2.15.2011

Vintage Altered Easter Eggs or Frustration

beautiful patina,

raggedy muslin

stamped sayings, 

old twine

beautiful lace

vintage letters

these are the delights that make up these gorgeous vintage style Easter Eggs.  Nestled down in vanilla excelsior and a beautiful old silver sugar bowl, you have the makings for a one-of-kind piece in your front foyer or breakfast table, sure to have your friends clucking with pleasure and Spring green with envy.  Made just for you with love (and frustration. :)






  I do want to give a little tutorial on how I made these altered eggs , in case you want to save some money....but not time and FRUSTRATION.  Yep,,,,,, I became very frustrated making these......which is why I only made three sweet little vignettes.  :)
Tea or coffee stain your muslin fabric.  You know how to do that ...... right?.....don't need a tute.   And then cut up or tear lots, and lots, and lots, and lots, and lots, and lots of odd sized small pieces to cover your eggs.   They should be small because you are working on a curve.   Leave the bits of loose strings as they are.   I used a water downed white glue as my adhesive because it dries with a slight sheen.  The frustrating part...........after only a few glue on moments everything starts to stick to your fingers........all of them!  So, you have to wash your hands a lot, then get back to work.  Oh, and don't do it just after you've spent a bunch of money on a manicure....trust me on that one!  :)   For the fun part and to add lots of visual interest, you can use all kinds of added materials such as twine,  pretty vintage paper ephemera letters,  old lace and tatting,  sheet music,  netting, cheesecloth and anything else you wish.   I covered old plastic Easter eggs because they are light weight and I put them outside in the sunshine to dry resting in an old egg carton.   There you go.....easy peasy but for me a HIGH level of fussin'.

I know it's not over yet........winter I am talking about,  but we are being blessed this week with the most delightful warm weather.  The chickens are clucking in approval, the kitty is snoozing on the warm sun dappled window seat, the dog is starring at his leash longingly for a walk and I am Outside spray painting again (and making Easter eggs).  
Thank you Kathleen of Faded Charm for allowing me to be a part of White Wednesday and to Courtney of French County Cottage for her fun day at Feathered Nest Friday.
And yep, I know I am posting early but that sunshine beckons me outside for the rest of the week.  Lots of work to do on that future adventure (drawing closer) I told you about.  Have a fabulous week.  xoxoxo

45 comments :

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Oh Lynn, this is GORGEOUS!!! I SO wish I could buy it from you this year...I'll have to request one next year...LOVE,LOVE,LOVE it!!!You are SO Talented!
Have a wonderful week,
Hugs, Donna

The Cranky Queen said...

Too cute...love the texture...love the aged look...love that you shared how to "tute. Please take a peek at me at thecrankyqueen.blogspot.com

Tiff

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

LOVE this Lynn...fabyoulous job as always. Had to laugh at the glue gettin' all over tho. (())

Shirley said...

Oh Lynn,
You too? I can only wish for spring days..my newest post says it all. Everyone thinks Valentines Day is my favorite of holidays..but don't tell anyone it is indeed the Easter Holiday that has captured my heart..even though I love Valentines CARDS..it's Easter Celebration I love..
Love your eggs..I make a nice looking egg with ribbon..not so messy to work with! :)
Yours Sincerely,
Shirley

Blondie's Journal said...

Could you do half the egg at a time? Aside from the mess, they look fun to make. And they are SO cute!!

We had a bit of a warm up...40's, but the air smells so fresh and I have been opening the windows a little to chase some of winter away {temporarily, I'm sure}. Enjoy your week, Lynn!

XO,
Jane

NanaDiana said...

How fun! Well...not FUN to make...but fun to look at...I think I will skip this tutorial...because I fear I will be all thumbs when it comes to gluing things to eggs! Hugs- Diana

Victoria said...

Your eggs are darling, perfect for Easter or anytime of year:) I'm glad I'm not the only who gets frustrated with mod podge!!!

My Shabby Roses said...

The eggs turned out great!

Donnie said...

That is a great way to decorate eggs for vignettes. Very pretty.

Custom Comforts said...

Love your eggs and thank you for telling us how to make them. They look a little frustrating, but I might just give them a try. Your vignette is just lovely.
Cindy

Diann said...

They turned out wonderful! thanks for the idea!
Happy White Wednesday

Pam said...

I think they turned out great. Very cute idea. Sorry they were a pain in the bum to make though.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Lynn, I love them, you will have to let me know how they sell in the booth! My son lives your way, I talked to him yesterday and he said it was gorgeous weather!

Carol

Linda Lilly Cottage said...

I love your little vintage eggys and so glad they are not real vintage eggs...they would not smell so sweet. I love this idea and I love the way they are nestled in your silver dish...so sweet.
Thanks for sharing,
Kiss Noises Linda

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Lynn,
You did a fantastic job on the eggs. Thanks for the tutorial. Glad you're having some good weather - Enjoy!
Mimi

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies said...

Hi lynn, I make all kinds of eggs also only I;m just getting started on spring, handy tip, keep a box of baby wipes next to your gluing area, then your hands aren't dried out from washing them and it allows you to keep working, easy peasy! Hugs Marilou

Anita said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I have lots of bits of lace so I plan to use those up with some cheesecloth...I love how yours turned out :)

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies said...

I'm posting this on your blog and I'm going to do the same on FB, Thank you Lynn, You actually got it, the way it was supposed to be viewed or read, it is a great story and wasn't meant to be sad! Thank You, Hugs Marilou

The Vintage Attic said...

Wow! what fabulous vintage looking eggs. Love how they have that rusty look to them.

Melissa

missshawna said...

These are gorgeous! I am going to have to make some because I'm not big on the Easter pastels. Thanks for sharing with us.

Faded Charm said...

I love how these turned out. I tried doing some last year with music sheet paper and they looked like something my kids would have brought home when they were in Kindergarten. Not so good.....yours are lovely.

Kathleen

Beach House Living said...

Those are lovely and they do look like they took a lot of time, love and frustration.

Calming Scents said...

those are beautiful, and yes do look time consuming. I'm truly getting closer to digging out those easter and spring decorations!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Lynn,
These are just so darn cute...love the look of them.

Blessings,
Linda

Margaret Cloud said...

These are so pretty but I could never do justice to making them look so pretty. Have a nice weekend.

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Aside from the glue-y mess, I'd love to try these. I like the vintage feel. Very very cute!
xo,
Michelle

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Those are cute and I love the silver bowl they are in.

♥ Miss Tea said...

gorgeous eggs! i love the vintage looks of them all, you did a very good job of it, I wish i could but I'd like to try to make'em before easter (fingers crossed), Love em to bits but thanks for the tips on not doing it after manicure hehehe, Happy Feathered nest friday!

Karen said...

The eggs are fantastic, I'm working on something similar for Easter, I'm always amazed at how we bloggers think alike on decorating and crafts...its so much fun. I really love the bowl the eggs are in too. Thanks so much for visiting and following. I'm now following you.

Nook & Cranny said...

The eggs are wonderful.
thanks for sharing.
Michele

Something Special said...

Oh I love these eggs. Are you participating in the thimbleprims egg swap too. I am so impressed with these eggs. Love them. I am a new follower to your blog. Come say hi over to my vintage blog.

SavannahGranny said...

Neat eggs!! Love the way you have them displayed. Love the silver container. I am your newest follower. Hugs, Ginger

Lynda said...

These are so unusual and unique! Just love them. I'm seeing more of the "altered" items lately and so beautiful!

Lynda said...

So beautiful and unique. Love them!

Jeanne Selep said...

What a GREAT idea. I think we will see more interpretations of the collage Easter Egg soon. You have inspired me.

Here is a post with eggs...
http://jeanneselep.blogspot.com/2009/05/outdoor-wednesday.html

Trotter said...

Hi Lynn! Fabulous! Always learning anytime I come here...

Keen on modern art? Blogtrotter Two has it... Enjoy and have a great weekend. Hopefully sunny!!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Lynn~ These are absolutely darling! I just love them and of course-displayed in that silver- perfect!! Thanks so much for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Heaven's Walk - said...

Hi Lynn! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving your sweet comment! I adore your vintage eggs! What a clever idea! :)

FYI - I purchased my stencils on Etsy at Maison de Stencils. She has a huge selection there! :)

Have a great weekend!

xoxo laurie

LizlovesVintage said...

I have to Laugh!! I was thinking yesterday how I could make eggs w/ music sheets. Well, you beat me to it my Friend. They are even better than a chicken could do! Ha, Ha.
xxx Liz

Custom Comforts said...

Hi Lynn,
Just wanted to let you know I made some of your pretty eggs and posted about it. I referred everyone back to you for the instructions. Thank you so much for sharing this lovely creative idea!
Cindy

Infatuated with Homes and Gardens said...

Fabulous eggs, I am your newest follower:)

Deborah aka Miss Bee said...

Beautiful! I love them. Just might have to get my hands messy!

xo
Deborah in NC

Pavanpola said...

Great creativity Lynn.... they are very beautiful....

Kade said...

I love these very much. Almost like the ones I make. How did you get the slight patina look on some ? They are truly wonderful.

Barbara Jean said...

just lookin' around a saw these wonderful eggs again.
love'm.

blessings
barbara jean

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