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The Shabby Tree holds Easter egg decorating challenge for followers
Local woman behind popular crafting channel receives over 1000 egg-inspired crafts sent from all over the world
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Local crafting guru Barb Lewis has received over a thousand submissions for her egg decorating crafting challenge, sent in by the followers from her popular crafting channel The Shabby Tree. - photo by Erica Jones

For the past several weeks, local woman Barb Lewis has been receiving egg-inspired crafts from all over the world, sent in by her followers from her popular crafting channel, The Shabby Tree. 

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Local crafting guru Barb Lewis has received over a thousand submissions for her egg decorating crafting challenge, sent in by the followers from her popular crafting channel The Shabby Tree. - photo by Erica Jones

Lewis, who has more than a million followers on her website and social media, said that she put out the challenge of making egg crafts to inspire her followers to be creative and to come up with their own unique ways to decorate eggs for the upcoming Easter holiday. 

According to Lewis, she challenged her followers to take an “egg-sized egg”, decorate it in any way they wanted and send it in to her. She said that each one she’s opened so far has been incredibly creative and beautiful in its own unique way. 

“I open every egg and we show it live, and then we hang it on the tree,” Lewis said. “They’re just beautiful and very creative; some of them will just blow you away.” 

So far, Lewis has received well over 1000 eggs submitted to her, and she said that they don’t seem to be slowing down yet. 

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Local crafting guru Barb Lewis has received over a thousand submissions for her egg decorating crafting challenge, sent in by the followers from her popular crafting channel The Shabby Tree. - photo by Erica Jones

“Every time we go to the post office it takes us two SUVs to fill and bring all the eggs back,” Lewis said. “We’ve opened over a thousand so far but they still keep coming.” 

The eggs submitted to the contest have been sent in by all ages and from all over the world, Lewis said, with submissions sent in from as far away as Canada and Australia. 

Lewis has one tree set up at her warehouse, filled with eggs submitted by her followers, but she said that she has nowhere near enough room for every submission. Because of this, she recently set up another tree full of ornaments at local restaurant Papa’s Place and is hoping to set up more trees at local assisted living homes and other places around town. 

“They took all this time to make it so I really want the eggs to be seen; I don’t want them just sitting in my warehouse but I want people to see them and enjoy them,” Lewis said. “I told the followers the ornaments will be given away, we don’t take the ornaments back, and they were so excited that it was going to make people happy.” 

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Local crafting guru Barb Lewis has received over a thousand submissions for her egg decorating crafting challenge, sent in by the followers from her popular crafting channel The Shabby Tree. - photo by Erica Jones

Papa’s Place owner Dawn Powell said that she’s excited to have the tree displayed at her restaurant and hopes it will help spread joy among their customers. 

“I think it’s truly beneficial to our customers to see all of this; it just makes you feel happy to look at it,” Powell said. “Everyone needs happiness in their life.” 

On March 25, Lewis will announce 10 winners from those who submitted eggs to the contest, and the 10 winners will each receive a $100 Visa gift card. But even with the contest, Lewis said that many of the crafters who have sent eggs to her don’t seem to be doing it for the chance to win the money. 

“I really don’t think they’re doing it because of the contest itself; I think they’re doing it because they’re having fun,” Lewis said. “We just did the contest to try to get people creative, and they’re super excited about it.” 

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Local crafting guru Barb Lewis has received over a thousand submissions for her egg decorating crafting challenge, sent in by the followers from her popular crafting channel The Shabby Tree. - photo by Erica Jones

The tree containing the eggs will be set up at Papa’s Place, located at 3651 Dawson Forest Road East, through Easter, Powell said. Between now and then, those interested in seeing the tree can come eat a meal at the restaurant and spend time looking through the dozens of creative eggs hanging on display. After Easter, she added, restaurant customers will be invited to pick out their favorite egg to take home with them. 

Lewis added that those who go by the restaurant to view the eggs can take a photo of their favorite craft and post it on the Shabby Tree’s group page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/craftingwiththeshabbytree/about/

For more information about the Shabby Tree, go to https://theshabbytree.com/ or visit the main Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/shabbytree/