Who knows what Easter is going to be like this year! What a crazy year it has been! Even if we are still in quarantine, we plan on making it special.
Having a baby around for Easter is so much fun! I am hoping it is nice outside on Easter and we can have an Easter egg hunt in our backyard. (Even my big kids still have fun doing that!) We also have a hill for racing eggs down!
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I love books! I am so glad that my grandbaby loves to sit in a lap and be read to!
Need a little fun in the basket! Great to have things besides sugar!
I love buying clothes for the grandbaby! No better excuse than a holiday!
Soon, she won’t want to be dressed up so fancy. I love that Easter gives that opportunity! I love little girls in fancy dresses and little boys looking like like proper little men.
Whether we are able to go to church this year or not we are going to have fun and do some fun family photos.
We are a religious family. Besides celebrating with baskets and goodies, we intend to carry on our traditions in being together this holiday as a family. Celebrating our love for our Savior, Jesus Christ and His holy mission as the Son of God. We believe in the resurrection of Christ and the gift of resurrection He has made possible for each one of us.
I love wreaths and I love lanterns and putting them together makes me so happy!!!
30″ Wreath- evergreen, metal frame
5.71×5.71×11.81″ Lantern (I got mine from Hobby Lobby)
Cut 5 or 6 pieces of 12″ ribbon and you will need more ribbon if you want to tie a bow (wire ribbon)
5 or 6 pieces 8″ wire and more wire for wiring pieces to the wreath
Needle nose pliers
Battery Powered Candle with timer
Working with the Wreath
Fluff the wreath. Pull the pine branches out all the way around.
Wire the Lantern in
Using crafting wire, wire your wreath in place. I pulled some branches behind the wreath to cushion it from the door. I didn’t want my pretty wreath to leave scratches behind.
Check your placement of the lantern. You don’t want it to sit back and hit your door. Make sure the door to your lantern is facing the front so you can put a candle inside and change batteries as needed.
I found it easiest to hang it on the door and work with it there to figure out placement and to do some of the wiring.
Put wire around the pinecone and twist to make stable. It is easiest to twist what you are wrapping the wire around rather than twisting the wire. *Hold the wire stable and with your other hand, twist the object. It helped to hold the wire with some needle nose pliers.
Cut 5 or 6, 12″ pieces of ribbon. Next, cut 5 or 6, 8″ pieces of wire. Put the ends of the ribbon together and wrap wire around the bottom of the ribbon. Needle nose pliers are particularly helpful for twisting the wire tight. Pinch the wire on the ribbon and make sure it is secure.
It is important to use wire ribbon because it holds it’s shape and can be easily maneuvered.
Decorate your wreath
Place your decorations and find what configuration you like. Berry stems, poinsettias and pine cones. I carefully placed them and then took the wreath down and wired them in place.
Put your battery powered candle in the lantern and remember to set the time.
Christmas Lantern Wreath
Place on your door and enjoy throughout the season!!!
I wish I had a photo of what my old holiday wreaths looked like for the past few years. Evidently, I have avoided taking pictures of them because they weren’t my favorite! I have been wanting to redo them for a long time! They didn’t turn out the way I wanted. When I first made them they had big bows out of the mesh ribbon. The mesh isn’t as sturdy as wire ribbon. The bows were a little floppy and they looked decent the first year we used them.
However, they didn’t store well. The bows got smashed and looked terrible. Not having time or energy to redo them, I either left them out of decorating or hung them up with just the ribbon that is wrapped around them. Every time we pull up to our house, I have thought “I need to redo those, I hate them!”
This is the year!
The greenery is on a sturdy wire frame and still very decent by itself. So, re-using the wreath made sense!
I got help from 2 of my favorite helpers! They had so much fun designing and decorating.
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Wreath- something with greenery and a wire frame is going to stand up to the weather the best.
Ribbon- wire is easier to manipulate and twist and get in place.
Wire cutters- essential for cutting the greenery and plastic pieces you will place
Wire- for holding pieces in place.
Hot glue sticks and Hot glue gun- Some things need a little more help to be kept in place.
Bells- any color
Outdoor Holiday Wreath Step 1
Wrap your ribbon around the wreath. Tie or hot glue the ends of the ribbon to your frame. Make it even around the wreath and when it is pleasing to you cut the ribbon, tie or hot glue it with the other end to the frame.
Fluff the greenery. Pull out the branches, they are made with wire and can be manipulated to the places you want. Make it look nice and full; not like it has been sitting in storage for a year.
Holiday Wreath Step 2
Lay out all of your supplies and tentatively place pieces on the wreath. Do you want all decorations to one side, all to the bottom or spread throughout the wreath. What looks best to you and keep in mind where and how you plan to hang it. Mine go around my lights on my garage.
My helpers like the decorations spread throughout the wreath.
*Full disclosure. I got my supplies from Hobby Lobby and used some things I had left over from past projects.
My daughter had a great idea to wire the bells to the center of the poinsettias. Cut your wire a little long so you can wrap it to the wreath and hold it in place. Once you have decided on placement of items wire and hot glue all decorations into place.
Holiday Wreath Step 3
Hang your wreath in place and do any last minute fluffing and twisting.
I couldn’t help myself! As I was searching for Father’s Day gifts I kept seeing all these great ideas for first time fathers!
1st Father’s Day
The first Father’s Day is so special! The excitement in beginning a growing family and the milestones throughout that first year!
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Books to Read with Dad
A special book about Dad is a fun way for dad and baby to bond. There’s something special about dad reading to his child.
“Just Me and My Dad”
“My Dad Loves Me”
“Papa’s Day Surprise”
Wouldn’t it be great if we could bottle these special times up and keep them forever? That is what makes pictures so great. These frames will help you capture those special moments to be seen and remembered frequently.
This frame is personalized to Daddy from Baby (name and date)
Mommy, Daddy and Me Frame
Having a visual of just how small the hands and feet were and remembering how tiny that hand was in your big hand is a gift to treasure forever.
A sweet poem from your newborn to Daddy.
Miscellaneous for Dad
This Daddy mug is fun and useful, commemorating 2018 as the year you became a Dad.
This bamboo cutting board can be hung up for decoration and use the other side for chopping.
Daddy Clothing for 1st Father’s Day and more
T-shirts that say it all.
Achievement- Unlocked- Fatherhood
This is what an awesome Daddy looks like
Daddy and Me Outfits
I love this idea!!!! How cute to have matching outfits for Father’s Day!
Captain and First Mate
The Legend- The Legacy
“Keep Calm. . . ” shirts
“World’s Best Farter, I mean Father” and “Like Farter Like Son”
Copy and Paste
Baby Celebrates Daddy
Dressing baby for Father’s day!
I love this very helpful instructions onsie! Dad should have no problem figuring out how to dress this little one!
So sweet for a baby girl who absolutely loves her daddy!
“I never dreamed I’d have the world’s greatest daddy, but here he is killin’ it”
“I’m your Father’s Day gift– Mom says you’re welcome”
“Happy 1st Father’s Day Daddy”
I hope you and Daddy enjoy your first Father’s Day!
We always make Deviled Eggs for Easter and Thanksgiving and sometimes Christmas. This is our favorite recipe and we have been making it for 25 years! I found it in the “Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book” 1989, when I was first married. I have slightly modified it to fit our family’s needs.
The first step in making Deviled Eggs. . .
is to boil your eggs. Fill a pot with water and place raw eggs in pot. There are all kinds of tricks to try to get the perfect boiled egg. Placing a dishtowel in the water with the eggs can reduce cracking from them hitting against one another. If you try this method, put the towel in before filling with water. I arrange eggs under the towel as well as on top of the towel so that it cushions the eggs a little bit and then fill the pot with water. 1 tsp or 2 of baking soda seems to help eggs peel better. My father-in-law swears by running the eggs under cold water for 10 minutes after they finish boiling. Once the water comes to a hard boil I set a timer for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove from heat.
Let eggs cool or you can put them in the refrigerator until ready to make the Deviled Eggs.
Peel the eggs and rinse. Now you are ready to get started!
Cut the long ways.
Pop out the yolks into a small mixing bowl.
Smash the yolks with a fork.
Add vinegar, mustard and mayo.
Continue to smash chunks and mix with the fork.
When fairly smooth, spoon into the empty halves.
Sprinkle with paprika.
I have been using this recipe for 25 years. It is our favorite for holidays like Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. It is slightly modified from a Better Homes and Garden's recipe from a cookbook I got when I got married.