I've been wet felting some eggs in preparation for Easter. (For those not familiar with this basic felting method, I'll post a quick how-to in a couple of days). At the same time I've been trying to come up with small, non-sweets with which to fill our pastel packets as well as one or two larger items that the Easter Bunny might place in Naiya's basket.
In past years we've put a variety of objects into real, hollowed eggs including painted stones, crystals, little wooden animals, finger puppets, bead bracelets and dried fruit. The real eggs were cut open with a knife leaving a nickel sized hole on one end, emptied, washed, dyed, filled with a small something or other and then had their holes patched with white glue and a bit of grass green tissue. These were fun for the children to crack open just like a real egg but really work better outside (where they can be crunched right on the ground). Since our Easter Sunday's are unpredictably rainy and often indoors, I'm going for a mix of the soft felted eggs along with a clutch of the crackin' kind this time around. (And I'm preparing in advance!)
As I sat last night with soapy hands felting away, I was mostly ruminating about larger items for the basket. I remembered a beautiful wooden nesting doll that the Easter Bunny left a few years ago, and it suddenly occurred to me that eggs could be nested too! Voilà, with a few needle felted embellishments, the Nesting Egg-Heads were born.