Thursday, March 10, 2016

Basket of Easter Eggs


No winter lasts forever; 
no spring skips its turn. 
- Hal Borland -

Spring and Easter are just around the corner, my friends.
We have been enjoying some rather delightful spring-like days 
here in the mountains.
The birds are singing and the snow is melting
which puts a smile on my face and a song in my heart.




And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb 
on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
 -Percy Bysshe Shelley, "The Sensitive Plant" -


With Easter just a little over two weeks away
I thought it was time to add some spring charm to my home.
I made a darling little fabric basket
and filled it with fabric Easter eggs.

Here is how I made it, sweet friends. . .

Supplies Needed:

scrap fabric
fusible fleece or plain batting
spiky rose trim
embellishments

Fold the fabric in half.



Tuck a piece of fusible fleece or batting 
in between the folded fabric.




Trace a circle onto the fabric
and cut out
{my circle is about 8 1/2-inches in size}.

Make sure you keep the layers together.




After ironing the fusible fleece onto the inside of the fabric
you will want to sew all three layers together-
keep the seam near the edge of the circle.




Next, sew a gathering stitch along the top edge
and pull slightly to gather.
The tighter you gather it the smaller the opening will be for your basket.




Cut out 6 individual roses from the spiky rose trim
{can be found at Hobby Lobby}.
Glue the roses onto the edge of the basket. . .
the glue gives the edge a nice stiffness when done.
You want to place the rose on the center 
and fold over on the inside and outside.




Once you have finished with the rose trim
you can add some sweet embellishments to the basket.




I simply made a small fabric flower 
and added a pretty jewel to the center.




And there is your darling basket
perfect for spring and Easter.




This basket needs some little eggs,
don't you think?




I made the eggs with a small oval template.
After sewing and filling the eggs with batting
I embellished them with tulle, satin seam binding, pearls, and flowers.






Oh, Spring is surely coming,
Her couriers fill the air;
Each morn are new arrivals,
Each night her ways prepare;
I scent her fragrant garments,
Her foot is on the stair.
~John Burroughs, "A March Glee"




They fit perfectly in the basket
and they add a whimsical touch to my home.


 Spring has returned. 
The Earth is like a child that knows poems. 
- Rainer Maria Rilke -




The possibilities for these charming baskets are endless.
Here are a few others that I have made. . .






The baskets are perfect for storing your
jewelry, makeup, tea bags, and other little items in.






Happy creating, lovelies!


The sun has come out. . .
and the air is vivid with spring light. 
- Byron Caldwell Smith, letter to Kate Stephens -




There are fabric baskets available in my Etsy shop
as well as baskets filled with Easter eggs.
You can view them by clicking on the link below:

Also, today is the last day to sign up for the 
Click on the link to read more about it.




Love and hugs to you!


The Spring has come again
For the grass is growing green,
And among the fields of clover
Bright butterflies are seen.
The little birds are singing sweetly
As they fly from tree to tree...
The busy bees are gathering
The honey from the flowers,
And the merry birds are building
Their nests in sheltered bowers. . .
- Josephine D.C., "Spring," c.1887 -

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Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth

63 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Love your Easter baskets! Yes, spring is coming! Excited about the Teacup/ mug exchange, I saw some lovely ones at home goods last weekend!

Little Treasures said...

Oh, my! I am in love with your Easter baskets Stephanie! Simply gorgeous!

Simply Linda said...

Those are just too cute, Stephanie...Have a beautiful day, friend.

Debbie said...

the art of creating something delicate and beautiful!! gorgeous fabrics!!!!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Stephanie!!
These are so adorable!! Love them!!
thanks so much for visiting!!
Hugs,
Deb

allthingzsewn said...

So sweet and feminine as well as saying spring. I joined the teacup exchange yesterday and put your badges up on my sidebar. I'm so looking forward to this, I enjoy making new friends as much as keeping old ones.
Blessings
Tonia

Mary Hutchins said...

Your little basket with eggs is so precious. Thanks for the tutorial, always great to watch you work!!

Shoregirl said...

What a pretty little Shabby Chic basket and eggs!

mamasmercantile said...

Stephanie such an enchanting post as always. The quotes are a real delight and those baskets are exquisite with those adorable eggs, you are one talented lady. Take care.

Prunella Pepperpot said...

Your baskets and eggs are so delicate and exquisite. You make it look so easy but I'm sure its not.
Have a wonderful day. Hugs from Prunella :)

Melanie said...

How cute! And you make it look so easy! I love those pretty delicate colors. Have a good day, my friend.

Phoebes World said...

Spring is my favourite time of year for colours so these baskets are just lovely...and look so easy to make.. Guess what Im going to try this afternoon...
Have a lovely day
Phoebe x

Gypsy Heart said...

Absolutely adorable!! You are so talented. Your instructions are very clear, however, I don't know about my patience level. :) Thank you so much for sharing! I'm going to check your Etsy Shop...I'm thinking of my Chemo buddies and a little something for Easter.

Have a wonderful day sweet friend!
xo
Pat

domenica.60 said...

Your Easter crafts are really a Masterpiece ! Bravissima !
A big hug,
Franca

Tamara said...

Oh Stephanie! Your baskets are darling and so bright and cheerful. You always have the sweetest fabrics. The little eggs are so pretty with their embellishments and the quotes you that you share are so fitting to the occasion. I love coming for visits as your posts are always so inspiring and up-lifting. Thank you for that <3 Thursday blessings to you sweet friend!

Love and hugs~
Tamara

Debbie Harris said...

I must agree with Mary,I love watching the work of your hands. You have a beautiful way of teaching through your tutorials.
Those baskets have always been a favorite of mine, and certainly can be used with endless ideas. They are just lovely left to themselves too. :-)

Spring is in the air even with all the snow we have. The little barn swallows are so busy gathering for their nests and singing sweetly outside the kitchen window.
I start getting itchy feet this time of year wanting to play in the yard, but I will need to wait awhile longer. Until then...I'll keep busy deep cleaning the house so that I can rush out and not feel guilty playing outside most of the day once the weather is perfect.
I have big ideas for the flower garden this year. :-)

I hope you are enjoying this lovely day.
Love you~ Mom

Roosterhead Designs said...

Hi there Stephanie, I was so delighted with your basket and eggs tutorial! They are so bright and lovely. I appreciate the time you take
to share your basic steps with us : )
And I thank you for all the Spring Quotes! Very encouraging and brighten my busy day at work friend! Blessings, Karen

Elizabeth said...

Oh, dear friend! How I smiled when I saw this post in my inbox just now :) And then I smiled again when I read your delightful comment on my blog...I guess great minds think alike {{winks}}

I love your sweet basket and the eggs are so adorable! Absolutely perfect for Easter!! And the quotes are wonderful as well, in fact, I think I've heard a couple of them before ;) Ha!!

Thank you for visiting my blog and for your always lovely comments- they are a delight to my day!! Wishing you an absolutely beautiful weekend!

Sending hugs and love!
~Libby

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Lucky me, I know how cute these little baskets are! However, I wondered and wondered how they were made. Thank you so much, my dear, lovely friend, for the instructions on how to make them. You're the best!! Now I can make some, too. Love and hugs to you!!!
p.s. Have I ever told you how creative and talented you are??

hobbyloes said...

I simply adore your lovely baskets and the pretty easter eggs.
They all have beautiful embellishments.

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

The baskets are so adorable and perfect for spring and easter.

Countrylovers said...

Hello Stephanie,

I will try this. Looks great.

All the best
from Barbara

Amy at love made my home said...

So pretty! The eggs are my favourites, I am sure they will add a lovely touch to your Easter decorating. xx

Mehrll said...

Your blog is always so delightful! Such cute Easter baskets. Keep on making these beautiful things for us to enjoy. Hughs.

Debby Ray said...

Oh Stephanie...I'm getting so excited for spring to arrive and your darling baskets are just perfect reminders that it is right around the corner! Hugs to you :)

Kimberly Yoghourtjian said...

Hi Stephanie,

I love you sweet shop. Thank for the tutorial, and the spring tidings. Happy Spring!

Mrs R said...

Stephanie, the Easter Bunny has nothing on you! Your baskets and eggs are so sweet!

Cranberry Morning said...

Sweet EAster basket and eggs! Pastel perfect for spring. I am so encouraged that winter might actually be over, now that we have almost no snow left. It's marvelous! Have a wonderful weekend, Stephanie.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Delightful, feminine Easter baskets and eggs.

Susan said...

Oh Stephanie. How darling! You are so artistic and crafty. Beautiful fabric basket and eggs and so springy! Nice job! Susan

mari said...

Stephanie, as always I leave your lovely place with a smile on my face. What lovely things you have made sweet lady :-) thank you so much for sharing ... I would like to participate for the first time in this wonderful exchange. Thank you so much for hosting it :-)

Consider It All Joy said...

Every time I see one of your beautifully creative projects, I wish I still had a sewing machine. I got one for my 16th birthday and it finally broke down a couple years ago, I've not been able to replace it! Someday! Anyway, love your basket of sweet eggs! Looking forward to the exchange! Blessings, Cindy xo

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Stephanie I have always loved that quote. Your baskets and your Easter decorations are Springlike prettiness. Your creations are always lovely.
xoxo,
Vera

Beatrice Euphemie said...

These are darling, Stephanie! Hope you are having a lovely week, my dear. Hugs and blessings xo Karen

Beth said...

Oh my goodness...dear Stephanie! These fabric baskets are SO very gorgeous, and I absolutely adore each precious handmade fabric egg...you are a amazingly creative and oh! All your projects look like wonderful, simple fun...hope I can make a sweet basket like this for our home!
Sending you hugs and dear love today...so glad Spring is around the corner for you, dear friend!
Blessings!
Kelly-Anne

Anna said...

So, so, so cute baskets !!!!! And eggs !!!!
Have a shinny weekend !
Hug
Anna

Feral Turtle said...

You are so creative. I love your embellishments that you added to the front of your baskets. They are like the frosting!!! It's beginning to feel a lot like spring!

Dani Jeanne said...

Eeek! I can't believe it's almost time for Easter already! These are such darling little baskets! You are so talented, Stephanie, and I love how all of your projects are all so bright and colorful. I wanted to let you know that I tagged you in my latest post on my blog for "the happy tag". :)

Dani xoxo
a vapor in the wind

Margie said...

How cute! I used your pocket card tutorial to create Easter cards. The recipients loved the pockets so I shared your tutorial with them!

Mindy Whipple said...

These baskets look just as sweet as the one who so lovingly crafted them! A little over two weeks until Easter and then spring around the corner. Such a wonderful time of year.

Daniela said...

I love so much to watch what your hands and your heart can give life to, wonderful Stephanie, and every time I feel charmed by your stunning works !
I come from you wonderful Mother's blog, I'm so overjoyed to have her back with us, she's a blessing to me... just like you !

Sending love on your weekend, my dearest one,
thinking of you with much thankfulness
Dany

SpicingUpIdaho said...

Oh I absolutely adore these baskets! Your tutorial was so awesome, and I can just picture these baskets being used for all kind of lovelies! Table centerpieces, bathroom or jewelry baskets, and I loved the tea idea as well! Thank you dear Stephanie for the inspiration, always a delight to come here and visit! :)

Linda Walker said...

Hi Stephanie,
What a sweet little touch of spring and such a creative idea! The baskets are just the cutest and your eggs are adorable! Great little tutorial too! Happy spring! Enjoy!xo
Linda

Mrs. Chrissy T said...

Simply Beautiful!

Zach S said...

Oh, how pretty! I know you enjoyed making these...you make everything with such loving detail! God bless you, sweet friend. :)

Denise said...

so very lovely.

living from glory to glory said...

Hello, So very cute!
Can you please tell me how you make those fabric flowers?
Those eggs were just so sweet and the baskets are perfect for a gift!
Have a blessed weekend!
Love, Roxy

Deborah Montgomery said...

Just darling Stephanie! What a perfect little spring-time adornment. Here in Michigan, we got up to 70 degrees this past week. It was so lovely to have the windows open and feel the breeze! I'm sure we'll get more snow before Spring is finally here, but it's not long now!
Thanks for sharing your pretty baskets with us. xo Deborah

Barbara Neubeck said...

.. Hi Stephanie.. I love your little baskets... thanks for the tutorial on making them... xxxx hugs... Barb xxx

handmade by amalia said...

So so pretty! Really, the essence of spring.
Amalia
xo

Miss Val's Creations said...

Everything is beautiful! I love each individual pretty piece. :-) This time of year is so wonderful.

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my Stephanie those are just adorable, you are just so creative, I love that trim for the top. The eggs are so sweet and I just love the embellishments you gave to them. Yes we are enjoying spring here too, a little more cloudy and rainy then I would like but I will take it :) I just love the mornings when the sun is shining and it is all quiet except for the birds just chirping away and visiting the bird feeder, no better way to wake up :)
Have a fantastic weekend!!

Celestina Marie said...

Happy Saturday Stephanie, Your sweet baskets are simply charming and then to fill them with the eggs for Easter is adorable. Love the fabrics you used on these delights. Love that you can use the basket for so many other pretties too.
Your creativity has no bounds my friend. Have fun springing things up!! Blessings for a nice weekend. xoxo

TiffanyJane said...

Love your little baskets, darling indeed! The trims and embellishments are sweet too :)
Love your blog...
Happy Saturday~
Tiffany

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Very, very sweet! I am sure your home is lovely with all your handmade goodies!

Kim said...

Your pretty baskets always bring a smile to my face and your Easter basket is no exception. Your Easter eggs are adorable.

Lowcarb team member said...

These are so pretty and just right for this time of year ... I love them.

All the best Jan

Bernideen said...

Dear Stephanie:
Your creations are so lovely. I think you have the gift of creativity. I love all the things you sew and design. Have a wonderful week and thank you for sharing and linking.

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hello Stephanie,
You have made such a pretty basket and eggs!
Thanks for joining and sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
Enjoy the week and we hope to see you again.
Julie

JES said...

Oh my goodness! These little eggs are just too adorable Stephanie! Your crafts always put a smile on my face! :)

Jess said...

Oh this is just too cute!

I would LOVE for you join and share this at my DIY and Recipes FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Sunny Blessings said...

Your beautiful baskets and eggs are the sweetest, Stephanie. They're so darling! Thank you for sharing your tutorial with us, I have to keep this one in mind. Sunny blessings to you.

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

So adorable! I am planning for a sewing project next month, time to dust off the sewing machine and see what all I can remember!

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