Colour... please

After the miserable months of January, February and March it really is time for some colour.  While winter has some lovely moments, the absence of colour is what makes it so difficult.  Absoluely everything turns gray and brown.  Spring brings back colour and makes the heart sing with happiness.  Just seeing colours can make one happy and I had to smile when I saw these multicoloured plastic eggs in the Good S some time ago.  I actually thought that someone with a terrible taste had dreamed these up as Easter decoration, but my husband said they are for Easter egg hunts.  Silly me.  But I bought them anyway, thinking that they might be used as molds for bathbombs or soaps or something.

I have been feeling a bit under the weather for the last couple of weeks.  I had a minor surgery and haven't been able to go to the gym.  As a result I have spent two weeks with the remote control firmly clutched in one hand while munching sweets with the other and generally experiencing the weariness that accompanies the end of winter.  I had lots of things that I wanted to do, but just couldn't bring myself to actually do any of them (except make fresh yoghurt, I did do that).  But then one evening I just got my butt off the sofa, got out my Grumpy, fed him and put him on his shelf, I made lip balm in two colours and flavors/scents and I used those funny little plastic eggs as molds for soaps.  So three projects in one evening.  Boy, did that feel good.

I just realized that easter isn't far off and now I need to start to prepare for that.  My mom used to decorate for Easter almost as much as she did for Christmas.  She embroidered little tablecloths, pillow cases and runners and we always collected the little chicks that decorate the chocolate Easter eggs that are customary here.  When my sister and I got up on Easter Sunday we would go to the living room where my mom had put our almost identical eggs on this runner that was embroidered with yellow chicks, easter lilies, tulips and eggs.  And there would be the chicks of Easters past and yellow candles.  We would rip the cellophane off the eggs, see whose egg was the prettiest and then start to breake it up to get at the sweets it contained as well as the most important: The saying.  There was always an old saying or adage inside.   And back then it could be anything.  I sometimes got the most horrid sounding things ("The stupid usually have a large head" springs to mind (it really sounds more poetic in Icelandic) and felt miserable, especially if the chick on my sisters egg had a prettier face than mine.  Nowadays they only put the nicest sayings in the eggs.

The egg soaps were a fun little project that I still haven't completed.  Getting the soap out has been interesting, to say the least.  So I will have to see if I can make them presentable or if they are heading for the rebatch bin.  This is all a bit fiddly and perhaps a little frou-frou, but they could be fun.  The colours did turn out differently than I had anticipated.  That means I learned something new.  Which is great.  I'll share the new knowledge in another post.

But I realized that I needed some retail therapy when I  saw photo's of Lilacs on a blog and it almost brought tears to my eyes.  Lilacs bloom in the middle of June in my world!  So I went out and got this big garish pink Hydrangea to brighten up my life. Just to tide me over until nature starts it's annual show.


  1. I wish you fresh colours to come soon in the nature around you!
    And of course I'm very curious to see your easter soaps :-)
    Have a nice day,

  2. Thank you:) As I look out the window I see the bare branches of trees, the grass still yellow and snow in the mountains. But this is as usual. Spring takes a long time to arrive so far north. One just never gets used to that.

  3. And we expect the lilac is not until June. We have not all the snow melted, and fog all day .. Save the nice blogs:))
    (google translate)

  4. I hope you are feeling better Ambra and that the minor surgery went well! I can't wait to read how your egg soaps turned out.


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