Of all the decorations for Easter, probably my favorite are hand-painted Polish and Ukrainian eggs.
Once again, this Easter season, a dear girlfriend of mine, who is of Ukrainian heritage, brought me two new additions to my growing collection.
They are truly beautiful works of art and I am sooooo grateful.
Here's a peek at them on a glass shelf inside the dining room hutch:
Most of the Ukrainian designs are on eggs that are real, blown-out, making them very delicate (and breakable.)
The Polish eggs I have are made from wood and have very colorful designs.
Every year when carefully taken out of storage, they are placed in a crystal dish.
This year, I tried putting them on a silver tray but it didn't last long. The crystal dish seemed more suited for the eggs so I switched them again.
Tradition is hard to break!
The Polish eggs make me think of my late maternal grandparents who were Polish immigrants to America.
They struggled so much to make a better life for their children, grandchildren and now, great-grandchildren.
I will be forever grateful to them.
At some yard sale, I also found some pastel eggs that have joined the decorations. They are pretty, too.
Hand-painted items are special and I appreciate all the work that someone somewhere put into them.
WERE YOUR GRANDPARENTS IMMIGRANTS TO THE UNITED STATES?