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jesus dyed for you

April 18, 2014

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jesus dyed for you!

i agree with amanda, from wit and whistle. i think it probably makes Jesus sad on Easter if we put more emphasis on colorful eggs and chocolate bunnies than on remembering the sacrifice he made for us. i think jesus has a pretty good sense of humor though, and i like to think about him giggling over this card (just me?). i hope you all enjoy this long weekend and as you dye easter eggs and eat lots of sweets, remember what jesus did for us as well. ♥

see you on monday! xo

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easter greetings!

March 26, 2013

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handmade easter cards

jesus dyed for you | floral easter egg | spring rabbit

easter is just around the corner! it’s one of my favorite times of year as i joyfully welcome the beginning of spring, warmer weather and sprouting buds. we’re especially excited for it this year, as we’re hosting a little gender reveal easter egg hunt at our house (we found out what we’re having yesterday!!!). i’ll be sure to post the results next week. :) i also love giving sweet (or humorous) easter cards to our families, and above are a few favorites i’ve spotted thus far.

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decorating easter eggs

March 14, 2013

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easter egg diy's

since we never had eggs in the house (and i feel too guilty buying them for just their shells), i’ve decided to pass on decorating eggshells this year. it’s such a fun tradition though, i couldn’t help but share with you some of the beauties i’ve spotted! i am especially loving the ones with gold accents. it’s times like these where i really miss my hens, they were so fun to take care of! i don’t miss eating eggs though.. so i guess that’s that..

are you decorating eggshells this year? what is your diy style of choice?

1 | painterly pastel eggs 2 | happy spring 3 | diy pantone eggs 4 | golden marbled easter eggs 5 | gold leaf easter eggs 6 | everyday decorating easter eggs 7 | golden marbled easter eggs

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diy bunny with a baby

March 11, 2013

DIY bunny with a baby (1)

happy monday, friends! i was so excited when kata golda recently contacted me about doing a diy for her adorable bunny with a baby. it’s really easy to make and in perfect time for easter! it would be a great gift for little ones, or an adorable addition to a nursery or easter collection. kata golda is a talented handmade artist who loves working with hand dyed wool felt and hand stitching. if she’s new to you, be sure to check out her website featuring all things cute and felt (i especially love her nature pals series).

pssst.. not interested in getting crafty? you can purchase this bunny with a baby from kata golda right here.

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MATERIALS YOU’LL NEED:

- Bunny with Baby template
- 3 pieces of wool felt: 2 colors for the bodies and 1 for the pocket (use the template to gauge dimensions)
- Stuffing (polyester fiberfill, wool, bamboo, or cotton)
- Embroidery floss (This thread is 6-ply and is easily separated; most patterns use 1–3 plies.)
- Optional: sewing machine and thread (should you choose to machine stitch the seams of your bunnies)

TOOLS YOU’LL NEED:

- Paper scissors
- Fabric scissors
- Sharp snips
- Hand sewing needle (sharp and with a large enough eye to thread embroidery floss)

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STITCHES YOU’LL USE:

- Straight stitch
- Running stitch
- Double Running stitch
- Whip stitch
- Blanket stitch

Unfamiliar with these stitches or just need a refresher? Download Kata Golda’s Guide to Basic Stitches.

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INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP 1
Print the template and cut out the template pieces with paper scissors. Then place the pieces on the felt and cut out the felt shapes with fabric scissors.

STEP 2
In the front pieces of both the little and big bunny bodies, use small snips to pierce the felt and cut out holes for the ears.

STEP 3
Little bunny: Stitch the face and hands on the little bunny using 3-ply black embroidery floss. Satin stitch the eyes directly below the center of each ear; use a double runningstitch to create the nose, mouth and hands.

Big bunny: Place the pocket and hand pieces on the front of the body, using a running stitch to attach them. Make sure you don’t stitch the top of the pocket closed — only stitch the top of the pocket through the green felt, but then stitch through all 3 felt layers at the places where the hands overlap the pocket. You’ll only sew through 2 pieces of felt along the bottom of the pocket.

STEP 4
To determine the location of the big bunny’s facial features, place the top layer of the little bunny in the pocket. Ideally the eyes are placed on the outside of each of the little bunny’s ears and the nose/mouth is placed between the ears. Sew on the features just as you did for little bunny.

STEP 5
To assemble the big bunny lay the front of the body (with pocket), facing up, on top of the matching back. Make sure the edges align, and choose how you’d like to stitch the edges together:

By hand: With 2-ply thread, whip stitch around the inner edges of the ears. Starting on one of the sides, blanket stitch around the outer edge of the bunny, leaving an opening along the side to add stuffing.

By machine: Machine-sew a straight stitch around the inner edges of the ears, and then continue around the outer edge of the bunny, leaving an opening along the one of the sides to add stuffing.

Repeat these steps for the little bunny, and add stuffing to both bunnies.

STEP 6
To finish each bunny, continue your stitch & close the hole. If you are using a machine, finish by sewing a straight stitch around the outer edges of the bunny (the outer edges should have 2 lines of stitching around it).

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NOTES & TIPS:

A nice length to hand sew with a piece of thread is about 18″ long. (Longer lengths are frustrating to work with as they tangle easily.)

To separate the 6-ply floss ,start in the middle of the floss strand and gently, slowly pull off 2 strands (together at the same time).

Try to keep the stitch depth and length consistent. When whip stitching and blanket stitching, try to make your stitch length and depth between 1/8″ – 1/4″.

Need materials for this project? Simply contact Kata Golda for a small bundle of hand-dyedwool felt, embroidery floss, and recycled polyester fiberfill stuffing for $15.

Just need the felt? Bundles of wool felt squares in various colors are also available from Kata Golda, and include ten sheets of 6.5″ x 6.5″ hand-dyed felt.

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march gift guide

March 5, 2013

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march gift guide

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9

a handmade gift guide for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays… or for no reason at all!

fun facts for march:

>> international women’s day – march 8th
>> saint patricks day – march 17th
>> sun earth day – march 18th
>> easter – march 31st
>> first day of spring – march 20th

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happy easter!

April 6, 2012

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happy easter!

happy easter, folks!

i’m taking a teeny blog break to celebrate easter and heading down south to get away with david this weekend! i hope each of you have a family-filled weekend full of love, laughter and easter eggs.

here’s a snippet from my favorite online/iphone bible reader, you version:

The earth shook with the news. He is not here; He is risen! And in that moment, joy replaced despair, hope pushed past fear, and life conquered death, not just that day, but for eternity. We celebrate the resurrection of Christ for what it meant then and what it means for us every day- a sacrifice that brings forgiveness, renewal, and peace to any of us who put our faith in Jesus.

i’ll be reading the story of easter this weekend and hope that we all might experience a rebirth and renewal that courses through our hearts and minds, spilling over into our lives and our communities throughout the year!

happy weekend, friends! love, bonnie

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last week, i was so excited to have my dear friend katie daisy and her country-folk-singing-beau, luke redfield, come stay with us. they were able to take a quick break from their road trip around the country to swing by our humble abode and rest for a bit.

for those of you who might not be familiar with katie’s work, you should hop over and take a glance at it before reading the rest of this post. she’s not only the most talented artist i know, but her work represents a much bigger purpose. beneath the fluttering butterflies and spring colors lies a deeper meaning. each piece overflows with katie’s beautiful soul and longing to make the world a more joyful place. her work is heartfelt, stunningly beautiful and an inspiration to so many people!

much like her artwork, katie is full of life, energy and good vibes. she is ever so kind, lovely and intentional with her day to day life. i am so blessed to have her as a friend, and as i know many of you enjoy her work, i thought you might like to take a glimpse into the few days we spent together!

frolicking with katie dasiy

along with our many adventures of visiting the farmer’s market, walking amongst the lavender fields and feeding the ostriches (say, what?) we of course took some time to paint!

frolicking with katie dasiy

frolicking with katie dasiy

frolicking with katie dasiy

frolicking with katie dasiy

we stayed up late (really late) a few nights and painted together. i’m no expert so i enjoyed watching katie’s process and tried to soak up every little detail along the way. can you guess which side of the table i was painting on? :)

frolicking with katie dasiy

i especially enjoyed watching katie prep some art for a new project she’s working on. she looks pretty good at my computer, right? i’m thinking she should just move in..

frolicking with katie dasiy

and perhaps our favorite moment? when we realized we’re going to have to start collecting sunglasses to use as camera filters. (can you see me in the reflection? click on the picture to make it bigger!)

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oh, and happy easter!

April 21, 2011

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happy easter! {the mini duckling duckie}

oh, and happy easter! i’ll be taking tomorrow off in honor of good friday but want to wish each of you a joy filled weekend with yummy food and time spent with family! our move date is this weekend (AH!) so we’ll be on the road and unpacking for a few days. i’ve got several super-awesome guest posts lined up for you for the beginning of next week, and i’ll be back either on wednesday or thursday- writing to you from our new humble abode!

a little easter verse! “Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die..” John 11:25-26

love and light to you! xox, bonnie

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