Crocheted Easter Eggs

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Crocheted Easter Eggs

Since my daughter is only 11 months old, we will not be doing much with her to celebrate Easter this year.  There will be no Easter crafts or games.  She’s too young to dye Easter eggs and join in on an Easter egg hunt.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t still get into the Easter spirit.  No, I did not go out and buy a ton of chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies.  Instead, I decided to try my hand at amigurumi.  Say what?  I know, I can’t even pronounce it myself.  Let’s call it ami for short.  Ami is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed dolls, which can be animals or inanimate objects.  As you know, I crochet during my spare time, usually when baby is sleeping.  I actually began crocheting as a hobby about 6 months ago and have been “hooked” ever since.  So, I still consider myself a beginner, even though I have a massive yarn stash that can revival those of long-time crocheters, I’ve spent many, many hours crocheting (late at night, instead of sleeping) and made many, many hats, scarves and headbands.  I thought, crocheted Easter eggs can’t be too difficult to make.  It’s just a round ball, really.  And ami is usually crocheted with just one stitch, the single crochet stitch, which I already know how to do and I already had most of everything needed (yarn, G hook, stitch marker, yarn needle).  All I had to buy was the polyester fiberfill to stuff the inside of the egg, which can be found at any craft store or online.  Alternatively, you can also stuff the insides with scrape pieces of yarn.

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These eggs are super easy to make.  I followed the free pattern from Petal to Picots.  She gives great suggestions on how to change yarn colours to make striped eggs.  But if you’re lazy, I mean, short on time like me, just use multi-coloured yarn and let the yarn create the pattern for you. 🙂  I whipped these little eggs up in no time!  Aren’t they so cute?

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Not bad for my first go at ami, right?  Maybe next year, I’ll try crocheting a bunny. In the meantime, this little guy is going to have to fill in.  😉

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You can include these crocheted eggs in your little one’s Easter baskets.  Or why not include them in your Easter egg hunt as decoys?  You can also use them as centerpieces to decorate your coffee or dining table.  Whatever you do with them, the best thing about these eggs, is that they’ll never go bad.  Use these handmade mementos again and again. 🙂

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Looking for other things to put in your little one’s Easter basket?  Check out Charlie’s post on 7 Non-Candy Easter Gift Ideas for Toddlers.  Have a wonderful day!

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A Grey Nursery

Leading up to my due date, I think I was more nervous about how I was going to decorate the nursery than actually delivering my baby.  The process of putting the room together was almost as long as the gestation period and much like pregnancy, it came together in stages.  First we bought the crib and dresser/change table, which sat in their boxes for a while before they were assembled.  Next came the paint and lastly the accessories.  Why did it take so long, you ask?  Two reasons: 1) we were preoccupied with other things, like work, and it just wasn’t a top priority and 2) we had just moved into our new home 10 days before baby arrived and all we had time to do before moving in was put in new flooring and paint, that is every room except the nursery since I didn’t know what color I wanted it to be.  We didn’t know if we were having a boy or a girl, but that didn’t matter.  I wasn’t going to paint it pink or blue anyway.   I wanted it gender neutral, for baby to be able to grow with it rather than outgrow it and for it to be an extension of our home rather than completely different and separate.  So, why was I having such a hard time with paint color?  Because we had painted the rest of our home (with my dad’s help) in 3 shades of grey: magnetic grey, universal grey and white mountain, which is actually light grey, not white as the name suggests.  And while my highly opinionated parents were cool with the living room, kitchen and master bedroom being grey, they thought that kids’ rooms should be bright and cheery and yellow of course.  Since the crib and dresser we purchased was slate colored, I gave yellow some serious consideration and we’d visited the paint store several times to only come home with a bunch of paint swatches.  An entire room painted in yellow just didn’t speak to me, especially when there wasn’t any yellow anywhere else in our home.  What spoke to me was grey.  So, secretly, without my parents knowing, we painted the room white, with a grey accent wall.  I’m such a rebel, I know.  After that was decided, the rest of the room came together more easily, albeit slowly, and was inspired by a picture we took soon after baby was born.  

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As cheesy as it sounds, she really was our little sunshine, the light of our lives.

So, we added touches of yellow here and there….a tree decal with yellow leaves and owls that was put up by one of the aunties, artwork and even a cute little gift bag from a dear friend (Charlie) that fit perfectly with the my little sunshine theme.

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We introduced other colors through the textiles.  We have a green polka dot and a blue and white doggy change pad cover that goes with various cribs sheets with polka dot and animal prints in the same colors.  We also have a pink crib sheet that works well with the rest of the room if we are in a more girly mood.

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For added storage and to hide her toys, we put in a cube organizer and introduced even more color with the pink and blue drawers.

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The room is filled with special little touches and gifts for baby from family and friends –  a pair of bronze shoes that belonged to my husband, personalized artwork, a stuffed bear and a crocheted blanket made by her aunties.

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I really hope baby grows to love this room and all the little things that went into it.

What do you think of the grey and yellow?  Is the room colorful enough or is there too much color?  How did you go about decorating your baby’s nursery?  What were your nursery must haves?

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