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Monday, March 25, 2013

My Ukrainian Heritage and A New Crow Painting

Hi Everyone ;o) I am a proud Canadian, but I am also proud of my Ukrainian and Polish Heritage too. Mom and I were looking at some photo albums and there were some pictures of me of when I use to Ukrainian Dance. I thought they would be fun to show you, because Easter is around the corner. The reason for the connection, is because I was dancing the Ukrainian Easter Dance ;o) Enjoy ;o) (Warning it's a long post!)
First, I would like to show you the largest Ukrainian style Eater Egg in the world! Three and half stories high! It is in Vegreville. Vegreville is a town in Alberta Canada. We took this picture, while we were there.
Next, this is a young picture of me, practicing my Ukrainian Dancing ;o) Mom hand embroidered all the blouses.
This is an older picture of me, getting ready to put on a show ;o) I danced in a group for a few years ;o)
This one I am posing for mom. The way I am holding my fingers, is the proper way, when you dance ;o) Mom made the blouse ;o)
This picture is very special to me! We were doing the "Easter" dance and I was picked to hold and present the Easter Bread. I felt so special! Not everyone gets picked to do this! The bread is called Paska, which means Easter. This bread is so good, especially with fresh cream cheese on it! I look very serious in this picture. I was worried I was going to drop the bread! LOL!
Now, I would like to show you some of our Ukrainian Easter Eggs (Pysanky). Some of these eggs are 30 years old! They were done the traditional way, with wax. These eggs are real! Some of them have tiny pin holes in them, were the egg was blown out and some of them, still have the yolks in them. All the designs have different meanings ;o)


I still have my vest, boots, beads and blouse. I wear my beads a lot! They are made out of wood, hand painted and are from Ukraine. I wish my boots still fit me! I think they are so cool ;o)
I hope you enjoyed this little journey with me ;o) I wish you all a very happy Easter and happy Spring ;o) Many blessings to all of you!
I leave you with this one painting, I just finished, called, "Let Go and Fly" ;o)
Big Hugs ;o)

47 comments:

  1. Wow, I loved this post. How interesting. What fun to look back on your childhood. I love those eggs, beautiful.

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  2. I love this post. It is so very important to know where we come from and hold onto some of that to pass along to others. You are precious in your dancing ensembles. GK has also danced in her "roots" folklorico dancing and I know she will treasure that forever. Just as you do. Happy traditions all. Oma Linda

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  3. ooops i lost my comment, the blogger beats must have gobbled it up, you beautiful in your costume, what a sweet heart, your new painting is magnificent, I love the way you painted the feathers, it is amazing!

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  4. I think I meant beasties, see , something is gobbling my letters, lol,!!

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  5. What a great post! Love your childhood pictures, darling! The eggs are gorgeous! Have a wonderful Easter!

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  6. This is a wonderful post. Loved learning more about you and seeing adorable picks. Love the little dance/ballerina one. Hee Hugs

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  7. How adorable are you! Seems your roots are similar yet different ... it is somewhat similar to the Polish dances but not the same ... I think you know what I mean since you also have those Polish genes. I think it depends what part of Poland your family was from. Anyway, my Aimee will be baking some babka for this coming holiday ... got the receipt from Aunt Janet since mommy was already gone (in body not spirit).

    Love and Light and Goddess blessings,
    Jan

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  8. Hi Stacy...yes I finally posted about your book that you sent me. I hope to start it soon. I loved the journey you sent me on and all the photos of you. I loved them all.
    This last crow painting is amazing.. So creative..Yes, you are. It is a great post.

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  9. Love your new painting,so adorable!
    I have a friend who does the egg painting and has given me a few. They are beautiful.
    Hugs

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  10. Another very lovely post ! Your dance outfit was splendid. The eggs are amazing.
    Gabby whom I posted about this week~ both of her parents are from the Ukraine, their owner whi is also Ukranian ,brought them with her when she moved to the United States ...if you are scratching your head ...Gabby is a toy Russian Terrier~ cute as button.

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  11. Thanks for sharing this trip down memory lane, Stacy. Bet you thought I fell off the face of the earth. I almost always check my blogs but don't comment, so I have seen the lovely and cute crows you've been doing, love this latest one. I agree, to bad about the cool boots not fitting anymore. We actually had an Ukrainian egg when I was young. It was so beautiful just like yours, don't know who it came from. Have a great week! ~Hugs, Lori

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  12. What a fun childhood you had~ and those pictures are fun to look at too!! really a fun post!! Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Love this post! As you know, I am a total Ukrainian wannabe. Your dance outfits are exquisite -- how exciting to have worn "the red boots." And I have been to Vegreville and seen the Egg, oh yes. My Rare One does pysanky too with the wax and dyes. She made one that looks like the Vegreville egg as a tribute to it.

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    1. As soon as I can get a better camera or find a photographer who can do closeups of the pysanky, I will post photos!

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  14. Three and a half stories high! Ooh, if only it were made of chocolate lol! What a cutie you are -- and your cultural outfits are so pretty; amazing embroidery!

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  15. Thanks for sharing these photos with us! The embroidery is beautiful ♥ The eggs are so detailed, lovely collection!

    You look so sweet in your costumes and boots. You said you liked to dance, now I know why.

    Let Go and Fly has fantastic wings and his/her expression is right on. ♥

    Happy Easter to you and your mom!

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  16. I love doing those eggs! I was first introduced to them in High School chemistry where the teacher had us make our own dye out of compounds. It was so much fun! I've been meaning to pick up a kit with beeswax ever since. I've seen them in the art stores here, but it's always at the wrong time of the year for me! The blowing out of the eggs, that's something I haven't figured out either. :)

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  17. Oh, thank you for sharing your old photos and your story. I did not know that about you!!! You look so happy!!! The easter eggs are lovely - and it is a wonder that they are still that fine!!! Happy easter Stacy and stay well!!

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  18. What a beautiful post, Stacy! Thank you for sharing this part of your heritage with us. Those eggs are gorgeous and I love that huge 3 1/2 story one!!!

    You look so adorable and pretty in your outfit and your "mom" is very talented! Love these photos :)

    Your painting is outstanding...love it!!!

    Great Big Hugs,
    Jan

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  19. How beautiful that you keep your heritage alive! I think this is so important! We also do this - although we're living in the US and loving it, we still keep our German traditions, especially around Christmas. Thank you for showing us your dances and those beautiful costumes.

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  20. Oh Stacy, what a great share. Those eggs are gorgeous, just breathtakingly gorgeous. And I love those photos of you, I would have been nervous about dropping the Paska as well.

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  21. What a wonderful post! I love the pictures of you in your Ukrainian dance outfits, your Mom's embroidery is outstanding! I have always admired Ukrainian eggs, got my first one a few Christmases past, from a nephew and his dear Romanian wife. I really cherish it, it is now on our Christmas tree each year. Your collection is soooooooo beautiful!

    Your latest painting, "Let's Go and Fly", is wonderful! I love it!

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  22. Oh my gosh wow! And how clever is your Mum??? Loved the photos of the eggs, such intricate details. How beautiful. Loved the photos of you dancing as well. I loved this post, seeing a little more of you. How cute were you!!! And how lucky that your Mum helped keep that alive for you. So important to know all the bits of ourselves. :)

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  23. You are adorable! I love your pictures, thank you for sharing them. Your mom is amazing too! Your crow is wonderful, just so full of wonderful energy too...

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  24. Beautiful piccies of your Ukrainian roots, Stacy. You certainly look proud (and a wee bit terrified hehe!) holding onto the bread! You have inspired me to have a go at egg painting with my children when they finish for their school holidays this week. I have been meaning to do it for a while but seeing how beautiful yours are, has got me into gear! xx

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  25. I loved this post! It gave me a little peek in to your happy childhood and your Ukrainian roots. The detail on those eggs just blew me away!! The time is must have taken!

    My daughter and I both thought it was funny when you were one of the first followers on my blog because I LOVE crows! I think that they are an amazing and extremely SMART bird. Did you get to see the special on crows that aired on PBS? Gave me even more respect for them! Hugs to you!

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  26. OMG!!!! how cute are you? Just way cute!!! I love those photos. Thanks for sharing them.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  27. Thanks for sharing those photos with us! What happy memories you must have! You look so adorable in your costume--the blouses and embroidery are just amazing--you have a talented Mom, too! I like the eggs--Many years ago, I made some with much less intricate designs.

    We met a family from Alberta years ago & their teenage children still danced. Seeing that giant egg also in Alberta, I am wondering if that is an area where many Ukrainian people settled?

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  28. Hi Stacy!! :)
    SOOOOOOOO cool!! I love all the photos, they are so much fun!!! Your outfits are so cute!! and the eggs are GORGEOUS!! have you thought of making some yourself?

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  29. I want a pair of boots just like it, and then I want you to teach me how to Ukrainian dance!

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  30. Well, aren't you a cutie pie and those eggs are gorgeous!! Enjoyed this post very much. Happy Easter to you and your Mom!
    Hugs, Cindy and the "boys"

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  31. This always warms my heart to see something related to my culture :) I'm not Ukrainian, but Russian, but you know these two nations are very close to each other in food and traditions. Love your dress and red boots as well!
    Those Pysanki look so beautiful, good you kept them for so long.
    Your painting is beautiful..i like how you make crow's eyes.

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  32. What a lovely post! I love seeing you in these images in your Ukrainian dancing outfit. How sweet you look!
    I love the eggs too. 40 years ago we made some like it in our home. I always loved making these eggs. But not the blowing out the insides part! lol!
    Happy Easter to you,
    Terri

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  33. HUgs..what a deeply beautiful and very special post honoring your heritage...you look beautiful.... and very touching photos..thanks for sharing your world! I have always admired pysanky..so beautiful...and wow..holy giant egg in the sky ha ha..very cool!
    Hugs and Blessings and wishing you a very Happy Easter!
    V~

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  34. That super huge Easter egg is so cool! Your dancing photos are adorable. It is so much more special that your mom made your blouses. :) The painted eggs are gorgeous. I love the colors and patterns. Your new painting is wonderful and has such an inspiring vibe! I wish you and your family a happy Easter.

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  35. Happy Easter dear Stacy. I love seeing photos of you dancing as a girl...so sweet. Another wonderful crow!

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  36. Wow! Thank you for sharing your culture. You looked so happy and beautiful dressed up for dancing. (I would be afraid to drop the bread too). The big egg was awesome but your traditional real eggs are incredible. What amazing paintings so small and all that detail. I love the colors too. I am part Polish and wish I knew something about the culture. Thank you again for sharing! What wonderful memories and culture to share.

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  37. OHHHH!!!! Stacy you have always been so gorgeous, look at those red boots & you still are so beautiful, totally adorable. I loved this post so much, it was a real insight into what makes up the you of today, you have made my Easter Weekend, I feel like I have experience some of the great traditions other cultures have at this amazing time of the year. WONDERFUL POST!!!!

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  38. That was great!!! And you still have the outfit!! You are right the boots are gorgeous!! I love the eggs too!! They are so beautiful and each one unique! And the crow as well!! Sounds like you will have a great weekend! Have a Happy Easter!!

    {{Alice}}

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  39. Awesome post! So very interesting and I love your eggs. I've always loves those type of eggs. The photos of you in your costumes is priceless!

    ~Crystal

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  40. Wonderful post! Never knew an Ukrainian before so this is really cool! Loved the eggs. My grandmother did eggs also but not with the Ukrainian designs. I've always loved eggs and wished I had kept a few of my grandmothers. Loved the pictures of you in your costume!

    New Crow is sensational. Your art has taken on a serious turn with much meaning in your paintings. Love them!

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  41. I have a special love for those red boots! When I was very small (back before the Beatles broke up) I had a picture book full of international folk dancers (I was an odd kid) and I remember all the east European dancers having these amazing soft leather red boots. How I wanted a pair! Still do...

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  42. What an amazing post, Stacy! Thank you so much for sharing your heritage and photos with us all. It was so cool to learn more about your background. I love anthropology and learning about the customs of different cultures. Your new painting is amazing - such depth to it. Again, hope you have a fantastic Easter weekend!

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  43. Very cool post, thanks for sharing - love the huge Ukrainian style egg, I'd love to see that. Your photos are super cute and your Mum is very talented (and patient) for her embroidery and blouse making. The eggs are so detailed and gorgeous, beautiful to see :) and I can see whay you wish those red boots still fitted they are super cool! Enjoy your weekend x

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  44. ...greetings dear kindred! ~ thankyoU! ~ sO much for sharing your beautiful story! ~ thine radiant light is truly glowing from thine gentle soul in those photos!... ...blessed be! ~ dear kindred heart! ~ biggest kettledrum hugs to thee!...(0:
    ...oooooooOoh! ~ thee changed the header! ~ yaY!...(o:

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  45. What a fantastic post! I really enjoyed seeing your heritage - thanks for sharing it!! those eggs are really gorgeous, and you are too cute in your traditional outfit!

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  46. Oh honey! I love this road of memories you have shared. It is so cool to learn that you are of Ukrainian and Polish descent, that you danced in traditional festivals and that you are in possession of such an amazing collection of eggs. OMG! They are beautiful.

    Your mother is such a skilled seamstress. (I think that is the word) That embroidery is magnificent and you look amazing, adorable, and beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing this. I felt as if I were there enjoying every moment with you. Much love, Mina

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