Archive for March, 2021

Just in time to entertain the kiddies for the Easter season I have found How to Catch the Easter Bunny by Adam Wallace with illustrations by Andy Elkerton.

About How to Catch the Easter Bunny by Adam Wallace:

“Finding eggs is easy, but can YOU catch the Easter Bunny in action this year? He has a basket full of treats and tricks for staying hidden―plus that bunny hippity hops with lightning speed! Start a new tradition with this bright and funny children’s Easter book and get inspired to build STEAM traps of your own to pair with the readaloud! Educators, families, and children will love this wonderfully creative opportunity to have fun and celebrate the holiday together.”

How to Catch the Easter Bunny Paperback by Adam Wallace is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

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The other day I wrote about my mother’s little career of making bunny dolls.  Well, it is a lesser known fact that my dad also got into the bunny making business, albeit for a very short time.

When my mother decided all she wanted to do was retire (early) to an old farm house in New Hampshire and make her crafts, my dad went along too.  He decided he had done everything he set out to do in his career, the youngest of his four children (yours truly) was off to college, and it sounded like a good idea to hang out in the country with the love of his life, my mom.

Well, that was the plan.  As it worked out, my mom got a bit of a head start while my dad wound things down.  By the time he joined her full time, she was well into the production of her beloved dolls and outfits.  As so often happens to newly retired couples, my dad drove my mother crazy by just being around all the time.  So she encouraged him to take up a craft of his own.  He decided on woodworking.  He invested in all sorts of table saws and related equipment and started making all sorts of things, mostly decorative items fit for the then trendy “country” décor.

He made a great Santa Claus door stop, actually a bunch of them, that he gave as gifts and they were well received and now a treasured find every year.  He made some wooden toys and other things for kids. But he made quite a few wooden bunny things to compliment what my mother was doing.

Alas, after a very intense period of this wood work he decided he just wasn’t into it and turned his attention and time to managing my mother’s growing enterprise and ultimately taking a part time job to keep himself busy and sane.

However, many of the things he made survive.  And just in time for Easter, I found a couple of sets of bunny couples which my dad made which were still hanging around the old house.  If you knew my dad you would not think of him as the creative or crafty type, that is my mom.  But looking at his work now I have a new appreciation for his skills as he designed the stencils for these things as well as doing the saw and filing work and the fishing paint job.

I can say that these things are not really my taste, but I get a great deal of joy looking at them and picturing my dad making them.  I have these displayed in the house now for Easter.  Next week I am going to put them away until next Easter, when I will pull them out and appreciate them all over again.

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Pictured throughout this post are a few of my dad’s wood works that are still hanging around.

The fine folks at Meri Meri have an excellent Easter collection – which you really need to check out. Meri Meri offer so many great Easter accents, but I like the spring colors and simple elegance of their Honeycomb Spring Bunnies.

About the Honeycomb Spring Bunnies from Meri Meri:

“These adorable honeycomb bunnies make fabulous decorations for your Easter or springtime party. The set includes 4 large bunnies and 4 smaller bunnies, in soft pastel colors.”

Find the Honeycomb Spring Bunnies from Meri Meri.

Check out the Easter collection from Meri Meri

 

 

One of my favorite spices these days is Star Anise – I love the look of it and and adore the smell. You can fine star anise many places, but it does vary in quality so it pays to go to a great source – that’s why I turn to the fine folks at The Chai Box for their fine Start Anise.

About the Star Anise from The Chai Box:

“Star Anise comes from a small tree with aromatic, star-shaped fruits. Star Anise pods are often used in culinary applications in traditional Indian cooking. It has several Ayruvedic health benefits and is a cancer fighting properties. Star anise pods have a stronger flavor than anise seed and are considered warming. They can be added to infusions, mulled wine, herbal syrups, and liqueurs.”

Find the Star Anise from The Chai Box.

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Few figures in the popular culture of our young nation have made such a lasting impact as has Harry Houdini. See? I didn’t have to say “early 20th Century illusionist Harry Houdini” – you knew exactly who I was talking about and he has been dead for nearly 100 years. There are many books out there about Houdini, but few about the lasting and enduring legacy of the man that is still resonating today. In his wonderful The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini, author Joe Posnanski explores the impact Houdini had on the global culture by sharing modern stories tied directly back to the great escape artist .

About The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini by Joe Posnanski:

“Nearly a century after Harry Houdini died on Halloween in 1926, he feels as modern and alive as ever. The name Houdini still leaps to mind whenever we witness a daring escape. The baby who frees herself from her crib? Houdini. The dog who vanishes and reappears in the neighbor’s garden? Houdini. Every generation produces new disciples of the magician, from household names in magic like David Copperfield and David Blaine to countless other followers whose lives have been transformed by the power of Houdini.”

The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini by Joe Posnanski is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

I love little pieces of art you can put in unexpected places throughout the house. I have already scoped out the perfect place for the stunning Iittala Toikka Violet Green Swallow I found from the fine folks at Finn Style.

About the Iittala Toikka Violet Green Swallow from Finn Style:

“Made especially for the Museum of Glass, the Violet Green Swallow is an evergreen addition to any Toikka collection. Only 300 of these special edition birds have been made in Finland by Iittala, and each is numbered x/300 on its base. Because every bird is handmade and mouth-blown, each is a one-of-a-kind work of art. The sponge-like speckling on its belly can be white, blue, or a mixture of both, and the iridescent spots down its back can reflect violet tones along with many other hues just like the Violet Green Swallow found in nature. All will share a transparent emerald green body and beautiful iridescent beak.”

Find the Iittala Toikka Violet Green Swallow from Finn Style.

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Everyone should have at least one good apron in the house. Not necessarily a novelty apron (like “kiss the chef”) but a good quality apron suitable for a real chef. This is where the fine folks at Tilit come one – they are purveyors of chef-quality aprons like their Supply Apron.

About the Supply Apron from Tilit:

“Made to take a beating in the kitchen, wash off and get back up for the next day, this essential work apron is perfect for every cook in the kitchen. This chefs apron is made from a moisture wicking ripstop polyester fabric that feels soft on the body. Constructed in Colombia the Supply Apron is a workhorse with slanted chest pocket, adjustable cotton neck straps, tangle-free nylon waist ties and a hidden interior hip pocket. Available in Gray and Navy.”

Find the Supply Apron from Tilit.

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As we mark a year since our lives were pretty much changed overnight due to the stupid pandemic, we are all taking time to reflect on that year as we look hopefully toward the future. Well, I found one appropriate way we can commemorate the day – take our coffee in the Dr. Fauci Mugs I found from the fine folks at Cain Sloan.

About the Dr. Fauci Mugs from Cain Sloan:

“Dr Fauci mugs are back! With red poppy and gold leaf design exclusive to Cain Sloan or with multi-color floral decoration. These wheel thrown mugs are made of earthenware clay and glazed with a glossy white glaze. Dr Anthony Fauci is featured as a decal and fired on, permanently affixed in the glaze and surrounded by decals. They dishwasher safe but we recommend washing by hand.”

Find the Dr. Fauci Mugs from Cain Sloan.

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