Paper Bunnies

Today I have a little project for you since Easter will be here soon! I was sorting through a pile of old books I knew nobody here would want because they were written in German. I made myself a little template out of cardboard and traced the bunnies onto some pages (usually I cut through 3 pages at once). Since I don’t like to watch TV “empty handed” this was a nice little project to do on the side. Once you have a few ready,

 

dust off your sewing machine and tread it with some colored or white tread. Set the stitch to -4- (you want a larger stitch) and sew them together, always stop after each paper bunny, lift the foot and pull a few inches before you add the next paper bunny (see picture).

 

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After you reached the desired length, leave an extra few inches and tie a large pearl, a small piece of driftwood or even a large button at the very bottom for some weight. This way the bunnies hang down pretty straight and if there is a bit of a draft in the house they don’t fly all over the place.

If you don’t have a sewing machine and want the kids involved, you can also -sandwich- two bunnies at the time between a piece of twine. That was fun and even  a bit “sturdier”.

 

Like my little bunnies…

 

 

 

 

 

Sunflowers differently…

As a photographer I am always on the lookout for cool photo opportunities. This past fall I decided to let two of my sunflowers that seemed pretty sturdy, standing in my garden instead of pulling them out. I was hoping to photograph them with a nice -hat- of snow on top of them sometime during  winter! At the end of November I received a large crate full of all sorts of Christmas lights from a neighbor. I wanted to use them up but where?  Taddaaa! Who needs a Christmas tree if you have sunflowers eh?

 

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Unfortunately there was never enough snow on top of their heads the way I was hoping because of all the wind we have down here near the lake. I did not do anything to the photo and actually like the orange hue in the snow…

– just a little different –

Stop and smell the roses…before & after

I don’t have a green thumb like my Mom used to have or my sister has. My little Siss grows the most beautiful Orchids while I can’t even keep a cactus alive! My husband gave me a beautiful bouquet of roses the other day for our (25th) Wedding Anniversary! Knowing that he knows (hehe), that I can’t keep plants and cut flowers alive for very long,  it was still nice to shower me with a bunch of roses! Like, who does not like roses right? Sure enough the next morning already this is what they looked like. 😦Rose10I know, it is sad! All my resurrection attempts were unsuccessful so I used the following method to still being able to enjoy the flowers for a long time to come!

I snipped the roses’ heads off about 1″ underneath the flower and discarded the stems. I have this large, rather long, vase that I filled with dry Spanish Moss (Dollar store). On top, as you will see in the pictures further down, I used some excelsior but you could also use some nice green moos that would look very nice too (I just did not have enough for this big container). Next I took some of those roses  and just stuck them right into the excelsior. They now will nicely dry this way and not much else can go wrong from now on! I won’t have to worry about watering them either! If you have some small decorative pearls from the dollar store you could add those also. What you could also do is take a nice ribbon, color of your choice, and tie that all around the vase! Empty

 

 

Rose9Don’t you think this looks pretty? Recycled roses :-).

Still have a few roses left so I used one of my cement candleholders and filled it with a small amount of green moss that I had left from another project. To add some interest I incorporated a chicken feather (also from the Dollar store, I love the Dollar store 😉 and another small pearl plus I tied some twine  around it; voila!

You could use all sorts of containers that you might have around for something like this. How about a teacup with saucer? Even an empty tin can will look lovely dressed up like this. The rest of the rose buds I will take apart and let them dry and use for a future project! Mission accomplished and nothing wasted, except for the stems…