This Velvet Bunny pattern turned out better than the Valentine Bears I crocheted earlier this year. The grandkids hugged the rabbits as happily as they hugged the bears, but I felt better about how the rabbits turned out. The bears ended up having wobbly necks. Thankfully, Hugs Straighten Everything Out and the kids didn’t seem to mind that the bears were not perfect nor did they notice any imperfections of the rabbits.
The pattern (link above) was easy to follow and had many pictures to help the process. I didn’t embroider a nose, as indicated in the pattern, but used the safety eyes and nose instead. Next I plan to crochet a doll! We will see how that turns out. 🙂
And in today already walks tomorrow. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge
It wasn’t necessary to make a reservation today. Whoever got into one of the every other pews was able to stay. If the church was full, extra space could be found in the commons. If people arrived too late, they wouldn’t be guaranteed a spot. Luckily, my husband, our daughter and her family, and I made it in time and found space inside the church.
The sunny and warm day made it possible for people to dress in their Sunday best. Many wore a mask. Singing was allowed, where once it wasn’t. Today it felt right to be able to sing loudly with the blessing of family by my side. Even though our voices were muffled, the tunes reverberated through the church to sound as they had before the pandemic arrived. There were newer tunes mixed with the old. The older ones I hummed as a child until I learned the words. The newer songs are joyfully nice, but the traditional ones are engrained and bring me to the many Easters I’ve been able to observe. It was good to be able to celebrate Easter mass in a familiar way – a way that felt like coming home again.
Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness. ~Floyd W. Tomkins
As long as I can remember, we’ve colored eggs by gathering coffee mugs and placing the little dye capsule in each mug. We added vinegar, water, and the boiled egg and waited for the eggs to turn different colors. Sometimes we dunked the eggs in different cups, which made them look psychedelic. This year, we tried something different with our grandchildren. We used the Eggmazing Easter Egg Decorator Kit. The egg spins around inside the contraption while the artist holds the marker, which dyes the eggs to make different designs. It was fun entertainment that lasted a long while. There were no cups to wash or a big mess to clean up afterwards.
Our grandkids were very proud of their creations. Papa and Grandma each got to color our own egg. We were happy to watch the kids have fun, but later next week, Papa and I will boil eggs and make our own!
Easter is the only time when it’s perfectly safe to put all of your eggs in one basket. ~Evan Esar
The theme for the Macy’s Flower Show in downtown Minneapolis this year was Art in Bloom. The last day of the Flower Show was yesterday. As usual, I visited the display towards the last days of the show, and some of the flowers were looking a little tired but still beautiful. I enjoyed seeing how the arrangements tied in with the artwork. If you hover your mouse over the bottom of each picture below, you will see how I titled the photos.
The Modern Garden reminded me of Legos, and the flowers below mirrored the scene. There were slide shows projected on different pieces of art. For instance, on the David Statue, different geographical designs were displayed and changed. Plus, many different paintings were projected onto the Bed of Flowers.
Bachman’s did a wonderful job, as usual. Every year I think, this was my favorite display, and this year wasn’t any different!
Mona Lisa on Bed of Flowers
Mirrors on the Ceiling
Art Nouveau Garden
My Favorite – Sunflowers
I’m looking forward to seeing the earth come alive as spring blooms more each day here in Minnesota! Happy Easter!
Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time. ~Martin Luther