Our sweet Mother used to own almost every edition of Martha Stewart's magazine.
It was the perfect Mother's Day Gift
to give every year- hands down!
She collected each one and filed them carefully away.
She loved all the beautiful ideas and kept them until they moved a few years ago.
Dad said, "Dear, they must go!"
Nicole snuck all the best holiday issues away and still has them tucked away in a safe spot!
We love Martha too and have been inspired by her.
We were peeking through her Easter decor and came across hundreds of ways to decorate eggs.
We picked our top five and thought we would ~ give it a try ~!
Look...we even made a button!
Eggs nestled into flowers.
*Go here to Martha's site for her full directions and a picture.*
We have had this idea rolling around in our heads for a while, so I have been saving my expired eggs. Yes. REAL eggs. Martha only uses "real" eggs! :)
Real eggs is what kept me from going forward with this.
I was not about to put my mouth on and blow out hundreds of eggs.
I found on Martha's site how to blow the eggs out "properly."
This is by far the coolest thing so far and EASY!
First gather your dremel, if you have one. You can use a nail. Next find something to scramble the egg. I used a wire. And...finally...get a nose sucker! I had 3 Nicu babies, so I had no problem coming up with some.
Use a good drilling bit on the router. Super...super...easy!
Scramble up the yolk.
Blow air INTO the egg so it pushes out into the pan. Don't squeeze the egg into the bulb syringe!
I'm telling you...this is so slick!
We picked out orchids, and several metallic paints. Martha uses Swarovski crystal tear drops. I'm cheap, so I used small Swarovski crystals and some other beads I had on hand. Plastic beading wire was used instead of metal jewelry wire.
Paint your eggs. Probably the hardest part of all. The layers take some time to dry.
We used an earring wire to put the beads on. Make a loop at the end of the beaded earring. We then made a loop with the plastic line when tying it on to the beads, so it can hang as an ornament.
Next string the plastic line through the egg. You can use a long needle. We glued a tiny bead at the top for decoration.
We made the flower hang upside down, so the center would have the pretty beads shooting out.
We trimmed a branch from my beautiful budding tree outside and hung!
Who knew eggs could be so pretty? There is something so beautiful about a real egg.
Just be careful...
we broke about ten eggs while making these.
Stay tuned for Day 2 of Martha's EGGS!!!
Also..check out Beyond The Picket Fence!
Becky was so nice to spotlight us.
And we're sharing with the fun Spring party at
This Blessed Nest