Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter countdown



Evangeline Hope is calendar focused – she checks the calendar each day and needs to know how many sleeps between various events.  

I wanted to make her a countdown calendar for Easter. I was inspired by one that I saw at Pottery Barn kids. (It was a Peter Rabbit linen banner that incorporated a carrot and little pockets. You could easily make one of these if you had a bunny tea towel.)


I used scraps from my stash and made the pompom from leftover wool.  Our calendar counts down the days from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.  The carrot is a plastic one from a candy pack.  Surprises  candy or non-candy can be put into each of the pockets. My husband suggested one of our Olive Wood crosses and a  stone  in the last pocket .  In 2007, when I was pregnant with Hope,  we had a chance to visit Israel and the Sacred Cave at the Holy Sepulchre.  


For those celebrating, wishing you a blessed Easter and Passover season!  Did you have a chance to catch the moon over the past few nights? amazing.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Easter preparations


I fooled the girls with this little bunny.  They thought it was chocolate, but actually it was an old resin sprinkler that a neighbour gave us years ago.   I saw the idea of spray painting objects glossy brown and wanted to give it a try (I used Rustoleum  Gloss Espresso Brown spray paint). 

This is what he looked like before! It is amazing what two coats of spray paint can do.

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Our American Girl dolls now have new Easter dresses, bonnets, and baskets.  The girls made the baskets using mini peat pots -  Kim K has an excellent tutorial for peat pot Easter baskets.  The doll size version uses the mini seed starter peat pots.  The American Girl bonnets are a historical pattern (Kirsten’s bonnet) and the dresses are the tea party dress from the book Little Things to Sew.



Spring has finally arrived! 

Have a wonderful weekend and for those of you will be commencing  Easter and Passover celebrations in the coming days, I wish you a meaningful one.


Friday, March 21, 2014

Dressing for Downton

I am a fan of Downton Abbey so I was really excited to learn that the costume tour included Toronto’s Spadina Museum.   Today, my girlfriend and I took a couple of hours to enjoy the exhibit which included a selection of 20 costumes worn by Lady Mary, Sybil, Edith, Cora and the Countess of Grantham.

The costume exhibit takes place on the third floor of the Spadina Museum (a historical Toronto property built in the late 1800s – with additions into the 1900s).
The Spadina Museum is a neighbour to Casa Loma (pictured above), one of Toronto’s historical landmarks.
The curators included a photo booth with props. Say Carson!
Gloves & hat from the exhibit’s prop inventory  (dress mine from Shabby Apple).
Have a lovely weekend,