Monday’s With Mrs. Sparkles: Easter Eggs and Historic Egg Hunts around Louisville

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Monday’s With Mrs. Sparkles: Easter Eggs  

Easter brings to my mind many comforting images – my sister and our cousins dressed in matching Easter dresses made by my Grandmother, daffodils blooming in clusters along the driveway of our farm, and more recently of Liberty Hall Historic Site and Gardens, in Frankfort, where local congregations and families would gather for impromptu egg hunts.  My fondest memories, however, center around dyeing and decorating eggs. 
In true Mrs. Sparkle fashion, I have been thinking about decorating Easter eggs for weeks and have been pulling together an Easter Egg kit for a series of decorating sessions.  With the hopes for boosting the creativity factor, I have been on the prowl for new materials and techniques.   I tend to over think things, so don’t feel like you need everything I have listed below in order to dye eggs.  This list is for inspiration purposes only!  I am also working with blown-out eggs this year, so that is why I have listed an aspirator in the basic supplies.

Mrs. Sparkles Easter Egg Kit: 

Basic Supplies
Vinegar
Slotted Spoons
Infant Aspirator
Heat Resistant Cups
Paper Towels
McCormick Food Coloring – Basics and Neon
Large Safety Pins
Paper Clips
(Hot Water)

Decorating Supplies
Rubber Bands
Masking Tape
Double Sided Tape
Pointed Tip Scissors
Glitter Pens
Glitter
White Glue
Watercolor paintbrushes
Letter Stickers
Seasonal Stickers
Office Stickers
Vinyl Sheets
Seasonal Stencils
Easter Stamps
Heat Gun
Embossing Powder
Embossing Ink
Tissue Paper
White Crayon
Vegetable Oil
Fishing Line
3” long beading needle
Ribbon
Onion Skins
Paraffin
Clean Tooth Brush
Pencil
Rubber Ruler
Lace
Dried Flowers
Old Nylons

Tools
Martha Stewart Egg Dyeing Application – The egg coloring chart is stupendous if you feel up to mixing your own dyes.

Processes
Marbleizing
Tie-dyeing
Onion Skin Dyeing
Wax Resist
Decoupage
Lace

Ok… I think I am probably wearing you out now.  For more ideas check out Martha Stewart’s Website here.

Hunting your Eggs
I have also been hatching a plan for an impromptu egg hunt of our own at a historic site nearby.  If you are looking to take your family egg hunt to a new location, consider visiting one of Louisville’s historic homes this weekend.   The gardens and grounds of local historic sites are unique places and are often overlooked.  Make sure to call the site ahead of time to avoid programming conflicts.

Historic Sites and Grounds
Bellevoir Mansion – Are you looking for an organized hunt, check out the Northeast YMCA’s 19th annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 23rd.

Brennan House 631 South Fifth Street, Louisville

Farmington Historic Home Check out the 48th Annual Art in the Garden on April 23rd and 24th

3033 Bardstown Road, Louisville

Federal Hill, My Old Kentucky Home 501 East Stephen Foster Avenue,
Bardstown

Locust Grove 561 Blankenbaker Lane, Louisville

Riverside, The Farnsley-Moreman Landing 7410 Moorman Road, Louisville

White Hall 3110 Lexington Road, Louisville

Liberty Hall – Frankfort

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