A couple of weeks ago I had a few requests to share what we do for Easter. I was sure I would get to it in a day or two, but here we are with a week to go and I'm just getting rolling. But in case I don't get everything done that I am thinking about, I thought I'd share all my thoughts about what I might do this season with my little ones. We'll see, won't we?!
These are eggs we've saved from years past--some of them are 8-10 years old! Amazing that they last. I blew them out and dried them and died them-- you can tell there are all different techniques in there--we do lose a couple every year and so now what's left is a broad overview of all the egg ideas I've tried out. We've got a couple dozen eggs I've blown waiting for this year's inspiration---chalkboard paint? Ukrainian egg decorating? More rubber bands (a favorite)? More cut-out tissue paper? Everyone likes to have one with their name on it and only Samara's and Matt's are left, so I'll make a few of those.
We've been forcing cuttings from the yard--it is spring! (Thanks, Katie, for the fun flower vase!) And I've scoped out my favorite blooming bushes to "trim" for next week.
Last year a sweet friend of mine named Emily made this tomb for me after we talked about why there's such a scarcity of "Easter scene" options---no end of nativity scenes, I know, but this is really the most fun and important celebration of the Christian year! So I'm working on a scene a little bit like our Christmas one, with a few disciples and a Jesus wrapped in cloths and things like that.
We spent an afternoon last week decorating all kinds of things--wooden eggs I bought after Easter last year on incredible sale, and balloons were the favorites. Asa made a great egg lantern out of paper mache, but we're still trying to figure out how to hang it up...
We started these about 10 days ago--with vermiculite and rye grass seed from our local seed and feed store. Now look!
So today, we used as much of the rest of our grass seed and vermiculite as we could--there are numerous random containers (bowls, glasses, pots, vases, more eggs) filled and growing, covering the dining room table. I don't even know what we're going to do with them all. We also have enough seed and vermiculite left to share with several families--we packaged it up and took some to our neighbors and have more in the car for other families we know! Guess what-- a pound of grass seed is more than you need. :)
I also started making these the other day--it's supposed to be a tulip but since I didn't orient the petals exactly right, it's looking a little like a rose. Anyway, I'm thinking about making a whole bunch of these to put in our grass once it's grown.
And here's our little spring table scene! Really it's Samara's playground--she moves everything all over the place. I think because it's sitting right in front of me, I am always thinking of cute little things to add to it. I did make this felt egg for it:
But once I finished it, we all agree that it looks more like a weird pink clamshell. So I'd like to make a few more of these, a little more egg-like, with the goal of having zero plastic eggs in the house. I know that's a little extreme, but I have a very strong aversion to all those little plastic eggs. Still, that's a lot of felting...
And these are the birds I made last year. In droves. I wish I'd actually counted how many I made--the crazy thing is, I gave so many away that I kind of got left with the, well, the leftovers. I put them up, and love them, but it makes me want to make just a few more out of better fabric choices that I really love.
I bought this little bird from etsy last year and have been wanting to try my hand at felting birds ever since. I'm gearing up for this one, but it might be a little later on this spring...
Okay, and then here are the other things that are definitely coming:
Community dinner and footwashing at our house on Maunday Thursday--a favorite time for me, always.
Hot cross buns on Good Friday! We always make them and put them on a big tray and drive them around to all our friends to share. The kids love this almost as much as I do!
Sugar cookies--how could we miss an opportunity for those?
Resurrection eggs--one of our favorite Easter traditions. They've been playing with them for weeks, and in my effort to get rid of all plastic eggs, I found a few little pressboard egg boxes that I want to decorate and use instead for the resurrection eggs--more beautiful, longer lasting family tradition kind of thing.
Easter Glory Cake. You'll just have to wait and see.
Easter Sunrise service at our house. Hosanna!
Ok, did I get it all? Sometimes it's so helpful to step back and look at the big picture. Like the big picture that says no way am I going to get even half of that done before Easter. But I've had a few of you ask how I plan things, and this is a little window into that--there are lots of options for us, and with the right level of energy and patience, we'll go for them when the moment's right. Because I've been thinking about a lot of this for the past couple of weeks, I've got the supplies we need on hand and so now it's just finding the right time. And good thing there's fun basketball on, which I love to watch. Perfect for crepe paper flowers and things like that. :)
I remember a couple years ago a bunch of my sweet friends shared all their Christmas traditions with us in a series of emails, and it was so helpful and insightful. I'd love to hear what you all are doing for Easter! There are so many good and fun things to do, but it's hard to remember them when the moment is right...Do share!