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Our 2009 Painted Easter Eggs April 12th, 2009

2009 Painted Easter Eggs

My 2009 painted egg

These are our 2009 Painted Easter Eggs (prior years eggs can be seen here.)

This year I painted my egg into a Kokeshi Doll, I had the idea last year when I visited the Cowera Japanese Garden and saw there display of Kokeshi Dolls and thought how well there simple shapes would fit around an egg.

Eggs are a unique shape and over the years that we have been painting eggs it has been interesting to see how the egg shape can be used, it makes some things are really difficult to represent other things fit quite naturally onto the egg shape.

This year my sister also thought of an idea that fitted naturally onto the egg, she is reading the Cadfael novels by Ellis Peters which inspired her to paint her egg as a monk complete with tonsured head and I love his little sandled feet.

Janice 2009 painted eggJanice 2009 painted egg bottom view

Lily 2009 painted eggThe egg shape also fitted my niece’s idea, when she was young I made her cups of tea in a miniature china tea set (cup is about 1 1/2 inches high), when I bought the miniature tea set she was unable to say cuppa and would ask me if she could have a Pucka tea, she has fond memories of those occassions and wanted to make her egg into a Pucka Tea Cup…As I said the egg shape was suitable for making a cup but it was not so easy to achieve because it required sawing the egg in half across the weakest area of the shell, I broke a few eggs trying and in the end we used one that I repaired with paper machae and then reinforced around the rim with finger nail Acrylic, I also used the finger nail Acrylic to attach the wire handle, the saurcer is made from cardboard.

My Band Sampler 132 – Details 827 to 829 – Old News from November January 5th, 2009

sampler november eventsPainted Birthday Cake charm

Firstly I have found and Painted a Birthday Cake charm to put with the Birthday section.

The events on this section of my sampler are from November…The Remembrance day Poppy is bordering on being to big to use but my son gave it to me for my sampler and I like that he takes an interest in it so I used it (and OOps, spell check has just pointed out to me that I have misspelled remembrance, not sure how I will fix that one, might just leave it because those that know me know that I can’t spell or I could put a red slash through it like the teachers put all through my school books).

The third event on this section is in memory of a lovely day I spent with friends visiting the Japanese Garden at Cowra as well as the vast garden they have a display of other things Japanese amongst them a collection of Dolls, simple shapes with so much personality, I fell in love with them…

Miniature Kokeshi Dolls

Because the shapes are so simple I thought that it may be possible to make a tiny one, I found some cylindrical shaped wooden beads and used a craft knife and sand paper to shape them and then my sister painted them and used beads to shape the hair, I photographed them standing on a cotton reel to give an idea of there size, aren’t they just so cute.

Japanese Dolls at Japanese garden at Cowra