I've been having fun planning for Daughters' (and Daughters' Boyfriends) Easter baskets. (They occasionally read this blog -- BACK OFF, GIRLIES! STOP HERE!) Sure, I could go out and buy a bunch of stuff. But why do that when there are some easy-to-do ideas out there on the Internet?
Like Frugal Upstate's 'Halloween Hand' -- except mine will be 'Easter Bunny paws,' complete with caramel corn and jelly bean 'nails.'
Then, tie-dyed Easter eggs. (Maybe the squares of fabric used will be permanent enough to use elsewhere. I'll heat-set them wet, and hope that does the trick.) Daughter #2 and her boyfriend tend to have a hippie thing going on, and would appreciate these.
And the 'baskets' to put them in -- only mine will be papier mache bowls that look like this. Saw them in a recent magazine -- can't remember if it was Country Living or Real Simple -- and thought they'd be perfect for Daughter #1 and her boyfriend, who are both writers. (The bowls are made of shredded book pages...words, words, words!) The how-to is here -- leave the outer edges of the bowl raggedy, to simulate the uneven look of grass in a basket.
(Crafting in A Green World, the source for the eggs and basket projects, is full of interesting ideas to make good use of your time and available bits and pieces.)
I'll also pop in a box of mints, a candy bar, jelly beans and Cadbury eggs, the obligatory chocolate bunny, and some bunny-shaped sugar cookies. And a video, an Easter tradition for the Bricks.
Working on this is doodly stuff, but it has all the fun of slowly collecting things for the girlies' Christmas stockings. The same feeling I had, pouring 'tea' into tiny metal cups, for my dollies, or carefully rearranging furniture in the dollhouse. Doing something to give pleasure to the ones I love.