Hannah: The first few months of this year rang to the tune of coughing and sneezing, of the foily snap of the paracetamol packet, and the sound of teaspoons chinking in mugs as I made yet another hot drink to ease my throat. So when Spring first arrived, evident in the first of the crocus poking through the cold soil, my heart gladdened. We decided to celebrate Spring in a big way, aided by the unseasonal and wholly welcome spring sunshine. Because, boy, was I ready for winter to end.
Frankie-Rose is now old enough to sit with me at the kitchen table and focus on a craft for decent length of time. I am over the moon about this, having dreamt of these rosy crafting scenarios as far back as pregnancy (and beyond, if I’m honest). Seeing Elfie and Davina craft together only made me more excited. I decided that we'd paint some eggs together, something Frankie was very excited about partaking in! I love the symbolism behind Easter eggs. Eggs have been a symbol of life since ancient times, as well symbolising Jesus’ resurrection from the tomb, so the Easter egg represents new life in lots of different ways. We painted a combination of wooden eggs and blown hen eggs. I prepared the blown eggs first, coating the inside and outside in watered down modge podge then spray painting them white.
Frankie then painted the eggs with fluro orange paint. We used acrylic paint on Davina’s advice; nice application, better variety of colours and it generally looks so much nicer than poster paint. Once the orange layer had dried outside, she then added some pink fluro paint. The hard bit was distracting a paint obsessed toddler while we waited for the paint to dry in between colours, (dancing, getting naked- her, not me- and emptying the tupperware cupboard did it in the end) but it was worth it for the end result. I let her go paint crazy with 6 of her very own eggs too. Once she was in bed later I added some yellow acrylic, carefully painting around and accentuating her marks, then I added some dots and little lines with a black marker. So our eggs were a true collaboration! I used my trusty glue gun to attach ribbon and wool to the tops, then hung them on branches in the kitchen
We have a large stick hanging above our kitchen table which all year round which we use to display seasonal decorations. We were planning an Easter dinner party (more on that later) so I decided to bedeck my stick in all things Spring. I glue-gunned some bakers string to some pretty glass jars I have and arranged flowers in them from my local florist and my garden.
I then decorated my stick with the flowers in jars, and some egg garlands, which were a combination of the eggs Frankie and I made together and the wooden eggs I've collected. I also added some fringe garland too, and I absolutely loved the result. It was like sitting underneath a magical forest canopy. Well, thats what I though at around 11pm when I'd had a glass or 2 of sparkles, anyway...