Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter countdown

 

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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.)

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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.  

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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.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Easter preparations

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).
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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!
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Gloves & hat from the exhibit’s prop inventory  (dress mine from Shabby Apple).
Have a lovely weekend,
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