Monday, April 9, 2012

Enjoying Easter ...

Last Easter I made a decision to simplify Easter gifts, there was to be no more mad rushing around the supermarkets last minute spending $ on fancy eggs, rabbits and cheap nasty chocolates for the kids. Easter became part of my Handmade challenge.
This year I continued this new tradition. Having a new born in the house meant that I was a little more restricted with my time and patience and unfortunately we didn't get to make our own chocky Easter treats that we had planned, but there was still plenty of Craft, Baking and Easter fun to be had by all. . .

and much to the kids delight, that cheeky little cadbury bunny still managed to sneak his way in and drop off a little treat as well.

I managed a few quiet moments to make up a new little bunny for our new little Laura . . .  
I'm hoping to see a few more of these make there way into our home over the next few years of Easter celebrations. This is the pattern I used.

We made and ate Jelly Bunnies for dessert. 

and we even found our very own super sized Easter Eggplants growing in the garden.
The best part is we still have a whole week of holidays ahead of us.   
I hope you're enjoying your Easter Break...

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  1. Some lovely looking Easter creations there. I love the pine cone chickens they are super cute.

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    1. Thanks Fiona, there are so many things you can make with pine cones!

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  2. the whole post is right up my alley :) Love the view too!
    and the little chicks are so cute - I'll have to show my guys. Pity we just cleared teh girl's yard out as there were quite a few feathers in there - soft fluffy and white!

    And they are cracker eggplant. My first ever eggplant plant is up and has a flower on it. I am waiting excitedly (is that possible?)

    Enjoy your holidays. Bliss :)

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    1. This is my first ever eggplants too, they have pretty much looked after themselves in the garden, going to grill some up later today. Your Easter post was an interesting one Kristy, Fair trade choc is definitely the way to go, Glad to see Cadbury are on the ball...Hope you enjoyed your Easter too.

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  3. What a wonderful Easter you have had! Love all those crafted chickens and that baby is just divine- more photos please. Cannot believe you have time to sew a rabbit at Easter with all those children at home! Incredible. melx

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    1. I've been taking so many photos of Laura it's ridiculous...she'll be popping up everywhere I'm sure.
      I never really have the time to sew, but I always make time to do some of the things I love, it keeps me sane! I'm lucky the children play quite well together, however there is lots of tears and tantrums in between, so it's usually a stop, start, stop, start project that eventually gets finished sometime late at night before I fall into a heap... :)

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  4. You have a beautiful heart and family!

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  5. Looks like you are having a lovely Easter, enjoy your week!

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  6. Such beautiful creative going ons, Love your Easter basket and that Easter jelly is amazing. Happy Easter, I don't know how you found the time, hope you rested today. BTW, bubby looks adorable.

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    1. Always find the time to do the things I enjoy doing. Bubby is very good and luckily still allows me plenty of time to spend with the other children. Hope it lasts....

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  7. those pine cone chickens are awesome and such perfect jelly bunnies! Love seeing your baby pics, she's such a divine little gooseberry!

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    1. Thanks Kirsty, it's always fun Making Easter! I promise many more baby pics to come... :)

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  8. That bunny of Laura's may be my favourite this year! All I did for my kids was come home! I may make some belated jelly bunnies and string it out! How do you get them to come out of the mould so well?

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    1. Thanks Annie, I love her little bunny too, I was hoping to make one for all the girls, but somehow didn't happen!!!
      To get perfect Jelly molds, you have to add extra gelatin to your Jelly packet, I added about an extra heaped teaspoon per packet of Jelly. Make sure you mix it in well to dissolve though. Make them the night before so they have plenty of time to set, dip them in hot water just for a little bit, then use a fork gently to pull it out of the mold. Good luck, I did lose the ears off a couple, they never made it into the photo!!
      So glad you home again and on the mend. Look forward to seeing what you get up to next! :)

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  9. I have just been enjoying all your posts since baby Laura has been born. I cannot believe how much you get done still with a new baby in the house. I want to make pine cone chickens with the farm stay kids now....what a great idea!

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    1. Thanks Kim, Great idea for your farm stay, Feathers collected from the chook coop, which was plenty of fun in itself... they were attached with basic craft pva glue. Eyes and beak cut out of felt and glued on as well. Easy peasy, hours of entertainment and it cost nothing to do...Have a little play, it's amazing what kind of animals you could make out of pine cones. Enjoy!
      P.S I find it so easy to look after a new baby, not much has changed around here, apart from a few hours spared throughout the day to feed, burp and change nappies...It certainly was a different case 14 years ago when I had my first, but I guess a bit of practice along the way has helped.
      Plus I've also had hubby around the house for a couple of weeks as well entertaining the rest of the bunch while bub and I settle in :)

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  10. I am all for keeping Easter simple and love your little handmade goodies. Looks like you guys had a wonderful long weekend :)
    x

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  11. Thanks Tammi, I think the kids enjoy keeping it simple sometime too...it's been a lovely weekend, hope you've enjoyed your Easter and School hols...:)

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  12. Your easter looks wonderful. Thankyou for sharing :)
    I made the mistake of going to the supermarket on Thursday night for milk and it was MADNESS! Luckily we dont really buy into the consumerism part of Easter', and I have lots of lovely ideas now from some wonderful blogs like yours to do next year. :)

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  13. I can just imagine that Madness Allana, So much more rewarding creating your own Easter... I have already bookmarked a few blogs for projects for next year... :)

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  14. Love your Easter pinecone chooks!

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