Photo by Mary Prater
Photo by Mary Prater

Spring has sprung, the azaleas and dogwoods are in bloom, and everywhere you look, bulbs are sending up their flowers. It’s hard to beat springtime in the South. This has always been one of my top four favorite seasons. Along with the better weather and native beauty, Spring is also Easter time. Easter is such a bright, colorful and joyous holiday. I grew up running downstairs Easter morning to find my basket, with its pretty embroidered bow, filled with treats and small gifts. My mother was never one to just throw some jellybeans on fake grass, or buy a pre-made basket, and call it good. She always put thought and effort into our holidays. Our baskets were beautifully arranged and decorated with the eggs hidden and ready to be found before going to church. We would pick up the Paz box at the Jitney Jungle the night before and create the brightly colored eggs. We used the boxed stuff until Kirsten Barber had her birthday party right before Easter one year. She had everyone wrap their eggs with clover, onion skins and twine. I thought she was crazy, but once we took them out of the boiling water…they were the prettiest eggs I had ever seen! I am not my mother, and I have been known to grab a Paz box, some fake grass and jellybeans and call it good. But every so often, I think of those beautiful eggs. So this year I have hunted down some interesting and pretty ways to dye your Easter eggs without the box. Take a look at these ideas and be sure to click on the image if you want to learn how to make these yourself. You will be linked to the websites with instructions.

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