Making Ukrainian Easter eggs with friends is awesome, even if things don't always go perfectly. Lessons:
1. Yes, it will take all 6 hours, especially if people start a second one while the first one is dying/drying.
2. White space is not your friend.
3. There will probably be scratchy marks, so choose a design that works with that.
4. Use an embroidery needle to puncture the egg first.
5. Use a paper towel to blot the last drops of dye from the "dried" egg and continue to hold the egg using a paper towel, or you will get dye all over your hands.
6. Leave a wax "cap" at either end of the egg so the dye doesn't get washed away while extracting the egg. Leave the cap in place for a couple of days while the egg finishes draining/drying.
7. Before trying to blow/inject air into the egg, use the syringe to extract a small amount of egg and to puncture the yolk. Trying to inject air first may cause a blowout. Be careful--do this maybe 1/5th of a syringe at a time.
8. Pie helps.
I also made Easter Bread. My mother made this when I was growing up, but she has since lost the recipe and has no idea how to make it. That's my mom, all right! This recipe is okay
, way better than the one I tried last year, when frosted with a basic white frosting from the Joy of Cooking. But I need to remember to be careful not to overbake it. Also, three Easter eggs baked in is about right for us, since Phil doesn't eat eggs.