Natural Easter Egg Dye

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As promised, an overview of our natural food dye Easter egg experiment!

For the record, food coloring is so much easier and faster. Liv was bored half way through the process of creating our natural dyes and began plopping big droplets of food coloring into cups of water before my veggie dyes were even close to being egg-ready.

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But! These turned out pretty cool. If you have the patience to source the ingredients, boil veggies (and other fun stuff) down, and then to let eggs sit overnight submerged, you won’t be disappointed.

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I was inspired by a Pinterest pin leading to this post to give veggie dying another go. I tried it back here with little success. This time around I expanded my color options and really went for it.

After online research/experimentation, here are my findings:

1. Red = red beets
2. Blue = blueberries
3. Purple blue = red cabbage
4. Light brown = coffee
5. Yellow = curry powder
6. Light yellow = yellow beets
7. Green = greens (such as mustard greens or chard)
8. Brownish red = paprika

I also tried yams (hoping for a nice orange-y color), but the starchy vegetable didn’t seep enough color into the boiling water to create a dye.

Natural Easter Egg Dye | PepperDesignBlog.com

Most unexpected result goes to red cabbage! Who knew that those shiny red cabbage leaves would turn purple when boiled and would produce blue water as a result?

Natural Egg Dyes
 
Ingredients
  • Red cabbage
  • Red and yellow beets
  • Blueberries
  • Mustard greens or chard
  • Coffee grounds (not used)
  • Curry powder
  • Paprika
  • White vinegar
Instructions
  1. Boil eggs.
  2. Cut up vegetables into 1-2" chunks and cover in water (just enough to cover veggies) in a quart sauce pan. Similarly for blueberries. For coffee and spices, use a 1:16 ratio (aka mix ⅛ into 2 cups of water and so on).
  3. Bring mixture to a boil for several minutes and then let cool.
  4. Stir in 2-3 tb vinegar.
  5. Add egg and allow to sit for several hours (preferably overnight).

The mottled texture of some of my eggs are a result of vinegar or resting on the bottom of their bowl. Too much vinegar resulted in a very bubbly skin (which was kind of cool). I omitted the vinegar from a few batches (such as the beets) so that I could keep the chunks of veggies in the dyed water with the eggs (to add more bulk to my water so that I could completely cover many eggs at once, otherwise I would have had to use a lot of beets or dye them in a small cup one at a time).

Natural Easter Egg Dye | PepperDesignBlog.com

Since most of the veggies are now boiled and ready for a hearty salad, they won’t be wasted either.

Below and clockwise starting with the brown spotted egg in the top corner: paprika, curry powder, red cabbage, coffee, red beets, yellow beets, red cabbage (different batch and slightly different blue), blueberries, greens. Liv gave the coffee egg a nice crack against our counter, she was ready for a snack.

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We seperately dyed eggs with leaf imprints from around the garden, but we’re off to have some family time so I’ll save that for another day.

PS a spring party palette.

Three Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

Dying Easter Eggs | Gold Foil | PepperDesignBlog.com

Family is coming into town, we’re preparing for Marlowe’s baptism (on Easter! What a great day!) and tomorrow I’m planning on dying eggs with all of Liv’s friends during my weekly Thursday morning mom day (best work decision ever).

Looking back over the past few years we’ve tried out different dying techniques. Seems I have a thing for blue eggs? Above, several different gold (including foiling) techniques. Below, easy speckled eggs.

Speckled Easter Eggs | PepperDesignBlog.com

Last year we decoupaged eggs (perfect for kids that are just a little young for all of the dying techniques but still want to be really hands on) at a little Welcome, Spring! party at our house (also included in that post is a little Spring bag print out and giant tissue paper flowers).

Decoupaging Easter Eggs | Dying Easter Eggs | Giant Tissue Paper Flowers | PepperDesignBlog.com

Decoupaging Easter Eggs | Dying Easter Eggs | PepperDesignBlog.com

This year, if all goes as planned, we are trying this technique. I can’t wait!

PS a round up of great Easter ideas and what to do with all of that Easter candy

PPS these silly April Fool’s Day cupcakes are adorable and did you catch this roundup of tech pranks?

Master Bath & Bedroom: Week 6-7

It’s finally time for a master bathroom update. Just as a quick reminder, we’ve torn down the walls between the original bathroom and bedroom in our 1930s Spanish casita. These two small rooms are now forming one master suite with the bathroom on one end and bedroom on the other. A large reclaimed beam separates the spaces but for the most part they are fully integrated. You can check out the first stages of demo here and here and some bathroom layout and materials planning here.

Week 1:

Master Bath/Bedroom Demo Day 1 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Week 2 – 5 (plus plenty of plumbing, electrical, insulation work):

Master Bath/Bedroom Week 2 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Week 6 – 7:

Master Bath/Bedroom Week 7 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Big progress! Still a messy construction zone in there (wasn’t even tempted to sort of pick up before the photos…) but progress is absolutely being made. Lighting was my task for last week, closet planning/organization for this week (a wall closet is going in on the left there).

Last week a few major things happened and they all have to do with light (both natural and electrical) in the bathroom. First, we replaced the existing wooden window (so beat up it was lifeless despite the fact that we were able to save all of the others in the house) with a double casement that we ordered with opaque glass.

Master Bath/Bedroom Week 7 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Second, the arch separating the bathroom from the hallway was finished. She’s absolutely beautiful!

Master Bath/Bedroom Week 7 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Moving to the right of the archway (which will get a big wooden barn-style sliding door) is Kev’s creativity in action. He had really wanted to use glass block in the bathroom. I hear glass block and I think of an 80’s revival. He insisted that he could create a natural way to let light into the small toilet room if I would just give him the chance. Life is about compromises and we’re both winning some big decisions in this space.

Master Bath/Bedroom Week 7 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Works well, right? I’m still holding my breath to see the final version of the artistic glass block placement once mud and paint are in place, but so far so good.

Master Bath/Bedroom Week 7 | PepperDesignBlog.com

The last update is some electrical work. We are placing recessed lighting all over these two rooms because of their amazing ability to thoroughly light a space, now we have four lights in the bedroom and four in the bathroom. There are a handful of more decorative lights throughout the room, too:

Master Bath/Bedroom Week 7 | PepperDesignBlog.com

In these old homes you quickly learn that the more light the merrier! So very happy that this bathroom will be flooded with light all of the time.

We are using Cree LED lightbulbs in our recessed lights, Cree has been a wonderful sponsor of this blog for the last six months and, because I have tested and enjoy the product that they make, I’m happy to share more about them with you:

LED bulbs use a small percentage of energy compared to regular incandescent bulbs, only require changing out every 15 or so years, emit a warm (rather than cool) glow and are dimmable. I’ve been so very pleased with how they function for us. We are eventually planning on swapping out all of the lightbulbs that have a compatible Cree counterpart in our home. PS you can buy them online or at Home Depot. I appreciate the sponsors that help to offset some of the time in building this little nook of the net-o-sphere, thanks for letting me share!

Reps from Closet World and California Closets stop by tomorrow to provide a few organizational ideas and quotes. I can’t wait to start sweater and shoe planning! An organized closet is something that I’ve always dreamed of but that was likely not a reality until we started this remodel project.

After closets it’s time for plumbing fixtures, though I’m 90% positive on where we’re going with this one. And this coming weekend? Time for tile! Fingers crossed.

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