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April 20, 2008

Flowers, natural dye, homeschooling...

Let us remember all that the Lord our God has done for us.Rob just asked Hannah to be natural, and not pose, she was doing a curtsey....meanwhile Olivia poses with a few posies in her hand.

Natural dyes?
"Onion Skins. Both yellow and red onion skins make a great natural dye for Easter eggs. Just place the onion skins (yellow will give you a yellowish brown color while red will give you a magenta/red color) in a large pot of boiling water. Add your Easter eggs and boil for about 45 minutes. You can add about two Tablespoons of vinegar to your water if desired. Adding vinegar will speed up the dyeing process and also give you that fond vinegar smell memory of dyeing Easter eggs as a child!" from http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/572157/natural_ways_to_dye_your_easter_eggs.html
This will be my first time trying out onion skins (a friend gave me that one above, last year). I went with my friend, Zizi, to Kroger's yesterday and she filled up a bag of onion skins from the bin, the cashier didn't mind, so it was free!
* They turned out beautifully!!!
I'm also baking kulich. I plan to make cheese-pascha, too.

Olivia actually took this photo of me! We went to the zoo today. All 4 of us...It drizzled (see the 2 happy girls with their umbrellas), but was still just lovely. There are so many beautiful gardens. Speaking of which, I love doing things together as a family....but this year, it's been difficult. Next year, we're going to homeschool both Hannah (who will be in 2nd grade) and Olivia (she'll be a kindergartener), so we're trying to figure out the best balance (of everything) in our lives.

12 comments:

Futuristics said...

NICE Blog :)

inara said...

cool about the natural dyes!!!

DebD said...

I read about this on another blog and have been saving up my onion skins for a month. I also read the red cabbage is another natural dye.

Kim Watson { KJ-Starre} said...

Hi there....nice newsy post. I LOVE the spring blossoms...means the warmer weather is coming :o) & here in Africa we are preparing for Autumn, so sweaters are out again. You are amazingly resourceful, I never knew you could dye with onion skins.

OH BOY! you must be SO happy with your scrap space...I can't wait to see it finished.
XX

joscelyne cutchens said...

I love those umbrella pictures, they are so sweet! will you email me? (joscelyne at cutchens dot com)
thanks

Meadowlark Days said...

I'm a sucker for candle photos - immediately takes me to the peace I feel at Liturgy.

JO said...

oh my 6 comments already ! where did I go ? I"m blog slacker ! I love the UMBRELLA PHOTO & I hope you find the balance for homeschooling & LIFE - You are ONE TOUGH MAMA ! Love & miss You all !

Rosemary said...

Great post, Martha. Your little ones are so cute! Please post photos of how the eggs come out, I've heard about this (Martha S. did something on it in her magazine years ago) and I am intrigued.

Jana said...

Great photos. Olivia is taking after her mommy. Good going.

Mimi said...

Oooh, I've never tried the natural dyes, I can't wait to see how it turns out!

joscelyne cutchens said...

I am tagging you Marfa! Come see my blog for details.

Michelle Melania said...

wow- those are some beautiful photos! This is my first visit to your blog, and I love it!