Monday, February 24, 2014

Springing into Action...First Easter Craft!

So many beautiful bunnies!
Something happened to me this winter that has thrown me for a loop...I got older!  Yikes!  I can't seem to summon the energy I once had.  I have been very slow at getting the rest of Christmas off my front porch.  It has been a mild winter in Utah...we haven't experienced the storms and frigid temperatures that the rest of the country has suffered through.  So why do my bones ache?  A question for the ages...or "aged" I guess.  We had a warm afternoon the 60' I was able to decorate my front door for spring.  It felt good to banish Winter from the porch!

Springtime on Pinterest!
Sewing Machine Drawer Shadow Box
I love springtime on Pinterest!  So many beautiful ideas to give one hope for sunshine and flowering trees.  The other day I saw a display of sewing machine drawers that a crafter had turned into a vignette of Easter-themed shadow boxes.  I was so excited.  We had just returned from a trip to warm and sunny Las Vegas with side trips to Oatman AZ and Death Valley.  In a tiny antique shop in the little mining town of Oatman I found a small sewing machine drawer with two compartments.  But I had no idea what to do with it besides using it for storing craft supplies.  Sorry the pics aren't great...I was in a hurry to get some sort of blog post mojo has been sorely missing lately.

I added wooden spool "feet" and lined the compartments with antique-looking papers.
A small piece of rusty fence keeps the rabbit from escaping.
Holly from Damita's Pretty Wrap made the sweet peat pot nest for me last year.
The items in the box can be removed and new things added.

A tarnished silver spoon holds a little nest.
I have seen a few of these as well.
Close-up of nest.
I tried to use only the craft supplies I had on hand.
I'll be doing that more and more this year...I think the need to economize
forces me to be more creative.
Thank you for letting me share this...
P.S. Some Beautiful Bunnies....

Hop Along Now!



Musings from Kim K. said...

Brilliant. The sewing drawer is the perfect shadowbox and I love all the dimension and textures. Your collections are perfectly displayed. I spent this morning working on an Easter miniature display. Easter is so far off and we have so much snow on the ground, but it felt good to think of bunnies and spring.

Patti said...

Oh my gosh, I just adore this project! I have 4 sewing machine drawers and had no idea what to do with them. This adorable project is just wonderful!

Heidi@TheMerryMagpieVintage said...

I looked at the calendar today to see when Easter is this year and was so surprised to see it's all the way near the end of April! That's an awfully long ways away. Can't decide if that's a good thing because we have more time to enjoy leading up to it, or a bad thing because it's so far away. Hmm. I think I prefer Easter in April over those few years that it falls in March. At least when it is later in April we have a better chance of the weather being a bit nicer, right?

Love the sewing machine shadow box! What a clever use for that!

vivian said...

I just LOVE your little spring sewing box! so stinking cute! I can wait to start easter decorating.. ...!
have a great day

LBP said...

That is so darn cute! I haven't started my Easter decorating yet because my stuff is in the attic. But this weekends plans included getting up there and getting it out! I pinned the spoon decoration too!


Sally Annie Magundy said...

Love your decorated sewing drawer Shirley! You've got me all inspired, I'll be on the lookout for drawers now.

I sure can relate to having less oomph these days WAH!

Happy Tuesday!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Shirley that is so adorable!! Love the cute sewing drawer all spruced up for spring!! You're too sweet to share my nest in your post and sweet drawer!! :) Thank you! I still have the sweet nest things you gave me out in my craft room :) Happy sweet day to you! xo Holly

Dorothy Crutchfield said...

Oh Shirley, I just love your sewing drawer shadow box, it's so sweet, it warms me up just looking at it! I was just thinking of you last night, I was going thru all those pretty Circus treats you sent me last year in a swap. I'm so glad you are still blogging! I've been slow this winter, too.
I have a few old card cabinet drawers from the old library, I wonder if they would work for a shadow box? hummmm...let me go find them!
Have a wonderful Spring,
your friend,


That is very sweet! I'm so ready for the snow to be GONE. It's 30 COLDER than normal here...ugh!!!
I really want to start making some things for Easter too and now I have a fun idea from you!

vintage grey said...

Love the drawer as a shadowbox! So cute! And, love the spoon with the nest! xo Heather

Tammy's in Love said...

At the Idea House here (see Itsy Bits & Pieces blog) they took a sewing machine stand drawer and hung it vertically on the cabinet next to the kitchen sink and put a bottle of lotion and some little colorful something or other in it...adorable! I've looked for a little drawer for two years wanting to use it for that! Cute vintage bunnies too!

Jann Olson said...

Love those bunnies Shirley! The sewing machine drawer display is super cute! Alas, I have none. Have always wanted one, but just haven't got one yet. I pinned a spoon with a nest and thought it was so cute. Love how yours turned out. I have birds out right now, but will change it to Easter décor the end of March.
That age thing does happen to us doesn't it? I refuse to let it win. lol!

Pollyanna said...

You were so right, what a fun, fun idea!! Just charming ... love the fence that keeps the bunnies in!:-)
... and the spoon nest is adorable!!