Saturday, March 14, 2009

Decorating for Easter

The sun is shining, the snow is melting s-l-o-w-l-y but surely and the temperature is supposed to be above freezing for the next five days. Can Spring be far away?

My husband left for the BIG city at around 7:00 this morning which allowed me uninterrupted time to do "stuff". What better day than to put out my Easter and Spring decorations? No sooner had Sam pulled out of the driveway, I found myself downstairs in our utility room locating the large bin labeled "Easter".

I love decorating for the seasons. I usually leave the "treasures" out for about a month so by the time the next year rolls around, everything seems like new and a surprise all over again. First, I decided to empty the entire bin on my kitchen table and counters, just to take stock of what was there. Yikes! Every year the inventory seems to multiply...maybe because there are bunnies in there? (wink)

I started with the kitchen. Even Mac got into the act, basking in the warm sunshine. Lots of rabbits and chenille carrots to whet his appetite.

And a closer look...

And more Easter stuff scattered about the kitchen, perhaps too small to see.

Next comes the entryway by the front door.

Then down the hall...chicks, or chooks as they say in Oz...and rabbits galore.

And further down the hall, the Easter tree and chocolate rabbit.

Next comes the den.

And another angle of the den with the penny rug that I made last year.

I didn't realize I had so much stuff. Then there's the great room with hand made woolen eggs in the trencher and Easter pillows on the sofa.

And there's even Easter stuff in the bathroom!

Mr. Hopkins is having a little siesta on an Easter-y colored Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt.

There's more if you can believe it but before you think I've completely lost it, I'd better stop here.
Just to make this quilt-erly, the table topper in the first two photos is a quilt that I made from 1930's reproduction fabrics a couple of months ago and just picked up yesterday from the gal who does my machine quilting. It's a William Morris design that I found as a free pattern on the internet.
Happy stitching!


The Piece Maker said...

I am not sure how I found your blog...but I am so happy to see another painting...quilting...fabric collecting...lots of crafty stuff.. Ontario Canada I know I am not alone. Everything looks so beautiful...I will be back to read some more.

Pat said...

Your home is beautiful Kaaren. I love all of your Easter decorations.

Karen said...

Looks wonderful!

Candace said...

Goodness, Kaaren - everything is delightful - I think you must have quite a population of bunnies in that bin! Thank you for sharing your wonderful treasures!

Kimberly said...

Kaaren, your home looks soo beautiful! I just love it and wish I could see it in person! Now you've got me in the mood to haul up all my spring goodies... but this weekend is spoken for... I'm in the middle of another custom sign right now (No, wait, I seem to be on the computer!) I've done up a couple of java jackets this morning, and then it's on to a runner that was ordered a while ago. But then there's always the fantastic new fabrics that are calling my name from the corner of my sewing table, if I run out of things to do...
Hugs to you my friend! Have a great weekend!

Abby and Stephanie said...

What a gorgeous home. Beautiful quilts and decorations. Hurry Spring! I hope to decorate for Spring next week.

Mel said...

Ohhh! I want to live there!!!

What a cozy home you have created!! If I lived there I would never leave the house!!

So much comforting inspiration!

Darlene said...

Pure delight! I want to actually walk through your lovely home and ooh and aahhh - can I come over?

Thanks so much for sharing your lovelies!

Carrie P. said...

The quilts are just lovely. Your whole house is just lovely too. You really have an eye for decorating.

Janet said...

The decorations are great to look at, here in Oz people don't do decorations for seasons except for Christmas. Love the small quilts.

Julie said...

hi kaaren,
your easter decorations are lovely and your home looks so warm and inviting! i can just imagine how it would feel inside when it snows. oh, yum! your little dog is adorable too.
julie xox

Linda said...

Hi Kaaren Spring must be in the air. we got up to 8 degrees celcius today.
Boy do you have a lot of bunnies, looks great . Love the table topper and your penny rugs. My house is still upside down and we were told that the kitchen won't be finished till April 17th. So it will have to wait till next yr. so sad!!! Linda

Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

Oh Kaaren - it is all lovely! Your kitchen is so spacious - to have an island like to decorate so sweetly - how lucky you are. I love all the pillows and penny rugs and quilts. Your home is full of lovely treaures - you can tell they were made with love!!

Emma Loves Stitching said...

Wow I just came across your blog from a swap-easter-partner you had. Wow, love your house, I live in the Uk and not many people decorate for Easter, me amd my lil' boys love it. And as i love making bits will be adding to our bunny stash!!
Nice to see such lovely things

Dorothy said...

You have a lovely home Kaaren, and you decorate it beautifully.
Our snow has disappeared completely! Maybe Spring is just around the corner. One can hope! LOL

Melanie said...

Thanks for sharing your home. Beautiful.

Stellar Creations said...

All I can say is wow.. your home is amazing and I just love allllllll of your easter decorations. It's beautful, thank you for sharing.


Polly said...

Is Mac a Westie? I have a Westie named yogi who is often pictured in my blog! Come for a vist soon!
Love your decorating! Polly

Sue said...

I enjoyed seeing your beautiful home while looking at all your spring decorations. LOVE the quilt on your bed.

Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

Thanks so much for the link to that store! It has wonderful pieces - much like my favorite shops around here. No wonder it is your favorite. If I lived close to it, it would be tops on my list for sure!

Leanne said...

Your house and decoration are beautiful, I loved your 1930's quilt in the first picture and your grandmas flower garden.

Love Leanne

Khris said...

Kaaren can you tell me how you finished off your hexagon quilt around the egdes you have a piccie of that too so I can see..hugs Khris

Elly D said...

Hello Kaaren, you have a lovely home thank you for sharing... your quilts are beautiful too.. I love 30s repro fabrics. I happened by your blog via Ranette's blog.. so 'pleased to meet you' Elly