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My daughter and I made a lot of bunnies out of clothespins and paint. (Can you spot which ones were done by a five-year-old?)

Clothespin Easter Bunnies

 

I nested some of them into tiny Easter Baskets, surrounded by shred made from vintage foil gift wrap.

Bunnies in Easter baskets

 

They have “eggs” made from painted and glittered acorns.

Easter baskets with clothespin bunnies and glittered acorn "eggs."

 

And here are the chick-in-basket versions. The basket looks like a hatched egg. These are available in my shop.

Chicks in Easter egg baskets

Happy Easter!

 

I recently completed a commission for custom monogram pillows.

The first one, for a Ms. T., addresses her love of Pink and Bunnies. To that end, a cotton bunny with dotted swiss ears has been appliquéd to a fleece T-shaped pillow.

Besides the long dollars, one bonus for owning a huge multinational conglomerate, er, I mean a wee crafts business, is that I get feedback from real, live customers. It is my understanding that Ms. T loved her pillow so much that she removed every other pillow from her bed, put her new pillow in the place of honor, then stated, “I love that pillow!”

Fleece monogram bunny pillow

The next pillow, for a Ms. V., involves a cotton giraffe with silver ricrac necklace, which has been appliquéd to a fleece, V-shaped pillow. I heard that Ms. V. curled up and fell asleep on hers in two minutes flat.  I take that to mean she likes it, and finds it comfy.

Fleece monogram giraffe pillow

And lastly, the pillow for Ms. S. addresses her love of Pink and Daisies. Dotted swiss daisies with wool felt capitulua cover this fleece pillow.  I just got a new circle cutting tool, which was great for popping out perfect felt circles for this one.

Fleece monogram daisy pillow

I have been making more fleece “guys” and bunnies (and monsters, not pictured) and am enjoying tweaking the colors a bit. Hot pink noses on pale pink bunnies are fun, I must say.

Fleece guys and bunnies

This latest batch went to live at Lili, Meili and Beau, a well-edited baby/kid/mom shop in a former pharmacy shop space in Montclair, NJ.

Fleece guys and bunny at Lili, Meili and Beau in Montclair, NJ

Two guys and a bunny keep an eye on passers-by from the shop window.

Fleece guy at Lili, Meili and Beau in Montclair, NJ

Hello there!

Spun Cotton bunnies

After, like, 30 years of adoring spun cotton figures, I finally tried making my own, inspired by the hugely talented Crystal Hanehan’s spun cotton segment on the Martha show. These Easter beasts were hand-spun onto wire armature, painted, then dressed and accessorized. They have thread whiskers.

Spun Cotton bunny with spool basket

The girl bunny is wearing a silver miniskirt with pink sash and flower, and is holding an Easter basket fashioned from a vintage thread spool, purple thread intact. The basket’s handle and fill are pipe cleaners, and the eggs inside are pink felt. She stands on a crepe paper bed of grass that has been wrapped in off-white satin ribbon. She is 8″ tall, from the tips of her ears to the bottom of her base.

Spun Cotton bunny with bird in nest

The boy bunny is wearing a blue bowtie, and is holding a nest fashioned from an acorn cap, complete with bird. He stands on a base wrapped in origami paper and grosgrain ribbon. He’s 7″ tall, from the tips of his ears to the bottom of his base.

Spun Cotton Chick in skirt

This chick sports a crepe paper and seam binding ribbon skirt, and is finished with vintage felt wings, a pink felt beak, and fuzzy chenille stem feet and legs.

Spun Cotton Chick in skirt detail

Birds-bum view.

Vintage-style Cotton Batting Bunny in BasketThe details and date have been confirmed, and I’m excited to announce I’m leading the next Parcel Workshop!

If you’re local or local-ish to Montclair, NJ, we’d love to see you! (People came from as far as Brooklyn and down the shore for the last one. Impressive.)

Here are the details, direct from Parcel:


Introducing little mr. bunny…

He will be the guest star of parcel’s upcoming spring workshop!

Please join him and our crafty team, instructed by the talented heather donohue (of velvet acorn fame and other small delights she’s lovingly made for parcel).

THE DETAILS:

THURSDAY, APRIL 1ST (NO FOOLIN’!)

7 UNTIL 9 PM

PARCEL, 559 BLOOMFIELD AVENUE

MONTCLAIR, NJ 07042

$40 {includes materials and packaging similar to our parcel sweet shoppe sampler , shown below:}

parcel sweet shoppe sampler

parcel sweet shoppe sampler

PERFECT EASTER HOSTESS OR CHILD’S GIFT,

OR A KEEPER FOR YOUR

OWN COLLECTION!!

AS USUAL, FIRST 10 COMMITTED CRAFTERS GET THE SPOTS.

Please CALL the store at 973.744.7700 or EMAIL NANCY (info [at] shopparcel.com) with a cc# FOR YOUR RESERVATION.

YUMMY REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED AND SPRING SHOPPING WELCOME!

15% OFF ALL EVENING

HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US!

XO PARCEL

973.744.7700

WWW.SHOPPARCEL.COM

Vintage-style Cotton Batting Bunny in Basket

This guy was inspired by a similar rabbit in my personal collection that was made in Occupied Japan. This bunny’s body is made of cotton batting, his limbs are vintage pipe cleaners, he holds a pipe cleaner carrot with feather top, and his ears are paper. His nose, mouth and eyes are hand-sewn.

His basket is made of paper and vintage pipe cleaners.

Vintage-style Cotton Batting Bunny
The rabbit shown without basket. He’s not attached, so he can get out and hop around if he gets bored.

Cotton Batting Bunnies, new and old
The rabbit shown, left, with his vintage brother, right.

Happy Easter!

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