Thursday, April 5, 2012

Happy Easter!


Spring has officially been here for a few weeks, but for me, it never entirely feels like spring has arrived until the Easter weekend. 

Usually by Easter-time, all danger of a significant snowfall has passed. The days have begun to be sunny and warm. It is finally time to get out there and start gardening!



Though we have had the most marvellous of springs, the garden is only just starting to come alive. There are no tulips yet (these pink tulips are store-bought), but there are crocus, little blue scilla and daffodils. 



My container plantings are looking a little scruffy, so I treated myself to some pansies.


Can you tell I adore pansies?


These are small decorative bunny rabbits I picked up a few years ago. The Easter egg in the foreground is hand-painted using acrylic paint and is finished with a spray acrylic varnish.


I always try to make a few decorative eggs each Easter. I also have a collection of ones that I purchased. The pink tissue-flower egg below is from Kate's Garden in Unionville, ON.



To make these eggs, put a hole in either end of a natural egg and remove the contents. Then submerge the eggs in your choice of fabric dye. ( Follow the manufacturer's directions for the fabric dye. The longer the eggs are submerged, the darker the final color.) Gently etch your design by scratching very carefully into the surface of the egg shell with the tip of a sharp knife (the curved hook of a florist's knife works perfectly to etch the surface).


See a few other Easter egg decorating ideas here.


I saw this Easter decorating idea on Pinterest (Yes, I too have become Pinterest obsessed!). 
I had all the components already, so it wasn't hard to put them together. 


Here is hoping that April showers bring May flowers!


I hope that you and your family are have a great Easter weekend!

35 comments:

  1. Great Easter Decor Jennifer! Those bunnies look so real and the eggs are beautiful.

    They are talking about a frost for us tonight so I am thinking I should take some photos of my bleeding hearts because they won't withstand a frost. I have so many plants in full leaf I wouldn't be able to cover them all.

    Happy Easter!

    Eileen

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  2. Happy Easter to you Jennifer, loving the pansies, hope there is still some left to buy when I come home. And I hope we have a chance to connect this spring.

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    1. Deborah, It would be great to meet you. I will be sure to leave a few pansies behind for you! LOL Happy Easter!

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  3. What lovely decorations! I love the tissue paper egg. Like Eileen, we have a frost warning out for tonight and tomorrow--the only decorations I may have outside will be blankets covering tender perennials.

    Have a wonderful Easter!

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  4. Lovely decorations. I like your new header photo. Happy Easter!

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  5. What wonderful and colourful easterpictures.

    Happy easter!
    Åsa

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  6. Ah, the colors of Easter. So sweet. Have a wonderful Easter weekend.

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  7. So beautiful! I love all the vibrant and deep colours and that colour of tulips is my all-time fave!

    Gorgeous decorating, my friend!

    Happy Easter!
    xox

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  8. Very pretty and a very nice Easter to you!

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  9. Your blog is looking fabulous! Happy Easter

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  10. Wow ! Beautiful photographs . I love the riot of colours here! The pansies are so beautiful and the blue and green jars compliment the purple pansies so well,

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  11. Oh my! Easter is just beautiful at your place. You've inspired me to do a little decorating and photographing myself.

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  12. What gorgeous photos, Jennifer!! Your colour combos are incredible - love your blog. Very inspiring! Happy Easter to you too!

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  13. Wonderful eggs and I love the flower pics as well - you always treat us with such gorgeous flowers! :-)

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  14. Your post is full of beautyful colors Jennifer. I wish you a happy Easter too.

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  15. What a neat collection of eggs, and the flowers are as lovely as usual.
    Happy Easter!

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  16. Happy Easter, Jenny !!! Beautiful colours !!!

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  17. Jeniffer girl ! Happy Easter Weekend to YOU !
    These are gorgeous decorations and remind me of my Easters in Holland .. the weather was amazing and the decorations were awesome just like yours !
    Easter "trees" which were willow branches had lots of beautiful eggs, bunnies, chicks, and all sorts hanging from them .. and they actually rooted (the branches ,if in water) I planted them out in our little court yard garden .. the landlord probably yanked it out after we left .. LOL
    Pansies were the first flower I remember as a child and I will never forget that heavenly scent !
    These are fabulous !
    Joy

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  18. What a lovely assortment of Easter Eggs you have, so pretty! Your house will look beautiful for this weekend's celebration, Happy Easter to you and your family.

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  19. Such gorgeous colorful Easter shots! I love those bunnies. They are absolutely adorable.

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  20. Love your decorated eggs - and the fact that you have bothered to do them. Love the violas too.

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  21. Happy Easter Jennifer, you certainly have decorated nicely. Love the pink Gerberas, and of course the pansies. I too am a big fan of pansies... will have to bring in some to enjoy.

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  22. Happy Easter, Jennifer. I love violas. Are there two camps, one for pansies and one for violas?

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    1. Carolyn, You caught me redhanded. I bought pansies and violas. As chance would have it, only the violas made it onto to the page.

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  23. The flowers and eggs are such glorious colours. I like how you used a floral backdrop for the photos. Happy Easter to you.
    -Karen

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  24. Such adorable Easter and spring decorations and all the photos were artfully composed shot. Love the johnny jump-ups in the various colored bottles.

    Happy Easter! Happy Spring!

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  25. Beautiful still lifes ! I love the 5th one down, with all the little bottles gathered with their flowers. I received the book and have enjoyed it so much! Thank you so much for running the give-away, I feel so lucky! I did a post on it today, come look!

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  26. Happy Easter to you too, Jennifer. What a colorful post today, makes me really feel like Springtime.

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  27. Decorating Easter eggs used to be my favourite thing as a kid. I haven't done it in years but now looking at yours I feel like starting again. What a beautiful collection you've got (and those bunnies look awfully real!) I've never heard of etching the shell, that's a neat idea. We used to use kistka - wooden tools to trace wax onto the eggs.

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  28. Now that my kids are older we don't do anything for Easter. But your Easter goodies are so cute I wish I had!

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  29. Congratulations for reinventing the photography of violets. The images are so refreshing.

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  30. Such beautiful pastels in these pictures Jennifer. The little bunnies are so sweet. Hope you had a wonderful Easter.

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  31. Hi Jennifer, they are all beautiful arrangements, even the colorful Easter eggs. But i love most the different varieties of pansies on those cute colored bottles. What is the vaselife of those pansies in your spring temperatures?

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    1. Andrea, When picked the little violas and pansies last quite few days in fresh water.

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