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It’s been a very long time since my family has done Ukrainian eggs, or pysanky, for Easter, but we finally broke the kit back out and did it this past Sunday. 

THIS is actually the second Sea Grunks egg I did, as I dropped the first one while I was cleaning off the wax, and it cracked and…well. That was the end of that. BUT, it gave me a chance to rethink some design choices, and I’m happy with the way this one came out. I’m hoping to get a chance to do one for Mabel and Dipper this week, and I’m tempted to try a buffalo plaid design, too. XD 

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Ukrainian Easter Eggs[Pysanky]

The Hutsuls––Ukrainians who live in the Carpathian Mountains of western Ukraine––believe that the fate of the world depends upon the pysanka. As long as the egg decorating custom continues, the world will exist. If, for any reason, this custom is abandoned, evil––in the shape of a horrible serpent who is forever chained to a cliff–– will overrun the world. Each year the serpent sends out his minions to see how many pysanky have been created. If the number is low the serpent’s chains are loosened and he is free to wander the earth causing havoc and destruction. If, on the other hand, the number of pysanky has increased, the chains are tightened and good triumphs over evil for yet another year.

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More eggs!

Dipper and Mabel’s turned out…OK. I was struggling with what to do with the center stripe, and I’m not crazy about that part, but I like each half of the egg.

Cave!Bill egg had a lot of unfortunate wax spills, and it was hard to see what I was doing at some points, but it was fun!

And then colorful!Bill was fun and relatively quick…and then I was almost done taking the wax off of it and dropped it. -_- at least I can make it again without loosing too much time.

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Ah yes, the old Jewish tradition of sucking eggs… 😂👏 But seriously, did you know Jews around the world hollowed and decorated eggs for holidays and celebrations? 💃🎉💖 It was even traditional to combine it with calligraphy and cover an egg in miniature Hebrew script. In honour of this Shabbat when we read Song of Songs, here’s my first (but not last) try at calligraphed eggs: chapter 1 of Song of Songs. Yes, it’s dyed with henna! And yes, those are chickens in the background! 😂🐓🍳💕 Shabbat shalom!

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