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Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter Decorations

About a month before Easter, I always think "This is the year that I'm going to find at the thrift store, for $1.00, one of those vintage bunny girl figurines like they have on Ebay for $100 ". Yep, that's what I always think, but it never happens, so when I saw this March Lefton angel at Goodwill, I bought her.....
And I made my own darn Bunny Girl! She only cost me 99 cents, and I already had all of the supplies necessary to bunny-fy her. And it helped alot that those huge flowers in her basket popped right off with a pair of pliers. I adore her!
I didn't decorate alot this year. Mainly because I've gotten tired of packing away my vintage watering cans that are sitting on top of the green cabinet, which is my usual holiday decorating spot. That severely limits my decorating options, so I made do with the area on top of the bookcase.
Another gratuitous shot of my pink radio. You've probably figured out by now that I really like taking pictures of this radio, and put decorations in front of it on purpose!
The back porch, with a few of our blow molds, along with the bunting that I made from a vinyl tablecloth.
Another shot of the back porch. I wanted to take a picture of the front porch, but as some of you know, I feel weird taking pictures of the front of the house. I really need to work on that, and not worry what other people might or might not be thinking. I love my house, and I love to decorate it, and just because I'm the only one on the block that decorates their house, it shouldn't matter to me what others might think. Right?!?
I decided to try bleaching and dying some bottlebrush trees and wreaths. Sarah has a great tutorial, and I can't wait to try making her Halloween trees, because they are AAAA-mazing! And I can't emphasize enough how important it is to use rubber gloves while bleaching. I didn't have any, so I used tongs.
I used Rit liquid dye, and I used very little of it, so I can dye lots more if I want to.
Here's how they turned out. I didn't leave the trees and wreath in the dye very long, because I wanted them to be pale pink.
Since the store didn't have any teal dye, I ended up trying food coloring for the other trees. I found a tutorial HERE for using food coloring.
I'm very happy with the results that I got from using the Rit dye. And the blue trees? I will be re-bleaching them and searching for some teal Rit dye!~~~~~~HAPPY EASTER!!!

29 comments:

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, oh my, love all your vintage Easter goodies, so many...the porch looks lovely, just like Spring time....The trees look amazing, thanks for sharing....Easter Blessings Francine.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Lovin' your little Easter Girl-too cute! Happy Easter Weekend-enjoy:@)

Diane said...

Great decor! If your neighbors see you out front taking pictures, maybe it will inspire some to get out there and decorate too (ya never know!). Happy Easter!!

TammysVintage Finds said...

Your bunny girl is SO cute! You did an awesome job on it, and the trees turned out great too. I do agree with you though that the Rit Dye does give you a richer color.

Have a blessed and happy Easter!

Musings from Kim K. said...

Your little Easter girl is just darling. A perfect holiday makeover. Our neighbors always shake their heads at our outdoor holiday decor...especially at Halloween. I love your Easter chick blow mold. If it comes up missing, you might need to visit West MI. Your trees turned out very sweet. Wishing you a blessed Easter!

ImagiMeri said...

Good morning Carol,

I've got to say, I looooooove that pink radio, too! Your little bunny girl turned out so pretty, and I'm terribly jealous of your porch space. I shouldn't be, because we enclosed our back porch to make more studio space for me. I've always wanted an old house with porches, but there aren't many of them here in Arizona, so I've got one of the cookie cutter southwest styles. I'd love to see piccy's of your front porch sometime, and please don't worry about what others think. Have a lovely Easter.

Hugs,
Meri

Mecky said...

Those are great, Carol. I have never dyed anything before and have been thinking of dying a pink shirt that is fading. Glad to know they have pink!

Great idea on the girl. She looks very happy all dressed up for Easter!! I adore that Easter Bunny blow mold!

Happy Easter!

ThrifterSisters said...

Your Easter girl is better than the original! Thanks for the mini tutorial on tree/wreath bleaching. I've always wanted to know how to do that.

Now, get outside and take some pictures of that amazing house that you are so proud of! We are all dying to see them:-)

Erica

Shirley Hatfield said...

The bunny girl is the perfect addition to our Blogland Easter Parade! I would never have thought of it...what a fun idea!

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Oh Carol! You did an awesome job on the bunny girl! SO cute!

And you know we all love your pink radio so snap away!

I know I'll feel funny when it comes tome to take pics of my porch, too! I think I'll just pretend that it doesn't bother me. Pretend that I'm a magazine photographer coming to take pics of an adorable house! :)

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Your Easter Bunny girl is AWESOME!!!
Love her ears :)
I think it's great that you decorate your proches. Wish I had one to decorate!!!
HAPPY EASTER!!!
Warmly,
deb

Laura Adams said...

I love that sweet little bunny girl you made! She is adorable! And who cares what the neighbors think..I know I look forward to seeing how you decorated it:)...You always do such a wonderful job and it is such a pretty porch :)
Have a Happy Easter weekend!
Laura

Andy's Attic said...

Carol, your decor looks great! You bunny girl brought a hug smile to my face!!! She is so cute and happy. The pink trees do look better than the teal but you made it look very easy. Just think of the possiblilities!!
Happy Easter!

Maureen said...

I love your bunny-fied girl! How cute!

vintage grey said...

Such a sweet bunny girl and all your decorations are so cute! Happy Easter to you! xo Heather

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Carol,

Love how you bunnied up that little girl!! Too cute! Your trees turned out nice. I have always wanted to do it, but was afraid I would ruin them. Hey, don't know if you don't try right? Happy Easter!

Deb

acorn hollow said...

It all looks so great! I like the blue trees they have that shadow of white in it.
I have dyed the little trees before.
Have a wonderful Christmas
Cathy

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I am so in love with your bunny girl! just too darn cute. Love the pink and blue trees and wreaths, so cute! I'm just happy that the sun is shining this weekend!
hugs, Linda

Jill said...

That's a great way to get a bunny girl!

Michelle said...

I love your bunny girl! AND, that pink radio :)

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Carol, You are the ultimate holiday decorator...love all your Easter decor, but the bunny girl is my fav, so sweet! Thanks for the links on dyeing the trees, super!

Happy Easter & come visit me & sign-up for my Giveaway.

;) Pam

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Oh I love your bunny girl! and the bottle brush trees! Aren't you a smart girl ( I knew that!)
Happy Easter...soon time for our garden antiques and watering cans!

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craftyles said...

I love your little bunny girl. The trees came out wonderful too. Have a Happy Easter!

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Patti said...

I am never disappointed when I visit you. What a fabulous idea to make your own bunny girl! Adorable!

Jacqueline said...

Stopping by to check in and see how you are. I got your email, thank you Carol.

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