Ooooooh I've just recovered from having a bit of a hissy fit here in the Attic. It was not a pretty sight. I had made myself a coffee and tripped up the two flights of stairs all excited to be writing todays post because I'd taken some lovely photographs during yesterday and was really excited to show you. Push the ON button on the computer and nothing. None of the usual whirring of power. Complete silence. Ahhhrrrggghhhh!!! Straight on phone to J :: WHat HAs HApPenEd to the computer, it's DEAD!!! Try to control my voice, try not to sound panicky, try to hide the rising hysteria and alarm. He calmly tells me he Broke the power switch last night by Jabbing it too hard. JABbING?????!!!! What were you doing JABbinG at the computer, my photos are all on there, all my lovely Easter Decorating photos and now I can't get at them!!! He makes some sort of remark about HA thats stopped me from wasting time blogging today......so I ask him if he Jabbed on purpose, if he sabotaged the computer to deliberately keep me from my blog. Laughter. He laughs, and I feel very silly. I recognise the symptoms of Addiction, and I feel a little ashamed. I am truly addicted to my blog :: yikes, I am an Addict.
So what do I do??? I do what most Addicts do and take STEps to get my Fix that's what. I get my camera. I re-take photos of Easter Decs. I locate J's big laptop, the one he doesn't much care for me using. And I commandeer it. Upload my photos onto it, and here I am, getting my fix for the day, feeding my addiction. Phewwww, it was a close call.
Had a super-lovely day here at Attic24 yesterday. Ahhh it was really great! The weather was glorious, see the view from the Attic window yesterday afternoon, isn't the colour of that sky just perfect?
We didn't go anywhere, it was a stay-at-home day. The Little People played outside almost the whole day with various friends coming and going. I baked banana bread, supplied endless snacks, drinks, sandwiches, and many buckets of soapy water for car/scooter/bike washing. Wiped tears, cheered races, picked up, tidied up, supervised, cuddled, scolded. And in between all that I did Eastery Things.
I was mostly by myself this year, which was kind of bitter sweet. You may remember last years post about decorating for Easter? It was a full-on affair with me and the Little People doing it as a three-some. This year, they were too busy playing outside to want to stop and come in to help much. I was secretly quite happy to be puttering around on my own, arranging things, creating little displays, but it didn't hold quite the same level of excitement without the extra four Little Hands.
First up was my table display. On Friday last week I visited all eight of my town's charity shops, searching for a bowl to plant some narcissi into, but with no luck. So in the end, I found an old tin down in the cellar to use. It's a Christmas tin (with a reindeer on the lid), but the bottom of the tin, blue with white spots, seemed OK to use for Easter. Into the tin I popped a pot of spring flowers (narcissi, a primula and a hyacinth) which I'd bought for a few pounds from the supermarket. Stuffed the rest of the tin around the flowerpot with scrunched up newspaper and put a layer of white decorative stones all over the top.
It made the perfect place to put coloured foil wrapped chocolate eggs (already seriously depleted I might add), along with some beautiful painted wooden eggs and a knitted hen which I bought last week from the gift shop (the shop with the half price yarn). Isn't the hen sooo cute?
Next up I made an Easter Tree, using two stems of fake blossom which I bought a few years ago. Down to the cellar (again) to retrieve the Easter Box and unpack my collection of decorations ::little painted wooden eggs, felt birds and flowers, fluffy chicks and a cute nest.
Little Lady came in at this point to begin helping, so you can see the nest got rather overcrowded, as did a few of the branches...but it looks very sweet I think.
The fake blossom is quite delightful actually (it came from Dunelm Mill a few years ago, and was not expensive at all). And after reading Janes post last week about her collection of fake flowers, I am really seeing artificial blooms in a new light...might have to start looking out for more.
I had been hoping to make some new easter decorations for this year, but somehow the time ran out. I still really like these running ducks though (bought from ebay a few years ago), but would have liked to have made my own. I'm thinking on creating a permanent twigs-in-jug type display to keep up all year round, so that I can make some lovely little birds and flowers to brighten up a corner.
These little felt egg cosy's were also hiding in the Easter Box. I had forgotten about them actually, and was really pleased to see them again. Made them last year on a whim one night, after seeing them on the Yvestown blog.
Ahhh candy-coated chocolate mini eggs....so pretty, so yummy and so very very Eastery for me. I cannot contemplate an Easter season without them. I've been buying them for the last few weeks, popping one or two into the Little Peoples packed lunch boxes every day, and one or two into my own mouth every day too.
I made crispy nests yesterday too look...would like to tell you that like last year the Little People begged me to make them, joined in the melting-chocolate appreciation, scrabbled to lick out the bowl afterwards...but nope, sadly I did this all by myself. And that included licking out the bowl. Shame on me.
And lastly, I finally found time to do some eggs. We (Little Man and I) have been blowing them out over the last couple of days (using the egg to make Frittata, pancakes, banana bread, buns) and last night I sat down and painted a few of them ready for decorating. I used some emulsion paint tester pots to paint them with, which worked out great :: the tester pots (from Focus) are the sort that come with their own brushes attached to the lids. I love paint and paint charts, love the names of the colours. These eggs (clockwise, starting top left) are painted in :: Tea Tree, Raspberry Delight, Raspberry Smoothie, Seychelle Blue, Lemon Fizz and Ice Pink. Lovely.
Will show you tomorrow if I can get the Little People to sit down and apply themselves to decorating them. Or maybe I might just sit myself down and have a little quiet Creative Moment when the Little ones take themselves off outside to play.
Hope you're having fun this week whatever you are up to, hope the sun is shining, and hope you are happy. See you tomorrow...