Painted Egg Anyone?

It's pretty much common knowledge that Easter is a Christian celebration of Christ's rising, but this holiday also has pagan origins. Where did the colored eggs, cute little bunnies, baby chicks, leg of lamb dinners, and lilies come from?
 They are all symbols of rebirth and the lamb was a traditional religious sacrifice.

Easter falls in the spring, the yearly time of renewal, when the earth renews itself after a long, cold winter. The Easter Bunny arose originally as a symbol of fertility, due to the rapid reproduction habits of the hare and rabbit.

As a child, each Easter we would all get a hollow chocolate Easter bunny.  I have carried that tradition on with my kiddos and they love it!

I thought this was so cute~
I am fascinated by the amazing art that egg artist can create.  The International Egg Art Guild (IEAG) is a non-profit association of artists, artisans, and craftspeople who work with natural eggs (yes, real eggs) as an art or folk art medium.

Here are a few of my favorite designs!

Aren't they fabulous!
Now I'm really motivated to make my dipped eggs that I do with the kids each year! 
I've ordered this book so we can really have some fun.
By Gabriella Szutor

Happy dipping!