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So glad that you found me! My blog is about everything I love like gardening, decorating my home & garden and crafting. Although I'm from Germany I write my blog in English so that hopefully every visitor can read it. Hope you'll stay a while and will leave me a comment so that I know that you were here! xoxo Carola

Friday, April 06, 2007

A blissful Easter to you!

Hello dear blogging friends and readers,

today I'm in the mood for a real Easter eye candy post, so I've scanned some of my fave pictures/illustrations for you to see!

The picture above is from one of my older "Marjolein Bastin" Nature calendars. I love her style very much! Isn't this a gorgeous rabbit and so very Eastere!

The next picture is the cover of a very old German children book called "Die Häschenschule" which means "The little hare school":

Doesn't it have beautiful illustrations?

I was very busy and in Easter mood while working in my studio these last weeks (always after work that is). See the mess on my desk? I so have to do a big clean up there and all around it too ha ha:

It is so much fun for me to create these paper Easter and Spring egg collages:

This big blue paper maché egg (filled with a ballon) is on I made a couple of years ago and I still like to use it for my Easter decorations:

But meanwhile my style has totally changed. The first picture in this post and the following 3 photos are of my latest paper maché egg creation called "birdie egg" :

This is the back view:

And the side view:

I further have created these two paper egg collages for my new friend Jenny Holiday this week:

See the old German sheet music pages under the eggs? I've got lot's of them from a dear friend of my mum last week which has made me very happy and thankful! They are from her dad who passed away some years ago. I've already used them for the paper maché egg above and I'm also thinking of making some bundles for my Etsy shop if you like, they all look very old and beautiful!

I made one almost like this following egg before and normally I don't do the same egg twice, but because that one was already sold and Jenny liked it so much, I have changed some little things so that it's not the exact same egg as my first pink bunny egg. Dear Linda I hope you don't mind!

Lastly I like to thank all my dear blogging friends and readers who have bought some of my creations from my still quite new little Etsy shop during the past 3 weeks. It was and still is such an overwhelming feeling that you really like my creations so much that you actually buy them. That's awesome and makes me a very happy bunny! Thanks a million! :D

Now I wish you all, wherever you live, a wonderful, sunny and happy Easter time!

Back soon with new garden photos!

Hugs to you xox


Anita said...

Oh, am I the first? ;-))

Very pretty Easter decorations, Carol! Wow, and such pretty new Easter eggs, I've never seen such a style before!

Have a great Easter week-end and enjoy your trip to O! And let's cross our fingers for lots of sunshine on Easter Sunday in the North of Germany!

Hugs, Anita

Shabby in the City said...

Hello Carol! Happy Easter to you too. I just love your crafts...the eggs and little collages are great. Very nostalgic.

Lis said...

Bei dir ostert es ja schwer :-))
Deine Eiercollagen sind wieder sehr schön geworden, besonders das gefüllte Ei ist ganz toll!
Ich wünsche dir ein schönes und sonniges Osterfest
Lg Lis

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

"Happy Easter!" Carol.
Have a wonderful weekend - I am sure you will be spending some of it in your delightful garden!

Your creations are beautiful, I love the little bird in the egg.
And the sheet music sounds very interesting...

Niki x

Joanne said...

I love the bird in the egg! have a very blessed Easter. Can't wait to see the new garden pictures!

Kelli said...

Such pretty Easter decorations, Carol! The collages are all so charmming! Happy Easter to you and your family!

Ulla said...

Carola! Time flies so quickly. We need to talk seriously about if you still want me to come in the fall. I think its the 'supplies' that are holding me up. Could you send me a photo of the soldering iron you have, and where you got it, and details etc.? I may have you send me one, so that I can try it out... Let's talk more in detail via email next week! I love your eggs, they are charming and very sophisticated!!!
Hugs and blessings to you!

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

All your photos and creations are beautiful! I especially like "birdie egg"!
Happy Easter to you! :)

carolyn said...

Happy Easter to you.

The Polka Dot Pixie said...

I am so enchanted by your lovely creations and blog! I will be visiting often for sure!!! :-)

For Love of Home said...

I want to wish you a Happy Easter and invite you and a friend to my Spring Give-a-way. Hope to see you there!

Betty Jo said...

How beautiful everything is! Your crafts are always a joy to view. Have a wonderful Easter Carol. xoxo

see you there! said...

The birds in the eggs are exquisite. Your whole post put me in an Easter mood.

Hope you have a Happy Easter and that the sun shines in your garden.


ArtsyMama said...

Happy Easter to you!
Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures. I love seeing what you're up to. Such an inspiration:)

Deb said...

I also love the illustrations of Marjolein Bastin.
Wishing you and your family a joyful Easter!

Naturegirl said...

Carol this was a lovely display of your original treasures! The eggs are
charming and the work involved astonishes me! You're really quite creative! I am pleased that your etsy items are flying off to new homes!
Have a Happy Easter! Hugs freezing NG

Mrs. Staggs said...

I think everything you create is lovely Carol. Your crafts, your garden,your home and from the sounds of her, your kind daughter.
Happy Easter!

Mia said...

And a very happy Easter to you too! I love all the differet Easter photos you show us. That rabbit by Marjolein Bastin is just delightful, and your Easter eggs (both old and new) are lovely. Nice to see a photo of your work space as well. Do enjoy Easter, gardening, crafting og otherwise.

lindaharre said...

Carola.....I tried leaving a message a minute ago, but it didn't fly! I will try again:) Happy Easter

lindaharre said...

O.K. it went sooooooooooo! Thanks for the wonderful Easter Egg....it is hanging in my kitchen window so I can see it all the time:) The vintage goodies were so sweet! Thank you for that little gift:) Hope you got the wallpaper.....hugs, Linda

Twinkle Pink said...

I love all those eggs and the PINK one is extra gorgeous, well it would be to me wouldn't it. I should have bought some more!!

Happy Easter to you and your family Carol.

Best wishes Ginny

tongue in cheek said...

Happy Beautiful Easter!

Ragged Roses said...

Your creations are lovely! I hope you enjoyed the weekend too! Will visit again.
Kim x

Gardener Greg said...

Very pretty Easter pictures Carol. I love the old bunny picture styles. Thanks for sharing.


Sharon Kay said...

You have so much talent and thank you for sharing all of your Easter pictures with us. Think spring please

Miz Smoochie Lips said...

Hi my friend from afar! I love the egg shaped paper mache idea! Can you remind me to make one next Easter? Hehhe!
It's raining once again today, but the bonus to this is that everything is very green and mossy. And this is why they call us the Evergreen State :)

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Carol - I so love all of your paper creations! I love the photo of all the eggs hanging side by side in your window! My mother LOVED the egg of yours which I gave to her on Easter! She also said it reminded her of receiving things from Tante Vera during the holidays, and you put a big smile on my Mom's face! Hope you had a beautiful Easter!

Southern Heart said...

I never ceased to be amazed at your beautiful creations! I enjoyed seeing your beautiful bunnies, also.

I hope that you had a wonderful Easter!

purple cucumbers folk art said...

love the eggs.just passing threw come on over 4 a visit

Green thumb said...

Hi Carol,Loved all your Easter decorations esp 'bird in the egg'.
Hope you had a wonderful Easter.

Cat said...

Carol, this is a wonderful collection to celebrate Easter with.

Hope all was great.

Allison said...

Carol, your creations are stunning! All of them are just beautiful. The 3 dimensional egg (with the bird in it) is so amazing. I'm always delighted by your pictures. Also, it's fun to get a glimse into your studio - I like seeing all of the eggs hanging up :o)

allie from minneapolis

SchneiderHein said...

Wenn Lis in Deutsch schreibt, ist es hoffentlich auch bei mir kein Problem!
Schön, dass es andere "Oster-Verrückte" gibt. Vorallem über die Häschenschule habe ich mich gefreut, denn sie ist ein treuer Begleiter zur Osterzeit aus Kindertagen. Sehr zerfleddert, da sie schon meiner Mutter gehörte, aber immer noch wichtig. Das Nachfolgebuch sinngemäß "Der Hasenspaziergang" ist längst nicht so schön.
Es macht wirklich Spaß in Deinen Deko-Ecken hier zu stöbern. Daher habe ich heute endlich auch einen Link von unserem "DekoGerümpel"-Blog hierher gesetzt. Freue mich schon auf den nächsten Post.
Liebe Grüße aus Hannover

Barbara said...

They are all so beautiful Carol. I hust love the hare picture with Mummy hare bending down to kiss the baby.

Kerri said...

Your Easter decorations are so pretty Carol. I hope you had a wonderful Easter. I see you've been very busy creating. Glad to hear that people have been buying your wares.
Looks like we'll have Old Man Winter for at least another week! Nothing but snow, rain and cold temps here! I hope the weather is better in Germany!

Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

Hi Carol :)

Hope you had a lovely Easter. What gorgeous pictures! I have such a hard time commenting at your blog for some reason. Finally!


FrenchGardenHouse said...

Carol! Your creations are gorgeous. I had a little studio space just like yours in the attic of my house in Holland! It looks cozy.

I love Marjolein Bastin, she is one of the best Dutch artists. Hope you had a good Easter Holiday, and are enjoying your Spring weather. (It's better than ours in California right now.)

Sadie Olive said...

Beautiful, I saved your shop to my etsy favorites!

One Crabapple said...

ahhh so much wonderful-ness here !

Even tho Easter is some ways behind us...I am loving all of this inspiration and delight.

Your vintage collage egg cards and tiny paper mache egg creations are just PERFECT !!!

Love, S

annemary said...

oh je suis blog carola addict !!!!!!j'aime trop ! bisous pour toi


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