Natural Easter Egg Dyes

I recall my Mother always having one of those little box kits miraculously appear to 'naturally' dye eggs for Easter.  Such excitement & mystery that little box held for me.  Still today, it is a harbinger of Easter and  I can't picture the holiday without seeing racks of them in all the stores.  They are only dried forms of commercial food coloring, but they sure held a magic for me, and still do.   Even though, I now know about toxins of artificial food coloring and dyes, the appeal of the box is hard to resist- as is many of our traditional, non eco-minded products.

It really isn't easy being green sometimes  because all these wonder innovations hold special memories created to save us time; and time seems now more important than anything to everyone.   I began to wonder how eggs were dyed before the magic box came to be.  Turns out all you need are fruits and vegetable (save all your scraps!) and....of course the time.

So below I list what you need to have a wonderful, egg dying evening with no thought to all the must dos and hurry-ups beyond just how blue your egg is turning.   Send me pictures of your 'onion' egg creations and I will post them for all the box people to envy!

What to use for natural Easter egg dyes:

Water-vinegar-vegetable oil

Blue....purple or red cabbage & blueberries (makes blue on white eggs, green on brown)

Green....spinach

Orange...carrots, paprika, yellow onion skins (makes rusty red on brown eggs)

Red...red onion skins, cherries, beets

Violet....red wine, hibiscus tea, red onion skins

Pink....shredded beets (makes maroon on brown eggs)

Yellow....turmeric-2 tbl. ground

Lavender...1 bag Red Zinger tea

How to make the natural dye:

Add 1 cup of the item/items to 4 cups of water and bring to a boil; then simmer covered for up to 30 minutes.  Like the box dye, it is ready when its darker than the color you want.  You can always check the color by dripping some on a white dish.

Let your dye cool to the touch,  fine strain it then add 1 Tbl.  vinegar.  Arrange room temperature, cooked eggs in a deep dish or bowl and completely cover them with the dye.  Put the bowl in the refrigerator and chill until you like the color.  Dry them oh so careful and rub on some oil to polish with paper towel.

Have fun!  Lynn & Willow

The Easter Rabbits aka Ground Bunnies

As you all know, I was a racing grey and now retired.  I guess long ago, rabbits were used to practice and then entice us around the race; but today it is just a stuffed sock thing.   However...it must be ingrained in me because I have an obsession with them and anyone else who acts like them.  So Lynn makes it easy and we just call all of them "ground bunnies'. On our walks I know when she says "oh Willow! a ground bunny", I come to attention!   Being a sight hound I quickly scan the area and lock in on what she sees.  Boy if I was off leash I would have a happy play chase. Easter is when a lot of baby ground bunnies are bought as pets.  This is not a real good thing because they are not really a cuddle pet like me.  But they are sort of  like me in that they need to be trained and attended to and not just kept in a cage.    I know how that is-boredom is wild and frustrating. So, obviously I like all ground bunnies, but i think the  fuzzy ones are the best to bring home    Lynn & I call them 'stuffies' and I looove them.  In the shop I see and investigate all new additions.  There are grass ones, fuzzy ones, and clay ones in all sizes and personality.   When you visit the shop I will introduce you to a couple of the  take home ground bunnies I like  for you and yours.  But for now, below are some pictures of them because I think they would be your favorites too and you may just adopt one.    Happy Happy Easter

The funniest Ground Bunny of them all!

love  Willow  🙂

Easter Basket-The Sneaked Peak

  Easter baskets are not just for candy-but for dog & cat family too   This next 10 days is a happy, happy time; Lynn’s birthday, Easter, and then….my birthday. About Easter morning; as soon as I wake up I roll over my bed and look to see what the rabbit left me.  This is of course the only time I let a rabbit in and out of my house-without a chase!  I know this guy who brings me things is a special rabbit so I turn a cheek. However, I have learned that he actually brings the ‘basket’ ahead of time; hides it, and then returns to place it on Easter Sunday.  So about now I make it my Spring cause to start sniffing around searching for this ubiquitous basket, and yesterday ….I found it!  It was a bit dark but I got a  quick look at its contents. I saw a new, stuffie purse, just what I wanted-a Chewy Vuitton.   Oh I so desperately need one, mine is a bit worn and bordering on tacky.   I also saw luscious canine candies, organic biscuits, and jerky.  There was a ton more but I feared being caught so… I took a quick picture and made off.    Check out my spy picture below.
Gourmet, organic, doggy Easter basket.

the peak.....

Well, at least I know it is everything I like so now I can lay back and just act cool.  If you would like a canine or feline Easter basket-ask Lynn as she seems to have pull with this rabbit and the capability of getting him to bring extra baskets for our customers at all times of the year. He is quite something this guy-I usually refer to them as ‘ground bunnies’, but he is… THE Rabbit-and he rocks. xxoo Willow

Easter Wheatgrass-For Pretty-For Health-For the Planet

 Wheatgrass is well known in the decorative world, but even more notable in the health food industry and our environment.   Spring has arrived at the store and with it our local grown, organic, wheatgrass is everywhere!  I love the deep green color and the softness of the blades.   It is one of those things that makes you feel good just to look at it. It unleashes all sort of mental imagery outside our hectic, confined lives.    We always have wheatgrass in the store; but early Spring I seem to overdo it and become addicted with ‘wheatgrass décor mania’. We make grass bowls, grass nests of flowers, grass egg and flower baskets, grass gardens, and grassy gifts for cats & dogs.  Each Easter basket ordered always has a little hidden clump amongst the flowers; complete with an egg or butterfly nestled within.  An extra little whimsy from me to you;  hopefully giving pause to stop and give you  your own imagery.    Decorating with wheatgrass is one of my favorite choices as it enhances any décor style.  For the Victorian home; filling an ornate, silver bowl and propping a vintage papier mache egg in the center is perfect.  For the modern home; it can be placed in a square, low dish with a simple, stone egg for a Zen effect.  In the rustic or country home; a hollowed log or vintage enamelware pan is charming with a birds nest off to the side.   One of my favorites is a dish of wheatgrass  under a glass, bell jar or cloche; adding little extras found on a walk like a feather, robins eggshell, or when lucky -an abandoned bee hive. Wheatgrass is a good buy as it is not just decorative but also a highly, nutritious edible-making it a great, dual gift.  It is a natural detoxifier and blood purifier.  The nutritious qualities are endless,  and even placing a tray of wheatgrass at your bedside enhances the rooms oxygen helping with a sound sleep-as do many plants.   Willow loves it; as do most animals.  We should always watch the animals and take a lesson from them; they know what we seem to miss. Grass in general has become the brand symbol of the green movement.  It speaks fresh, environment, health, and Spring.  And it is in fact a green item in terms of the environment.   It is decorative yet useful, non toxic and nutritious, biodegradable, and local grown item.  It is healthy for both human and animal, and uses no chemical enhancements.  We just love wheatgrass.  Or as Willow would say-‘it rocks’! We sell wheatgrass by the $5.clump or a $30 flat.  Ours is USDA Organic, and suitable for decorating as well as consumption.    Pick up a clump as a gift or for yourself-feel good-Happy Easter-and sweet dreams.