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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Easter Parade

The day is here! Join the fun at Miss Sandy's Quill Cottage!

And what am I parading today? An Easter bonnet? A new dress? Anything exciting at all? Nah...not my style. I'm parading onion skin wrapped eggs. This might have been exciting if New England eggs were white, but they're already brown. Sigh. Whatever! I can't be expected to remember the little things in the wee hours of the morning with the stench aroma of hard boiled eggs wafting about the house.

This is how you, too, can create such an egg:

1. Save onion skins for a very long time. (Longer than two days.)

2. Wrap white eggs for a dramatic effect or brown eggs for the subtle look I enjoy so well with said onion skins.

3. Wrap them again in a piece of paper towel and wind closed with string.

4. Hard boil them according to your method — mine is to bring eggs to a boil in cold water, boil for 5 minutes, then allow to cool in the pan for another 5 minutes with heat turned off, rinse as usual.

5. Remove thread, paper towel, and onion skins and prepare to be amazed at the designs.

6. Since I am using the eggs as place settings at the Easter table, I will add names.

7. The final step is to shine them up using a little vegetable oil.

Here's the story in pictures:

Hoping to add a photo of my Easter finery circa 19%$, but am not waking my dear mother to beg at this hour. Check back!

ETA: As promised, but delayed...sorry! I love this photo especially of my sister who, at three years of age, was as adorable as could be and knew how to strike a pose. :D She still does!


  1. The eggs are amazing! I'll stop back later to see the vintage easter finery. And thanks for the link for the teacup info--it made my yard sale teacup feel a bit more important! ~Kathy

  2. Do you remember the litle jingle from the late 60s or early 70s? "Brown eggs are local eggs and local eggs are fresh." Always mae me woner...aren't white eggs local somewhere??


  3. I really have to get a new keyboard. Please insert "d"s where needed!! And oh yeah, a second "t" would be good in little :)

  4. Your eggs are very pretty.

    I don't like to eat eggs though. I think it's because when I was little my mother used to make me eat soft boiled eggs and that slimy part used to make me gag.

  5. I just love those eggs and such a nice place card idea. Also, thank you for the tutorial.

    I will be back later,


  6. Now here's one I haven't tried! Thanks for the tutorial and Happy Easter

  7. Isn't that interesting!! I was raised in New England and I remember the jingle "brown eggs are local eggs and local eggs are fresh"! Brown eggs are RARE here in WA...when I see them I buy them..memories I guess. Neat idea..I have never heard of that before!

  8. Oh those are neat! White eggs are the norm here in Jersey...

    Love your header pic!

  9. I love the marbled effect it gives the eggs Vee!! I think the turned out beautiful... and what a good idea to use them a place markers, too! Happy Spring sweetie, xxoo, Dawn

  10. Were you really up at 1 AM dying eggs? LOL! It's so busy this time of the year isn't it? The eggs turned out great!
    I usually buy brown eggs too, and I'm going to buy a dozen of white ones to dye tomorrow so I can use them to decorate the Italian Easter Bread I make.
    Happy Spring!
    Hugs, Pat

  11. My grandmother always made her colored eggs this way...
    The color is deep and natural...she would put them in a pink bowl.
    Thank you for reminding of days gone by….

    Happy spring..

  12. So very beautiful! What a great idea. My big issue with egg dyeing is the mess. This looks so easy and mess free!! I love your blog by the way.

    Happy Easter!

  13. I've always wanted to try that method of dying eggs. I'll have to do some for Easter now! Thanks for sharing and happy Easter!

  14. Thank you for stopping over at my blog !! Your eggs are just tooo adorable !! Enjoyed reading your blog so much ! Have a fabulous Easter !

  15. Hi Vee...You always seem to amaze me...now, how clever is that? Onion Skin Eggs!... Love the little setting with the lace ...the rabbit...and, the eggs are all quite lovely indeed...I do wish you a fine day...Dee Dee

  16. Lovely marbled eggs...a great effect on brown eggs! Our farm fresh eggs are also brown ('cuz the pretty chickens lay brown eggs)...but the big flocks of laying hens are usually white.

    I'll check back for that vintage photo of your Easter finery from a few years ago!

  17. Hey cute girl! What a cool way to do eggs, I love it. And great photo!


  18. I love the natural look of the eggs, and I especially like the way you featured the time...I'm always afraid to do anything stove-related at that time...I can nod off in an instant.

    Cute Easter picture, too. I love the way we all dressed way back when.

  19. "Happy Easter" Vee...

    I've been on the "Easter Parade" route for a couple of hours already...there goes my morning! HA

    Love this idea with the eggs...I'll have to try it!


  20. Those eggs are amazing, but VEE....you're crazy... you're up at 1:15 in the morning boiling eggs? Brown eggs are rare around here unless you go to one of the egg farms.

  21. What a fun idea! I've never heard of using onion skins before. Just love that marble effect it gives. And I love the idea of writing names on them too.

    Happy Spring & a Happy Easter!!

  22. Wow, those are cool !! Never have heard of that before. Hmmmm, Now how about PINK eggs !! lol

  23. "I love this photo especially of my sister who, at three years of age, was as adorable as could be and knew how to strike a pose. :D She still does!"

    Awwww, I'm tired of how cute your sister was/is.

    You're no shabby chick yourself, Hon!!!

    Happy Easter hugs,

  24. The eggs are so beautiful and unique. Thanks for sharing the method...we'll definitely try that. I must say, Vee, your readership has skyrocketed! You go, girl!

  25. Wow! That is a new one for me, thanks for the tip!

  26. Thanks for stopping by, what a clever idea for the eggs. Thanks for sharing. I am hoping that this Easter season is very reminiscent of the real reason we celebrate. Enjoy your Easter!

  27. what a unique twist on coloring eggs. Love the look. Lovely quote at the bottom of the blog page too. Spring is a season of hope fulfilled isnt it.

  28. Wonderful pic and cool eggs. I never heard of doing eggs that way. Thanks

  29. Sweet photo - all that curly hair.
    I love the wall behind your bed with the pictures.
    Your Mother certainly had a tea cup collection. I am always amazed at how much tea and tea cups has entered the American psyche.

  30. Vee,
    I am finally here at my own parade!!! I have been unable to access blogger! You are my very first stop, much love to you for participating.

    I am going to try those eggs. Can you do this with purple onion skins on white eggs? Can you do this on eggs that have been blown out? I'd like to keep mine!

    The photo is adorable!

  31. You're going to be a busy gal, Miss Sandy. I was busy for hours yesterday! :>

    Yes, you can use red onion skins on white eggs.

    I've never tried this with blown eggs, but maybe if you soaked them overnight it would work?????? I would think the boiling wouldn't be so good for them.

    I can see us both up at midnight in our respective kitchens doing experiments. LOL!

  32. Vee,
    Thanks for answering my questions and yes we can compare notes on our mad scientist experiments! I am blown away by the variety and creativity of all the parade participants and yes after all the visits am going to be one busy bunny! I want to make, taste, incorporate, and do it all!!! Did you see those sugar eggs, I've go to try that too!


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