Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Eggs for Sale

I have several chickens...as pets and a source of entertainment. If you've never kept chickens, you're missing some opportunities for good laughs. They actually aren't stupid, like they've been made out to be. And they actually do have individual personalities.

Anyway, a couple of my hens lay the most gorgeous eggs. They are blueish/green and I have the hardest time using them because I hate to crack them. About three years ago I decided to blow some of them out and paint on them. Many years ago I bought a beautiful tiny egg that had a rose painted on it and that's where I got the idea. Now, I about blow my brains out every time I do this, so don't have as many empty eggs as I'd like. Before I painted them, I speckled them with a little watered-down umber. When I sold these in a shop a while back, I wanted the presentation to be really special. I bought those small white gift boxes from Michaels and had a border stamp that fit perfectly on the lid. Then I stamped a feather inside the lid and made a nest for the egg with green spanish moss. I punched some holes around the box top and wove some rafia through them and tied a bow in the front. I was very pleased with the way they turned out and sold every one of them. I've decided to make more this spring and have a few finished to show you. I listed them on Etsy with hopes of selling something :) Now I know when you click on the pictures and they're magnified, the egg color doesn't show up and all my brush strokes look horrible, but when seeing them in real life, they are pretty - if I say so myself.





If I could just figure out an easier way to get the egg out of the shell....

Happy Wednesday; I'm off to do more painting in the shop!

7 comments:

Diane said...

Phyllis, these are really pretty. Delicate. I've never figured out how to blow the insides out of an egg. Have tried and it hurts! Is it possible to poke a hole at both ends and POKE the insides out with a skewer of some kind?
Diane

Betty said...

Beautiful eggs! I always wondered if you could shake an egg until it was 'scrambled' inside the shell...would that make it any easier to dislodge the 'innards'? I'm trying not to guffaw picturing you with your cheeks all puffed out and your face all red, blowing like crazy on those eggs..teehee. What would the Martians think if they saw you?

Phyllis said...

Let me tell you, it kills my head to do these eggs. I poke a hole in both ends and take a very long tapestry needle and kind of "scramble" the egg inside the shell. You still have to blow very hard though.. and I live with headaches as it is!

Laura said...

They are beautiful!

Seams to Sew and Quilt said...

Those are so pretty. Love the pansy one.

Hens Teeth said...

Phyllis~Thank you for your comments, much appreciated.
I quite agree with you, keeping hens is great fun and I adore my girls. Oohh, blowing those eggs sounds painful, but they look so beautiful painted and presented so well.

nikkicrumpet said...

Ahhhh to be so multi-talented. You are amazing. I love them...and I love how you packaged them so beautifully!