Isn't it amazing, Easter, already. Each holiday brings with it cherished memories of childhoods past.
My Auntie Alice always went out of her way to make every occasion special for everyone in our family. Each occasion meant a large family gathering at my grandparents home, a fabulous meal and something special just for us kids.
For Easter Auntie would boil, color and hide dozens of eggs for us to hunt. Since there was a wide range of ages between my brother, cousins and I, she'd leave eggs out in the open for the littlest ones but made them progressively more difficult to find for the older kids. Each age group was assigned different colored eggs. One year the oldest kids were assigned blue and green eggs. After the hunt we discovered one egg was missing, a green one. Auntie questioned each of us as to where we had found our eggs as she tried desperately to remember where she had hidden that green egg. In spite of the adults helping we couldn't find that egg. Eventually we came to the conclusion Auntie had miss counted and there had never been a green egg.
A month after Easter the older grandchildren gathered at my grandparents for spring yard clean up. Weeding, pruning, trimming, mowing, etc. Those were the days before powered tools, well at least before we had any. We used push mowers and sickles. Do you know where this is going?
Billy, being the eldest, was using the sickle when he found the elusive green egg. Poor guy lost his breakfast and lunch that day, the rest of us took off running to get up wind. Sadly Grandma's house was down wind.
Auntie only hid bright orange and yellow eggs for the older kids after that. The blues and greens were left out in clear sight for the little ones to find.
The people who shape our lives and bring us such joy as we are growing up leave us far to soon. I’ve raided the scraps files and made a few Easter cards for the remaining elders in my family. I'll be entering these in Di's Pixies Crafty Snippets Challenge. Put on your Easter bonnet, bring your basket and come join us. The Easter Bunny may be leaving some goodies, hopefully no green eggs, it's bound to be a lot of fun.
For my first card I used another NOID stamp found in a thrift shop. I stamped it with Stazon and colored it with color pencils. I cut it with SB Labels Four. The ribbon is from an Easter hair band. The embossed cards have been sitting around since I got my Cuttlebug last year and went crazy embossing eveything that didn't get out of my way. The sentiment was computer generated.
I was inspired by the many tutorials on Easter Bonnet treat boxes showing up all over the web for my second card. My bonnet was quite simple to make. I punched a 1 ½” scalloped circle and a 1” circle. I placed three layers of foam tape between the two and glued a band around it. I then covered it with tulle and tied my ribbon in place then added a tiny flower to decorate it. I've had bits of this glittery ribbon in a zip bag for 22 years. It was in a grab bag of ribbons and lace I got when Ben Franklin closed it's doors.
Have an Amazing Easter!