Barbara posted about a week ago, showing pretty Easter decor at her house. Her post gave me the idea to do the same thing. I kind of hesitate to do this, because we’re living in a Pinterest world where everyone apparently has gorgeously-decorated houses with over-the-top displays that I could certainly never aspire to. The thought has occurred to me many times in recent years that I am ridiculously glad I got engaged, married, had babies, and raised young kids in an earlier era. It’s just too much pressure to do everything 1000%.
But back to the topic at hand. I do enjoy decorating for Easter. Most all of my decor comes from my childhood. I’ve never been one to go out and buy new holiday decorations every few years. The same items come out year after year, and I like it that way. There’s a sense of security and familiarity that accompanies my Easter stuff — and my Christmas stuff.
Easter Egg Tree
Up at the top, there’s the Easter Egg Tree.My grandpa gathered and painted the stick, so it’s pretty old. The ornaments are a variety — many my mom made, some friend/commenter Leona gave to me (I think from when she got rid of some of her teaching decorations), others from here and there. The painted black/red Ukrainian egg is from college friends, Robert and Cynthia. The white/black chicken was mine from childhood. The crocheted chicken sitting at the base is something I made when I was younger. I made tons of these, and sold them in a burst of entrepreneurial enthusiasm. You put them over a plastic egg.
Most of my Easter decor is in the foyer, where my piano students always enjoy seeing what’s new. Many of them want to touch the tree, which always makes me a little nervous because it’s not real stable. At least once, the whole thing has come down while being “explored” by a student. Ah well.
Here’s the top of the foyer table. Lots of little things here; that brown glass bunny was mine as a child and I LOVED him. I remember one year begging my mom to let me keep him out after Easter. She didn’t let me, and I seem to remember even trying to hide him.
Here’s a close-up of a few other items. The little Easter egg house is cool — you look through the little window, hold it up to the light, and see an Easter scene. Push a button on the bottom, and another scene appears — like a ViewMaster. And I loved little hopping chick too. He doesn’t hop too far these days, but he still has a sweet, vintage look.
And here’s the table’s lower level. You’ll see all my new and childhood Easter books. I like them, and often a waiting piano student will look through them too. I’ve had Muslim and Jewish piano students, and sometimes I stress over them looking at a — gasp — Christian-themed book, but anymore I don’t even care much. I figure if they pick something up and look at it, it’s their choice and not mine.
The embroidery piece with bunnies is one of my favorite things I’ve embroidered in the past several years (which isn’t really saying a lot; I haven’t made too many things).
There are other things here and there, but those are the main items. Do you decorate for Easter? Do you have a favorite piece, either new or from your childhood?