a happy easter was had.

last thursday we dyed eggs. this is always a lot of fun at our house because we use natural dyes and making the colors is just as fun as coloring the eggs. we feel a little bit like mad scientists cooking up all of our gathered plants/fruits/vegetables and watching them change colors before our eyes. this year we used yellow onion skins for orange, beets for a dark pinkish-red, purple cabbage for blue, dandelion & spinach for green and a random gathering of flowers and plants from around the back pasture that ended up turning a pale pink. we used an assortment of brown, green and pink eggs from our hens and they all turned out so pretty!

this year our easter baskets were jars rather than baskets, vintage anchor hocking storage jars. every year we choose a different basket, always one that is useful outside of being an easter basket, something we need that is also good for holding treats. last year we used kid-sized farmers market baskets, they were the cutest! the year before that they were small-ish toy/treasure storage boxes... you get the idea :) i think the jars worked beautifully, and they will make a fine addition to our collection of glass storage containers in the kitchen.

the squirrels are big fans of sweet treats. we don't buy candy very often, but easter is a good excuse to indulge... though we like our food as natural/organic/local/fresh as possible, even when it comes to sweet treats. this year we found all natural, locally hand-made peeps. the squirrels were very excited to see & eat them! their baskets were filled with homemade paper grass, natural solid chocolate bunny, peanut butter filled chocolate eggs, lollipops, and a single-serving packet of justin's chocolate peanut butter. oh, and most special of all a squirrel-sized sterling silver/fresh-water pearl ring. the rings look so sweet on their tiny fingers, they were a big hit!

we also had an early morning egg hunt, this has been a family tradition my whole life. when i was little my grandparents would hide tons of plastic eggs, some filled with small candy and some with money!! we do it the same now, but this year traded the plastic eggs for hand-made paper eggs. i sewed these up, stuffed them with goodies & tied them closed with a little twine bow. they worked perfectly and we will certainly be re-using them next year!

it was a wonderful day, happy spring!!

:: by the way, you've probably noticed that a lot of the photos i post here are instagram photos. i love instagram, a whole bunch. you can find me there if you'd like: @zephyrsarah ::


  1. I love the paper eggs, such a great idea!

  2. I like all the candy! Cool!

    You have a new follower :) xx Romy


  3. I love the idea of using jars instead of baskets! So cute. The little paper eggs full of jelly beans are great too :)


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