|Boy looks forlornly out of window, waiting for the current spring shower to end...|
While the wet weather has been a bit depressing for those of us trying to keep the kids amused, the local flora has been lapping it up. This last week or so has really seen the spring flowers in our garden come to life…
|Look - I actually grew this!!!|
The daffodils are well and truly out, and the tulips are just about to burst into life. All manner of other blooms are also showing promise, including this anemone which is now on its second flower.
An anemone - you try saying that fast - and not a poppy as I previously thought
(thanks to all who pointed this out on my Instagram feed!)
Amazingly, I've also managed to successfully cultivate this amaryllis, which was a delightful gift from one of the Husband's customers at Christmas.
|Amaryllis = gorgeous|
This garland comes out every year - I bought it in a local supermarket a couple of years ago and we pop it up in the hallway.
|Happy Easter cardboard garland, customised by the Boy|
This year, the Boy has added his own touch to it - he freestyled this chick, for example, which I think is just gorgeous, and stuck it on with sticky tack.
|Chick. I love this.|
|Easter Daffodil. This one is definitely going in his memories box...|
|Easter bunnies made by the kids from some of the Girl's old socks. Washed of course.|
It was a really easy pattern to follow and I wish I could remember where it came from! The socks seem very Easter-y in colour and design and I think they're really cute.
I made these Easter bunnies as a treat for the children last year. The crochet pattern is free one - yes, free! - from the wonderful Cotton Pod and is mega-easy to follow.
|Cotton Pod pattern bunnies. How cute?!|
I embellished the bunnies with a top hat for the Boy and a flower for the Girl, and immediately chastised myself for being so stereotypical. I was delighted, therefore, when they immediately decided that each preferred the other's bunny!
Rather than hanging them anywhere, I've decided this year to plonk them in a ceramic bowl, and I think they look rather lovely. The paper egg shapes are now stuck all over the house courtesy of the Boy, who has sticky tacked them everywhere.
Do you remember my branch that usually features the paper stars I made at Christmas? Well for Easter, I decorated the branch with some crocheted Easter eggs that I made a couple of years ago.
|The dog was not for moving...|
Just in case you're worried about health and safety, we remove everything from around and in front of the fire (including the hound) before we light it! The eggs really stand out against the dark fireplace, and the spring colours look stunning together.
|Crocheted Easter eggs by yours truly - which one is your favourite? I like the green one...|
Finally, I found these Easter badges in another of our local superstores last year - they were on sale after last Easter for a fraction of their full price, and I snapped them up thinking I could use them for a craft project rather than as actual Easter badges.
Easter badges, to be used in a forthcoming Easter creation.
Once I've decided what that is.
As it goes, time has conspired against me this year and I haven't yet come up with a suitable plan for them. That said, I think I might just nip up to the attic and have a rootle through my ribbon stash; I'm thinking that I could maybe make another festive garland out of them. Hmm...
As you can see, the Boy is getting impatient for tomorrow, and has been counting down the days using our lightbox.
|Days until Easter Egg hunt - one. The Boy is on countdown...|
This evening I'll lay out the clues and the prizes for our now-traditional family Easter egg hunt; the kids enjoy it so much that they usually complete it in their pyjamas before breakfast. This year they've already been spoilt rotten by a number of our very generous friends and family, who have showered them in advance with all manner of chocolate goodies. All of which, I should add, are on display but way out of reach, with strict instructions that none should be touched until tomorrow.
Thank you to all you generous peeps who have gifted the kids their chocolate.
Their dentist hates you, but the kids love you...
Given that they already have more than their fair share of chocolate which, by my reckoning, should last us until around July, the Husband and I have decided this year to gift them only a modest egg, and then treat them with a trip to their favourite local book store where they can choose a book each. Something more lasting, and yet hopefully just as enjoyable as a mouthful of the brown stuff.
Happy Easter, everyone.
Bye for now xxx