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An Easter Tree April 02 2015

Easter Tree by What You Sow

Gabriella and I had the best afternoon ever doing Easter crafts yesterday.

Easter Tree by What You Sow

Easter Tree by What You Sow

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.

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These are my favourites...

Easter Tree by What You Sow

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.

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Ta dah...

Easter Tree by What You Sow

Easter Tree by What You Sow         Easter Tree by What You Sow

Easter Tree by What You Sow

Easter Tree by What You Sow

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.

Easter Tree by What You Sow

Easter Tree by What You Sow          Easter Tree by What You Sow

Easter Tree by What You Sow

Gabs pimped an egg with gold dots (she blew out the egg then carefully inserted drawing pins into it – it was nerve wracking stuff).

Easter Tree by What You Sow

Easter Tree by What You Sow

And I made one of Messyla’s giant daffodils. It’s going to be an Easter present for someone special.

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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…

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Have a happy Easter everyone, and let us know if you try some Easter crafting of your own.

Easter Tree by What You Sow


The miniature succulent eggshell garden - a simple but striking Easter gift to make April 18 2014

I always had myself down as one of the people who used a veg box scheme.

But sadly, after trialling the Abel & Cole scheme for a month earlier this year, and ending up with a fridge full of wrinkly vegetables after said month, I discovered that I am just not cut out for it. It’s a tough pill to swallow but I’m doing my best to deal with it.

However I was extremely successful at munching my way through all the very tasty eggs that we ordered alongside the box each week. So now I’m happy to be able to show you how I recycled the eggshells into a gorgeous little Easter present. 

If you’ve left it too late to do any time intensive crafting and don’t want to buy a plain old chocolate egg for someone special this Easter, follow our instructions to make an eggshell garden.

If you need some inspiration for egg consumption, I can strongly recommend you try making huevos rancherostortilla de patata or these quite phenomenal crème egg brownies.

Once you have enough eggs, you can get started on your miniature garden which you can decorate very quickly and stylishly with semi circles to make a quite striking Easter gift.

You will need:

Clean eggshells

Compost

A fork

Tiny succulents

An egg cup

Adhesive dots

Scissors

Egg carton

The preparation starts early.When eating the eggs, be very careful as you crack the shell and just try to remove the very tip. Then rinse the shell under warm water with a teeny bit of washing up liquid (ecover, obvs) and leave to dry.

Carefully use the scissors to cut through the centre of a line of dots to make your semi circles.

Place your first eggshell in the egg cup and stick the semi circles onto the outside of the shell in the design of your choice. Be super carefully not to press too hard throughout the process in case you crack the eggshell (It’s always useful to have a few spares just in case)

Once you have decorated 6 eggshells, fill each one with a small amount of compost ( I found it easiest to use a fork to do this) and push the compost down gently using your finger.

Carefully remove one of your tiny succulents from it’s pot and place onto the compost. Then top up with a little bit more soil, gently pressing down to secure the succulent firmly into place.

Instead of using succulents you can use seedlings too if you have sown some. They would look adorable, and you can plant the eggshells straight out into the garden or allotment.

Place the finished eggshell planters into your egg carton then dribble a tiny amount of water into each eggshell.

Close the lid and decorate with ribbon ready to give as a present. The plant will grow and thrive for years to come and can be potted on once it is large enough to go into a bigger pot. So much nicer than a chocolate egg, don’t you think?

 

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