An Easter Tree April 02 2015
Gabriella and I had the best afternoon ever doing Easter crafts yesterday.
I’m a big fan of Easter decorations, and Gabriella spend some of her early years growing up in Germany so appreciates the enormous fuss that Germans make over Easter. I made an impromptu trip to Berlin last week and combined with a bit of wandering and a bit of daydreaming I lapped up the Easter vibes. Every shop window is decorated for the season, and the department stores have whole floors dedicated to the celebration of Easter; rows and rows of pastel decorations and chocolate bunnies wrapped in gold covering every available surface. My favourites are the vintage wooden decorations, like this wooden bunny that Gabriella has, a part of her mum’s collection from the time they lived in Germany. So as well as enjoying the Easter displays in the big shops (Kaufhof am Alex, Potsdamer Platz Arkaden), I planned some time to visit some second-hand shops too. I’ve never really been to many in Germany before and they’re quite different to the ones over here. Donations are a lot more mixed up and you have to have a good old rifle through lots of rubbish to find the good stuff. But your efforts will be well rewarded… when you do find something you love, it will be very reasonably priced. The best shop I found was Humana at Frankfurter Tor (Head here after having a huge German breakfast for 6€ on Simon-Dach-Str then wandering up past the boutiques on Niederbarnimstr.). With 5 floors of second-hand stuff, it’s very tidily laid out and split into departments including vintage fashion through the decades, and even a GDR nostalgia section. In the homewares department I found some beautiful vintage Easter decorations and snapped them up at just 10 and 50c a pop.
These are my favourites...
So yesterday we built my Easter Tree (Gabriella made hers weeks ago) collecting an array of twigs from The Garden House and a selection of Spring flowers; hellebores, an array of daffodils and some snowdrops.
Aside from that we made some Easter decorations too.
We both made Easter egg homes for chicks by carefully cracked the side of some eggs, emptying them out and placing moss and some tiny chicks inside. In order to hang it on your Easter Tree you have to make a tiny hole at the top first with a needle before you crack the sides, then thread some cotton through this hole. Do this all very delicately and slowly, it’s really hard to get right without smashing the egg completely.
Gabs pimped an egg with gold dots (she blew out the egg then carefully inserted drawing pins into it – it was nerve wracking stuff).
And I made one of Messyla’s giant daffodils. It’s going to be an Easter present for someone special.
Apart from that the most amazing news is that hens are laying again! There was great excitement when we opened the hatch yesterday to discover some eggs, and another one this morning…
Have a happy Easter everyone, and let us know if you try some Easter crafting of your own.