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Sometimes I am so lame.

As in L. A. M. E.

And this one took the cake (and the fork and the spoon and maybe a plate or two).

Remember the party we are having at the end of the month where every project is going to be a cinch?  Well, as part of introducing the party, we were supposed to post an “It’s a Cinch” project each week.

On Monday.

I guess this past Monday I was a little too all about myself and where I blog and if I light candles and when I put lipstick on and where I got my kitchen table.

And I forgot.

Now Linda and Kelly and Andrea and Karah didn’t forget.

Yikes.  Just me.

So if you want to see a cinchy project from bloggers who are organized and listen and follow the schedule, please go visit their blogs.

If you want to see a four-day late “It’s a Cinch” project…..read on.

I think 2012 is the year of the egg.  Everywhere I look someone is painting or stamping or wrapping or stickering….an egg.

So here’s my contribution to the current egg decorating phenomenon.

Nothing fancy.

Remember we are cinching it today at thistlewood.

First, I tea-stained the eggs.  This is a fancy way of saying that I added tea bags to the boiling water and added the eggs.  That’s it.  Actually, I had no idea what the eggs were going to look like with tea staining all over them, but I officially love this color.

I’m going to call it “Farm Fresh Khaki.”

edited to add:  Jen suggested hollowing out the eggs first.  Much better idea.  Now I’m going to add this to my pinterest board, “Why Didn’t I Think of That?”  For a hollow-out egg tutorial….click here.

Next I dipped a toothbrush into craft paint and lightly tapped it onto the egg.

Two tips:

(1)  Start with just a few speckles.  You can always add more later.

(2)  Tap most of the paint off your toothbrush before you tap the egg.  This allows just a little paint to transfer.  Remember, the goal is speckles, not polka dots.

When you are done, you end up with something that looks like this.



And it only took 18.25 minutes from beginning to end.

Now take your farm fresh newly speckled khaki egg and

….add a nest and burlap….

….a stack of white dishes….

…..some vintage silver….

…..and a little tag that says “Happy Spring” and seriously…..

…….you are one step away from your own network cable special.

On eggs.

And the people who love them.

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So don’t forget to join us on March 27 and link up your Cinchy project.

And when you stop by the party be sure and say hello.

You can’t miss me…..

                          ……I’ll be the one with egg on my face 🙂

PS  If you want to see where I got my inspiration along with so many other cute spring decorating ideas click here.