The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 12, 2001 · Page 15
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THURSDAY APRIL 12. 2001 THE SALINA JOURNAL Home & Garden ASK THE BUILDER / C2 GREEN PRODUCTS / C3 CLASSIFIED / C4 EASTER Symbol of new life transformed with creativity BY HOLLY CHRISTIAN HCTV Ideas magazine Eggs: They're not only a symbol of new life connected with spring and Easter, they're also perfect little blank canvases for creating tiny works of art. Before the egg became closely entwined with the Christian Easter, it was honored during many rite-of- spring festivals. The Romans, Gauls, Chinese, Egyptians and Persians all cherished the egg as a symbol of the universe. From ancient times, eggs were dyed, exchanged and shown reverence. In Pagan times, the egg represented the rebirth of the Earth. The long, hard winter was over; the Earth burst forth and was reborn just as the egg miraculously burst forth with life. The egg, therefore, was believed to have special powers. It was buried under the foundations of buildings to ward off evil; pregnant young Roman women carried an egg on their persons to foretell the sex of their unborn children; French brides stepped upon an egg before crossing the threshold of their new homes. If you're wiUingtoventure beyond the tried and true, try gold- and silver-leafed eggs or "collage" eggs made with art tissue; paper. Or buy cardboard eggs from a craft store and di oss them up with col orful papoi 01 paint, paint pons and ribbon Preparing eggs for decorating Eggs can be hard-boiled, or blown out while raw. Blowing out an egg involves removing the yolk and white while leaving the shell mostly intact. The traditional methods of egg decorating, such as Pysanky-Ui<rainian Easter egg decorating, use raw eggs. The contents of the shell eventually dry up completely over time, and symbolically the traditional raw egg is the best type of egg to keep, as the "might" of the egg remains in the shell. If you choose to decorate raw eggs, remember they are fragile, and if they break before fully dry, they will release those noxious, rotten-egg fumes. Blowing eggs For this technique, make a small hole with a needle at each end of the egg, being sure to pierce the yolk. Place your mouth over one end and blow gently until all the contents are out. The USDA says because some raw eggs may contain salmonella, you must use caution when blowing out eggs. Use only eggs that have been kept refrigerated and are « uncracked. To destroy bacteria that may be present on the surface of the egg, wash the egg in hot water and then rinse in a solution of 1 teaspoon chlorine bleach per half cup of water. Rinse well in warm water again. Wax-resist dyed eggs Dye eggs the old-fashioned way with food color and vinegar. The directions on the food coloring package make it easy: add 1 teaspoon of vinegar to cup boiling water and add 20 drops of the desired color. You're not limited to the red, yellow, blue and green enclosed; follow the recipes on the back of the package to create lots of great colors such as orange sunset, jungle green and teal blue. Make patterned eggs by drawing on a dyed egg with a piece of wax — a candle stub about three inches long, quartered lengthwise and sharpened works well — then dipping the egg in another color. The waxed area will resist the new dye color, making your drawn design visible. Create a complex surface design by overdyeing two or three times, drawing a new pattern between each dye bath. If you end up with eggs the color of mud, just rinse them off and begin again. Photos by Scripps Howard News Service Art tissue paper collage eggs Cut or tear small pieces of art tissue paper (it won't bleed when wet) and stick them to hard-boiled eggs with Mod Podge or diluted white glue. We used a Yz-inch brush to cover the egg with glue mixture and then set the tissue-paper pieces in place. Brush glue on the stuck-on pieces, then add more pieces, overlapping as you go. Seal the finished egg with two or three coats of Mod Podge. This process also can be used on Styrofoam, wooden or cardboard eggs. Cardboard eggs also can be painted and decorated with markers. A tisket, a tasket, a cardboard basket A grass-green Easter basket is made with corrugated cardboard salvaged from an old box, then painted with acrylic craft paints. For a glimmery look, try metallic corrugated paper, available at art supply shops. Basket-making instructions, Page C2. A heavy-metal Easter! There are lots of products available to add a sophisticated metallic sparkle to your Easter eggs or baskets. Use Liquid Leaf paint, metallic ink and paint pens, or actual silver and gold leaf. To gold- or silver-leaf an egg, first brush the egg with gold-leaf adhesive size. When the adhesive changes from milky white to clear (usually 30-60 minutes), gently press the leaf in place. Dust away the excess with a soft brush or cloth. Add shine to an ordinary inexpensive woven basket with coppery metallic leafing paint and a silver leafing pen. Brush on Liquid Leaf in copper and add silver highlights with a Krylon metallic leafing pen. Fill the basket with spun copper and metallic eggs in copper and gold and silver leaf. Safety note: Gold-leaf adhesive and metallic paint and ink all give off harmful vapors. Reserve these projects for adults only, and be sure to always use these products in a well-ventilated area. T MASTER GARDENER Healthy lawns require proper mowing CHIP MILLER KSU-Saline County Extension Horlicuiture Agent « For decades, I have heard rumors about successful research aimed at developing lawns that won't require mowing. This could be achieved in one of two ways: • A growth regulator (a chemical that controls plant size) for lawn grasses. • A genetic dwarf turfgrass that is very short at maturity Neither one appears on the horizon, so it's time to get out the lawn mower and make sure it runs properly Early lawns were a byproduct of livestock grazing around the house. As the desire to have a tidier landscape caught on, scythes and sickles were used to mow and trim the grass. The industri­ al age saw the introduction of the lawn mower, the inventor of which is unknown. The earliest known is Edwin Budding, an Englishman. Lawn mowers are essential labor-saving devices. Without them we wouldn't have lawns. Buy one that is appropriate for the size of your lawn. Some people with postage stamp- sized lawns spend more on their lawn mower than on their children's education. The most common lawn mower today is the rotary mower, which replaces in popularity the old hand or power reel-against-bed- knife mower. The reel mower is stiU preferred by greenskeepers because they need a smooth and short cut, as low as Ve inch on golf greens. The modern rotary mower is better suited for higher cuts, over 1 inch tall. A dangerous machine under the best conditions, the rotary mower is easier to maintain and adjust than the reel mower. It will cut the lawn even though the blades are dull, but the cut wiU be ragged and unsightly Most people think mowing will help the grass. The fact is mowing only improves the appearance of grass because we can grow a more dense lawn, however, it does not improve its health or vigor. Mowing reduces the leaf area or the food production area of the grass. The depth and strength of grass roots are proportional to the amount of top See MOW, Page C3 growth. Short mowing reduces the depth and requires more intense management, more fertilization and more frequent watering. For best landscape.appearance and adequate health, the following mowing heights are recommended for this area: • Bermuda grass: 1-2 inches • Bluegrass: 1.5-3 inches • Buffalograss: 2-3 inches SUGGESTIONS? CALL RICHAE MORROW, GRAPHIC DESIGNER, AT 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjrmorrow@saliournal.com

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