A Legacy of Easter Eggs

I wasn’t raised in a religious family though when Easter came around, I wouldn’t turn down a chocolate bunny or an opportunity to hunt for boiled and dyed eggs in the garden.

But what I remember most about the holiday was painting eggs, and since my grandmother was an artist, painting eggs was a weeks-long event.

My grandparents lived with us, and every year, a few weeks before Easter, my mother and grandmother would make pinpricks in both ends of 100 eggs. They’d blow on one small hole, and the egg whites and yolks would exit through the other, leaving a hollow shell that would last for… well, for lifetimes, at least.

A week before Easter, they’d set up multiple card tables and folding chairs and watercolors and acrylics and brushes and glazes and all the other supplies needed for an egg-painting extravaganza.

They’d invite the whole neighborhood for a day of creativity and community. People would stop by, chat, paint, and leave with their creations. Not all of the eggs were beautiful, but all of them were precious. Those are some of my fondest memories of Easter.

I’m the keeper of my family’s painted eggs.

I have about 40 of them, a legacy of Easter eggs.

They remind me of my grandparents and parents, my brothers, my friends and their families – the joy of community. These are some of my favorites eggs, and a few of them are older than me! I hope you enjoyed them.

I wish everyone who celebrates Easter (as well as those who don’t) a beautiful day painted with love, joy, and peace.

223 thoughts on “A Legacy of Easter Eggs

  1. What fun! Thanks for sharing some with us, Diana. I too decorated and sometimes painted eggs, with my mother as the main instigator. She made intricately cut, exquisite Christmas ornament eggs. Some with tiny scenes and figurines inside, others were bird nests, or floral or fruit baskets etc. They were decorated with paint and beads and gold cord or braid, decals and decoupage, and velvet with cast metal flowers, birds cherubs, crosses – all kinds of things. The little scenes often had backdrops of cut ovals from old cards and ultra fine pearly glitter for snow.
    The collection mostly belongs to me now, though she, and we, gave many to friends and family over the years. She even sold some at Christmas art fairs. Such treasures, and of course we each have our favorites – tiny egg-fuls of precious memories.

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  2. Erik says:

    I don’t know which is my favorite: the eggs themselves or the story behind the eggs (and the way it was told, which only you could do, Diana).

    To this day, though most people I know turn their noses up at the smell of vinegar, I always associate it with the excitement and creativity of painting Easter eggs as a young boy with my mom.

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  3. Jeff Flesch says:

    Absolutely stunning, all. Beautiful post, Diana.

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  4. How beautiful and amazing. I can remember my mom blowing out Easter Eggs. It’s a huge job. And what a lovely legacy.

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    • Thanks for the kind comment, Sandra. I remember helping my mom and my cheeks getting sore. Lol. I’m glad you have the same memories of Easter eggs, and hope you had a lovely holiday. Hugs.

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  5. Resa says:

    Amazing, Diana! The eggs and the tradition are a wonderful thing.
    It is quite special that you have preserved some of these eggs/shells/more delicate than the finest china.
    My mother painted Easter Eggs, in the traditional patterns of Poland.
    I was in awe of her ability to create such intricate geometric designs, on such a small oval surface.
    She used the lost wax w/ dye technique. (batik)
    None have been saved.
    Thank you for this post and reminding me of some wonderfulness I had almost forgotten!

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    • I think one of the eggs in my bunch was “batiked,” Resa, (second row left in the gallery). But I’m not sure. I’m so glad that the post brought back memories of your grandmother’s eggs. A few other comments have mentioned the eggs from Eastern European nations – what a lovely tradition. I’m sorry to hear that you don’t have any left, but they sure do break easily. Thanks for the visit, my friend. ❀ ❀ ❀

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  6. Linda Raha says:

    You are blessed with your memories and these Easter eggs! They are amazing!

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  7. markbierman says:

    These are beautiful, Diana! And what a legacy and so many fond memories.

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    • Thank you, Mark. It was one of those annual events that stuck in my mind, and having the eggs to browse brings it all back. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Hope you had a lovely Easter and wish you a beautiful day. πŸ˜€

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  8. I love that sentiment, Diana: “Not all of the eggs were beautiful, but all of them were precious.” Hope you made new memories to cherish this Easter…

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  9. What a legacy of Easter eggs, Diana! I could visualize the festivity. I hope your grandparents used the egg yokes and white to make lots of cookies and muffins to entertain the neighbors who came to paint the 100 eggs. The 40 eggs you’ve kept are beautiful and precious! Thank you for sharing your legacy with us! ❀

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    • I don’t recall lots and lots of eggs salad and scrambled eggs, but I’m sure we ate every one (waste not, want not). Lol. Thanks so much for the visit, Miriam. We broke many of the eggs before we started packing them well. I’m so glad I had some to share. Hugs, my friend, and I hope you had a wonderful Easter. ❀

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      • When I looked at the photos of your eggs, I thought of how delicate they are, Diana! My brother gave me a set of four thin, narrow, and tall ( 1 foot) painted ceramic vases. They’re thinner than egg shells. I broke one when moving it around. Thankfully it was not shattered, so I glued it back with no trace of glue. ❀

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  10. These are so beautiful and put my dyed eggs to shame. In fact when I did this with my kids we only used pink and blue and purple dye. My artistic side did not come out. But oh how I’d like to try this now. These are treasures to pass on to your grandson Diana!

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    • Yes, do it, Pam. Put the year on it, and one day they’ll be beautiful gifts for your loved ones. ❀ I shared the post with my mom the other day, and she was overjoyed. Thanks for the visit and Happy Creativity!

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  11. What precious, wonderful memories. And those eggs are stunning. Thank you for sharing this legacy with us.

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  12. What an amazing Easter legacy, Diana! Those eggs are works of art. I used to dye eggs with my grandma, but when it came to hiding them, we opted for the plastic ones you filled with candy. I would love to do this again, just need some grandkids!

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    • Thanks for the visit, Teri. You don’t need grandchildren for these. Lol. I was thinking of doing one myself this year, just to keep the legacy going. And those plastic ones filled with candy… I used to love hunting for those! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and wish you a lovely week!

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  13. Ann Coleman says:

    Those eggs are amazing! You have some very talented relatives. Makes me feel a bit lazy for just dunking my Easter eggs in a cup of dye and calling it a day….LOL!

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    • Lol. Dunking in dye is what I did with my kids, Ann. But my family was totally into the painting and having everyone join in. I have good memories of those times. Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you had a wonderful Easter. πŸ™‚

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  14. How awesome…thanks for sharing!! All are beautiful and I can’t wrap my head around the intricacy of the artwork!

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  15. mydangblog says:

    Those are so beautiful, and so wonderful that you’ve kept them. One of my favourite memories is helping my gran wrap eggs in onion skin to boil. The shells were so interesting when they were done–kind of like dark marble!

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  16. Mae Clair says:

    What fantastic memories, Diana, and what a fantastic event for the neighborhood. I love how creative the painted eggs are, and the fact that you have all those treasures from so many decades, is something to cherish. A beautiful share!

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    • Thanks for the kind comment, Mae. It was a wonderful community event, started before I was born, so it was a while before I participated. None of these are mine, though I do have a few blobbed messes in my collection. Lol. I hope you had a wonderful Easter. ❀

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  17. Teri Polen says:

    What a wonderful idea to have the community share this tradition with your family, Diana. And those eggs – stunning!

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    • Thanks for the visit, Teri I was pretty young, so my mom and grandmother get all the credit. It was fascinating to be a part of. Many of the eggs didn’t survive, but I love having a few cartons to enjoy to this day. Hope you had a wonderful Easter. Have a great week. πŸ™‚

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  18. What a beautiful legacy, Diana! Thank you for sharing these precious eggs and your memories with us. πŸ™‚

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  19. Oh wow, Diana! What fondest memories of your childhood, and the precious Easter creations! Simply beautiful. ❀

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    • Thanks, Khaya. I do have fond memories of those Easters and the way it was a time of community and celebration even if we didn’t do the religious part. I’m so glad you enjoyed the painted eggs. Hugs. Have a beautiful day. ❀

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  20. Lady Tessa says:

    Those eggs are so beautiful 😍. Happy Easter!

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  21. acflory says:

    What a glorious legacy, and what a heartwarming memory. Your painted Easter Eggs are just beautiful. This is how you teach children to share and love. -huge hugs-

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  22. Jennie says:

    I have fond memories of painting eggs. Your collection is a treasure. Happy Easter, Diana.

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  23. I love the idea of a community gathering like this, Diana! It must have taken hours to blow a hundred eggs! I think I’ve mentioned my mom used to do eggery (basically the same premise, except she’d cut doors in the egg and create scenes inside the eggs) and I still have a couple of them- it’s amazing art!
    Happy Easter to you and your family ❀

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  24. dgkaye says:

    Happy Easter Diana. Thanks for sharing this little part of nostalgia from your family. What a beautiful legacy to have all those eggs and their memories passed down to you. ❀

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  25. Thinkerlogy says:

    Thank you πŸ™πŸ˜Š

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  26. Wow and Wow, Diana. Simply loved your post on these fantastic Easter Eggs. Brings back memories of grandparents and family and friends. Happy Easter to you and to your family.

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  27. Wow Diana, no wonder you are so cool! 😍 Thank you for sharing your creative family! πŸ’—

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