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Saturday, May 17, 2008


Someone asked to see some of the pysanky I have done in the past ,these are just a few, I usually give them away not to mention the many many that got broken too. One year I had them all hung by silk ribbons on a branch I had painted white for Easter,and of course as I walked by I couldn't resist straighting one or two well....... then some would just jump off the branch I tell ya..... sigh.... not to mention the many many my daughter just helped herself to because she liked them so much........sigh................. then my best heart breaking story I saved for last.....sigh....... I had about 60 eggs all finished and ready for shellac and I was kinda new at this art and I was still in the process of finding the right shellac for the eggs I bought a plastic spray thinking I had just the right one...........right!!! ..........wrong.....................sigh,..... as I was spraying I saw all of my 60 eggs just dissolving before my eyes ,why you might ask???

I will tell you why its because the special dyes we use for the eggs is water soluable I didn't know that at the time , I was still a nubee at pysanky.I have learned a lot since then some 20 years ago.

I learned this ancient art because of my husband who is Ukrainian on his Father's side of the family, and near our home was a Ukrainain Museum that offered the course on pysanky for children , my daughter then was about 10 at the time, so I took her and asked if I could sit in for the day, so that was the beginning of my love of pysanky.My MIL often said that my FIL 's mother would have loved me because I could write her special eggs.

The first picture you see of the family is my FIL's family he is the little baby boy sitting with his Mother, its thanks to them I owe my love of pysanky. I have been married 37 years I figure some of that Ukrainain has rubbed off on me !!


Jo said...

What beautiful works of art you have created. I won't even ask how much time goes into painting just one egg. I am sitting here still in awe. Perhaps aat one time I could have done something like that, but that time has passed. I can only imagine how comical they would be with my shakey hands holding the paintbrush.

BTW so glad you came by for a visit and I was able to follow you back to your blog. Have a blessed day.

I Play Outside The Box said...

Beautiful works of art! I tried doing this one time on gourds, using leather dye. This is NOT easy to hat is off to you!

PEA said...

Dear Obe,

First of all, thank you so much for the comment you left on my post regarding the nasty email I had received...I feel bad I got you all involved but I was just so shell shocked, especially with who sent it! Anyway, please know how much your caring and concern meant to me!!!

Oh Obe, look at those Pysanky absolutely gorgeous! I cringed when I read about the 60 you had made one time and how they all dissoved when you started spraying them with shellac...that must have been devastating. I guess we all need to learn the hard way at times! lol xox

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

Wow! Those are unbelievable. I'm flabbergasted at the intricacy and beauty of these eggs. You are something else!!!


LauraJ said...

oooh when i see this I think of this:
as a kid we'd drive by that egg! your work is so beautiful! thank you for the visit to my blog! i will be back!

Abounding Treasures said...

I had never heard of Pysanky before and I must say that you have created absolutely gorgeous works of art! What a good thing that you accompanied your daughter those many years ago :o)

Thanks for your kind comment regarding my crocheted dishcloths and for visiting my blog!

Cookie said...


absolutely drop dead gorgeous!!!
i'm wishing i was your sister or daughter or neice so you could teach me this wonderful craft!

girl, you have major skills ♥