Back in February Jen Jockisch posted a Letter Monogram project on the American Crafts blog (in her project she made a large letter A on card stock, covered it with buttons and brads, then framed it). After seeing it I knew I wanted to try one (especially since I have an overabundance of buttons, flowers, brads and beads in my craft stash). For my Easter Egg project I used an 8x10 flat canvas stretched onto cardboard, traced a large paper egg, and started punching holes. After filling in most of the egg with brads I then started layering bits and pieces in the bare spots. When I was done I added the velvet letters and punched a hole in the top to hang it with ribbon. This was a fun project, I love that it reminds me of the jewelry trees my neighbor made on green velvet when I was a child. And because I only made a small dent in my embellishment collection I know I'm going to have to try it again for another holiday.
Oh how I love these few and far between, somewhat sunny, not too rainy days like the one we had today, the kind of day when there is just enough good weather that I can't concentrate on anything inside and have to go out and get my hands into some dirt, especially when I am accompanied by my best garden helper:This year I gave Emma a raised bed of her own, if you look closely at the next photo you can see her casting dozens of seeds everywhere (as of today the radishes are starting to poke through the soil- in some really unique spots.)The only snail lover in the family.I truly do not know how she is doing it but Emma keeps finding carrots from last year in the ground (maybe I should go back and look at the photo of her seed casting technique for my answer...)Today we planted strawberry plants, peas, and have a few dozen tomatoes sprouting in Ben's bedroom window.
I love you spring, and especially when you grant me one of these sweet garden days.
Along with a not-so-convincing "school is cancelled today Mom" by Ben, this, so far, is are only other practical joke of the day- brought over and put in our garden by my parents, already christened "Ben and Emma" by the three year old.