"Let’s move to Ireland!”
“It would be cool to get some chickens!”
“I bet you could decorate these egg shells somehow.”
“Umm ... I think I could!”
Sometimes, my husband has really good crazy ideas, and that last one was the dawn of my egg art adventure! We now have five lovely hens free-ranging around our Connemara home. Everyday they lay eggs that provide us with a nutritious breakfast as well as the basis for my hand-made ornaments.
I simply drill a small hole in the egg to drain out the contents, which can then be scrambled, fried, omeletted, souffleed or baked into a cake. Once the egg shell is washed and dried, I paint or add clay to it to create an ornament. I love to try out different designs, but my favourites are inspired by my adopted home here in Galway.
I have named my little venture Ubh Egg Art -- using the Irish language, which is still the primary tongue spoken in this part of the country. I love it when someone outside Ireland asks about the name, as I have a chance teach them one "focal na Gaeilge."
“Ubh” is the Irish word for “egg,” and believe it or not, it’s pronounced something like: “uv,” (rhymes with “love”.) Just be glad I didn’t use the plural form: uibheacha!
You can see my Irish egg designs on my Etsy site and you can have a look at my ad here on The Wild Geese Green Pages. The ornaments make unique Christmas gifts. I do accept custom orders, as well, if you're looking for something specific. The Irish-themed designs are virtually limitless!