Showing posts with label easter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label easter. Show all posts

4.03.2014

Bunnies, Bunnies & Few Eggs! A Collection of Creations

Hi All! I just wanted to share this collection of bunnies and more that I posted last year. I am very caught up in selling my house and getting ready to move at the moment and that has made me step back a bit (just for a bit) from the blog.
Hope you enjoy! 
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Here are some super CUTE bunny projects...
(and a few good eggs for good measure)
and if you have a cute bunny project...
leave a link in the comments so we can check it out!
Easter Table, 504 Main
These projects were compiled from Tickled Pink and the responses to my Facebook Page request!  To see all the awesome ideas...click on "Read More!" 
Thanks Everyone!

3.25.2013

Chocolate Chip Cookie Nests with Reese's Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs

When it comes to Easter treats...I need chocolate -
no jelly beans - no malted things - just chocolate
and if it has peanut butter even better!

Surprisingly I have not eaten every single one of these cookies...
I have a weakness - an edible and sentimental one for Reese's.
First, I plain love them! 
Second, I know to this day I can go to my parents house
and there will be ice cold Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in the refrigerator. 

Chocolate chip cookie

I am in charge of cookies for the Bunny Brunch coming up at my daughter school...and my daughter had some grand ideas about what she wanted me to make (seriously where do they get these ideas!?)...but instead I made these and she loves them..I love them..we all love them...and they are EASY!

4.03.2012

Easter Decor for Greeting and Dining #KmartEaster

When it comes time for holidays at our house,
I strive to make each holiday special for my kids.
We do not live near our families and I want to create memories
and traditions for my kids that will last forever.

Of course, that does not always mean I get super elaborate
or go over the top, but it does mean incorporating items they love,
letting them help decorate or cook, and creating a special table for our meal...
even if it is just the four of us.


We have already had a few egg hunts around here...and at preschool, and so my kids, especially my daughter is so excited for Easter and the Easter Bunny, and the candy, and well anything that has to do with Easter.


Even with all of my good intentions, I will admit, I am a last minute decorate...but luckily for Jules we had the amazing opportunity to head to Kmart and get our house Easter ready ahead of time!

I jumped online to preview the Celebrations by Radko line so I could start thinking of ideas and ways to incorporate the line into our existing decor...or just start over with new decor! (FUN!)

I found the Celebrations by Radko line to be charming and it reminded me of the sweet vintage figurines I pick up whenever I see them. I was feeling a little nostalgic...and my daughter was swooning over the little lambs and bunnies and chicks. We browsed the selection online, and then I made a list of what I needed..or thought I needed.
(my list grew at the store!)

We had to head out to a Kmart about an hour away to purchase our supplies, in particular the Celebrations by Radko line. 


I thought this line was sweet when I first saw is on Kmart.com, but I kind of kind of fell in love with it when I saw it at the store. It so charming,
and to top t off, Kmart had great prices on everything!
All of the Celebrations by Radko was on sale...
(Oh yeah - I bought all of the egg holders...I could not resist!)


You can read more about my shopping trip on Google+, right HERE!


We headed home and...
Now we were ready to decorate!
I have neglected my front porch, so I cleaned the whole thing off - swept, sprayed it down and got it ready for it's Easter makeover!

Our porch is covered and I always have a table and two chairs out there.
So I was definitely working around those.
Now, let me take you on a tour of our Easter Porch!



I purchased some metal "carrot" planters, Asiatic Lilies, and the Boy Bunny figurine to use on the table. Added some moss (because I love texture and layers) and a birdhouse and the paper bunny banner I made...and voila! Now we have a little Easter habitat happening on the front porch.


At Kmart, I found these great faux speckled eggs in a mustard yellow and salmon color (and nests were included too) and used them as accents on the table...
as well as on the wreath.
(I bought every package of these that were in stock!)

I purchased a pretty, decorated wreath, but...

I cannot leave anything alone...
so I added some details to it.
Hot glue was my friend for sure.
And I LOVE the final product.


To the wreath, I added:
The (same) faux eggs (that I used on the porch)
with a nest filled with a bed of torn fabric
and one of those darling Celebrations by Radko egg holders.
It was looking so sweet!
I then tea-dyed some (blown out) eggs and
made a little chalkboard pennant for that chick to display.



I think my porch looks cheery and happy and ready to welcome visitors  -
maybe I will even invite some friends over for an egg hunt at home?
I must tell you my daughter is thrilled with all of the outdoor decor,
but I have to keep my eye on her...
she wants it all in her room!



After finishing up with the porch,
I moved on to creating a fun and magical table top design
we could use for our Easter brunch (that is our big meal of the day).
Our weather here is sketchy, but for some reason,
Easter Sunday is always gorgeous and
we usually eat our brunch outside...
so outside I went with my table and chairs, and my serving cart!


When I do a table, I like to include my "loves" and make them work together, whether that be vintage finds, thrift store treasure, collections, or recently purchased items,
like by new Celebrations by Radko decor.
I do like sweet little details too,
but always keep in mind we will be eating there...
so I leave room for the essentials, 
leave glitter far from food,
and don't get too fussy with the decor.
A casually elegant table with personality is my goal,
and almost always with a bit of a handmade feel.
I think this table captures just that.


I began with the basics..the linens.
I prefer a plain white linen on the top of the table...
but I LOVE the layers and colors peeking out from under.
I layered a green cloth, some burlap (which I like to keep away from the food), and one of my newer bright and cheery yellow cloths, and then topped it with a white cloth.


Around the top of the table I attached a very simple pennant banner I made from burlap and drop cloth (super easy - all simple shapes and hot glued together!). I love this look - fun, elegant, and not too fussy...and slightly unexpected.


On the tabletop, I loved the addition of the Lamb Easter platters.
For us they were the perfect size to use as a plate...and my daughter begged me to use them as a plates for Easter brunch (I have a feeling we will be using these for months and months). They are bright and colorful and oh so sweet.
How can you not love them?


I rolled a simple white napkin and placed one of the egg holders by each place setting; a Boy Bunny for Joe, a Girl Bunny for Jules, and Lambs for the adults. Just as on the wreath, I used a tea dyed blown egg with a pennant...but this time as a place card! 



For the centerpiece, I truly kept it simple. Those chick candy bowls were begging for a plant...so chamomile it was...I love this unexpected twist!


I also used some milk glass vases from my collection, each with a single Gerber daisy, and then a couple of small jars with Narcissus. All of these simple elements look vibrant and inviting when grouped together.


I made a serving cart awhile back and it comes very handy when we eat on the deck. I used two other platters on the cart for serving. 

For one of the platters, I attached a glass taper holder to elevate it (I wanted mine to be temporary, so using candle wax or museum putty will work. If you want something permanent, a heavy duty glue is the best idea). 
And of course I also picked up the Girl Bunny Figurine (I do have a boy and a girl living here!) and she stood watch over the cart and table.
Finally as a backdrop to the festivities, I made another bunting/banner. This time I cut apart the Country living table runner (that I purchased at Kmart) and strung it with some simple twine. I think it provides a simple, vintage charm that compliments the Celebrations by Radko so nicely!


After spending so much time designing this beauty,
I had to put it to use...
I invited over Jules's friend and they had a
Tea Party!
Here is the whole scenario "in action."








So, there is a sneak peek at my Easter table
and at how I will greeting my visitors this season!


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Come on now...how can you resist this?



Oh yeah...Jules, well, she won...the Girl Bunny is now "hers."
But she says I can borrow it if I need to.
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4.02.2012

Bunny Banner Tutorial (Super Cute and Super Simple)

In spite of the fact that I over complicate everything
(E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G!),
once in awhile I actually do come up with a
super simple project and here is one of them...
Easter Bunny


A Super Cute Bunny Banner
That is totally doable before the big bunny day!
Easter Bunny

  First I must tell you the bunny shape AND the idea to use the Fluted paper from Canvas Corp (she used cardboard) comes from the lovely
Prior and her vintage bunny banner.

SUPPLIES

Optional:

  • Embellishments as you wish - I used these paper flowers from Michael's (in the dollar section)
  • Distress Ink (because I love it)
  • Glue (hot glue)

NOTE: be creative, Prior used cardboard boxes and vintage graphic.
Bunny Banner Supplies

Easter Bunny



DIY IT!
FREE Bunny Template

  • Printout template HERE (let me know if you have trouble...this is not my forte)
  • Cut bunnies out using template or your own shape.
    • I fit 2 bunnies on each 12 x 12 paper. I flipped them, one up and one down to get both to fit.
  • Punch one hole in each ear.
  • OPTIONAL: distress edges with Distress Ink
  • Layout the design (which papers alternate) and then take ribbon and weave in and out. Be sure to leave enough hanging to be able to hang the banner.
  • OPTIONAL: Embellish bunnies or cord -  I used hot glue to affix the little flowers between the bunnies.
Easter Bunny

Could it be any easier???
Not really!
Totally doable before the big bunny day!

Easter Bunny

What have you crafted for bunny day?

 
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This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre
Disclosure: some products were supplied to me via Canvas Corp., some were purchased at the local craft store.
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