Today I actually made a few Easter toys I've wanted to sew for a long time but never actually gotten around to doing.
As Cully May cannot have any dairy and does not have sugar either, I've made her and Rafaella some soft bunnies for Easter from a piece of beautiful red wool fabric. It's long been hidden in my stash and only sparingly used, but was perfect for the two bunnies.
Before I made any bunnies though, I stitched a cute little bag for Cully. The stitchery is part of a larger one by Natalie Bird which I found in an old issue of Homespun, the fabric is from "Bunnies & Cream" by Lauren Nash, and I made up the bag pattern as I went along.
Once Cully's bag was completed I decided to make Rafaella a soft toy and used this pattern by Betz White, though I did alter a few things like making a fabric applique heart and not using felted wool.
I just love the ears!
This was also my very first attempt at making a pom pom!
Not as hard as I imagined...
It was at this stage I realised that Cully May being almost 20 months, and Rafaella not quite 4 weeks, this bunny may end up in the wrong hands. Cully *loves* soft animals and I wouldn't blame her wanting her baby sister's bunny, so I decided to follow this idea and make her a different stuffed bunny, one that could be carried around in her bunny bag. Again, I altered the pattern to suit my ideas and it ended up really sweet and a perfect fit for the little bag...
Blossom tells me Cully is obsessed with rabbits (as well as Thomas the Tank) so you never know, I may end up making more bunnies in the weeks ahead.
Our family has never really gone crazy over Easter eggs, and definitely not bunnies, but a couple of things I always taught them on Easter Sunday that brought all the goodies back to what Resurrection Sunday is all about are these...
Firstly, we didn't buy the children filled chocolate eggs, but the empty kind, and we'd crack those eggs open with a rousing shout of "Jesus is risen" because just like there was nothing inside the egg, so too there was no Jesus in the tomb. He had risen from the grave because death could not hold Him down.
Secondly, as the children got a bit older we discussed the plentiful productivity of rabbits, their ability to bring forth an abundance of 'new life', and how because of Jesus' death and resurrection He made the way for all of us to have new life, eternal life, life far more abundant than any rabbit family.
These are the truths dear Blossom will teach her girls in years to come, and I'm sure the Lord will give her even more things from His life to share with them.
I won't be blogging tomorrow as we're celebrating Resurrection Sunday here at home with Blossom, Ross and the babies, so a day early you are receiving Block 4 of my BOM, "A Year in the Garden".
My friend Fee's birthday is in April and her favourite flowers are roses which is why I designed this block with both her month and roses.
The April pattern is a free download HERE in my shop until April 30th.
(in May it will become a $2 purchase)
The previous three blocks are also in my shop as a $2 purchase.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the kind words, prayers, love and understanding you expressed in your comments and via email over my previous blog post.
Truly, there is more love in the world than we know, and here in my little corner of it I felt overwhelming love from all of you when I was climbing my way out of the valley.
Bless you so very much and may Jesus be your Light and Life this Easter and every day that follows, just as He is mine.