Thursday, March 24, 2016

Easter Greetings!

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!

Wendy

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28 comments:

  1. Wow winter seems to be hanging on... We had rain again in San Francisco I can't even get my garden planted. Though your photos are lovely... Indeed the ice was thick. Happy Spring... With love Janice

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  2. I love all your Easter crafts, Wendy! The little hand and pine-cone chicks are such a cute idea to do with little ones. Your cards and sewn rabbits are sweet, too. It must be frustrating to be anxious for spring only to have it snow again! The photos are lovely, though. We aren't quite as cold, but have been having lots of gray skies, rain and hail. I'm looking forward to April. Happy Spring and Happy Easter! Hugs xo Karen

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  3. I now the snow must be a pain for you but it's beautiful to see & I've not had any here at all. Love your Easter crafts especially the little stuffed bunnies. Wishing you a lovely Easter xx

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  4. Wow, if a Cooper's Hawk hits your window, you really know it!
    Happy Easter to you and yours, Wendy :)

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  5. It is late in the season for the ice and snow, but it sure makes beautiful pictures! I love your bunnies, and wish you and your family a happy Easter. xx

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  6. Beautiful photos Wendy, I have magpie's swooping into my garden scaring the smaller birds, so then you have me swooping in to scare the magpie's haha can't be there all the time though. I love your little bunnies they are so cute and the cards are lovely. Have a lovely Easter weekend, I hope the weather warms up for you. :) xxx

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  7. Lovely photos ! Oh your Easter crafts are soo cute . WOW ! I hope winter up there gets the hint now and pushes off . We down here just got lots of rain and a thunderstorm . Mr hawk try's here for my birdies but with Miggs in the yard he doesn't seem to have much luck . Thanks for sharing , Have a good weekend and a Happy Easter .

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  8. Good Morning Wendy,
    So happy to see this post and that you joined us as well, thank you!
    These sweet crafts are all so pretty and I can just imagine that the children enjoyed making them. I like how you used items from around the home and even nature. Takes me back to my craft making days with my Mom, she was always so creative and made magical goodness out of the ordinary. You know that is the best kind. These bunnies are absolutely precious.
    I hope this is the last ice and snow for the Winter for you and that Spring will arrive soon. It seems to me that Spring bursts into glorious color, especially in Ontario.
    Wishing you a lovely Easter, my friend!
    xo
    Jemma

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  9. I love the cards, Wendy, they are lovely. And the children's crafts are such darlings, I especially like the popsicle stick bunnies. Happy Easter!
    Amalia
    xo

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  10. Hello, I love the cute Easter cards and bunnies! The winter scenes are pretty. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend! Happy Easter to you and your family.

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  11. The bunnies and bunny cards are great, you are quite the creative lady. Our daughter is grown and lives in Japan, but I still color eggs every year.

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  12. Yes, winter had its last hurrah...hopefully. ๐Ÿ˜Š I'm so glad the ice wasn't as bad as 2013 but still it made for an "interesting" day, didn't it. I stayed home yesterday all tucked up safely inside only venturing out to let the dog outside.

    I'm so pleased to say that I own one of those sweet little bunnies that you made and just love the card too. Thanks again Wendy and have a Happy Easter.

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  13. We're getting some ice today but not nearly the amount you folks got. We have lost several branches off our pine trees over the last few years thanks to ice and snow. It really can have a devastating effect on so many things.
    Your little crafts are really cute. I especially like the bunnies. :-) And I'm happy that I too own one. Thank you for sharing with us and have a lovely weekend.

    Easter blessings,
    Sandi

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  14. What a beautiful and interesting post, Wendy!
    The cards with fabric bunnies are a wonderful idea and so well made.
    Wishing a very Happy Easter to you and your family!

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  15. Wendy, I'm a little afraid to tell you that here in Texas it's about 75 degrees and a beautiful sunshiney day. I'd share with you if I could. :)

    Your Easter bunnies are adorable and I'm all for the easier crafts! :)

    Happy Thoughts of Home on Thursday and Happy Easter to you and your family.

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  16. Loved all of your goodies, but especially those sweet fabric bunnies! Wishing you a very blessed Easter dear Wendy. xoxo

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  17. Oooo! This pinecone and the popsicle chicks are SO cute!! I have not ironed Heat And Bond on paper before. Great to know that it works so well. The rabbits look wonderful, I like the combination of print and burlap. March is one of those months!! I hope the flowers make it. I am waiting to work in our garden. Snow sure makes for pretty pictures though, I specially like the last one from this beautiful bunch. Stay warm and dry, and bon appetit :)

    -Soma

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  18. It was also one last chance this year to take icy walks with your camera Wendy - wow you took some very beautiful photos!
    Love all the little Easter crafts you've done! You made me crack up with "They're rabbits, so they multiplied very quickly!"

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  19. Sorry about the snow, but glad it wasn't us. Your bunnies are cute, I especialy like the cards and the pinecone chicks.
    Have a great Easter with family.

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  20. Hello Wendy, I love your pretty bunnies you made! Happy Easter!

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  21. I love the children's crafts and your bunnies are a delight!
    Thank you for linking up this wonderful post on Thoughts of Home on Thursday. May you have a glorious Easter!

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  22. Ole Man Winter is not going to relinquish his grasp easily, is he. Spring will arrive..........soon. =) Cute crafts. I love the hand print chickens and those bunnies hopping across the screen are adorable, as are the cards, Wendy. Those photos of the icicle encased plants are incredible!

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  23. So that's how you created the pretty cards. Very cool! It made me smile when I saw all the little CATE rabbits together. Thanks again and have a wonderful Easter!

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  24. I like the crafts you did with the kids and the ones you made for your blogging sisters - yes, the rabbits multiplied to 7, didn't they? I treasure your crafted cards and gifts.

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  25. Love those cute crafts, but especially those cards! I may copy that idea with the Heat and Bond. It looks really nice. Cute little bunnies, too. Funny how they multiply :)
    The pics of ice on the buds just make me shiver.
    Have a Happy Easter, Wendy.

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  26. Hi Wendy, the bunnies are adorable...and one came my way :)The crafts you have done with kids are cute.
    Happy Easter and have a wonderful long weekend.

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  27. So many cute crafts! Kids love making things like this. I love the fabric bunnies on the cards also. Wishing you a Happy Easter.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  28. I love all your photos, you definitely have some interesting ones. I feel so badly for the mourning dove (link on previous post). The Cooper Hawk is beautiful and although he's doing what he's supposed to do, you sure don't want to witness it.

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