I've done a bunch already and will try to get a group photo before I start giving them away this year. But these are my three most recent (as yet unvarnished and unblown).
I remembered a couple of weeks ago when I was having coffee with my former pastor that a member of his church raises chickens, and I asked him to snag me a couple of nice brown eggs from the next batch he gets - as I've never really done much with brown eggs. I was delighted to find when I visited Resurrection last Sunday that my chicken-raising friend had brought a whole dozen lovely brown eggs for me, in a wonderful and diverse palette of browns and tans.
These eggs are amazing! They are by far the nicest ones upon which I have ever written. In over 20 years of making pysanky, I've never used eggs which haven't seen a grocery store and the difference is like night and day, not only in size and shape, but particularly in hue and in the quality of the shell itself. These eggs absorb the dye so much better - the colors are deeper and richer. There are fewer bumps and blemishes in the shell, and the shell itself seems heavier and stronger than the eggs from the store.
I did share a couple of these eggs with a friend, and am guarding and using very judiciously the ones I have left, reluctant to go back to the plain old eggs from the grocery store now. But it's given me a whole new enjoyment in making pysanky and it's definitely got me thinking ...
Hmmm... 2 kids, 2 cats, a dog, ... and chickens?