Today I’m working on an Easter Basket to send to my daughter in Arkansas. I’m not very good about sending things thru the mail, but I thought this would be the perfect occasion. I can (as always) combine a few Pinterest projects with a gift – what could be more efficient? I’m banking on the fact that she won’t really read this, at least before she gets it in the mail. My daughter Brooke told me she never reads my blog unless it’s not about food. She’s uninterested in food, so she might be reading this. I think Lauren is more interested in food so she may skip the Easter Basket stuff.
I’m using a couple of things I’ve already made, including the cute felt Easter Bunny bag and the lemon cookies from yesterday. I also spray painted a little Christmas basket I found up in my attic. It was a very Christmas-y green when I started and now it’s white. I found a cute pink embroidered hand towel or napkin or something that I’m using inside the basket. It’s pretty nice – I almost hate to part with it. Good thing it’s for one of my three favorite daughters!
I stopped at the store and picked up a few items I needed to finish this project. Lots of candy of course and a Starbuck’s gift card because I know Lauren drinks a lot of coffee. That should be a nice little surprise just in time for Easter.
I wanted to dress up the basket, so I added some things from my scrapbook “stash” in the basement. Some ribbon and stick-on decorations made it look more festive. I also put a pretty pink striped paper in the bottom, although you can’t see it in the picture.
I also thought I should add a card and of course thought of the free downloads that are available. I searched until I found a cute Easter card at a site called Inkyco. Wow – so many adorable things there. Here’s the link: ttp://www.inkyco.com.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=271:free-easter-gift-cards&Itemid=111 . I printed it out on a sheet of cardstock and “Voila” – you can see the results. This is the reason I love Pinterest. It seems like you can find almost anything you need.
I also added something I’ve had pinned for quite awhile but never got around to doing. It’s directions for making “tiny bows”. I’ve always wanted to learn how to make better bows and I thought this would be a good way to start. It’s actually pretty easy and just involves a fork and a ribbon. I won’t go into great detail on this because you can see the process if you look at the pin. Sorry, you can’t go to the original site, but I was able to figure it out from the picture on the pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/22518066858961985/. It did work well even for a low-skill crafter such as me.
I’ll get this package in the mail tomorrow and Lauren should have it by Easter. I sure do miss the days of having three little girls at home for the excitement of Easter Egg hunts and all going to church together. But the upside is that I’m not frantically sewing dresses like I used to and of course there’s always the new granddaughter to spoil once she gets up and running!