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Martha knows all. Especially about Easter eggs.
Gone are the days of ruining your mom’s coffee cups with chalky bubbling color tablets. Martha Stewart is here, and with the Egg Dyeing 101 app, she’s got more ways to fancy up your eggs than you ever dreamed possible. And that’s a good thing. (See what I did there?)
The app’s information is ridiculously extensive. The Egg Basics tab covers how to make your own custom colors (she’s got 36 in all -- sorry, Paas), a pin board to dry the eggs without splotches, and how to blow the egg guts out and leave just the shell, so your new creations can be displayed year after year. Did you know there are 20 different methods to dye your eggs? Not just "lighter" and "darker," depending on how long you let them soak? I didn't. And only a Martha app would feature a gallery of -- literally -- 101 examples, each one bathed in glorious “Marthacolor.”
The photography in the app is perfect and gorgeous, as you’d expect. Each style of egg has how-to instructions, and they are easy to understand at any level. The more advanced decorating methods even include instructional videos. And amazingly, nothing is too impractically fancy or out of reach. The extra things you need to help achieve these looks are, for the most part, household items you’d already have: rubber bands, crayons, stickers, things like that.
The one downfall of this app is that it is so event specific. Other crafting apps could potentially be used year-round, but I don’t really know of any other time that egg-dyeing knowledge would come in handy. Tiny jack-o-lanterns perhaps? Shall we start the trend?
The bottom line. The app is clean, well organized and chock full of pertinent information -- nearly perfect. But, seems to be useless outside of the Easter holiday, almost a one-time learning tool. Luckily it costs less than a bag of jelly beans.
iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 4.0 or later
A bevy of creative, well-described ideas and clear examples.
Holiday specific. Unless you really have a thing for eggs.