We've been busy little chickens around here! It seems the girls are all laying now, and we are practically overrun with eggs--- white eggs....slightly pinkish eggs (whose iridescent pearlish pink shell interior will make your heart leap a bit when you crack it) great lovely mint green eggs, and teensy tiny brown bantam eggs--- one girl lays smooth coffee brown, the other a lighter mocha with dark freckles.
The other day we got out the traditional Greek Easter Egg dye I ordered from Legacy Icons and dyed a whole bowl full of eggs.....they came out a bright deep pink! I'd thought they'd be more red, but the pink is pretty too. Then I got silly and dropped some yarn into the dye....Oh, THAT, friends, is another story! The Easter Egg Yarn! But I digress....
We are up to our beaks in eggs and happy chickens....
As for this mama hen, I've been doing some little paintings, like a grouping of saint portraits I finished last week. I still have this little painting of Mary Magdalene with her red egg--- how appropriate, yes?
The story of Mary Magdalene and her red egg is very interesting, one of those lovely folk tales that sprang up about the Apostles adventures after Pentecost was over and they went throughout the world declaring "He is risen!"
The legend says that Mary Magdalene traveled to see the very Emperor of Rome to declare that Jesus had risen from the dead. She had brought a basket eggs to illustrate her point about rebirth, but the emperor mocked her.
"He is no more 'risen than those eggs are red!" He is said to have scoffed....and then the crowd gasped to see that the eggs had all suddenly turned, yes, red!
And so it is that you'll see many icons and painting depicting Mary Magdalene with her red egg!
I also painted some little wooden pins--- perfect for scarfs or shawls or cardigans! I have one more left in my shop at the moment--- and I will make more! They are so fun to make, and how neat to have a little painting you can wear, dontcha think?
And so, these are a few of the things we've been up to lately. Just little projects done here and there. At this stage in life, this is what I can manage. I've had a bit of an epiphany about what I can do and that its ok if it's small. I love the St. Therese quote 'do small things with great love.' Small things are important. It doesnt all have to be a massive undertaking. It can be little paintings projects tucked here in there, between spelling words and math chapters. And those little things can be pretty satisfying!
What small things are you doing with great love these days? I'd love to hear about them!