Happy Easter

easter
I hope everyone has a lovely Easter. I am thinking of my mother-in-law and my Vavo this day and salvation.  Just sort of odd without them I guess this is the starting point of new traditions with my children.

Knit Easter Eggs/Teaching middle daughter to knit

all 3 eggs with hand for size reference

My middle daughter has been fighting me for about 2 years on learning to knit.   She always says she wants the stuff I knit and I keep telling her she can make it herself if she learns to knit, I do give her stuff but i was trying to get her to learn something new.   Which of course  she says she will never do, knit that is.   Well this very same daughter loves amigurumi….I had an idea brewing for a while on this…
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Brown Easter eggs for dyeing

all my eggs in one basket

If you use brown eggs instead of white with your traditional Easter egg dyes you will get richer colored eggs.  Here I will show both white and brown eggs dyed with the same dye I have let my eggs set in the dye bath for 10 mins.

dyes 
Supplies and how too
  • Easter egg dying kit (just the basic from the grocery store) use as described on package
  • Brown and white eggs boiled as usual
  • Let eggs set in dye for 5 to 10 mins.
brown and white eggs  boiled 
If you like the speckled look of the eggs pull out after only 3 mins.  Other wise leave in longer for a jewel tone look to your eggs.  Here are my eggs that I dyed in alternating rows of brown eggs and white with the colors used above each other so you can compare the colors for your self and see the difference the color of the starting egg makes on the finished item.
how the same dye acts on different eggs

>gloves to bow

>new hair bow
I started to make a pair of lace gloves Sunday made out of size 40 thread and a size 14 steel crochet hook.  It just kept not being right but I kept working at it  thinking it is my imagination It is a pattern I have not done before so I just don’t know where it is going yet right.  Once I got the front of 3 fingers done on both hands.  I just kept looking at them thinking these still look a little big and even if it has a mesh that goes around the back of the fingers that will pull them tighter and shorter it is still not going to be right.  So debating if I wanted to frog 8 hours of work  and start over  well I decided I would start over.  I couldn’t bring myself to frog what I had done to much time with such small thread.  So then I debated on putting it in my sampler book as just an oh well learning experience sort of memory.  Then I was playing with it and decided that it would make an OK bow for my kids hair.  So I got out an elastic for the hair and stated crocheting it too it and pulling the back of the hands parts in  and left the finger parts dangling for ribbon tails for the bow.  This is probably the most expensive hair item I have ever made on accident.  I have made things much more elaborate for the hair that I meant to make and so it was expected.  But when I thought I was making me new fine lace gloves for Easter and I end up with a little girls hair bow something just seems missing.  IMGP3203bowI will go back to making those gloves again.  But probably not till Saturday or Sunday when I sit down to watch the LDS General conference meetings with my family.  In the end I get happy children as they get a new item to wear that mom made so all is good with hugs and kisses from three little girls who get something new.  Wish I had taken a picture of it before I turned it into the bow so you could see from where to where it went.  When I make the next set I will stop at the point that I was at and post what these looked like before it became a bow.  Images from Beetlejuice keep going through my head now.  If you have seen the movie you might know why.

update:

here are the photos of what the fingers of the glove looked like before becoming the hair bow.

 back palmback fingers looking like a bow

>peter cotton tail progress

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Haven’t shown any thing on this in a little while. Thought a few of you might be interested in Peter’s progress towards completion.

>My sister’s flowers

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yellow ranaculas
My sister had some very lovely flowers in her yard over Easter.
pink ranacula ( photo taken by my husband)

The above photo was taken by my husband all the rest in this post are taken by me.

pink ranaculas

What we had in our yard over Easter was snow.

freesia

Amazing what driving 5 to 6 hours south does for the climate.

freesia

>Happy Easter

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Hope your day is filled with family and friends!

>14+ yards of garland

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14 + yards of garland

I had tons of green yoyos sitting around and about 1 year ago I made short garlands out of them. Well yesterday I decided that they are not very useful in short lengths so I joined them all together to make this one very long garland that is over 14 yards in length. Now to figure out where to hang it for the holidays and hey it would work for St. Patricks day too.

Here is a cute Christmas tree made out of yoyos and some Easter eggs too.

>Easter bunny house

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bunnyhouse3
I know Easter is over, but I for got to show the cookie house my kids made. Figured I better take a photo today because the kids are aching to eat it now that Easter is over. My kids love making these things; you can usually find a kit at Easter, Halloween and Christmas at most grocery stores. It is a no brainier for the mom; the frosting is all made and the candies come with it, too.
bunnyhouse2

The very top photo is of the box front, the other two are what my kids did. It may not be as fancy as the one in the picture, but who wants to eat a cookie house after you take a photo of it sitting in the grass with strategically placed freesia (the yellow flower in the photo on the box)? So I think this is better, no bugs have crawled on it for a pretty photo and the kids still want to eat it.

bunnyhouse

>Easter Dresses

>Well, all the dresses and pantaloons are finished and they got to wear them on Easter. The middle daughter decided to share her lace, so all three dresses have hand-crocheted lace around their bodice that the middle daughter made. I snapped the photos before they got done getting ready to go to grandma’s on Monday (we had a delayed Easter because of weather).

Youngest:

youngest

Youngest showing off pantaloons:

youngest showing off pantaloons

Middle:

middle

Oldest:

oldest

All three:

all three in easter dresses

I also made an apron for me to wear with a pocket to put the eggs in, but the girls required me to make a skirt for me to match them. I have never matched them before, so this is a first. I will have to get someone to take a picture of me later and add it. Ok, here is the photo; not the best picture, but an 11 year old took it. My apron hem is crooked. I will probably never wear the skirt again, but I will the apron. I will make the skirt into something else, maybe another apron.

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