Sunday, March 28, 2010

Day #5~The Grand Finale of Eggs~Cabbage Dyed Eggs!




I hope this is worthy of the Grand Finale of Eggs ~
inspired by Martha Stewart. 
We tried her natural dye technique using boiled red cabbage. 
And man, did my house STINK last night!
  Just imagine the smells of boiled cabbage, boiled eggs, and vinegar~all in one!  My kids about died! :)
Just so you know, I did try some of the boiled red cabbage, and with salt- it really isn't that bad!


 

It's worth the stink...because the color of the eggs is fantastic! Way more beautiful than any artificial dye!
We placed our blown out cabbage dyed eggs into a glass dome with a little scenery we made ~ that was inspired by Williams and Sonoma.  We saw their glass jars on their website and we knew we wanted to try making them! 


 

 To dye the eggs, first cut and boil the cabbage in two quarts of water for about 30 minutes.

After draining and removing the boiled cabbage, you are left with the most beautiful bluish/purple color!
Martha said to add 4 TB. salt and 4 TB. vinegar.  Add your eggs.  I dyed both boiled and blown eggs.  To get the rich dark blue color, you have to soak overnight!

We used an 8" grapevine wreath for the nest.  
We went into my backyard to gather most of the twigs.  All of my shrubs are budding and are so pretty! I know that after a week the buds will wither away, but hey- we can enjoy it now!

 

We added a few fake flowers
 and
one blue butterfly.


We twisted and wrapped, and wove.  I think I know how a bird feels after making this! :)



I also splurged on this glass dome!
  Hobby Lobby had all glassware 50% off, I couldn't resist!


And there you go....5 Days of Inspired by Martha... Eggs!
Phew,
we are tired!
I think  it's time for a very long vacation from EGGS!!! 






45 comments:

{All Thingz Related} said...

These are terrific! Blue is my favorite color and what a gorgeous shade this is! BEAUTIFUL!
~Rebekah

Grannys Attic said...

You girls did it again! Beautiful I love the color and your display is so pretty! Thank you so much for sharing you guys are the best!
Blessings,
Vicky

Dayhomemama said...

Wow, those are fantastic!!!! Come by my blog and see the eggs we got, they are from the farm, some are white, some brown, and some are even green and blue!

~ Regan said...

WOw!! That is beautiful!!! I love the nest you created, and you're right, that glass dome is so worth it (especially at 50% off!)

Hmmm... I wonder if the family would gag too much if I tried this?? :P

sewlively said...

Stunning! Your pictures look like something in a magazine spread! The color makes typical Easter colors look hum drum!

Katie said...

Gorgeous! Especially with the dome and blue butterfly!

Diana by Lagoa Design Studio said...

Awesome!!! I love the color and the arrangement is very very beautiful.

Blessings,
Di.

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

that display turned out beautiful! I love the color of the eggs... but seems like too much trouble for lazy ole me! :)
gail

neli said...

i love it!!!!!!!
Beautifull!!!!!!!

pk @ Room Remix said...

That color is fantastic! I can imagine what your house must have smelled like though. :-)

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

what a great idea and those eggs are beautiful...Phyllis

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

That blue color is gorgeous. Thanks for showing how you did this. I want to give this a try. And I love your display. I have a dome that I picked up at Goodwill that I would like to try and make a display like yours. It's so pretty!!

Carol said...

That blue is beautiful. It is so much fun to dye with natural materials. I've dyed silk scarves using goldenrod,sumac berries,blueberries,cranberries and the cabbage.

Heidi said...

Ooo, La, La! so pretty! Very Martha Stewarty. This is definately a keeper! And it looks great under the glass too!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Beautiful basket, especially under the cloche! Not sure I could tolerate the smell of cabbage, eggs, etc! LOL! I'm sure it's worth it though!

Katherine

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

How cool that you made your own egg dye. It turned out great. All the colors are so vibrant.

Dawn said...

Oh, those are just gorgeous, I am definitely going to do that!! Thanks for the warning about the smell, I will make sure and open all the windows first, LOL! Gorgeous!

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Those are fantastic!! And the nest you created is beautiful!

Holly said...

The cabbage made a gorgeous color! So vibrant! I got lazy and dyed all of mine in coffee.

Holly
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Connie said...

Ahhh...Brilliant! Artificial dye isn't so great these days so thanks for the tip on getting such fantastic results..and naturally! Even better.

Future Emily Love said...

I just discovered your blog and LOVE it!!
I had to share it on my blog!
Thank you for your inspiration!
-Emily

Doran & Jody said...

I LOVE this color. And the whole episode was wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

Megan @ Megity's Handmade said...

That color is so beautiful! I love the little nest you set up too.

autumn said...

i love that these are dyed naturally! and who knew that purple cabbage had so much..."purple" in it?!
the setting for the eggs was perfect. totally perfect.
you gals rock.

Cindy said...

Oo la la....absolutely gorgeous! I remember my mom using 'weird' stuff to dye our easter eggs, but never remember cabbage! I was thinking of trying some beet juice. Hmmmmmm.

Love the cloche vignette. You guys have such a way with putting things together!

DOEHLER DAYS said...

I have really really enjoyed your 5 days of eggs! I am very much inspired and will be trying several of these this weekend.

I featured this on my blog!

Thanks for the inspiration.
http://doehlerdays.blogspot.com/2010/03/few-posts-ago-i-featured-these-lady-bug.html

Allison Shops said...

Gorgeous blue color! Sorry the smell was so bad!

Hope you'll drop by AtticMag to give JaneT some advice on making a bench from a vintage bed. #81 on Met Monday.

Allison

Leanne said...

Those eggs turned out such a beautiful color. I really love the nest basket. You did a beautiful job. I wish I could say I made the hydrangea wreath, but I bought it a couple years ago at an after season sale. I do love it though. Thanks for visiting.

Danielle and Clint said...

They are absolutely beautiful!

Lisa said...

Wow - those eggs are spectacular! I'm new to your blog and l.o.v.e. it! Thanks for the inspiration. Now off to find me some white eggs Easter week and stink up my house with cabbage.....

Gail said...
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Gail said...

Wow!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

OMG those are gorgeous!!

Emily Call said...

wow, how pretty. I love the color the eggs turned out!

Mimi said...

They look beautiful under the cloche!

Pieces of Dreams said...

Even though I can practically smell the aromas from here, the eggs and arrangement came out to be absolutely stunning! I love what you did with the nest. My friend is here with me and you should have heard the roars of laughter as I read your post to her. Thanks for the entertainment and wonderful inspiration!

Happy Easter, Karen

Natasha said...

Those pretty eggs look so beautiful under the cloche...worth every moment of stinky pain I am sure!

Blessings for a Happy Easter and best wishes to the 2 lovely crafty sisters!

Natasha.

Lei said...

Wow, that is the most amazing color! So vibrant, which when using natural materials can be hard to achieve.

Mrs. P. said...

Gorgeous cabbage dyed eggs....we have also done egg dying with onion skins...lovely colors. Your cloche display is stunning!

Blessings!
Gail

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

you know, my honest opinion is that i think a lot of DIY holiday decorations tend to turn out kitschy looking, but this is just GORGEOUS. by far the best easter decoration i've seen on the blogosphere. kudos to you :)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love the twig basket and filled with the pretty eggs. Such a stunning display. Gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining the party. Just lovely. Hugs, Marty

ellie said...

I must say...I love it..i found you via Kim..and love that inspiration....I found Williams and Sonoma last years domes..quite inspiring for projects and this is up my ally, maybe not this year but next..boiled cabbage...what a color..I'm a lover of martha too.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Those are beautiful!!! Red cabbage does that?!?! I need to go back and re-read the instructions!
Thanks for sharing.

Wanda Lee Of The Plumed Pen said...

This is just fabulous; the whole process was just so interesting and you gave such great detail on how to do this whole natural egg dying procedure!..,

My those eggs are so pretty with the cloche, the nest and the butterflies; simply stunning!

Do feel most welcome to pop by for a visit and see my various whimsical creations from 'my little corner of the blogging world' as well my dear!..,

Have a wonderful Easter!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

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