Crocheted Bunny

So as soon as I said that maybe I would try crocheting a bunny next year, I thought, why not this year?  Why do something later when you can do it now?  That was my OCD speaking.   When I get an idea in head, I run with it, sometimes, and then over-analyze it to death.  A bit of a contradiction, I know.  I am complicated.  Anyhoo, the crocheted bunny was born.

This bunny has been through a lot – multiple amputations, transplantations and eye surgeries.  One foot is bigger than the other.  The ears are not symmetrical.  The Virgo in me wanted it to be perfect, but no one’s perfect right?

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When I showed him/her to my blog buddies, Stephanie asked if that was Miffy, and Charlie asked if it was a boy or a girl?  Who is Miffy, I asked?  This is Miffy:eeHXgd6O

Aside from the ears, I can see the resemblance.  Miffy is a female rabbit created in the 1950s as the main character in a series of books written and drawn by Dick Bruna, a Dutch artist.  She has starred in two television series and one movie.  Have I been living under a rock?  My husband also does not know who Miffy is, so I don’t feel so dumb not with the times.  You learn something new everyday….

Initially, I was going to make a flower to put on my crocheted bunny’s head and make it a girl, but when Charlie asked me if it was going to be a boy or a girl, it got me thinking.  Who am I to decide what it “should” be?  Why does it have to be a girl or a boy?  So, I’ve decided that I’m not going to make the flower and leave it as is.  I’ll let my daughter decide (when she’s old enough to know the difference).  Simple.  And done.

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I got the free pattern for this bunny from Happy Berry.  It was easy to follow and she even has 3 youtube videos for you to follow along if you want.  I used a thicker yarn, so I used a bigger hook.  But in hindsight, I could’ve used a smaller hook so that the stitches are tighter.  You can see the filler in some gaps between stitches.  All in all, I’m pretty happy with this second amigurumi project.  I already have the next one planned. 😉  In the meantime, this little bunny is going into my baby’s nursery.

For more Easter crafts, check out Charlie’s post on how to make a paper mache Easter egg pinata.

Happy Easter!

Paper Mache Easter Egg Piñata

PaperMacheEggPinata_5A few weeks ago, my daughter told me, out of the blue, that she really, like reeeeeeaaaaaallllllllyyyyyyyy wanted a rainbow Easter Egg Piñata. My automatic response to her dragged out pluuuuuuueaseeeeeee Mommy, please, was “we will see”.  But then as soon as the words left my mouth, I thought, wait, why not? I’m always looking for crafts to do with her and it can be easy to make simple paper mache piñatas, especially an egg shaped one.  We had almost everything necessary for the project on hand.

PAPER MACHE EASTER EGG PINATA SUPPLIES

  • hand torn newspaper (we used cut white printer paper at my daughter’s insistence; I pick and choose my battles and this was not one of them)
  • paper mache paste
  • balloon
  • paper clip
  • ribbon or string
  • paint or tissue paper

Ultimate Paper Mache has three different recipes for the paste and we used the raw flour and water one – no glue, no boiling, easy-peasy and ready in less than a minute.

NO COOK PAPER MACHE PASTE RECIPE

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • optional: 2 tsp. salt (to help prevent mold)
  • optional: dash of cinnamon to enhance smell
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My daughter loved playing with the squishy paste so much that I thought we would never actually get to making the egg, but we did, and she was more methodical than I imagined she would be at three.  So much so that I didn’t have to help her.

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Paper Mache Easter Egg Pinata

I only intervened when she started grabbing fists full of toilet paper and dunking them into the paste and then flinging the globs off her fingers.  I suppose she had wanted to remind me she is only three after all.

We ran out of paper (hence the grab for toilet paper) at around the same time she started to lose interest and while there were still a few holes, it was time to stop and clean up.

The paper mache paste was fairly easy to clean up.  The real added bonus of this activity was that she gladly jumped into the bath without me having to beg or bribe her.

That was a few weeks ago and I had almost forgotten about the egg that we had hung up to dry.  Then today, she refused to nap, and by 4 PM she was starting to get clingy and fussy and I figured it was time for some messy crafting.

By the way, at what age should I stop dismissing negative behavior as just fussy?

As I looked around the room for something we can do together, I saw the unfinished egg.  We should probably add a few more layers of paper but with Easter being only a week away, I asked if she wanted to paint her egg piñata.

The ecstatic cheers and leaps into the air suggested the answer is yes.

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She popped the balloon with a paintbrush and immediately asked for chocolates to fill it with.  Luckily she was receptive to the idea of painting and letting the egg dry first before adding the treats.

As she painted (she choose neon green, blue, and black, and then as an afterthought added glittery purple, orange and yellow for the glitter), she went on and on about how she and her friends are going to have so much fun trying to break the egg open.

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Then she went on and on about the chocolates and candies she wants to eat and I made a mental note to get some bottles of bubbles, tiny cans of PlayDoh, erasers, stickers and (more) temporary tattoos for her piñata.

The cutest little chick erasers ever!

The cutest little chick erasers ever!

What are good/ safe candy substitutes in a piñata?

Paper Mache Egg Pinata

I have a few non-candy ideas for the Easter Basket, but what other non-candy treats would you suggest for an Easter Egg Hunt?

Happy Easter

Hope you and your loved ones have a happy Easter!

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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7 Non-Candy Easter Gift Ideas for Toddlers

This is NOT a sponsored post.  I had really wanted to find some non-candy treats for my sweet little girl’s Easter basket this year and this is what I came up with.  There are some affiliate links in this post however.
I know Easter is not just about gifts and baskets and treats, but if you’re going to give the little love ones in your life something anyway, then here are some gift ideas that aren’t candy or chocolate.
Although have you seen these super adorable Lindt Chocolates?  I got them from Costco recently.  The carrot shaped box contains chocolate chicks, lambs, carrots, lady bugs, bees, three kind of eggs and rabbits.
Chocolate Bunnies, Lambs, Chicks, Eggs, Carrots, Lady Bugs, Bees and EggsWhen my daughter took one of the eggs into bed (she didn’t want to eat it, just nap with it), I ended up eating it after she fell asleep.  Since it was in her little hand for quite some time, I inadvertently found out that the soft inside melts to a liquid before the outer shell melts for a totally special treat.  Now I hold them in my hand for a few minutes before eating.  But shhh…I’m afraid there won’t be any left for her egg piñata.

7 NON-CANDY GIFT IDEAS FOR EASTER

  1. Toys/ Games
  2. Puzzles
  3. Plush Animals
  4. Clothes
  5. Accessories (e.g. Sunglasses, Caps, Umbrellas, Rain boots, Rain jackets, etc.)
  6. Books
  7. Keepsakes (e.g. Photo frames, Music boxes, Money banks, etc.)

TOYS/ GAMES

My daughter will probably love any toy or game given to her, especially balls, but since Easter is often associated with baby bunnies, lambs and chicks, and eggs, I thought maybe I’ll stick to that theme.

Meet Jack the rabbit:

Jumping Jack

My daughter loves playing this exciting game. Kids take turn spinning to see how many carrots to pull from the hill. One of the carrots will make Jack jump out and all the players try to catch him to win.

Since my daughter loves Jumping Jack so much, I’m getting her this Funny Bunny Game for Easter.  Each player has four bunnies and the first to the top of the hill wins.  But beware of holes!  Kids take turn drawing cards to see how many spaces to move but the big carrot card means it’s time to turn the carrot, which triggers the holes.  It’s for 2-4 players ages 4 and up (hey, that’s me; I can’t wait to play this with her).
My daughter is three so I thought she would be too old for these Stacking and Nesting Eggs but she plays with them several times a day in so many different ways.

Stacking Nesting EggsSometimes they are chickens on her farm. Sometimes they are cups.  Sometimes she uses them to “wrap” or hide presents for me.  Sometimes she even asks for them as her bath toy for the night (letting her pick a toy to take into the bath has been the most useful tip I got to get her cleaned up at the end of the day).
She likes her Stacking and Nesting Eggs so much that I’m considering these Hide N Squeak Eggs for her Easter basket.  They are also meant for a younger child because the eggs have different expressions to encourage shape and color recognition but they are so cute and they make happy cheep-cheep sounds.  I think they’ll make a fun Easter gift but also great for year round play.  What do you think?

Or would they be too similar to her Stacking and Nesting Eggs and these wooden Ukrainian nesting Easter eggs be a better choice?

PUZZLES

My daughter loves puzzles so I’m sure these will make a good gift for her.  How about your little ones?  Puzzles are great is so many ways.  Puzzles can help develop fine motor skills, eye hand coordination, problem solving, memory, and shape recognition!  I’ve noticed my daughter developing and practicing different strategies too when working on her puzzles.  For example, sometimes she will sort similar patterns and colors and complete those pieces first, while at other times she will complete the outside edge first.

PLUSH ANIMALS

My daughter has gotten a variety of plush/ stuff animals over her three years of life and while she never took to a lovie as a baby, she does play with and nurture her stuffed animals now that she is older.  She calls her favorites her babies and treats them like so.  I think they allow her a safe way to role play and make sense of her environment.  For example, a year or two ago she would put diapers on all her animals and swaddle them to sleep.  Now, she takes them to the potty and tells them to stay at the table when she serves them dinner.
Calico CrittersCalico Critters RabbitThese Calico Critters Bunnies aren’t really stuffed animals – they are more like miniature anthropomorphic animal figures with a soft flocked material and they are super adorable.
Aren’t these Hopscotch twins just the cutest?
Hopscotch Rabbit Twins
Here, my daughter placed all her “Easter buddies” onto her chair to watch a dance show she is putting on:
Easter Lovies, stuffed animals (bunnies, chicks, lambs)
She is quite the performer.  This bunny had a special ticket so she is seated in the VIP section:
Bunny on ShelfWhich of these would be perfect peaking out of an Easter gift basket?  The realistic looking lamb? Or the adorable bear in a baby chick costume?  Or Boo with bunny ears?  Or the super cute and small itty bitty bunny? Or a bigger super soft, cuddly and light Burrow bunny?

 

CLOTHES

Honestly, my daughter doesn’t think clothes make good gifts for her because they’re no fun.  I wonder if she will change her opinion when she gets a little older. Perhaps when she is a teenager? But as a mom, I think clothes are great practical gifts and she will look oh so pretty in pink:

And this silly tee should get a giggle or two out of her, or any boy on your list!

ACCESSORIES

My daughter may not think clothes make good gifts, but accessories are another story.  She loves umbrellas and has been asking for a pair of rainbow rain boots for as long as I could remember.  With April showers around the corner, maybe rain boots, a rain coat, and an umbrella would make the perfect Easter gifts?

BOOKS

Books make great gifts for any occasion.  A good book could spark curiosity and stimulate discussion.  There are so many good books to choose from.  I ended up picking this funny one about P.J. funnybunny with a message of self love and acceptance and this cute classic (1943) about the baby rabbit Marshmallow.


Would you pick an Easter book or was It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny and Marshmallow
okay choices?

I also saw this Easter sticker book at the local grocery store and it was so pretty inside that I had to get it too.  Besides, I haven’t met a toddler who doesn’t love stickers!

KEEPSAKES

We’ve been trying to teach my daughter about saving and spending concepts and having a jar or bank for her money really helps.  She got some cash for the Lunar New Year last month and has a knack for finding coins.  She has already filled up her little plastic dog bank so a new lamb money bank could make a useful Easter gift.

Lamb Money Bank
These darling yarn Easter Eggs hand-crocheted by Melissa would make a wonderful momento as well.  They are so beautiful!
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What other non-candy gift ideas do you think would be a nice treat for Easter?
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