March 23, 2016
For me, Easter means chocolate and time to dye eggs! It's a tradition.
Every year I buy the Paas kit in the supermarket. You drop the little color dye pellets into white vinegar and then add water and you've got dye! This year I used the wax crayon that comes with the kit (and acts as a resist), some rubber bands, and my ScanNCut to create a bevy of colorful eggs!
I decorated these eggs with a friend who said that he hadn't decorated eggs since he was a kid. I was reminded in that moment that we all start out as artists. Drawing, painting, crafting -- it all comes naturally when you're a child. There's joy in creating. No matter what it looked like I was always thrilled to show my artwork to anyone who would look at it. And my Mom always dutifully displayed it -- on the fridge, on the counter, all around the house.
The next thing my friend said made me pause. He said that his eggs weren't, "very good." Despite the fact that I immediately said to him, "Don't be silly. Your eggs are fantastic!" I had just been thinking that my own eggs weren't turning out very well. It's easy to tell other people to embrace the journey and forget about the results, but harder advice to take yourself. It was just a quick exchange, but I'm taking it as a reminder to myself to be kinder about results and more focused on the joy of the process. I had a ton of fun decorating these eggs. They're going to be given away and eaten and enjoyed. And doesn't that make them the most beautiful eggs ever?
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