Tuesday, 27 March 2007

Whimsical Craft

I have been busy creating for a kitchen swap at the moment so have been quite busy, but now with Easter around the corner I find I am having to put my brains together for the annual Easter Bonnet Parade too.

Its not easy you know, my daughter sees me creating and expects me to do my duty for her, which I do of course.

Each year my youngest daughter takes part in an Easter Bonnet parade competition at school. Well the year before last I really created something different. Lots of wrapped wire and pipe cleaners padded and wrapped then coiled up with a daisy tree coming out the top with lots of vintage flowers smothering the crown, it was quite a whimsical image. She came second which we were both pleased about. 1st was a birds nest on a baseball cap .....hmm.

Last year I created another whimsical bonnet, a veritable sugar fest on top of her head with a lovely little chick made from antique swans down atop a pile of chocolate eggs. The whole platform was filled with sweets and eggs for everyone to help themselves too. Of course I was also trying to sweeten up the judges too. They didn't fall for it though she didn't even come 3rd. That year a load of twigs arranged like a birds nest and just plonked on the head won.



I think I am going to do a birds nest, but not just any old birds nest. This one will be a few logs with dollops of white bird poop strategically placed, a huge egg and an ever bigger baby chick hanging over the edge - may be a golden eagle. If that doesn't get us noticed I will have to get back to the drawing board.



karlascottage.typepad.com said...

So fun! I just found your blog and will be back again.

louise said...

Well I think you should definitely have won first prize both years! Your creations are totally fantastic!! Louise x

Lallee said...

I think the judges need to be replaced by we bloggers. Love your creativity!

Sol said...

This sounds fun....you are truely a very creative woman. Your children are lucky to have you make such beautiful things ;-}
Take good care.

Ragged Roses said...

Love the bonnets! You should have won for originality! Gorgeous postcard too. thanks for lovely photos.
Kim x

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Primrose Hill said...

Sounds fun, but you should have won both years! Fingers crossed for this year, if not your daughter will just ahve to throw the logs at the judges!
L x

Kahshe Cottager said...

Love the whimsy in your Easter Bonnet designs - those judges must be stuck-in-the-mud! You and your daughter must have a grand time making them! I am looking forward to the picture of this year's entry!

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

how fun!! It seems as if these judges have a thing for birds nests! I agree with lallee...they need to be replaced with us bloggers! You girls would win hands down! Love your photo of last year!

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hi Ginny,
Well the judges just didn't understand 'shabby chic' creativity did they?!! Your daughter's litte bonnets were delightful.
(Our local primary school was the same with the annual fancy dress parade - it was always the ones that hadn't really tried who would win! Makes you feel like not bothering!! Grrr!)
Good luck with how ever you decide to play it this year!! At least if you create something beautiful, you can enjoy it as a decoration at home afterwards!

olive branch said...

Could you host an Easter Bonnet party on your blog? It would be so fun to see what creativity would top the heads of our little jewels. I discovered your blog just a couple days ago, I'm hooked.

Anita said...

Oh Ginny, an Easter Bonnet parade competition at school! This sounds quite exciting! I am sure you will create something great for your daughter! I hope you will share your result with us!

Have a great week-end, Ginny!

Clare said...

Hi Ginny

Hee hee, go for it I say!!! Seriously though, it's a lovely tradition to be a part of and your previous creations were so pretty and delightful - the judges must have been nobbled I reckon!

Clare x

Susie Q said...

LOVE all the glorious bonnets!!
How creative you are!! Now what did those judges miss?? Oh! Picking the correct winner! : )
Loved seeing it all...