Who would have thought last year that we are still in lockdown mode and that another Easter will be celebrated in the smallest circle possible – Mr. ♡ and I. Well it is what it is. So I will continue with my own little traditions. For many many years I have been making a braided easter bread for breakfast on Easter Sunday. Hot steaming fresh from the oven. It is one of the things I am looking forward to all year. Of course this braided yeast bread could be done any time but for me it is an Easter Bread.➢ KEEP ON READING
In times like these it is especially important to have something to look forward to and plan a few fun moments. Even though we are not being able to roam outside, enjoy all the spring air and go on adventures I will not shy away from making yet another spring bucket list.
But as always we quickly check the winter list to see how things went:
- 𝗫 Take a walk in the snowfall. – no snowfall until March 30th 2020 this season.
- ✔ Go to a Christmas concert. – Did go, liked it a lot.
- ✔𝗫 Get into Holiday spirit. – not quite sure if I can cross this one off. Yes and No.
- ✔ Celebrate our 6. Wedding Anniversary – We went to Oslo for a long weekend. Who would have thought this is going to be the last trip for a long time.
- ✔ Visit Roncalli Christmas Circus – we did, was fun to be in a circus again.
- 𝗫 Plan vacations for 2020 – good thing I didn’t make much progress here…
- ✔ Unravel 2019 and find a word for 2020 – yep! always do.
- 𝗫 Go ice skating – did we even have temperatures below zero this year?!
- 𝗫 Try to catch a snowflake on camera. – see 1
- ✔ Spend some cozy days with Mr. ♡. – definitely
- ✔𝗫 Be kind – mhm, tough one. I guess there is always room for improvement.
Ok, who is ready for some spring vibes?
Spring Bucket List 2020
- Starting the 100 Day project.
I am a bit torn if I want to do it. Well I know I want to but for some reason I don’t have a clear idea yet on what to do. The project starts Tuesday, April 7th. What ever I decide follow along on Instagram.
- Write letters or cards to every birthday person.
Just a quick and easy way to let people know theyr birthday is still important even though know one is showing up.
- Buy flowers every week.
If I can’t enjoy the spring outside, get it inside.
- Family Reunion first weekend of May.
if this will not happen as it looks like maybe when can at least meet one evening for zoom call with everyone.
- Take a walks in the park as often as possible.
If running errands outside take the long walk through the park to see the world and get some exercise.
- Cook three new dishes.
With all those dinners to cook maybe try out a few new recipes.
- Sew a garland for the next big party.
I will not tell you how long I have that planned or even cut ready to sew together…
- Do some SEO optimizing for the blog.
I recently learnt that I have quite a few things to optimize. Let’s do that.
- Clean and pretty up the balcony.
This will get a lot of use again this year so better get it ready. Some cleaning and then a few more plants. Some survived from last year. *happy dance right now and some shoulder padding*
- Read a lot.
There is a (German) kindle unlimited offer (sign up until April 30th ) and get one month for free. Of course I snatched that up. My reading list still has quiee a few books to cross off.
- Have a first Easter only us two and make it good.
All my life I have celebrated Easter with family. Even the year in the US I spent it with a Christian family (as the Morman family I was staying in did not celebrate). This year will be the first just Mr. ♡ and I.
- Bake a sugar free cake.
I am still on my lent thing (no sugar/cake/candy and no phone in the bedroom) and I decided to keep the sugar thing going to cross off #74 on my “101 things in 100day list”.
So this is my spring bucket list for the pandemic season. Do you want to write your own. You should. And share here so I can add a few more things. If you need a bit of inspiration check out my previous list (spring bucket list 2019 and spring list 2016).
I went for a walk and found spring. That reminded me I could write a new bucket list. But let’s have a quick look at the winter bucket list and how I did:
- ✔️Read a Christmas Book – I read “The Cricket on the Hearth” from Charles Dickens Christmas Books. It was ok but nothing tops a “Christmas Carol”
- ✔️Spread Random Acts of Kindness – I hope I did but then you can always do more.
- ✖️Ice Skating – no winter in this part of the globe
- ✔️Christmas Movies – I did however I feel like there is nothing new out…
- ✔️Cancel all appointments in December – so liberating
- ✖️Planning next years Christmas – did not and have a feeling it’s not gonna happen
- ✔️Taking a photo walk – I did and found spring
- ✔️Crafting – I made stuff for the advent calendar swapping but nothing else
- ✔️Christmas Concert – I went by myself as my own Christmas party
- ✔️Celebrate Dads 60th – we sure did. Twice.
- ✔️Find a word 2019 – my word ist Trust. Read more about why.
I am a bit surprised that almost all got checked of the list. Throughout winter I felt like I didn’t manage to cross anything off. Perception is a weird thing.
Okay enough let’s dive in and start Spring. I mean officially. Because it only does when there is a list, right? Here we go:
1. Enjoy the first ice cream/sundae of the season.
Nothing better than being outside, enjoying the sunshine and diving into some ice cream.
2. Have a family reunion.
We’ll meet up again at my family home with my family, cousins and all for a weekend together. We are planning on visiting a chocolate factory. Do you want to tag along?
3. Start the 100DayProject.
It starts tomorrow April 2nd. I’ll be trying to improve my photography by drawing daily challenges for myself. You can follow on my Instagram and the #100daysofcraftaliciousimages.
4. Have a Spa Day with a friend.
We had to postpone twice but hopefully we can enjoy that day soon.
5. Doing some more Easter Eggs.
I’ve already started saving blown out eggs from last meals and I’ll be doing a few more of my beloved Sorbian Easter Eggs and this modern Ukrainian folklore ones.
6. Start BBQ season at our friends house.
Nothing more needs to be said unless you’ve got good recipes. I want to have those.
7. Do a detox week.
It’s time. Always feel better afterwards.Maybe before the spa day.
8. Pretty up the balcony.
And opening up the outdoor home office. so looking forward to it.
9. Check of a few more books on my Reading List.
I realised that a few books on this list don’t intrigue me as much anymore then beginning of the year. Anyone else feeling that shifty? Still so many good books on my TBR. What’s you next one?
10. Plan a vacation.
Recently got a wedding invite to Australia. Unfortunately it’s already beginning of May. Not sure if we will manage. But besides that I want and need a vacay.
11. Find a birthday present for Mr. ♡
And a good one as we are having a round one to celebrate. Suggestions are welcome.
Do you have anything fun planned for this spring season? Share away and leave a comment or visit on Instagram.
Happy spring season
Just when I thought, with all this sunshine the last days and my first lunch break in the sun without a jacket, I am all set for spring and write my spring list it starts raining…
BUT spring is around the corner and officially starting today so here is my list:
Making Easter Eggsin this traditional technique of the Sorbians. Fixing my bike and taking a ride.Done that but it was an errand ride.
- Have a lunchtime walk to this cemetery I want to check out for probably 10+ years. Did not manage… sad.
Quitting my job.Did that and it felt/feels so liberating. Take a vacay with hubby. I am thinking Mallorca (never been there) or maybe Italy (at one of the lakes). Suggestions are welcome.We went to Croatia and it was fantastic! Meeting friends I haven’t seen in a while.I did. Sewing a maxi dress. I know exactly how I want it to look and I already got the fabric but I can’t seem to find the pattern.Done! Doing a detox week. I am feeling like getting rid of junk in my life.I am so happy I finally managed to do it. I feel so much better and really need to do this once a year. Doing some more home improvements.Still working on it but its going places.
- Going to a wedding in the botanical garden. My stupid boss didn’t let me go.
Having a family reunion.Oh it was fun. S O M U C H F U N! Going on an photo walk with myself.I did in Croatia a couple of times.
Writing this list I had a picture of my spring-like cake pops stuck in mind and I really want some now.
Anyhow, who else is doing a list? What are you looking forward this season? Please share I want to expand mine a bit more.
I have a confession to make: I am not big into Easter decorations at all. Heck I don’t even own Easter decorations. Usually it’s just a pot of flowers and that’s about it.
I grew up with a one simple decoration. Every year we would cut some birch twigs and put them in a huge vase. On Saturday before Easter we would then hang easter eggs to decorate. And as I grew up in a area in Germany where there is a minority called Sorbs living, most of our eggs where made in their traditional way – at least that’s how I remember.
Since last year I was having the urge to give this craft another try. I remember we did it as kids but the eggs probably looked horrible. Maybe I can find some on this year’s Easter bouquet.
The sorbs have four different techniques for decorating their easter eggs but I only know how to do the wax batik technique. Wax is applied with special quills to the eggs shell and in various usually very detailed and complicated patterns. Then it is dyed. Different colors can be achieved by dying in many different steps and in-between applying more wax.
To make Sorbian Easter Eggs with the wax batik technique a bit of preparation required though.
I recommend doing this technique on blown out eggs. It is time consuming and it would be sad to have them broken on Easter morning. However it’s up to you but make sure to boil them before starting to craft. Usually the eggs have stamps on them that need to go. With a bit of soap and a brush or sponge you usually get it off. You could also use nail polish remover but you really need to wash the eggs carefully afterwards otherwise the dye will not stick.
Feathers are your drawing or better stamping tool for this craft. It’s important to get feather from the wings and goose feathers* are recommended. Then you cut of most of the thin hairlike thingies left and right of the bone of the feather until you have only the tip left. (Sorry not sure how that is called in English but you hopefully know what I mean.) Now you cut your shape. (I just read that a cutter is better suited than scissors… Well next time…) For basic patterns you would need a triangle, a drop, diamond and a arrow shape. The dots are made with the heads of a pin.
In the picture below you can see what kind of (traditional) shapes can be made with those basic tools:
Once you have the quills you need the wax. It is important to use a mixture of regular candle wax and bees wax. The bees wax makes it more flexible to apply and also easier to get off as it melts faster. You also need a tinplate spoon. I used mine out of New Years Eve lead-pouring kit. Then set up you station by curving the spoon in a 90° angle and pushing it into a flower pot. Place a tea light underneath and add a bit of wax to the spoon. Now you are ready to go.
How to do Sorbian Easter Eggs.
Your first egg will probably look horrible. Its ok because it’s to learn how the quill works. It is important to work fast and with a steady hand. Not always easy.
- Put your quill to the wax and make sure its fully soaked (first time) or fully melted (after already using it). You can see tiny little bubbles.
- Now press the quill to the shell and remove immediately. I found it to be practical to remove the tip by slightly moving it towards your body (always making sure you don’t mess up the pattern). If you let the quill rest too long the wax will melt and then you have to jerk the quill away and usually this results in tiny wax drops all over the egg shell.
- When you are done with your pattern you can dye your egg. Use only cold dye otherwise the wax will melt. If you are planning to do a two colored egg you only need to have it in the dye a very short time. Otherwise the difference is hard to see.
The following picture shows the steps for a simple wax batik egg with only one dyeing:
And here you can see the steps for a two colored egg.
You get the idea. You can go with multiple dyeing rounds when your pattern requires it. My brain however can only think ahead two rounds.
4. Once you are done with your egg you can start to remove the wax. We used to do it over an gas flame but this time we put the eggs in the oven. Preheat oven to 50°C/120°F, put paper towels on your grate or baking pan and add eggs for about 3 minutes. Wipe of melted wax with an old rag. Tada and you just made your first Sorbian Easter Egg.
How to do patterns.
This is the hard part, something coming with practice I guess. However I found it useful to divide up your egg by either going in a circle from top to bottom or by making a line at the thickest part of the egg. This gives some direction to help with the symmetry. And symmetry is key when it comes to Sorbian eggs. For more complicated patterns I thought it was easier starting from the middle and working your way out of the pattern. I saw online that some people predraw the patterns with a pencil. I don’t understand how this works as you can’t get it of once the wax is covering it. Maybe after dying but that requires the dye covers the rest of the predrawing. Well you figure it out and let me know.
Here are a few patterns I have tried:
If you need more inspiration and ideas follow my Pinterest Board.
Follow Tobia’s board SPRING :: EASTER on Pinterest.
I found this craft amazingly meditative and I am really hooked. I am pretty sure we have a few more days of scrambled eggs ahead of us.
What do you think, will you give it a try or is it too complicated for you? How do you dye your easter eggs?
Happy wax dipping,
PS. If you want to read a bit more about the traditions and helpful tipps check out www.sorbische-ostereier.de (only German)
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