Robin’s Eggs

Robin’s Eggs

Sometimes I am so lame.

As in L. A. M. E.

And this one took the cake (and the fork and the spoon and maybe a plate or two).

Remember the party we are having at the end of the month where every project is going to be a cinch?  Well, as part of introducing the party, we were supposed to post an “It’s a Cinch” project each week.

On Monday.

I guess this past Monday I was a little too all about myself and where I blog and if I light candles and when I put lipstick on and where I got my kitchen table.

And I forgot.

Now Linda and Kelly and Andrea and Karah didn’t forget.

Yikes.  Just me.

So if you want to see a cinchy project from bloggers who are organized and listen and follow the schedule, please go visit their blogs.

If you want to see a four-day late “It’s a Cinch” project… on.

I think 2012 is the year of the egg.  Everywhere I look someone is painting or stamping or wrapping or stickering….an egg.

So here’s my contribution to the current egg decorating phenomenon.

Nothing fancy.

Remember we are cinching it today at thistlewood.

First, I tea-stained the eggs.  This is a fancy way of saying that I added tea bags to the boiling water and added the eggs.  That’s it.  Actually, I had no idea what the eggs were going to look like with tea staining all over them, but I officially love this color.

I’m going to call it “Farm Fresh Khaki.”

edited to add:  Jen suggested hollowing out the eggs first.  Much better idea.  Now I’m going to add this to my pinterest board, “Why Didn’t I Think of That?”  For a hollow-out egg tutorial….click here.

Next I dipped a toothbrush into craft paint and lightly tapped it onto the egg.

Two tips:

(1)  Start with just a few speckles.  You can always add more later.

(2)  Tap most of the paint off your toothbrush before you tap the egg.  This allows just a little paint to transfer.  Remember, the goal is speckles, not polka dots.

When you are done, you end up with something that looks like this.



And it only took 18.25 minutes from beginning to end.

Now take your farm fresh newly speckled khaki egg and

….add a nest and burlap….

….a stack of white dishes….

…..some vintage silver….

…..and a little tag that says “Happy Spring” and seriously…..

…….you are one step away from your own network cable special.

On eggs.

And the people who love them.

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So don’t forget to join us on March 27 and link up your Cinchy project.

And when you stop by the party be sure and say hello.

You can’t miss me…..

                          ……I’ll be the one with egg on my face 🙂

PS  If you want to see where I got my inspiration along with so many other cute spring decorating ideas click here.

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  1. Nice! Love the teabag idea.

  2. Love your photos in this post. And all your attention to detail. And the idea for putting tea bags in the water. Very clever! 🙂

  3. Simply awesome! I could care less that it’s late. Totally adorable and worth the wait! I am SO trying this!

  4. So cute! I would maybe blow out the egg though instead of boiling it? Although..I don’t know how you could tea stain it then…hmmm I’m gonna have to work on that. 🙂

  5. Tea bags in the boiling water … um, brilliant! I would’ve boiled them and then made them soak in a tea bag infused pan … and it would’ve been an oops post!

    Love your make your own faux Robin Egg’s eggs …



  6. That is cute! I want to try dying eggs with onion skins this year. Not that I’ve ever dyed eggs before. I love the tea bags idea too. We may have to have company over for an easter brunch just to give me an excuse to make pretty eggs.

  7. Oh, this reminds me of my mom! She loved to tea stain items! This is so cute and just the right touch for Easter! This vignette looks so pretty in your home! I just took a color’s test and we need to change homes, my friend! I came out all of the colors in your lovely home! I know you will love Georgia! LOL! This project is another amazing idea! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Karriane your egg pics are so beautiful. What an amazing project you did as always!


  9. Love the speckled eggs in the little nests… The entire tablescape is so charming!!

  10. These are such beautiful table settings! I should make soo much more effort as i’m barely managing to eat let alone set the table!
    Great Work!

  11. Pretty eggs and easy too! Thanks for sharing:)

  12. Those turned out adorable!!!!!!!!! and since I’m all over the B&W that I’ve been putting together in my basement lately, I’m LOVING you pillows, plates and table decor!!!!


  13. Cute idea. I like the subdued color. Very grownup looking eggs. 🙂

  14. Ooo, loving this idea! I would totally be copying this if I thought the inhabitants of Man Land would even remotely appreciate it. 🙂
    Looking forward to linking up on the 27th!
    xo heidi

  15. Or you could just hard boil the eggs while they are staining in tea and have them to eat after the photo shoot. I just love your witty posts.

  16. You’ve convinced me that I need to come to your house for Easter. Your table is so pretty, and I love eggs – especially speckled, tea-stained eggs. Ah heck, I love polka-dot eggs, too.

    Happy Spring, Karianne.♥

  17. Your eggs are beautiful, love the simplicity of them. They just seem so cozy (can an egg seem cozy?). The table settings are just lovely- the nests, the little tags, the white plates, love it all.

  18. You caa-rack me up!!..You did an egg-straordinary job…

    Now, you know those elaborately decorated eggs that people paint using paint, waxes, etc..I took a class on that..bought all the pricey materials, broke about 6 eggs painting them (yes, they do not remove the egg—the egg eventually dries up!)…Anyway after all that I painted this beautiful egg..but that’s it.. ONE egg..never to lift up a brush to an egg again!…So I think I can definitely stick to your tea stained, paint speckled project…I think I can make more than just ONE…

    Oh, and so love your very chic Khaki egg with your black and white decor on that beautiful porch. Be still my heart….

  19. I HAD a longer comment, Karianne, but apparently I’m having issues leaving comments on WordPress blogs. Who knows why.

    This was worth the wait and I love the way you did the eggs. Such a great idea for a place setting, too. Of course, I have eggs and nests tucked in everywhere, but I’ve loved them for years. I have a series of egg prints that I’ve had for almost ten years now that I love.

  20. that’s the color eggs my chickens give me each day…..yep…even a speckled one now and then and blue and green too. Gorgeous photos!!! I wrote up my It’s A Cinch post yesterday and am excited to join in. 🙂 xo

  21. Awesome photos! love the little speckles too.

    Great job!

  22. What a bright “egg-easy” idea for springing into spring on this the almost first day of
    Spring (actually it is was early March 20th). Looks like they are farm fresh rather than tea-stained. Egg-actly what the decor ordered. Thanks

  23. For some of us you might want to mention to not use the tooth brush to brush your teeth again after this project. 🙂

  24. Isn’t it amazing how something as simple as an egg can look so fantastic? Such an easy & effective way to add some eggy-goodness to your decor 🙂

    I better get my butt in gear and start working on my “cinch” project. Although it’s supposed to be a cinch, so it should be fast to make, right?! 🙂

  25. Really adorable. I’m not much of a pastel gal, so this egg is right up my alley!

  26. Love the simplicity of these beauties… You could even skip the tea staining & go straight for the natural eggs to make it even easier 🙂 Your table styling was fantastic as well. Visiting from CG’s Spring Link Party.

  27. Very cute idea Karianne, Your speckled eggs and the nests look beautiful and say SPRING! Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day.

    Joyous Wishes, Linda

  28. absolutely adorable–SO happy I found your blog Monday!!

  29. I like the simplicity of that look. Thanks for sharing!

  30. You are so funny, Karianne! You make me feel like I’m not the only one forgetting stuff…the project turned out simple and so beautiful…in other words, perfect. I’ve been working this week on a little nest project for a swap (that I better not forget to send lol)

  31. Well, howdy-doody! Thanks for sharing your cinch project. I have been looking for natural looking, fake eggs to use, and voila, here you go, you just made my day! I’m thinking we’ll have breakfast for supper, so I’ll have an excuse to empty some eggs today and get to work!!! I am forever indebted to you for this. Thank you, thank you, and thank you! 😀

  32. Simple yet elegant! Adds a great touch to your beautiful tablescape!
    dee dee

  33. Very “cinchy” (that’s probably not a word), but the little stamped signs I think put this solidly in the “real craft” realm, not “easy peasy”:)

  34. I am visiting via Centsational Girl. I adore your project. So clever!

    Happy day, happy spring, happy happy everything!

  35. You were just spreading out the excitement 😉 We love you anyway! The eggs are darlin’ and the table looks devine. So country-chic.

  36. How egg-citing!

    You have egg-cellent taste!

    What an egg-elently set table!

    I know, I’m a bit cracked!

  37. Kelly!!!! Hilarious!

    I, myself, was scrambling to read this post!


  38. Very nice.
    Cute and clever – both your project and your prose 🙂

    Thank you for your kind words about my Etsy photos!

  39. picture perfect!!!!

  40. Gorgeous!!! I love that color combination too!! another great project!!!!

  41. Love love!! What a cinch too! 🙂 happy spring!

  42. Love those eggs/tablescape and even better when a project only takes 18.25 min….you’re my kind of girl! Wonder how this method would work with colored eggs that my chicks lay…I’ll have to try it out.

    Great blog and Yby5 is your newest follower 🙂

  43. I. LOVE. YOUR. TABLE. SETTING. That’s all. Just love it!

  44. theboldabode :

    Love those speckled eggs! I’m still working on my Impossibilities Challenge project…hahahahaha….

  45. Karianne,

    Love the nests and the idea of the eggs!

    You have been tagged a Wonderful Blogger! Come see what to do next …

  46. You’re right – that is easy peasy. Looks like one I will have to keep in mind as I love the soft Easter Egg Khaki colour and the little speckles and the nests at each place setting. Just lovely!

  47. I love a more natural look in most all of my decorating and these speckled eggs fit the bill perfectly. Using the nests and the tags in your table setting adds just the right touch of spring! 🙂 Sue

  48. So cute!!!! I will be copying this for my Easter dinner table! Where did you get those little nests???

  49. Hi, Karianne! What a beautiful tablescape. And love this idea for the eggs. I got a big kick out of this post. Better late than never!

  50. worth the wait. love the eggs and the nests and the little “happy spring” tag, and, well all of it.

  51. That’s a great project and I love the outcome! Thanks for the tutorial.

  52. Sometimes the prettiest things are a cinch to do love the speckled eggs

  53. Oh I love this idea! We were going to do the silk tie died eggs this year, but I like this so much more – especially since our eggs come factory-direct from the hen house in brown and green colors. This will add a little something “extra” to them!
    Whitney – The Rooster And The Hen

  54. Pretty eggs!
    My Pink, have a great weekend.

  55. I LOVE this idea! And the simplicity of it in the nest on the dishes is truly fabulous. Thanks so much for all of the details on how to recreate these gorgeous eggs. Happy Pink Saturday. ~Marti

  56. Adorable Egg painting idea:)
    Happy Pink (Spring Feeling) Saturday!

    Kay Ellen

  57. Beautiful photos!
    I love each and every one of these!
    Happy Pink Saturday!! ~Lorraine ♥♥♥

  58. Great idea! Where did those amazing nests come from?!

  59. These are beautiful! I want to host a spring party just so that I can make these to use at the place settings! haha

  60. This is so great and cinchy! I love how they turned out…very farm fresh!! Great pictures too Karianne!

  61. I would love to know what kind of white dishes those are in the picture. I just love them! Brand maybe and where they are from?? I love everything about this post!

  62. Did you make your nests or buy them? I love birds nest and besides the real thing I cannot find them in stores…anywhere.

    Love the eggs. Beautiful charming color.

  63. Beautiful … love how the eggs turned out. Must try this.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Audrey Z. Timeless Treasures