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.

<img src=>

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.


  1. Image for Jo @ To a Pretty Life Jo @ To a Pretty Life

    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.

  2. Image for Betsy(@coastal-colors) Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    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!

  3. Image for katie goldsworthy katie goldsworthy

    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!!!! Beautiful! --Katie

  4. Image for kim kim

    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.

  5. Image for Beverly Beverly

    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.♥

  6. Image for SheilaG SheilaG

    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.

  7. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    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....

  8. Image for Kathy Passarette (@creative_home) Kathy Passarette (@creative_home)

    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.

  9. Image for Lynn @thevintagenest Lynn @thevintagenest

    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

  10. Image for nana nana

    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

  11. Image for Kelly @ DTTDidc Kelly @ DTTDidc

    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?! :-)

  12. Image for Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

    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 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)

  13. Image for Mrs C Mrs C

    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! :D

  14. Image for yby5 yby5

    Love those eggs/tablescape and even better when a project only takes 18.25'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 :)

  15. Image for joy2journey joy2journey

    Karianne, Love the nests and the idea of the eggs! You have been tagged a Wonderful Blogger! Come see what to do next ... Hugs, Bj

  16. Image for Sue Sue

    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

  17. Image for nana629 nana629

    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

  18. Image for marti marti

    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

  19. Image for Linda Linda

    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!

Comments are closed.