVES!!

This morning the kids had their Easter egg hunt and egg decorating party at church.  I managed to get one sneaky shot of Lars before he noticed what I was doing:

...And then I got the "Why-is-my-mom-so-embarrassing?!" look in all subsequent photos:

"I am way too cool for you, Mom."  -- Lars

See?  So grown-up and sophisticated, this eleven-year-old.  How sophisticated?  Why, THIS sophisticated:

Anders, as usual, dyed almost all of his eggs green.  If it was up to Anders, EVERYTHING would be green.

Meanwhile, Bernie was stalking around with his camera, looking like this from an adult's perspective:

...and looking like THIS from a small child's perspective:

Pretty scary, don't you agree?

Now the eggs are taken care of, Easter suits are all clean and ready for church tomorrow morning, and my husband is speaking longingly to me of ligustrum bushes that he wants to plant.  It's a beautiful, sunny Saturday.  Happy Easter, everyone!


Fred and/or Marlies said...

Nice pics. Happy Easter from Oma and Opa.

Beadboard UpCountry said...

I think you guys did great!!!!!!!And got some good memorable picture too! Have a great Easter!Maryanne xo