I'm up to my ears in crafts and deadlines this week, so I thought I'd share inspiration from someone else today. Remember these eggs from Martha Stewart Living? They were so beautiful and intricate looking in the magazine, but they're really quite easy to make. A not particularly crafty friend and I set out to make these one spring, and it's safe to say that we both became obsessed. It's the perfect craft for anyone who appreciates soothing, repetitive movements (like knitting) and doesn't require any special skill beyond patience. Medium-to-large sized eggs probably take about an hour to complete, but you can save them for many years to come. Single, large eggs make nice hostess gifts (pair it with a glass candleholder and the recipient has an instant display stand) and smaller eggs make great place settings, housed in egg cups.
Get the egg how-to here. We found our Styrofoam eggs and some of the perle cotton thread at Michaels. However, you can find a wider range of perle thread colors at Herrschners. We kept the embellishments simple - tiny flowers, thin cording, and silk ribbons. We found a number of our flowers at Tinsel Trading and our ribbons and trims at M&J Trimming.
Tip: You can also use inexpensive flowers that you find at dollar stores and craft stores - just look for flowers that have a more matte finish and are reasonably small. I find that when you pull inexpensive flower arrangements and floral picks apart, the single elements look better alone than they do arranged. I also find millinery flowers at thrift stores and vintage clothing stores. Often, the flowers from a single hat can be enough for multiple projects.)