The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

Chasing Martha: the quest for a true Robin’s Egg Blue.

Sometimes I question God’s timing…  especially when in the middle of my storm of crap I got a call from The Martha Stewart Show.  I thought I might just need a paper bag to breathe into.

The producers had seen my Faux Robin Eggs online and were interested in having me come on the show and demonstrate how to make them.  With Martha.

Making faux robin eggs.
I like them this pale blue color the best.

(Where’s that paper bag again…?)  Oh my word!

Just one thing: since my eggs are very pale in color, could I make them look a bit more like real Robin eggs…?  …Using Martha’s line of craft paint?
If Martha asked me to lay an egg, I would do my best to make it happen.

She doesn’t have an actual Robin Egg Blue in her line (I know, right?!) but she had 3 that were kind of in the neighborhood.

Martha Stewart acrylic paint.

I took a few of the existing textured eggs (click here for the tutorial) and I repainted one in Surf.

Martha Stewart acrylic paint to make faux robin eggs for Easter

Not quite teal enough… could I try mixing the colors?  Certainly!

Faux robin eggs

To make the brown specks on the egg, take an old toothbrush and add a few drops of water to some brown paint.

Dip the brush in the paint and then pull back the top part of the brush with your fingers.

Use a toothbrush to flick paint for a spotted effect.

While holding the brush like this, you sort of snap your fingers and it makes the paint spatter.
Of course you can wear gloves, but it takes me longer to find gloves than it does to wash off water soluble acrylic paint.

Don’t be a baby.  Just get your hands dirty.  It washes right off with regular soap and water.

Unfortunately for me, while I was doing all of this color testing, the segments the show was considering me for got filled with other people and projects.  Oh well.  (Seriously, I am just amazed and grateful that they even noticed me in the first place.)  I had been questioning God’s timing in all of this, but I think maybe His motive was to give me a diversion and light a bit of a creative spark in me again.

It’s a good thing.




Maridith Fitts said...

March 19, 2012 at 5:09 pm
What an absolute honor to even be thought of and called to go on the Martha show. You would truely be a crafting Godess then.

I am not sure what is going on in your life but I hope you know God is with you every step of the way.

I thought of you today because I am trying your ammonia trick on my filter for my OLD oven. Hope it works.

MiMi said...

March 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm
Haha, I love it. Don't be a baby.

Connie Weiss said...

March 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm
It's an amazing honor to be asked.

Now you have a story like mine except there aren't any terrorist involved.

reFresh reStyle said...

March 19, 2012 at 5:46 pm
I hope they call back :) Love the eggs, and I can't believe she doesn't have a robin's egg blue. Send me those shutters, please! Thank God for the diversion.
Have a great day,

Laura@Elegant Nest said...

March 19, 2012 at 5:51 pm
Wow...Would I love to hear "Mom, Martha Stewart is on the phone"!
I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, even if we dont know what that reason is right away! Oh...and I love your painted egg project. Thanks for the inspiration!

Cre8ive Motives said...

March 19, 2012 at 6:08 pm
ohmygosh how amazing would that be? Hope you get that call back. I think I would just about have fainted! ha


Katie said...

March 19, 2012 at 6:11 pm
Just being contacted by them is an accomplishment in itself! I'm so incredibly proud of you, and I'm sure that one day soon you will be contacted by them again! Love the eggs!

Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

March 19, 2012 at 7:07 pm
I so wish that you would have been on the show with Martha! You would have been amazing...but God's timing is always for our best.

~ Laura said...

March 19, 2012 at 7:12 pm
Yea, you are definitely one of the cool kids!! :)

What an honor to be asked!! They totally missed out not having you on the show!!! Now that you are on their radar I'm sure they'll contact you again!! Orrrr....when you have your show you can return the honor and as Martha to be on your show!! :)

I've loved your eggs since last year!!! I like the new blue, but the pale ones are very elegant!!

God's timing is always interesting...He knows our needs and cares so much for us. He knew you needed diversion and this was a doozy!! :)


Lisa Nelsen-Woods said...

March 19, 2012 at 7:49 pm
Wow! Wowie! Wow! Wow! Just to be considered is very very cool. Hey, who knows? Maybe you'll be in the magazine this time next year.

Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

March 19, 2012 at 7:52 pm
LOVE these eggs - they are one of my favorite projects of yours!
Martha lost out - you would have rocked that show!!
And I agree with the others - it's just a matter of time till they call back! :)

Fox Hollow Cottage said...

March 19, 2012 at 9:02 pm
Well, WE all know you are totally fabulous and they figured it out too! Now that you are on the radar, I know they will call back. I bet they will want you for the HALLOWEEN season... you would ROCK that Miss Viv. You are the pumpkin Queen =) The eggs are darling, ditto on those blue shutters. Hugs! Hope each day is a little better. For you and your boys.

Suzy Myers said...

March 19, 2012 at 9:34 pm
Wow! What an amazing honor. I am totally jealous of your "in" with Martha. Even if it didn't come to fruition, you are in her radar now. Awesome. Congratulations!

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


Sue said...

March 19, 2012 at 11:01 pm
You were still in the limelight and down the road, you may still get another call! Congrats on the notoriety, Vivienne. Your eggs look awful pretty.
~ Sue

chris said...

March 20, 2012 at 1:07 am
I found your blog through your first egg why not Martha??

Hoping things are going well.

Good Time Charlie said...

March 20, 2012 at 1:13 am
THIS IS A VERY GOOD THING!!!!!!! WOW and WOW!!! I am so excited for you! Did they tell you when you might be taping it?? I can't believe you didn't give more details!!!!! Wow, my whole family is excited for you. This is wonderful my friend. -K

Laura @ House Of Joyful Noise said...

March 20, 2012 at 1:34 am
Viv! How awesome about the call from the Martha Stewart Show! Love your attitude too, about the spot filling. I'm really sorry about your 'storm of crap'. Hugs for that!!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

March 20, 2012 at 1:43 am
Cool story! Who knows? They may call you back again someday. Love the eggs.

Lori E said...

March 20, 2012 at 3:00 am
How dare they bump Viv. Harumph. We want Viv.

kim said...

March 20, 2012 at 3:08 am
Holy Crap! I was just thinking about Easter projects and realized that those eggs are how I discovered you in the first place-and they are pretty much super awesome. That blows that it didn't work out, but seriously?! What a bright little spot in your current storm:)

Becca @ R We There Yet Mom? said...

March 21, 2012 at 12:54 pm
It is a GREAT thing!!! I think you hit the nail on the head with a little diversion!!


SueAnn said...

March 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm
Yes it is a good thing. And your eggs are fabulous. I can see why you caught their eye.

Lori said...

March 31, 2012 at 3:50 am
What! They get you all pumped and then no show? Well, I think you eggs are more suited to HGTV anyway...who needs Martha, right? Seriously, I do know what you mean about Gods timing...His is perfect. I'm now a follower, and I would love for you to stop by and follow too.

Elz said...

March 31, 2012 at 1:27 pm
At least you got a call! How amazing. I would have had a heart attack! They'll probably call you back to do a segment on Grant-isms!

The House That Lars Built said...

March 30, 2013 at 3:38 am
Thanks for creating such a wonderful DIY. This is awesome!

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