Easter- a day to remember the sadness and the gladness of Jesus' sacrifice for us.
But it's also a time of gifts to others, of chocolate, Easter eggs and joy.
I searched the stores and supermarkets yesterday for Easter gifts for my family and friends. Have you bought your gifts, yet?
There were wall-to-wall shelves of identical Easter eggs...perhaps some different wrappers and maybe a few size variations but sooo.. similar.
I did find some gourmet chocolate eggs and yes, they looked amazing with gooey sweet centres and crushed nut coatings or hand-decorated varieties. But they were expensive, and big. And, with today's greater emphasis on good health and nutrition, I didn't really want to overload my kids with sugar.
So, I decided to create something handmade instead.. something that I could individualise to some degree for each person.. something that need not necessarily be a huge sugar overdose.
And also... importantly... something that wouldn't take long to make.
What is it?
Simple! A Easter bunny and eggs design printed onto 2 sheets of card and used to frame a small mug or container of Easter gifts. You could also use it to frame a clear, cellophane or a coloured paper bag of gifts, too.
The materials won't cost much. In fact, you may have almost everything you need already. It takes no more time than what's needed to print, cut out and assemble. And, you can add anything you wish to the container- Easter eggs, chicks, candies, decorations, even a voucher or movie ticket.
You'll find a list of needed materials;
and the slideshow below provides you with simple directions for creating this gift.
* Free downloadable file (see below)
* 2 x A4 sheets of card
* glue stick
* double-sided tape
* small glass/plastic mug (approx 8-9cm high)
* small Easter eggs, candies, decorations, gift items
'How to..' instructions:
....specially blended to fill each day with delight.
It had been a big day... well, huge, really! I didn't want to even think about everything that had needed my attention; or those other tasks, unexpected but still crucial, that had filled every spare spot of my day. And now, all I wanted was to collapse at home and unwind.
Have you had days like that? But you know, even relaxing on the lounge with a hot cup of peppermint tea balanced precariously on my knee, I still couldn't unplug my thoughts. Sigh....... My mind just clicked over and over, rethinking and reliving the day.
Those are the times when I really enjoy sifting through the inspirational content on Instagram- those fresh and creative ideas, beautiful images... anything and everything except the ordinary.
Give your mood a lift
If you're looking for something a bit different- a new experience or fresh ideas to relax with and enjoy- then let me introduce you to some imaginative content. The following list of Instagram accounts has been specially blended to give your mood a lift and fill your day with delight- family focus, fun, beautiful food ideas, inspirational content, stylish decor and even a bit of cuteness thrown in.
Check these out.....
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.