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Easter is On It’s Way!

With Easter right around the corner, I thought I would share one of my favorite traditions.  Dyeing Easter eggs!  I know, I know, you buy the dye from the store along with the little cardboard drying rack and Voila!  But that’s not how we at Just Bailey Designs like to do things.  Why go out and buy all that dye when you can make your own?  Today I am going to show you how to take regular white eggs and decorate them using all natural materials.

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To get started, you will need Yellow Onion Skins, Beets and Red Cabbage.  You could also use Frozen Blueberries, Turmeric or Coffee to name just a few.  For the purposes of today, I am going to go one step further and add some designs to my eggs using flowers and leaves from around my yard!  If you want to do this, you will need to clip a few flowers or interesting leaves and you will need an old pair of panty hose or very thin socks.



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12873390_10156675778010274_1857605447_oThe first thing we are going to do is cut our panty hose into small
segments around 4 inches in length,  this could vary based on the size of your eggs.

Always go big if you are unsure and then you can cut off the additional fabric once you have tied it securely.

Next we will press our clipping onto our eggs very gently and then secure with the panty hose.
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At this point we can move on to making our dyes.  For this project I have 9 eggs and will be dying them 3 at a time.

12874190_10156675778670274_2873711_oWe place 3 of our eggs into a small 1-qt. pot and cover with water.  Next I am going to add the skins of 3 yellow onions.  Bring this mixture to a boil and then cover and simmer on low for 15 minutes.  Turn off your burner and add a teaspoon of vinegar to your dye.  Allow the eggs to sit for a minimum of 3-5 hours to allow the dye to stick.  I like to leave them overnight!

**The longer you allow your eggs to sit in the dye, the more saturated the colors will be.**

 

12517147_10156675901950274_758073907_oRepeat this process with all of your dyes.  The onion skins will create a rich caramel color.  To get a sandy brown, you will use 1 large beet that has been roughly sliced.  And to get a blue color, you will use half a red cabbage that has been roughly sliced.

 

 

 

Once we are  ready to remove the eggs from the dye and have allowed them to cool, it is time to cut away the panty hose and remove our flowers.  Use a paper towel or your fingers to clean away any debris.

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To give your eggs a glossy look, apply a small dab of any regular cooking oil, like Canola oil and use it to shine your eggs.  Use a paper towel to remove any excess.

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Who Are the Kannapolis Arts Minions?

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Kannapolis Arts Minions. Who are they? Where did they come from? Well I am here to tell you what it means to be a Kannapolis Arts Minion.

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Unfortunate Event Numero Dos

Spending my Freshman year of college in a motorized wheelchair was NOT how I wanted to begin my new “adult” life. I was finally free to explore the world outside of my hometown and I wanted to do just that. The wheelchair made it difficult for me to explore my dormitory, much less the whole world.

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Unfortunate Event Numero Uno

When I graduated from high school, the only thing I knew for certain, was that I really loved art.  I researched colleges all over the country.  I secretly had my heart set on one down in Georgia.  Those dreams came to a halt when I realized the difference in expense for an out-of-state college paired with my mother’s intense desire for me to remain close by.  Ultimately I was accepted into UNC Charlotte, only about an hour away from my home town.  The summer before college began I was a whirl wind of nervous energy.  I had no idea where I would end up or what I would do there.

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Evolving

By my Freshman year in High School it was apparent that I needed a change.  More stimulation. More challenges. New surroundings. I can’t remember how exactly, but at some point I found myself talking to a few girls who attended Salem Academy, a Liberal Arts school for girls in Winston-Salem. Being from a small town where everyone knows everyone else, these girls seemed altogether other-worldly to me. They were independent, well spoken, cultured and lively. They didn’t seem to carry the same insecurities as many of the girls from my hometown. They had a zest for learning and I was immediately drawn to them. I went home and pleaded with my mother to send me there, swearing that it would keep me out of the trouble that bored kids in rural areas with limited activities often indulge in. I went for a tour of the school. I fell in love.

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The Beginning by Just Bailey Designs

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“Put your tongue in your mouth!” is what my parents used to say to me as I colored wildly in and around the lines of my coloring book. As a child I loved creating artwork so much and would become so engaged that I would pin my tongue between my front teeth, half hanging out of my mouth as I worked to fill in all the empty space on the page.

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