Oh wait. We’re not quite there yet. It’s still HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!
But we can think about Easter. We can make plans for Easter. We can dye Easter eggs.
That’s exactly what my family did yesterday.
Growing up, my mother always embraced all of the holiday traditions. While she stayed true to the religious meanings of any holiday we celebrated, she also made sure we had fun. And at Easter, despite of all the Easter baskets and chocolate bunnies and peeps, one of my favorite traditions was always dyeing Easter eggs.
As I got older and left home, I still dyed Easter eggs. I reintroduced my husband to the fun of creating colored eggs. And when we finally had a child, we thought we’d let him in on our tradition as well.
We love it. We’re supportive of each other’s ideas and designs but we might also be a teeny tiny bit competitive.
Who can make the best egg? The most colorful? The most creative?
This has definitely been the year of creativity, especially with a few new PAAS egg coloring kits.
I almost feel like I don’t even have to say PAAS, right? I feel like they have pretty much cornered the market on Easter egg dye and would bet almost all of their company revenue comes during one month out of the year.
But it must still be a competitive market because they keep innovated and finding new ways to create beautiful eggs. And as a family, we thought we’d try all of them out.
Some were met with wild success while others… well… you’ll see how they turned out.
Using the PAAS directions to make Tape Eggs, I used tape on the egg to create a random design. It was only when I finished that I realized that i created a cross so I call this my Jesus egg.
My very favorite eggs were those that used the new Touch of Velvet kit. The directions weren’t the clearest and the sticky design were a little hard to manage but once I mastered that skill, I made velvety butterflies and flowers all over my eggs.
Then there was my Volcano Eggsplosion egg which did look like a crayon had exploded on my egg. I don’t think I quite achieved the desired effect and I might be picking crayon wax out of my teeth after eating this one.
I do have to admit, though, that while my eggs won’t be winning any prizes any time soon, the single biggest factor to successful decorating was reading the directions. Unfortunately, I didn’t always do that at exactly the right time.
I also blame some of my artistic failings on Beamer who felt he had to examine everything we were doing. He’s lucky I love him. I stopped him just before he was about to “sample” the pink dye.
Even with Beamer’s “help,” I think we did a pretty fine job as a family. But mine still look the best.
I hope you spend a little time decorating some eggs, both virtually and in real life and enjoy being a kid again!
Disclosure: I was provided free product samples for review by Heinz and PAAS.