As we observed the city celebrate Easter today (that's a "Happy Easter" banner over the street)... so, so happy that it's finally spring... my thoughts were already of next winter, of next Christmas... and of the joy that Rachael's Simple Wishes etsy store profits will bring to the orphans at her daughter's orphange who still don't have families.
So... Here's a preview of some Easter egg decorating (and display) kits that you'll be able to buy from her store for next year! I'll mail them to you this summer, Rachael! There's a little sumthin' for your four for next Easter, too :-) The first kits are super-cool cardboard egg stands in traditional Russian patterns. Then you'll see a variety of "wraps" that Russians put on their eggs--put these plastic rings around your eggs, submerse them in hot water, and they shrink to conform to the egg. I picked out a variety of traditional Russian Christian/folk patterns. There's one funky gold Russian puffy-paint design kit, and then... RUSSIAN EGG WASHCLOTHS! Are those cool or what??! Put 'em in water and... presto change-o!
And to you, my faithful commenters with kids who have ties to Russia... Debi, Annie, Tami, "Big" Katya, Olga, Nataliya, Christine, Jeannie (and well, why not--you, too, Robin. Dina? You'll be here then! No need to send something to you!) ... I need your regular mail addresses because I have a little Easter something for each of you for next year :-) You can e-mail me at tamara221 at hotmail dot com. You'll hear from me at the beginning of July! And for those of you out there who've been reading, but haven't shared with me that your kids are from here--or you are--there's still time! I have some extras... !!!! Let me know who you are :-)
Please don't worry about my having spent too much; as I've said before, Moscow is a city of contrasts. Some things are ridiculously expensive... and then others, well, are DARN CHEAP. I did not break the bank on this one.