|Easter eggs are fun!
Besides her finally getting her new legs working quite well, Easter was an absolute blast! I used to love hunting eggs as a child, and I obviously enjoy hiding them and letting Piper find them now. I have a little less enthusiasm for the dyeing process, however. Seriously, why do the pics on the boxes of dye look so pretty and all my eggs turn out color deformed, to say the least! I used three separate methods of dying; a) the usual dip and soak; b) the spinner contraption method that's supposed to marbleize the eggs with various colors, and c) hand-painted-on dye called "candy apple" eggs for their extreme glossy look.
|The one on the right was okay, sort of.
|Don't be fooled, this dye sucks!
Although the dying of the eggs was less than perfect, and it was kind of a bummer that Piper couldn't help out just yet, (next year she'll be old enough), I did have an absolute blast hand-making her Easter basket. I'm known in the family for my Easter basket making, and this year I was glad to be making one for my own daughter.
I started with a dark brown wicker basket I purchased at Hobby Lobby. I spray painted the basket white and then overcoated it with pink glitter spray paint. After it was dry, I added the various ribbons and fabrics, also purchased at Hobby Lobby. The inside and outside bottom I covered in a purple gingham fabric. I then wrapped the handle in baby pink and baby blue rosette ribbons. Around the outside I added two different styles of ribbon. At the base and very top was a shimmery yet clear ribbon with flowers on it and a cute hot pink trim. Around the middle I added a yellow lace ribbon. I must admit, it turned out absolutely adorable. I guarantee no one else on the planet had the same basket, and that is what I love about hand-making items.
|I think the basket turned out totally awesome!
|Love the butterflies, cause I'm such a girl!
|A view from the top!
|Hard to tell here, but they are adorable!
|The first glitter egg...
|The first PEEP...
|She loves these flowers!
|Seriously carries them everywhere now!
|Who knew something less than a $1 would be so awesome?
|She still trying to figure out the water squirter,
but it does also whistle when its empty
|The indescribable rubber ducky thingy!
|The not so loved feather boa! Give me time,
soon she'll appreciate the Rocky Horrorness of it!
|Yes, I said Rocky Horror!
I grew up on a bootleg copy and used to go to the midnight showings.
She will be a Tim Curry fan if it kills me!
|Plus, salmon is THE color of the season!
|The purple flower is her fav!
|The "baby's first Easter" ducky!
|Testing the taste of the chicken shaped candy ring...does not taste like chicken!
|The PEEPs fascinate her.
|Finally put on the bunny ears!
|And she looks adorable!
|What's in this egg? And where did the ears go?
|It's a stuffed mini bunny!
Now dubbed Bunny Foo-Foo which helps her go poo-poo...
story for another post :)
|Digging for hidden treasures!
|The washable markers, a big hit for sure!
|Always smelling the flowers, real or fake!
After Piper completed her Easter basket rummaging, we then ate some breakfast, she had some boob, took a nap, and then got dolled up to hunt Easter eggs. I absolutely love hunting Easter eggs, and Piper obviously takes after me. Since I am a first-time mom, I overdid the dying and we ended up with three dozen eggs for her to find. A bit much, but she was a trooper! I guess this may be the reason her new walking skills kicked into high gear, because they were hidden starting on the back deck and then all over the back and side yards. They may not have been the prettiest dyed eggs, but Piper didn't care as discovering them was delightful task that she thoroughly enjoyed.
|Nana helping her along.
Note: I'm the only one who knows how to work the fancy cam,
so I had to give up my helping Piper duties to snap the pics.
No way was I going to miss out on Easter pics!
|Aw, a swirly pinkish-purple egg!
|And a yellow one too, woohoo!
|She got the concept of putting them in the basket very quickly...
|See, going right to it...
|And dropping it in....
|Her mode of delivery was lacking, however, as brute
force was sometimes used resulting in a lot of cracked eggs!
|No honey, that's a gazing ball, but nice try!
|Hiding in the grass...
|But not hiding well enough for this little munchkin!
|Aw, isn't she just a darling in that dress?
|I love the angel wings sleeves, just too precious!
|Found another one!
|It's actually one of the pretty ones, too!
|Until the brute force came along...CRACK!
|This one was in the side yard...
|It was a long walk, so Nana helped carry her back...nice ears!
|A blue one!
|And into the basket it goes!
|Don't the eggs look stunning in the basket?
Love that all the colors meshed so well.
|Apprfeciating her collection thus far.
|But still wanting more!
|Trying to hide on the tarp!
|Not exactly good camouflage when you're yellow!
|This was her favorite egg, yellow with green wispy stripes on it.
|Trying to decided if it's worth it to let her favorite one go...
|This one was a hand-painted uber ugly tie-dyed one...
|It was beautiful to Piper!
|She was such a good little hunter!
After all the hunting was completed, we decided to try and take some pretty pics with the fancy cam. First stop, one of the garden walls. Although the setting was pretty, the subject wasn't exactly in picture-posing mode, as has been the case for over a month now. She's way too curious and active to sit still for pictures. I was planning on having professional pictures taken last month, but now I'm thinking of waiting until the fall...maybe then she'll have more hair by then, too.
|Nana getting her positioned...
|Piper considering things...
|Like not wearing the ears...
|But hugging them instead, hahahaha!
That's her question phrase.
Don't ask, it's her own made up baby word!
|No seriously, doi-doi?
(It can also mean give me that, too)
|She's quite the curious and demanding little babe!
|I has a flower!
|See, totally and immediately distracted!
|Wondering what the hell we're trying to get her to do...
|Looking to Papa for answers...
|Now the set-up is complete with basket and ears!
|And finally an accidentally adorable pic!
|I has another flower, smell it!
|Ooooh, a fern!
|And notice she's gotten her favorite egg back in hand...
|But puts it down once more flowers are in hand...
|Maybe I can have both?
|Nope, I prefer the flower! Bye-bye egg!
|They frame her face quite nicely :)
|Smell my flowers!
|What if I ask nicely and with a smile?
|A bigger smile?
|A gigantic smile?
|How about a guffaw?
|Fine, I'll smell them myself!
|Love this pic!
|They really do smell lovely!
|You smell them Papa!
|And you too, Nana!
|You won't regret it!
|Do it, do it now!
|You smell them, too!
|It's so good!
|Can I stuff more in?
As I was about to finish this post up, I ran across some more pictures on my Facebook page that actually have me in them, proving I was there for Piper's first Easter. I'll wrap things up with these...they're random, but I adore them.
|Such a pretty blue egg!
|Contemplating her next move!
|Where the hunt initially began!
|Mama helping her get used to walking in her new sandals before hitting the yard.
|Showing her find to mama :)
|And finally a pic of us together!
As always, I hope you all have enjoyed tromping down memory lane with me today. Wish I could have gotten this post out sooner, but I was too tied up with the All Things Baby Blog Hop and it just got put on the back-burner. Then I somehow managed to accidentally erase it after posting it yesterday, so this is actually a rewrite of the original, sheesh! But hey, I think it may have tuned out even better than the first go round.
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