March 22, 2007

Making Easter Eggs With Old Ties!
Okay, y'all, I was on Miss Martha's site and I watched a video showing one of the neatest and most unusual ways to decorate Easter eggs that I had ever seen. Well, of course I had to try! If you would to try you will need the following items:


Old ties, the more vibrant the color and pattern the better the egg will turn out. (Don't take one of your husband's without asking;) I asked Mr. P if he wouldn't mind looking and seeing if there was one that he didn't want that I could use. Also, I know you can literally pick them up for a dime at yard sales.
Cut approx. the bottom third of the tie off.
"Open" the bottom part up and remove any inside filling, lining, etc.. All you want left is the tie material that you see on the front.
Take a small to medium egg and with fabric "right" side to egg you will take the fabric and wrap it up as smoothly as you can until you have it nicely together at the top. Make sure that the material is nice and flat and doesn't bunch. I didn't show the following next step. Take an old white undershirt, sheet, etc. and do the same thing with that material as you did with the tie material. Cover tie material completely making sure there are no bunches and then tie with a twisty tie at the top.
Measure out at least 1/4 cup vinegar and place in a pan of water (should be glass or enamel)
Place eggs carefully in the water and heat the water to boiling. Once is starts to get to a boil you need to cut the temp down so that you have just a nice little simmer. Do this for at least twenty minutes. Once that is done and you have taken the eggs out of the water you need to let them cool completely. Unwrap eggs when cool and then rub with a little vegetable oil to make them shine. Place in a pretty bowl and then stand back and admire because you have just made some beautiful and unique Easter Eggs!! BTW, make sure you save the tie because it can be used up to five times! Here is a link to the video (it's on the right under egg dyeing techniques) so you can see how they should really turn out!
Just to give you a chuckle, I will thought I'd share this with you. I brought the eggs out onto the porch because I thought they would phograph better. I placed them "artistically" on the table ready to take the picture and the phone rings. I go in to answer and it is my sister. I sit at the kitchen table and we are having a nice chat when all of a sudden I look out the window and I see our Lab, Jake, reaching up with his mouth to have a little snack. I scream and throw the phone down and I am running after him saying, "give me back my Martha egg!" It was not a pretty sight, Ladies;) I finally managed to "fanagle" the egg from his mouth and the pictures you see above are "after" the fact. I tried best to hide the crack marks! LOL Gotta love it;)

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lol, Susan, that is so funny, after all your went through to decorate the fancy eggs. They are pretty though.

Cathy

Mrs.B. said...

Oh what pretty eggs!

And when reading what your dog did I was ROFL!! I can so relate.....It sounds exactly like something my dogs would do! (o:

Anonymous said...

Those turned out VERY pretty, Susan!
Enjoy your day!

Blessings,
Michelle

Debi said...

These are so pretty! Thanks for sharing...

Candy said...

That was so funny Susan! :)
Those eggs are pretty :)

Mrs. C said...

You followed those instruction so well; the eggs look "Martha-worthy"!

Too funny about your dog!

Karen said...

Well my word. Who da thunk it???
That is the neatest idea. Martha never ceases to amaze me.
I like the dog egg-swiping story, too. ;-)
Blessings,
Karen

LBP said...

I love your eggs! I am going to give them a try. One Easter when I was small my Dad hid our Easter eggs while we were at church. When we started looking for them we couldn't find any. He started looking and couldn't find any either. When we got around to the dog house, there were a bunch of colored eggs shells and a very sheepish looking german shepherd!

Christie Belle said...

Oh my, I am giggling about your funny dog. But what a wonderful, crafty idea with the eggs, they turned out soooo pretty!

Betty said...

Susan,

The eggs are gorgeous! I've never heard of such a thing, but I certainly will try it.

I would have loved to see you chasing the dog. Bet the dog thought it was a new game....

Thanks for visiting with me. Their's really is a sweet love story.....

Jodi said...

Susan, what pretty eggs! I can only say that Karen and I must think alike because my first thought to post was "who da thunk it" - lol! And I love your egg-eating dog, Jake! :o)

deezie said...

I can't believe those eggs came out so pretty I wasnt expecting that. they are really really pretty, good just Susan. I love Marthas site:)
deezie

HeatherJ said...

That's great! It never would have occurred to me you could decorate eggs with ties. Thanks for sharing this.

thehomespunheart said...

This is a great idea! And, I got a good laugh from your dog trying to eat one! :)

PAT said...

Beautiful eggs! I might have to give them a try.

Love the Lab story. Being a Lab Mommy, I can easily visualize "the game". Delightfully funny!

Tracy said...

How beautiful they are! And what a funny story. I can see it all!

Karen said...

Hi Susan,
Yes, I would be honored if you copied it. It has been a great reminder to me over the years. Thank you for the birthday wishes, too. I kinda thought we were close in age. ;-)
xoxoxo
Karen

Candy said...

Hi Susan, just wanted to say Im off for the weekend...and will be back to posting and checking blogs on Monday. Have a lovely weekend!!!
Love Candy

Rhoda said...

Susan, thanks so much for your nice comments & for stopping by my blog. I love making new friends & my blog list is growing every day. Love your Martha egg story...and how funny that the dog stole your egg. That is a priceless story! Please come by often & visit & I'll do the same.

Rhoda
Southern Hospitality

Rhoda said...

Oh, and the eggs are really, really pretty too...gives new meaning to the phrase tie-dying, huh?? LOL

Rhoda

annewithane65 (Kim) said...

Cute story about your dog and his egg-napping. The eggs are really pretty!