Thursday, 5 April 2012

Easter Bonnet

I hope you've had a nice day today.  It's been a lovely spring day here after the strong winds.  Thank you all for your kind wishes on yesterday's post - I had a really nice birthday.  My friend came to see me and brought a rather delicious lunch and simnel cake with her and I spent the afternoon crafting something for a friend of hers (which I will post on Monday) while we chatted away.  It was great to have some company.  Then my husband got back from work, told me he'd booked today as a holiday without telling me so we could spend some more time together.  He's a real sweetie.... but his head won't fit through the doorway after reading all your lovely comments about his card yesterday!!

I promised I'd draw out two names from a hat... and I wasn't speaking metaphorically... here is the hat:

I've seen this idea around quite a bit recently (for example, here by Michelle and here by Vicki) and desperately wanted to give it a go!  I die cut three circles, including one with a scalloped edge, and ran the two circles through the lattice embossing folder to get that lovely basket weave feel.  I secured the card to a plastic pot, tied some ribbon round and then added some little mulberry paper flowers and Easter chicks for that Easter bonnet look!

Here's the inside (which is now filled with mini eggs as a little welcome surprise for a good friend of mine who is coming to stay with us over Easter):

Card: Soft Suede
Other: Whisper White ribbon, lattice embossing folder
Non SU Supplies: Easter chicks, paper roses, plastic container with lid

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:
Just Inspirational Challenges - Easter themed photos

Right, without further ado, here are the winners as drawn out of the bonnet by my husband.....

The Idea Book & Catalogue goes to....... Anne-Marie
The handmade something goes to........ Sherri

Congratulations ladies!  I know it's not much but hopefully you will enjoy it!  If you could send me a quick email with your postal address, I'll go to the post office after the Bank Holiday.

It took me ages to find these little chicks.  I'd last used them to make a friend's hen party cake (obviously) and couldn't remember where they'd been put after the house move.  I eventually found them and started to glue them where I wanted them onto the bonnet.  And that was the moment that Socks discovered them.......  I'll let the photos tell the rest of the story.....

I know this last one's blurry but hopefully you can just make out that poor little chick struggling for air in Socks' mouth!!  I had to go and rescue it and that cat was not a happy bunny.... err.... kitty!

Thanks for visiting today.  Gosh, that was a long blog post... well done for making it this far!


  1. I've not seen one of these Victoria - that's so gorgeous, and not just the cat! Although Socks is very lovely too hugs Karen x

  2. How very cute and cleaver is this adorable Easter candy jar. I LUV it. I see you have a creative assistant similar to mine. My Annie is always stealing my supplies for her own projects (grin). Thank you so much for sharing your adorable project with us at Card Crafter's Circle,

  3. Love the pictures of socks and the chicks. What a sweetheart of a husband you have!! And your cake looks real!! I love the idea!!!

  4. This is adorable! I love it - and how fab to use a jar as the base... this is definitely on my to-do list! It's perfect for little Easter treats! Thank you for sharing with us at the Card Crafter's Circle!

  5. Hi Victoria,
    What a cute Easter project! Adorable little chicks and I love this Easter Bonnet ! Thanks for playing in the challenge this week at Card Crafter’s Circle and I love how you added the ribbon!
    Trish Munro
    Card Crafter’s Circle Design Team

  6. I'm just catching up after a very busy few days Victoria - and I see that you've been celebrating your birthday! A belated happy birthday from me and do let your hubby know that I'm very impressed by his creativity! I love your little Easter bonnet and I hope you have a lovely Easter weekend. Vicky x

  7. Great gift project. Your friend is a lucky duck! Really adorable and so creative. I love the kitty as well. They always want to help, don't they? Thanks for joining in at Just Inspirational Challenges. xx Denise

  8. Congratulations to the winning ladies and what a super little easter bonnet, haven't seen this idea before. Have a lovely easter weekend. xx

  9. Your easter bonnet is adorable and mmmm mini eggs my favourite. Had to smile at socks! x

  10. Fabulous blog, Victoria, and your cat is gorgeous! I'll be dropping by often.

  11. A lovely Easter Bonnet Victoria - I had to laugh at Socks pinching your chicks 'cos that's just what my little Louis would do too! - Jacqueline xx

  12. hee hee... on your kitty! love your cute Easter Bonnet! Great job. Love this idea~

  13. What a creativity ! Lovely project. Very cunning. Great job ! Bravo !

    Happy Easter !

    Hugs from France.

  14. Yaaaaaay!! I won....I won....doin' a happy dance, here.....can make meself a wishlist now....woohoo!
    Haven't seen the pretty hat idea must go on posher blogs than me...haaa!
    Can't believe you didn't roast that chick for socks.....'twud have been lovely with a bit of gravy 'n stuffin'!
    Off to email ya!

  15. Hi Victoria

    What a fab idea - love the hat and even Socks got to join in the fun too!

    Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving me some lovely comments :o)

    Take care

    Hazel x

  16. This is absolutely DARLING!!! LOVE your little chicks--and the fact that it's a jar you could put things in is AMAZING! Great job, Victoria!!!

  17. What an adorable Easter bonnet! I hadn't seen this before. I'd say that Socks likes hunting chicks.


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