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Topic: Mr. E. Rabbit's Wee Felt Egg Basket w/ Surprise Visit from Mr. E. Rabbit Himself  (Read 807 times)
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« on: March 27, 2013 07:59:18 AM »

I don't normally decorate for Easter, but I had collected some vintage Easter decorations out of the by-the-pound thrift bins over the years and decided to put them together in a bunting.  I didn't have enough items or enough variety for a random dispersal, so I needed some balance and decided to make one item to create that.  I haven't yet put together the final bunting, but I did finish my addition to the collected items yesterday. 

It's another yarn doll to "match" the one my great-grandmother made and it's not really what I'm posting about: what I'm posting about is the wee felt basket Mr. E Rabbit carries!  Behold:



This is one of those projects that I thought wouldn't be nearly so complicated and time consuming as it ended up being, but I sure am pleased with how it turned out.  So I took lots of detail photos before I installed it on Mr. E Rabbit's arm where it would be harder to see.  And I am now sharing them with you.  Ahem.

This photo shows the bead "rivet" that would hold the handle to the basket if it weren't actually glued on.


I cut fringes in two colors of green, then accordion-folded them together to create the grass.  The eggs are made from polymer clay that I painted after tey were baked & cooled, then glued nestled into the grass:


Yet another shot, this one focusing on the woven felt strips:


And lastly a shot with a bottle cap for scale (yes, Guinness is even good for hard, working Mr. E. Rabbit):


Wait!  Who's that out in the woods!?  It's Mr. E Rabbit come to deliver some colored eggs!  Shhhh.  Don't scare him off.



He wears a vest similar to that on the lady rabbit my great-grandmother made that will be on the bunting when I'm done and a matching bow tie.  So dapper.  So classy.



There are photos of the lady rabbit that my great-grandmother made (and her fluffy tail) on the post I did for the kitties I made for a Valentine's swap, scroll down to the third entry in the thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=420277.0#axzz2OkftPq1f
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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2013 07:59:57 AM »

That basket is adorable! You are rocking the yarn animals.
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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2013 08:04:53 AM »

Thank you, ma'am!  I still need to find eyes for Betty and Delia's yarn effigies.
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« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2013 08:46:18 AM »

Oh my gersh, Tara! The basket & grass are the cutest!! I love all the tiny, thoughtful details that you always include in your, you're pretty amazing, mountain lady!
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« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2013 08:52:05 AM »

I love the basket! I saw a larger woven basket at West Elm that was similar looking (without the handle). I love the grass too. not nearly as messy as the normal Easter grass!
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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2013 09:12:49 AM »

Oh my gersh, Tara! The basket & grass are the cutest!! I love all the tiny, thoughtful details that you always include in your, you're pretty amazing, mountain lady!

Thanks, Lisa!  It's those "tiny, thoughtful details" that make my projects more "complicated and time-consuming" than I think they're going to be.  Wink

I love the basket! I saw a larger woven basket at West Elm that was similar looking (without the handle). I love the grass too. not nearly as messy as the normal Easter grass!

Thanks!  Is the West Elm version also felt?  I hope for the sake of whoever made them and who has to keep the displays organized that they were quite a bit bigger!   Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2013 08:14:43 PM »

Ha! Yes, the West Elm ones were felt and quite a bit bigger. Smiley
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