Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter.

This weekend has been busy with Easter activities. We dyed some eggs last night. (Maggie has paint on her forehead and a scrape next to her nose.)

Easter egg dyeing


What's funny about these pictures is that dyeing eggs was actually pretty stressful. Maggie kept threatening to throw eggs, drink dye, or knock everything onto my clothes. Joe tried to eat an egg, only to discover it was still runny!

Easter egg dyeing


So then we put the eggs back into boiling water to harden them up a bit, and they lost all of their color! NOOOOO! And they were still runny and inedible! Argh. At one point, they were really pretty, but this photograph is the only evidence I have of that.

Eggs.


(Also, overnight, 21-month-old Maggie has become a two-year-old. In other words, I am living with a demanding, shrieking, cranky nudist. It's a good thing she's so cute.)

Easter egg dyeing


Despite the stress and mayhem, the pictures turned out cute (and deceptively harmonious seeming). I think at one point, I said in exasperation to Steve, "just take some cute pictures so that we can get this over with!" Haha!

Easter egg dyeing


You'd never guess my kids were super cranky and I was losing my cool, would you?

This morning's Easter egg hunt was a bit more peaceful, at least until the sugar hit.

Easter morning.


I just did a simple egg hunt in our back yard. Nothing fancy, but the kids had fun.

Easter morning.


You can see that I cut the sleeves off of Maggie's Septmember Tunic. I just cut them at the length I wanted and faced them with bias tape. The fit is a lot more comfortable now that it's cap-sleeved and her chubby arms have room to move.

Easter morning.


Of course, she's not wearing pants. It's a miracle when we can get her to wear a diaper these days. She's sitting on my lap completely nude as I write this. Sigh. The days of dressing Maggie up in whatever strikes my fancy are probably over now - they grow up too fast! On the bright side, she seems to be showing some interest in the potty now. I don't even know what to make of this, since Joe didn't show any interest in potty-training until he was almost four! But Maggie is so independent and motivated to do everything just like her brother.

Joe did explain to her, "Maggie, when you feel the pee-pee in your penis, it's time to go to the potty." He's such a helpful big brother! Maggie listened attentively and seemed to appreciate this advice.


Easter morning.


Joe is wearing a Flashback Skinny t-shirt that I never got around to blogging. He wanted a rainbow shirt, so I cut strips of different rainbow colored knits I had around and serged them together to make a rainbow. He wears this shirt all the time - it's one of his favorites, as you can see by how much he's stretched out that neckline! Ha.



Easter morning.

Happy Easter! I hope you are having a wonderful holiday if you celebrate. This weekend I am trying to make a dent in my WIP/mending pile. So far, I've repaired Joe's backpack, fixed the sleeves on Maggie's tunic, and finished a couple projects that had been started and then put aside, including a gift for a friend's kid, a t-shirt for me, and some knit shorts for Joe. So you can expect more sewing posts from me soon!

11 comments:

  1. Oh Inder, I can relate to what that would be like which is why today we chose to do egg dying while Iris napped! I had planned to include her in the fun but I knew it would turn into exactly what you just described and I wasn't up for that today. Here, we do a Mexican tradition using cascarones - eggs filled with confetti, which we cracked open on each other's heads. I knew she would love that. We start with the egg hunt and end with confetti all over the place!

    I adore this dress without sleeves. ADORE it. I didn't even recognize it! It looked familiar, but this style made this fabric shine. It also made me reconsider making this pattern, but with cap sleeves since things are warming up here. Beautiful, Inder.

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  2. Ha ha - I know exactly what you mean re: egg-dyeing. The first year we did it, my oldest was 18 months and I could not talk her out of her fervent desire to fling the eggs at the dye pots as hard as she could. I ended up putting her down for a nap and making my husband finish when he got home from work. This year (they are 3.5 and 4.5) was really the first year both kids had the dexterity to really help, and of course this is the year I did not get photos. Your pictures are cute, though, and when they are older you can tell them the funny story of how frustrating it was.

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  3. Happy Easter, You made me laugh! When those two year old nudists aren't cranky they're overly enthusiastic, and with dye and raw eggs around I don't know if enthusiastic isn't worse! So often I've started a "fun" project with the kids only to regret it almost instantly as I realise the mess we're creating.
    Egg dyeing has never worked for us as my kids get fascinated with mixing the dye so we end up with dark, purplish brown, and given that you simply cannot buy a white egg in Australia since the mid-eighties when everyone decided brown was healthier, the brown egg dyed a darker, purplish brown is never very pretty. Yours looked lovely in comparison.

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  4. Egg dyeing? We kind of skipped it this year...;) I had to giggle reading your description of the ordeal. If you only looked at the pictures, it looks like y'all were having a wonderful, harmonious, family experience. I love Joe's rainbow shirt!

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  5. Happy Easter! I love all the photos and I wouldn't have guessed by them that the egg dying had it's moments but I often have deceptively cute photos like that of my two ;-) The tunic is just as cute w/ out the sleeves and I also like your apron, did you make that too?

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    1. I did make it! Years ago now. I love it though (note to self: don't wear your special pretty handmade apron around 21 month olds who are flinging dye - I didn't get hit but my paranoia probably contributed to my grumpiness!). I blogged it here, back when Joe was around Maggie's age and hadn't started talking yet. http://www.inderlovesfolkart.com/2011/04/new-dress-apron.html

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  6. Happy Easter! M and J look stylish and happy, whatever went on behind the scenes!

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  7. My kid's wearing just a diaper in all our easter photos so I hear you!
    The tunic looks great with out the sleeves! Nice work, inder!

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  8. I love the tunic with the shortened sleeves! It looks perfect for summer (and less likely to get covered in food, dirt, and everything else that big sleeves seem to invite). And we didn't even attempt any egg coloring this year. Last year's coloring of the brown eggs from our chickens was less than inspiring. Maybe next year I'll get my act together and try it again. Your pictures are quite lovely- you'd never know it was anything but harmonious family fun :)

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  9. Oh Inder, you did well!
    I remember trying to dye eggs with my three Biggies when they were three Littles. We had burns and broken eggs, thank goodness for the Jack Russell that did the floor clean up.

    Lovely photos!
    xx N

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  10. Hi Inder! First off, thanks for all your nice comments on my blog and Flickr photos! Secondly, I had the same nudist child - she outgrew that at about 2 1/2, and now, she's balking at wearing underwear.....so, different age, different battle!

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