Beautiful Easter Eggs {au naturale

Easter spells out beauty…

                                    ~S.D. Gordon

gathered gems 

Just in time for Easter celebrations, colored jewels in various soft, delicate hues are gathered from le palais de poulet!  Since the gems are so lovely, we haven’t dyed Easter eggs at Rose Cottage for over 15 years. It is another great way to be a “creative frugalist”…something we have been doing a long time at Rose Cottage.

Each egg is so magnificently colored that every time my Very Best Sweetie comes down the north slope from the hen house we “ooh” and “aahhh” over the wide array of eggs collected! Maybe, you will be inspired by the eggs’ extraordinary beauty, too?

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The Rose Cottage favorites are the turquoise jewels from the Araucana hens. We continually marvel at how beautiful the eggs are created and the color palate the eggs demonstrate–ranging in color from light sky blue to robin’s egg blue to olive and khaki. Some are softly speckled; others subtly mottled. There is variation in size, too. We pause to reflect on the loveliness of these precious jewels, and consider how often we can overlook the exquisiteness of the ordinary in the rush of the day.

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The simple, ordinary breakfast egg becomes the extraordinary during the minute or two of truly looking and seeing it! It is almost as if we are seeing the delicate eggs offered to us by the girls for the first time. We are so thankful for each spring gift we receive from the aging hens.

How have you found a new “gem” by looking at something you once thought ordinary?

rare jewels 

The Araucana production is significantly down this year. The girls are getting “a bit on in years.” Soon, we need to add some young, spring chicks to the small flock. Fortunately, we were able to find a local farmer to help provide additional Easter jewels for this year’s spring gatherings with dear family and friends.

I take a photo of a couple of the jewels with the hand painted forget-me-not luncheon tea set. As if it were just yesterday, I remember my Grandmother’s sweet, unassuming forget-me-nots that grew with wild abandon in her lawn along Swan Lake, and the little flower bouquets I picked every day for her when I was young. Grandmother always exclaimed with utter joy and graciousness when I would proudly present her with the blue delicacies clutched–sometimes crushed and wilted– in my small, warm hand. I still remember how her eyes would well up with tender tears…ahh, another jewel to add to my treasure chest!

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gathered brown eggs and some vintage egg cups

Soon My Darling Girl and her sweet hubby will arrive at Rose Cottage from the lush Pacific NW. The Amazing Boy will take a break from his studies, and arrive home from college, too. It is with great expectation and eagerness we await all their arrivals!

Farm fresh eggs will find their way to the breakfast table while they all are at Rose Cottage. One morning, soft- and hard-boiled eggs will be on the menu–served in one of the vintage egg cups. The pick of the egg cups will be theirs. Which is yours? I will have it ready for you, too. There are more egg cups in the cupboard, if you like something a bit different.

Vintage Green Egg Cup with Velvet Chick

 

Vintage Rooster Egg Cup

Vintage Rooster Egg Cup

 

Vintage Clear Glass Egg Cup

Vintage Clear Glass Egg Cup

 

Vintage Floral Egg Cup

Vintage Floral Egg Cup

 

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natural Easter egg dyes

There are some ways of creating simple, beautiful Easter eggs if you don’t have a ready-supply of turquoise or golden butterscotch gems. Coloring beautiful Easter eggs au naturale can be done by using dyes made from herbs, produce, juice or spices–many things may already be in your pantry.

How have your experimented with making your own Easter egg dyes?

Here are just a few ideas to get started with creating beautiful, naturally-colored Easter eggs:

RED: red onions skins (takes a lot of boiled skins to get deep color), canned cherries with juice, pomegranate juice, frozen raspberries or cherries

PINK: red beets or pickled beet juice, cranberries or cranberry juice, frozen raspberries, frozen or canned red grape juice

ORANGE: chili powder, paprika, saffron (this is a good way to “re-purpose” those out-dated spices in the pantry!)

YELLOW: chamomile or green tea, celery seed, ground cumin or ground tumeric (2-3 teaspoons of the spice is boiled in water first)

GREEN: green spinach leaves (boiled)

BLUE: canned blueberries, red cabbage leaves (boiled), purple grape juice

VIOLET: Small amount of purple grape juice, violet blossoms plus 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, Red Zinger tea

STEPS:

Place 1 to 3 handfuls of the dye material into a saucepan. Use 1-3 teaspoons for spices.

Add water to 1-inch above the dye material. The ratio is about 1 cup of water to one handful of the dye material.

Bring the water to the point where it is just begins to boil. Then turn down the heat to low.

Simmer the dye material and water about 15 minutes or up to an hour depending on the dye color desired. Eggs will dye lighter than the color in the saucepan.

Remove the pan from the heat.

Strain the dye liquid using a mesh strainer or cheese cloth-lined colander. Pour the strained liquid dye into a measuring cup.

Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of vinegar for each cup of dye liquid. Pour the dye mixture into a cup, mug, bowl or jar that is deep enough to completly cover the eggs.

Use a slotted spoon to lower the egg into the dye mixture. Leave the eggs in the water until you like the color-this can take awhile. Remove the egg from the liquid and dry in an egg carton or drying rack.

Tips:

  • To get a bolder or darker color add two or three teaspoons of vinegar to one cup of the “dye.”
  • Allow eggs to soak overnight in the refrigerator if you are coloring with teas.
  • The eggs will become darker the longer they are left in the dye. Let the eggs soak in the refrigerator if you are wanting a darker color and if you will be eating the eggs after they are dyed.
  • Be careful to handle the eggs gently and minimally as some of the colors can easily be rubbed off before the egg has dried.
  • Naturally-colored eggs will not be glossy. After the colored egg is dry, rub the shell with some cooking oil or mineral oil to give the shell a soft sheen.
Garden Pot and Grandmother's Sterling Easter Demitasse Spoon

Garden Pot and Grandmother's Sterling Easter Demitasse Spoon

 
How are you creating a beautiful Easter this year?  For more ideas check out The Inspired Room.
Thank you for stopping by Rose Cottage!
We are so glad that you came for a lovely Easter visit.
 
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28 responses to “Beautiful Easter Eggs {au naturale

  1. I just LOVE the green color of your “Araucana girls”. Such a pretty post. And thanks so much for the natural dying tips. I’m going to try that! Have a wonderful week….

    Blessings
    Kitty
    xox

  2. Wow, Your eggs look beautiful…I also just love the Araucana girls, that color is just amazing… Thanks for telling us how to get the different colors…I can tell that was real time consuming…Hope all is well..
    Stephenie

  3. Your one and only son

    I claim the white chick egg holder, with a blue egg please?

    I can’t wait to be home this comming weekend!

  4. That was an ‘egg’celent post! (teehee) I have hens too, and the Araucana’s are my favorites! I have had a couple of old girls still laying at 13 yrs. I never got so find out how long they would live naturally ~ they were killed by something!
    Thanks for sharing about the natural dyes. I have some old spices that need a new use!
    Blessings!

  5. Edie

    Good Morning Miss Debbykay~

    OHHHHH AHHHHHHHHHh and then some you are amazing… Those girls came through again with the beautiful eggs…. and such lovely pictures… These egg cups are awesome… I’mo loving that little brown chick with the basket in her mouth ! 🙂

    Have a fun filled a day… Just a couple of more days till the the #1 daughter arrives…. What fun~

    Again, your spring Easter post is delightful

    Love ya,
    Edie

  6. Beautiful post…the colors of those Araucana eggs are wonderful. They need no dye. Your egg cups are great, and I will be copying some of your tips for natural coloring.
    ♥, Susan

  7. Dear Debbykay,

    I love Easter, it is my most favorite holiday and time of year!

    It is always such a delight and blessing to visit you at your Rose Cottage! I love your beautiful writings and your lovely photos! I see such love and care in all you do and joy, yes, I see lots of joy in your Rose Cottage!!!

    Your eggs are so beautiful! I hope to keep chickens one day soon. Right now we purchase ours from an organic family farm. I love the green ones, too! They are my favorite! The yolks are an amazing shade of orange! I will have to get Araucana’s when I get chickens! I love the simple beauty of their eggs, and I agree, they are so lovely they require no dye! I am inspired by their extraordinary beauty and blessed by your words of wisdom!

    Your egg cups are so lovely and the forget-me-not luncheon set is exquisite! Thank you for sharing the sweet memories of your grandmother.

    I love the sweet little chick holding the basket!!! Your grandmother’s spoon is so lovely. I have not seen one like that. Thank you for sharing your treasures with us. I am so happy that your most wonderful treasures, your daughter, her hubby and your son will be arriving at your Rose Cottage this weekend! What a blessed time you all will have together. I was so touched by your sweet son’s loving comment! I have a sweet son, too!

    I loved your ideas for natural dyes! You are so creative! I have used red onion skins before, and I look forward to trying your recommendations. Thank you for all you share and for the inspiration and encouragement you give here at your lovely Rose Cottage!

    Love and blessings,
    Paula

  8. Beautiful post.

    I love your beautiful shades of eggs – just the perfect eggy-blue I am searching for to paint one of my family room walls in!

    Have never tried to naturally dye eggs before – I should probably give this a go.

    Thanks for popping over to N Ireland for a visit, come back soon 🙂

  9. There are several ideas in your natural dyes list that I didn’t know about. I will try them for … playdough!
    Thank you for visiting my blog the other day!

  10. Francesco

    Debbykay,

    Once again you present a beautiful palate of visual and word images for us to enjoy.

    Your ideas to use natural dyes to color eggs are very creative.

    Blessings,

  11. Those gifts from the hens are remarkable! I will come back to your posting for the directions on coloring eggs using natural dyes. I always dye eggs in onion skins..our favorite..my Mom says they even taste better! I thought I might try the red zinger tea.
    Thanks for all the great info

  12. Love your different eggs and how you display them. My mother-in-law has those “blue eggs” (as she calls them) too, are they the low cholesterol eggs or something like that? Thanks for sharing the natural dyes too, so handy.

  13. Those Araucana eggs have such soft colours! Your grandmother’s tea set is beautiful too!

  14. Thanks for visiting Debby and for your comments.
    I see it is really Easter flavour here.
    Memories of dying eggs as a child then painting faces and making hir with wool and topped with a paper hat.

    Your son’s Cinnamon rolls looks delicious.

  15. I loved your post. It is filled with wonderful information. Thank you. Your eggs are just lovely. Happy Easter!

  16. I see them as gems. What beautiful eggs!

    Nancy

    Thank you for your prayers

  17. Edie

    Miss Debbykay~
    I had to take another break and take in all your words on previous blogs… just so comforting and loving…. then I went shopping and found a few treasures…. I will share them with you very soon!

    Love,
    Edie

    • debbykay

      Dear Miss Edie,

      I can’t wait to hear more about your treasures! I am so grateful for your sweet, supportive comments…you are such an encouragement! I hope Rose Cottage encourages you, too!

      Love,
      Debbykay

  18. Wow they certainly are wonderful gems! I’ve never ever seen Araucana hen eggs, they are magical! Thank you for sharing them, and the information too. The natural egg dyeing techniques and tips are awesome!
    I’ll take the green egg cup, thank you 🙂
    Happy Easter,
    Natasha

    • debbykay

      Aren’t the Araucana’s amazing! I am so glad you could stop by for a little visit–let me know if you try the egg dyeing. I will have the green egg cup ready for you!

      Happy Easter!
      Debbykay

  19. What a happy magnificent post! I adore the lovely shades found in the blue green eggs.

  20. lovely pictures I loved the post the colors were very pretty I especially loved the blue green eggs

  21. Oh my gracious, those are the colors I want on my walls!! Absolutely stunning. I saved your photo so I can show my husband. 🙂 And I’ve printed your natural egg dye instructions so that I can try it out. Thanks so much.

    Blessings.. Polly

  22. Oh you are making me wish I had some chickens at my home- thanks for all the loveliness

  23. Happy Easter Sunday DebbieKay.

    I have really enjoyed your Easter post. The eggs are just lovely and I love the way you have portrayed them. Wonderful that you have your own hens also very informative about the egg dye, thank you.

    Hope you are enjoying having your family home. I cannot believe mine have been and gone already. They came Good Friday and stayed for two nights and left this afternoon (Sunday). We have had such a really nice time.
    Best wishes, Pauline

  24. Love the idea of natural dyes! I went for the kit… and they never dried properly… sigh!

  25. Liz

    Utterly gorgeous! I love the natural dyes, they are so delicate and pretty. Happy Easter to you too x

  26. So beautiful! I remember learning about natural dyes as a Girl Scout back in the day. I plan on trying this with my collection of blown eggs (even though Easter will be over tomorrow).

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