In the realm of small treasures and sweet dreams, there is an egg box home to a tiny fairy and her rabbit. The egg is engraved with a Florentine vine and colored with translucent enamel in shades of aqua and plum. Atop the egg, the fairy sits, with a sepal hat, pointy-toed slippers and gossamer wings. She shares tender regards with her bunny friend. The box opens along a serpentine curve, is finished in burnished bronze and accented with Swarovksi aurora crystal. A treasure that transmits joy every time you look at it. The perfect gift for someone very special to you.
1-3/4" L x 2" H Designed and made in our Los Angeles studio.
Last photo shows our other eggs. And, now, the background story-- The Easter Egg Decorating Contest…
My first time recognition as an artist happened at the egg decorating contest in my town. The week before Easter, our local park hosted the annual contest for neighborhood children. What kid would pass up the chance to get gluey and glittery?
In the park’s gymnasium, large work stations were set up with jars of paint, dyes, glitter, sequins and beads. Each child brought their own egg to decorate. The one my mother gave me was a small, grade A sized egg, not much room to apply the ornamentation I imagined it would have. My friends set to work painting, gluing and then rolling their big AAA eggs in everything sparkly.
Somewhat dispirited, I cut a paper cup bottom to elevate my little egg. Then I formed two long rabbit ears from stiff white first aid tape. I mixed paint to delicately rouge her cheeks and inside her ears and then illustrated her face, eyes and whiskers in brown and silver with a tiny brush. After tying a lace bow around her paper collar, she was finished. Still, my egg didn’t look nearly as special as the others--mine had no glitter, no sparkle and no sequins.
On the judging table, lined with colorful entries, I placed my bunny egg toward the back. When the judging was finished, every entrant filed by the table to view the eggs and awards. I guess you know where this story is going…Second and third place honors were taken by several glitter-d renched masterpieces. And, astonishingly, right beside them was my bunny girl egg, sitting atop a small blue first place ribbon.