These days I don't do a lot for Easter ... my kids (no longer "kids") will still get their chocolate bunny, and we'll still have a nice dinner together, but that's about it. The crafting days with my own kids are finished, and I no longer suffer from headaches brought on by blowing out eggs to decorate! However, I still work through a few crafts with the daycare kids for them to take home. I chose this idea from Pinterest. I liked the handprint wings. These are popsicle sticks painted yellow and everything else is construction paper.
These next little chicks are made from pinecones. We painted the pinecones yellow, then stuffed them with tiny bits of fiber fill and a couple of feathers for wings. Google eyes and paper beaks complete them.
For my card and tea exchange group, I made some cards up with some fabric bunnies. I drew the silhouettes of rabbits onto "Heat and Bond", a double-sided adhesive. I then ironed that onto the wrong side of fabric. I cut out the silhouette from the fabric and ironed the final piece onto the blank card. This method works really well, and I was quite pleased with the results. I used the same method to iron on bunny heads on the envelopes as well.
These are some little rabbits I made up with pretty cotton fabric on one side, and burlap on the other. Fronts and backs were stitched together around the outside edge, and they were stuffed with a small amount of fiber fill. Some tiny buttons were used for the eyes.
They're rabbits, so they multiplied very quickly!
Today was our last farewell to Winter! I know Spring has officially arrived on the calendar, but in reality Winter decided to throw us one final ice storm to bid us adieu. Thank you Winter, but you really shouldn't have! It started with rain, then snow overnight. This morning the snow turned to freezing rain and everything was encrusted in ice for the morning commuters.
I tossed lots of bird seed out for my feathered friends, and the patio has been a flutter with activity all day long ... even the squirrels and rabbit came to enjoy a little treat. Later this evening after supper, the Coopers Hawk flew into the mix and almost flew into my patio door ... again!!! After watching the little birds all day, I can't say I was sorry that Cooper missed his mark.
I worry for the flowers that were just coming out of the ground and the buds on the trees and bushes. Hopefully, everything will survive. The poor plants have started to come up a few times during this unseasonably mild winter, only to have the tender shoots frozen in snow again. The ice wasn't too thick today, and some of it melted away as the day wore on. It certainly wasn't nearly as bad as the ice storm of 2013. Take care out there if you have to drive in it, and hopefully things will be cleared up again by Saturday when we can expect a high of 8C!
Here's a sample of how thick the ice was in 2013 ...
... yes, I'd say we got off easy today.
Happy Easter Everyone!
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