Monday, 22 October 2018

Christmas Gift Idea for those covered in wax ‘n’ dyes: Eggs Beautiful - How to Make Ukrainian Easter Eggs


It doesn’t have to be a lazy summer day to while away reading a book. A fuzzy blanket and hot cup of tea on a comfy chair might be all you need to read something more inspirational like a Ukrainian Easter egg design book. Here’s a colourful book to inform and motivate you.

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The first part of the book focuses on legends, customs and symbols. Then the authors Johanna Luciow, Ann Kmit,  and Joanna Luciow, and Loretta Luciow take you step-by-step through the process of making your pysanky from choosing your eggs, creating your design, to finally displaying and storing them. Black and  white diagrams complemented with 12 color pages of beautifully decorated eggs for you to be inspired by. Trypillian designs are included. This book is soft cover comprising 96 pages.

We think it is an eggs-cellent source of information to buy on its own or to add to your collection. If you have any questions about it, please ask us.

Design Book previewed on Pysanka Power Video Clips

We were proud and honoured to feature this book in About the Pysanka : It Is Written! A Bibliography by Joan Brander (Joan Brander. Richmond, BC: Baba's Beeswax, 2007. ISBN 9781897253144).
http://www.babasbeeswax.com/AboutTheBook.htm

Visit our website to Discover the Magic of pysanky kits, supplies, this book, eBooks, and other books published by Baba’s Beeswax: http://www.babasbeeswax.com 

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Monday, 15 October 2018

Make Christmas Shopping a Breeze: Ukrainian Easter Egg Design Book 6


Just 8 weeks ‘till Christmas (sorry we have to remind you J). Why not consider a book? Especially one that is inspirational for Ukrainian Easter eggs. Try and find one of those in your local book store! Don’t worry. We can help.

Check out this link to our Pysanka Power Video Clip published on our Baba's Beeswax YouTube Channel for a book preview that flips through the pages:


 To date this is the most recent of the series of Ukrainian Easter egg design books by Natalie Perchyshyn. A soft cover treasure trove of 115 pages, it's chock full of advice and instructions for 24 colour designs from beginner to advanced including topics such as Getting Started, Tools and Materials, Basic Divisions in Pencil, the Process and Helpful Information, Step-by-Step Designs, Glossary and Symbolism.

It features 3 goose egg designs, 3 trypillian designs, and a terrific variety of 18 eye-catching traditional designs all created by the publisher's founder, Luba Perchyshyn.

We think it is an eggs-cellent source of information to buy on its own or to add to your collection. If you have any questions about it, please ask us.

Design Book previewed on Pysanka Power Video Clips
 We were proud and honoured to feature this book in About the Pysanka : It Is Written! A Bibliography by Joan Brander (Joan Brander. Richmond, BC: Baba's Beeswax, 2007. ISBN 9781897253144).
http://www.babasbeeswax.com/AboutTheBook.htm

Visit our website to discover the magic of pysanky kits, supplies, this book, eBooks, and other books published by Baba’s Beeswax: http://www.babasbeeswax.com 

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Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Add this to your Holiday Gift List: Ukrainian Easter Egg Design Book Five


This lovely commemorative book marks 60 years of Ukrainian Gift Shop 1947 – 2007 in 184 pages. In keeping with such a milestone it is printed in hard cover. It has a section about the history and biographies of members of Ukrainian Gift Shop and its treasured employees who have had a hand in its success.


The book is in full colour and features two goose pysanky, one ostrich egg pysanka, and 2twotrypillian pysanky along with a variety of traditional designs. Chapter Six shows photos of pysanky of Taras Horodetskyi. We, too, have a treasured collection of these exquisite creations of Taras Horodtetskyi in our gallery—chicken, goose and ostrich eggs! Anyone interested in seeing them? We could do a future blog post with photos of our collection and a story behind their acquisition.

We think thus book is an eggs-cellent source of information to buy on its own or to add to your collection. If you have any questions about it, please ask us.

Design Book previewed on Pysanka Power Video Clips
Design Book previewed on Pysanka Power Video Clips
We were proud and honoured to feature this book in About the Pysanka : It Is Written! A Bibliography by Joan Brander (Joan Brander. Richmond, BC: Baba's Beeswax, 2007. ISBN 9781897253144).
http://www.babasbeeswax.com/AboutTheBook.htm

Visit our website to discover the magic of pysanky kits, supplies, this book, eBooks, and other books published by Baba’s Beeswax: http://www.babasbeeswax.com 

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Friday, 5 October 2018

Seasonal Greetings from Guy Kistka – October Thanksgiving

Take time to give thanks for the blessings in one's life, particularly the harvest. Our playful mascot Guy Kistka goes back to his Saskatchewan roots and is thankful for the abundance of wheat fields and the warmth of the air and the wind. Ahhhh, the prairies.

Guy and the team of pysanky experts at Baba’s Beeswax wish everyone an enjoyable long weekend. Stay safe!

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October Thanksgiving
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Monday, 1 October 2018

Stocking Stuffer Ideas: Ukrainian Easter Egg – Pysanka Beginners’ Designs


Do you have this pamphlet written by a Canadian author? It’s just the right size and shape for Santa to stuff into the stockings of all good boys and girls (big and little too J) who want to discover the magic of pysanky. Add some basic supplies such as beeswax, a kistka and few dyes, and your stocking will be full! Easy peasy.

Check out this link to our Pysanka Power Video Clip published on our Baba's Beeswax YouTube Channel for a book preview that flips through the pages:


This concise pamphlet is included in all our kits because it is just so good!  The author Joan Nakonechny has provided 45 sample designs, colored diagrams, helpful hints, and important information to help you succeed. We love that anyone can complete 44 of those designs very easily, and the 45th is there to add more challenge.

We think it is an eggs-cellent source of information to buy on its own or to add to your collection. If you have any questions about it, please ask us.

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Design Pamphlet previewed on Pysanka Power Video Clip

We were proud and honoured to feature this book in About the Pysanka : It Is Written! A Bibliography by Joan Brander (Joan Brander. Richmond, BC: Baba's Beeswax, 2007. ISBN 9781897253144).
http://www.babasbeeswax.com/AboutTheBook.htm

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Monday, 24 September 2018

Unique Holiday Gift Idea: Pysanka Power! Birthday Party Ideas & Planner


Is there a birthday coming up in the new year? This booklet will make a unique stocking stuffer.

Check out this link to our Pysanka Power Video Clip published on our Baba's Beeswax YouTube Channel for a book preview that flips through the pages:


Friends' eyes will sparkle when they discover the magic of making pysanky at a birthday party. This book is full of ideas and resources to make a pysanka-themed party a smashing (no pun intended) success. Table of contents includes invitations, decorations, games, cake, snacks, favors, planner and more. Full color. Soft cover (12pp).
The perfect partner to our Pysanky Party Kits. If you think that egg decorating is just for Easter, THINK AGAIN!

We think it is an eggs-cellent source of information to buy on its own or to add to your collection. If you have any questions about it, please ask us.

Resource Book previewed on Pysanka Power Video Clips
We were proud and honoured to feature this book in About the Pysanka : It Is Written! A Bibliography by Joan Brander (Joan Brander. Richmond, BC: Baba's Beeswax, 2007. ISBN 9781897253144).
http://www.babasbeeswax.com/AboutTheBook.htm

Visit our website for pysanky kits, supplies, this book, eBooks, and other books published by Baba’s Beeswax: http://www.babasbeeswax.com 

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Saturday, 22 September 2018

Seasonal Greetings from Guy Kistka - September Autumnal Equinox


Our playful mascot, Guy Kistka, loves the first day of fall and the crunching sound as he runs through the leaves! The team of pysanky experts at Baba’s Beeswax love the autumnal equinox with its explosion of yellow, orange and red—which also happen to be three basic colours of pysanky dyes! Thanksgiving and Halloween will carry us through the season and all the woodland creatures will start storing up for the long haul of winter.

See his greeting here: 


Autumnal Equinox
What do you love about fall? What special traditions do you have?

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Monday, 17 September 2018

The Perfect Christmas Present for the Pysanka Lover: About the Pysanka - It Is Written! A Bibliography by Joan Brander


If you’re wondering which pysanka book to give as a Christmas present this year, this bibliography has an extensive list of resources. It’s one you’ll surely want to add to your own collection, so you may need to buy 2!

Check out this link to our Pysanka Power Video Clip published on our Baba's Beeswax YouTube Channel for a book preview that flips through the pages:


This valuable resource is authored by our very own Joan Brander, and we were proud and honoured to publish it for her.

It is a unique compilation of more than 250 books, periodicals and audiovisual titles. When Joan discovered that she could not find a published bibliography on pysanky she set about to write her own. The result is "About the Pysanka—It Is Written! A Bibliography by Joan Brander". Chapters include pysanky books, children’s books, newsletters, articles, audio-visual, chronological index and author index. The book also includes 72 colour plates.

The publishing and cataloguing of this first of-its-kind book garnered a place for "pysanky" in the bibliography class of the Library of Congress headings - a precedent setting development.

Just a note that the digital and eBook versions have 38 more colour plates than does the print version.

Bibliography previewed on Pysanka Power Video Clips
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Thursday, 13 September 2018

Hidden Passions - an exhibit of artists at the British Columbia Institiute of Technology

We've had a busy few weeks lately including Joan's interview with radio producer/host Paulette “Pawlina” MacQuarrie of Nash Holos Ukrainian Roots Radio on August 26th (transcript to follow), a pysanka workshop at Richmond World Festival on September 1st (more photos to follow), and Joan's exhibit of pysanky featured at Hidden Passions with her colleagues at the British Columbia Institute of Technology on September 7th (photos herewith). 

Joan and her pysanky display

Close-up of Joan's pysanky

the British Columbia Institute of Technology
Enjoy these and stay tuned for more updates.

Monday, 10 September 2018

The Perfect Christmas Stocking Stuffer for Kids: Pysanky on Paper - An Activity Book for Children


Get an early start on picking up stocking stuffers for your kids and grandkids. This activity book accompanied by a new box of crayons will keep them engaged in the wonder of pysanky. We found the bee’s knees of beeswax crayons here together with a recipe to make your own https://craftwhack.com/whats-the-deal-with-beeswax-crayons/

Check out this link to our Pysanka Power Video Clip published on our Baba's Beeswax YouTube Channel for a book preview that flips through the pages:


This was the first of several children’s books authored by our very own Joan Brander back in 1997 at a time when she had a very young son of her own, and was inspired by the numerous pysanky workshops she conducted in elementary schools. The activity book is going into its fourth printing and has stood the test of time.

Pysanky on Paper - An Activity Book for Children introduces the art of colorful Ukrainian pysanky eggs to children aged 2 to 12. The activities in the book teach symbolism, coloring, drawing, reading, writing, math and science through pysanky. It also includes activities, stories, puzzles, games, art projects and a bibliography.

We think it is an eggs-cellent source of information to buy on its own or to add to your collection. If you have any questions about it, please ask us.


Children’s Book previewed on Pysanka Power Video Clips

We were proud and honoured to feature this book in 
About the Pysanka : It Is Written! A Bibliography by Joan Brander (Joan Brander. Richmond, BC: Baba's Beeswax, 2007. ISBN 9781897253144).


Visit our website for pysanky kits, supplies, this book, eBooks, and other books published by Baba’s Beeswax: http://www.babasbeeswax.com 

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Monday, 3 September 2018

Christmas Shopping for Kids and Teachers: My First Pysanka - Symbols my Baba taught me


Are you an early-bird Christmas shopper? If so, be the first to grab this newly-published book for the cherished children or grandchildren in your life. And don’t forget a token of appreciation for teachers, as this book is for them too! From toddlers to teachers—this book engages in the wonder of pysanky and their symbols.

Check out this link to our Pysanka Power Video Clip published on our Baba's Beeswax YouTube Channel for a book preview that flips through the pages:

[ click here to go to our Pysanka Power Video Clip on YouTubehttps://youtu.be/4-Uenn4kz8E ]


The author, our very own Joan Brander, has created more than just another colouring page. Her first of-its-kind book demystifies the symbolism of pysanky with a rich array of over 70 large-format drawings (hand drawn with no stock photos used), symbols grouped into easy to understand categories, simple and uncomplicated drawings, and pages that can be mounted as teaching aids in classrooms. This book was created to complement other resources used by educators.

Kids are fascinated with pysanky and the symbols they can write on a fragile egg. Pysanky images in other children’s books are too complicated. Joan has used simple designs to balance the motor skills of children, especially if they enjoy the technique of pysanky. This book rocks it.

How about adding a box of crayons? Do you think that beeswax crayons are the bee’s knees? Like the ones here https://craftwhack.com/whats-the-deal-with-beeswax-crayons/ (they also have a recipe to make your own!).

We think that My First Pysanka - Symbols my Baba taught me is an eggs-cellent and unique resource to buy for a gift or add to your own collection. If you have any questions about it, please ask us.

Children’s Book previewed on Pysanka Power Video Clips
Children’s Book previewed on Pysanka Power Video Clips

Visit our website for pysanky kits, supplies, this book, eBooks, and other books published by Baba’s Beeswax: 
http://www.babasbeeswax.com 

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Friday, 31 August 2018

Seasonal Greetings from Guy Kistka – September Back to School

New teachers, new friends, new shoes, new notebooks, and sometimes, a new school. Just a few things that mean back to school. Our playful mascot reminds us to slow down in school zones as excited kids head back to school.

See his animated greeting here: 

Photo - September Long Weekend
For the team of pysanky experts at Baba’s Beeswax back to school means the end of summer vacation and getting pysanky supplies and teaching aids ready for ordering. From beeswax and dyes to books and workshops we have everything you and your teacher need to make beautiful pysanky the traditional way.

We have been partners in education with teachers and schools since 1991! What does back to school mean for your family?

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Monday, 27 August 2018

The Perfect Christmas Gift: Ukrainian Easter Egg Design Book 4

Do you start thinking of pysanky or start writing them just after Christmas? We thought so, so are recommending something inspirational. A book such as this one is perfect as a gift for yourself or for someone you know.

Check out this link to our Pysanka Power Video Clip published on our Baba's Beeswax YouTube Channel for a book preview that flips through the pages:


Natalie Perchyshyn authored her fourth book in a series of Ukrainian Easter egg design books for people who want to improve their current skills. This one is her first of those to be done in full colour. A soft cover treasure trove of 120 pages, it's printed in the customary style of 24 pysanka designs from beginner to advanced.

It features 3 goose egg designs, 3 trypillian designs, and a terrific variety of 18 eye-catching traditional designs all created by the publisher's founder, Luba Perchyshyn.

We think it’s an eggs-cellent source of information to buy on its own or to add to your collection. If you have any questions about it, please ask us.

Design Book previewed on Pysanka Power Video Clips

We were proud and honoured to feature this book in About the Pysanka: It Is Written! A Bibliography by Joan Brander (Joan Brander. Richmond, BC: Baba's Beeswax, 2007. ISBN 9781897253144).

Visit our website for pysanky kits, supplies, this book, eBooks, and other books published by Baba’s Beeswax: http://www.babasbeeswax.com 

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Saturday, 25 August 2018

Free Printable Pysanky Activity Sheets

Did you know that we have free printable Activity Sheets in pdf book format for anyone to use? Click on this link to go to our website to download Pysanky 4 Fun : A Collection of Trilingual Activities 4 Kids.  This teaching aid created by Joan Brander compiles various trilingual activity sheets into one compact publication. These Activity Sheets were previously downloaded or ordered individually since 1997! Teachers can photocopy them for classroom use to enhance and enliven instruction on pysanky. Activities include:
  • Symbols and Their Meanings (English)
  • On s’amuse avec Pysanky (French)
  • Pihsahnkih dlya Zadovolennya (Ukrainian)
  • Pysanky Party
  • Scrambled Pysanky Egg Words
  • What would Guy Kistka say?
  • Crossword Puzzle
Pysanky 4 Fun : A Collection of Trilingual Activities 4 Kids

If you’re looking for pysanky symbols, consider My First Pysanka: Symbols my Baba taught me—a collection of 70+ traditional designs to discover on pysanky Ukrainian Easter eggs. More than just another colouring page. A first of-its-kind book demystifies the symbolism of pysanky with a rich array of large-format drawings for children to colour and educators to display as teaching aids. More info about this book here (80pp).

From toddlers to teachers—engaging in the wonder of pysanky and their symbols is an educational opportunity!

Visit our website for pysanky kits, supplies, this book, eBooks, and other books published by Baba’s Beeswax: http://www.babasbeeswax.com 

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Gift Ideas for Christmas: Ukrainian Easter Egg Design Book 3


Whether for yourself or someone else on your Christmas Gift List, this is one book you’ll be glad Santa thought of!

Check out this link to our Pysanka Power Video Clip published on our Baba's Beeswax YouTube Channel for a book preview that flips through the pages:


This is the third in a series of Ukrainian Easter egg design books which has been newly revised and reprinted.  The author Natalie Perchyshyn has included step-by-step instructions for 24 stunning designs from beginner to advanced in 6 chapters covering topics of Getting Started, Tools and Materials, Basic Divisions in Pencil, The Process and Helpful Information, Step-by-Step Designs, Glossary and Symbolism. The book is soft cover, very colourful, and comprises 110 pages.

We think it is an eggs-cellent source of information to buy on its own or to add to your collection.  If you have any questions about it, please ask us.

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Design Book previewed on Pysanka Power Video Clips
Design Book previewed on Pysanka Power Video Clips

We were proud and honoured to feature this book in About the Pysanka : It Is Written! A Bibliography by Joan Brander (Joan Brander. Richmond, BC: Baba's Beeswax, 2007. ISBN 9781897253144).
http://www.babasbeeswax.com/AboutTheBook.htm

Visit our website for pysanky kits, supplies, this book, eBooks, and other books published by Baba’s Beeswax: http://www.babasbeeswax.com 

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Monday, 13 August 2018

Finish your Christmas Shopping Early: Ukrainian Easter Egg Design Book 2


Know someone who’s nuts about pysanky? Whether you’re looking for a Christmas present or stocking stuffer, here’s a book you might want to consider for that person (even if that person is you).

Check out this link to our Pysanka Power Video Clip published on our Baba's Beeswax YouTube Channel for a book preview that flips through the pages:


Ukrainian Easter Egg Design Book 2 is the second in a series intended for people who want to learn how to decorate pysanky, and for people who want to improve their current skills. Complete step-by-step instructions are given by its authors Luba Perchyshyn, Johanna Luciow and Natalie Perchyshyn, for 24 traditional and original designs.

A soft cover treasure trove of 90 pages with colour plates of different views. First published in 1986, this book has had several subsequent printings which proves its worthiness. Its Table of Contents also includes Working Area, Essential Materials, Optional Materials, Basic Pencil Division, and Finishing the Eggs.

We think that Ukrainian Easter Egg Design Book 2 is an eggs-cellent source of information to buy on its own or to add to your collection. If you have any questions about it, please ask us.

Design Book previewed on Pysanka Power Video Clips
We were proud and honoured to feature this book in About the Pysanka : It Is Written! A Bibliography by Joan Brander (Joan Brander. Richmond, BC: Baba's Beeswax, 2007. ISBN 9781897253144).
http://www.babasbeeswax.com/AboutTheBook.htm

Visit our website for pysanky kits, supplies, this book, eBooks, and other books published by Baba’s Beeswax: http://www.babasbeeswax.com 

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