I’m tickled pink! After all these years I’ve now found two local sources for white or pale colored eggs to use for my pysanky and Easter eggs!
Aren’t they beautiful? These colors are made by God — the cream, tan, pink, pale green and white. These aren’t all white, but I do think the colors are super light that will look beautiful in the Ukrainian eggs. Tomorrow another farmer will be dropping off all the white eggs she has gathered, so I’m rich in beautiful eggs! God is a perfect and amazing artist!
For years I’ve lamented over the fact that I have to use store-bought white eggs. The shells generally are weak and bumpy. I have to buy many dozens just to find a good dozen eggs, and in a medium size is best because these egg shells are even weaker when they are bigger. The worst aspect of industrialized eggs is that they have a coating over the eggs, which makes the shells resistant to dye and crayons and wax. And even with lots of scrubbing, it’s hard to get that off completely (I use Ivory dish soap, a brush, and a short soak in vinegar.)
Plus, if I’m eating the eggs (as in hardboiled for Easter, not the pysanky) the nutrition value isn’t as high as the organic or farm fresh eggs. But generally organic or farm fresh eggs are brown eggs, which are delicious, but the brown don’t make as beautiful pysanky without the contrasting white in my opinion. This image includes both brown and white eggs, so you can see the difference.
So we’re gearing up to do some family pysanky. I’m a bit behind, as I should have been doing this throughout Lent (my sister’s family has been doing this!). I hope to add to our collection this year. A few shots from previous years, the first two pysanky, the last photo some of last year’s Easter eggs which we color and dye on Holy Saturday. We decorate our eggs with crayon drawings of Easter symbols. Instead of regular crayons, last year I purchased two different sets of Beeswax Crayons. The colors were rich, and the wax rolled beautifully on the eggs.