I don't usually decorate for Easter because I generally dislike most of the decorations available on the market. However, this year I am putting out some 'Vintage' decorations my mother gave me 2 years ago. They were made by my grandmother decades ago - I would dare say at least 40 years ago! She was a creative woman who liked making craft items, especially miniatures, so it would seem. I haven't put this item out until now because it is something that should go on a shelf out of the reach of children. Unlike most of the things I have around my house, this cannot be touched! It's an egg tree made with real eggs - blown, dried, painted and decorated with scraps and bits of whatever she might have had in her stash. Some of them also have her handwriting on them, which was exquisite. Enjoy!
|This lovely lady has an Easter Bonnet! The hair and facial features are done by hand with ink.|
|This is my very favorite of all. The little robin is cut out, most likely from a greeting card that she saved, and the "Happy Easter" is written in ink.|
|Two little lovebirds, paper cutouts again, with delicate embellishments at the top of the egg.|
|Note the tiny embellishments again, and the stand at the bottom made from lace and glued on.|
|I added the thimble so you can see how small these eggs are. I don't know where she found eggs that small. Being an avid birder, I really don't want to know.|
|The whole tree. I had to leave some eggs off, as they were too damaged. It's amazing to me that this many survived all these years.|
|Another little robin and beautiful musical notes done in ink.|
|This one is too damaged to hang on the tree, but I just can't bring myself to throw it away.|
|Wise old owl.|
Most of my house is decorated with items passed on to me from my mother, my grandmother, my father-in-law. Our home will never be a candidate for "House Beautiful", but we feel comfortable having these old items around to remind us of those we love.