Thursday, March 24, 2016

Beautiful Pysanky Easter Eggs made by Susan

Pysanky is a Ukranian Easter egg decorated using wax and batik method. It is truly an artistic Easter egg.I especially like the intricate painting and vibrant dye colors. It is wonderful to see an old world tradition come alive, being practiced by a good sweet friend of Dee's.You meet the most interesting people at her home.

 Susan has been making these beautiful Pysanky Easter eggs for a while. This method of egg dyeing is used by Polish, Russian and surrounding countries.Susan told me how she originally found a kit at a Polish church and from there she started experimenting. I love her painted eggs! They are simply a delight to see. Be sure and enlarge to see the detail of the eggs. Susan even made the Pysanky Easter eggs as a child using red onion skins.I bet they were pretty.

   As we approach the wonderful celebration of Easter I decided to explore the traditions from all over the world of dyeing Easter Eggs. Raising my sweet little chicks I had forgotten why do we dye eggs at Easter time? Since I am now going to have four chickens down the road what am I going to do with all the eggs?
 I like to make scones but seeing Susan's eggs was an interesting idea.Oh to be so talented!

Dyeing Easter eggs is a custom from ancient times from representing new birth,fertility, spring and Christ resurrection.The internet had all sorts of reasons.
Glorious Easter Eggs by Susan

It is such a fun activity whether your using onion skins,food dye or buying a Easter egg dyeing kit with everything in it .I am sure my daughter will be dyeing eggs this weekend with my grandson.


                                           Dee decorated for Easter using some of Susan's eggs

                                                                    Notforgotten farms print

                                                                      sweet bunny

                                                          Dee put some Easter eggs in a bowl

Susan Easter Eggs

Doll holding a giant wool egg

funny bunny


                                                             The first daffodil is special

                                               Hugs have a Blessed Easter this weekend


Monday, March 21, 2016

Nana Vacation and Easter Chicks


  Last Thursday Little Jack and I started our Nana vacation.Thursday til Sunday I was one babysitting Nana. In that time I sold my antique piano too! The little guys parents were out of state so Grandpa and I were babysitting little Jack.My daughter was at Brave girls camp in Idaho and her hubby was in Texas golfing with an old friend. Since Grandpa was at work every day little Jack and I were on our own with a quest to get some Easter chicks.
It was so sweet watching little Jacks reactions to chicks as we picked them out.
I always tell my husband were making memories!
 I also have been incredibly slow working on my quilt blocks for the Cheri Payne friendship group. I have to brush up on my quilting! So tonight I have got to get busy and do at least two blocks.
 Little Jack and I went and visited my cousin at Santee lakes and had a fun time feeding the ducks. Enjoy a Nana vacation.
 Oh yeah I killed a snake on Sunday! Thank goodness little Jack was already  back home.
I don't know what kind the snake was. I didn't ask its name.I still feel yucky thinking about it. I felt nauseous especially when it hissed at me!
Tomorrow is rug hooking and Friday I am going to a edible plant garden club meeting. There is so much to do in the spring! Hugs Cheri
                                              Now I know why people like pigs so much.
                                              They are so cute!

baby pigs

                                                Were on the way home with four chicks

                                                                         Maulie loves to look at them


Hubby made a quick little sign

Santee Lakes

picky eater 

Cheri Payne blocks I am working on

 Long ago I painted these old laundry buckets 
I got these at the Long beach swap meet years ago

I painted a iron bed for handrails

painting more buckets

We have been busy adding pea gravel instead of grass
I need a trip to Lowes for more blocks  

Friday, March 11, 2016

Peacock Days and Happy Belated Birthday Dee


                                                                   So darling

                                                          Such a sweet and talented friend

Every morning I wake up with a very talkative peacock in Crest. I feel like I am at the World Famous San Diego Zoo with strange bird noises. I must admit I do enjoy listening to the sounds echoing thru Crest it just feels so peaceful. There are several colorful peacocks a couple houses down sitting on a neighbors porch which to me would be a little messy.It's interesting to watch those birds as hubby and I go on a walk down our dirt road on weekends.They do have the longest tails that drape over the porch .
 I will stick with wanting chickens.I also have been observing  hawks in the park flying around.There are strange looking lizards with green stripes and of course rabbits. Soon I will have my chicks.
 Early morning when its warm I will sit in my green garden chair under my umbrella. Morris sitting on the porch and Maulie at my feet. I sip on my one cup of coffee in the early spring morning in Crest.  This is the best time of year. I usually have my iPad on quickly checking my email and then putting it away with a sigh time to work in my garden.
                                                 Can you just see me enjoying my coffee
                                                  in my front yard with Morris and Maulie

I went to Dee's a couple weeks ago and I also enjoyed taking picture of what everyone is doing at rug hooking at the Country Loft so enjoy my travels.

I love the Birthday gift from Donna to Dee
The wooden hand was made from Notforgotten farm
and Donna did the rest

Dee and I love those pink succulents

 This is some items ladies brought in to share

Stephanie as usual brought in some wonderful work

Olde Colony Primitives 

 Easter Bunnies by Stephanie pics by Michele

Antique quilt pieces
Some of these pieces were from the 1800's

                                       Antique parts of a quilt Michele bought at a quilt show

                                                         Sarah Havener on Etsy made these

                                                             Little antique quilt wallets

                                    Michele has been buying these Antique wallets by Sarah Havener
                                    Dee mentioned she was gifted a little piece of
                                    antique fabric from Sarah how kind!
                                   What will she make?
                                                        I love the fabric covered boxes

                                                                 little books

                                                          Pam is doing a good job

                                         As usual I will get caught up with my blogger friends!!

                                                                       Hugs Cheri