Christmas Eggs

While in Slovakia six or more years ago, I was attracted to the painted eggs.  I brought home several and would have brought home more if I had been more confident I was going to get them home in one piece.

Slovakian Decorated Egg
Slovakian decorated egg from a visit to Bratislava

I have tried my hadn at simple eggs.  I haven’t worked up the gumption yet to do the complex geometric patters of the central and eastern European eggs.

This is the egg I painted last year.  There is a different scene on the front and back.  The two images are incongruous, but it was a first attempt.

Nativity Scene painted on an egg
Nativity Scene painted on an egg
Snow scene painted on the back of the nativity scene
Snow scene painted on the back of the nativity scene

I made two designs this year.  The first is of Santa in his sleigh.  The second is the magi walking toward Bethlehem.  It’s been fun.  Perhaps next year, I’ll try my hand at more intersting designs.

Santa painted on an egg
Santa painted on an egg
Back side of Santa egg
Back side of Santa egg
View one of "three kings" egg
View one of "three kings" egg
View two of "three kings" egg
View two of "three kings" egg
View three of "three kings" egg
View three of "three kings" egg

The “diorama” below was inspired by something (overpriced) I saw in a catalog.  I used O- or S-guage railway figures I bought unpainted in a bag in the Choo Choo Barne in Strassbourg, PA.  The window was made from a simple, white picture frame on which I applied individual bricks cut from picture matting.  The molding on top was from a doll house store.  This year, I added the wreaths and the garland to decorate it for Christmas.

Diorama picture frame
Diorama picture frame
Close up of diorama picture frame
Close up of diorama picture frame

I have purchased lights and other odds and ends.  For next year, I’m going to make a retro department store front with four windows and a fancy door.  The windows will have moving displays like major stores from the 50’s.  I’m starting with some surplus Lemax kits from Michaels to get the motors.  It should be an interesting conversation piece at Christmas next year.