Ukrainian Easter Eggs

Image and text by Gabrielle.

Hello, Friends! How’s it going? Are you making fun plans for the weekend? Our schools are on Spring Break next week, so we’re going to take advantage of the break in the schedule and head to Lake Tahoe for a few days. I’ve only driven through before, so I’m really excited to see what it’s like. We’ll be back on Wednesday to prep for a big photo shoot, and on Friday, we have a French Student (one of Ralph’s friends) coming to stay with us! It’s shaping up to be a very exciting week. : )

And I must tell you about those eggs above! Last weekend, we were invited to make Ukrainian Easter Eggs at a friend’s home. Aren’t they stunning?! She created all the eggs above and you can see more on my Instagram feed — including the first one Maude made.

We met this friend standing in line at Charles de Gaulle Airport on the day we moved back to the U.S.. She’s French, but has raised her family in the Bay Area, and she happens to have been born in the tiny town where we filmed How To Visit A French Bakery! Which is such a rarity, because it’s the tiniest town. Then, the first week we were here, we were at a Pinterest party and happened to meet her daughter, who works for Pinterest! So many fun coincidences!

We loved being at her home and learning a new craft — and extra fun, she served a traditional French Gouter in the afternoon, which brought smiles to everyone’s faces and got the kids reminiscing about favorite French food. It was such a good weekend! Makes me happy to think of it.

While I finish things up for the week and get packing, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:

– Seth Meyers interviewing the creator of Stefon. “I live on the lower, lower Eastside.”

– Let go of perfection. Try practice, instead.

– Turn any bag into a diaper bag.

– Completely stunning aerial photos of Dutch tulip fields. We were there at this time last year to make this videoThanks, Mary Ann.

– What are thinking of for summer sandals? This simple pair from Anthropologie just made my wishlist.

– If Anne of Green Gables were to make Easter eggs.

– Turn any speaker into a wireless device.

Let It Go in 25 languages (Am I the last to see this?).

– A polka dot wall with tiny dots that surprised me.

– Incubators can be life-saving for babies, but for newborns without access, there’s Embrace. For 1% of the cost of a standard incubator, it’s already saved over 50,000 babies from hypothermia. Made by one of my long-time readers (and Oakland resident!), Embrace is currently running a Mother’s Day campaign — make a donation in honor of mom, save another mom’s new baby. Thanks, Erin.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.