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March 26, 2017

MY FAILED EGG HUNT

Do you ever have an item pictured in your mind, then set out to purchase it, only to find that it doesn't seem to exist, or is simply not available?  My sister and I have occasionally mused about this subject, be it about a piece of furniture, clothing, the go-with-everything basic and non complicated handbag......  What ever it may be, it's frustrating when you search the internet beyond exhaustion or comb every local store, and what you're looking for just isn't there.

Well, that's how I felt about some decorative props I had in mind for a client.  I recall, and I know I didn't dream it, that the big box-type stores sold jumbo plastic lawn eggs.  I've seen them before, I'm certain.  They're the tackiest things going on at this time of year, and are in the same family as plastic flamingos and garden gnomes.  No, my client does not like such things; however I was planning on using them as forms for making giant concrete eggs.  My client would most certainly love that..... and so would I.
FYI, jumbo plastic lawn eggs are available online from
Miles Kimball; however, at this time, they're on back order.

The other vision in my head happened to be colossal-sized dimensional wire eggs, perhaps topiary forms?  An internet search including the most logical key words provided no such luck.

Now what?

I've since drawn up another idea for my client.  However, for myself, I've taken matters into my own hands.... literally.
linda nelson at the createaerie
©Linda Nelson 2017
I picked up a 7" plastic goodie egg and a package of traditional "egg hunting" eggs from the local dollar store and used them as molds for my concrete "recipe".  I'm pleased with the way they turned out; however, the seams from the plastic eggs clearly showed up on the surface of the concrete.  I buffed the seam lines out as best as I could.

For the wire form egg, I grabbed a piece of chicken wire I had on hand, donned my heavy-duty leather gloves and got to work.
linda nelson at the createaerie
©Linda Nelson 2017
I like the way it turned out, do you? I used floral wire to reinforce and secure the egg's shape.  Too bad I didn't have any more chicken wire; I would have either made more of them, or would have just made this one much, much larger.  Well, I now will certainly be on the hunt for curbside, discarded rolls of chicken wire.  The painted egg is concrete.

These props are not eggs-actly what I was envisioning, but I'm not disappointed with my efforts.

I'm no stranger to creative ingenuity, but purchasing "right off the rack", or in this case, "right out of the nest", would have been nice.

Thanks for stopping by!

15 comments:

  1. I love your idea, but it's too bad that you were thwarted in every direction. You persevered, though, and came up with some egg-y props. Good idea! Now, you'll have your followers scouring their cities to fulfill your vision! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Well, just as some folks "plant the seed" for inventive ideas, perhaps I've just laid the egg for what one can do with rusty old chicken wire :D Thanks for visiting.

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    2. I've seen those giant plastic eggs at Hobby Lobby just this past weekend. Do you have a Hobby Lobby near you?

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    3. Thank you so much for the shout out. My "local" Hobby Lobby is well over two hours away. I ended up ordering from Miles Kimball.

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  2. I'm glad you were able to create EGG-zactly what you needed :) Fun!

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  3. You are not crazy, those huge lawn eggs did exist, at least at one point in time. I love your alternative creativeness for the eggs! Pinned to share.

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    1. I'm glad you remember those eggs, too. Thanks so much for pinning, Laurie. Love the party!

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  4. I love the idea of giant concrete eggs! And also the chickenwire ones. Much better than plastic. LOL
    :) gwingal

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  5. Good for you, Linda! Some of my best projects have been after a "fail"! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm! p.s. LOVE the chicken wire egg!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and for hosting the wonderful parties. I'm glad you like my wire egg.

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  6. Well done, Linda! Setbacks are always annoying but can lead you to interesting places.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. So true, Amalia. Thank you for visiting!

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  7. These are adorable. I love them. Thanks for linking to Monday Social. Stop back on Sunday to see your post featured.

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    1. Thank you for including them among your features, Katie; I'm glad you like them. And, thank you for hosting.

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