Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Mostly Handmade Easter Basket

I know that title sounds funny, but I'm just being honest. I also realize this post is slightly overdue, but hey, better late than never, right?

I think that's the story of my life.

We took a roadtrip for Easter, and spent the holiday with family in East Texas. That's the reason why this blog has been so quiet for the past couple of weeks(Lord knows it is impossible for my actual person, MOUTH, to be quiet...).Thus, my photos are not particularly well styled or shot, because I took them quickly in my grandma's bedroom, where we made The Kid dismantle her basket before my cousin's five kids woke up for the day to do their Easter activities.

Most of the items in her basket this year were handmade. The Easter grass, the candy, some bubbles and a garden tool set were not handmade, nor was her basket, which she has used every year since her first Easter. I am embarrassed to admit that I only made one of the handmade items, BUT I did make her dress(a few posts back)! So that counts for something, right?!

My favorite toys in her basket were two wooden fairy wands(not pictured in the basket) and a wooden egg featuring her name, from Imagination Kids on etsy. Imagination Kids' specialty is simple, wholesome wooden toys that encourage imaginative play, which is in my opinion, the best type of play! The Kid loves the wands and the egg is sure to become an heirloom that she can keep with her, or near her in a special place, throughout her life. I could not be more thrilled with them and will definitely order from this shop again.

Also purchased on etsy, a family of felt bunny hand and finger puppets, from KidNAround Creations. I am in love with these puppets! They are a wonderful way for parents to engage their children and play with them. We certainly enjoy them at our house. The rest of this etsy shop is just to die for, too. The most adorable little felt toys around!

My momma made a set of crocheted Peeps for the basket, which I think are the most adorable things ever. They will undoubtedly be cherished for many years to come, too.

My contribution to the little basket was an itty bitty ruffle flower tote. Just like the ones I make for big girls, but in a cute, mini size. It is perfect for toting her Peeps and/or puppets around in.

This Easter basket was probably my favorite yet. Seeing The Kid so excited over meaningful toys that were lovingly crafted by her family and the families of others, just warned my heart in a way that no other little plastic, disposeable gifts could.

I have to say, it is pretty easy to find handmade goods that babies and toddlers will enjoy, but I know the task becomes much more challenging each year that a child grows up and electronics and shiny, expensive, mass produced items begin to put a gleam in her eyes. I look forward to the challenge, though. No honestly, I do!

I mean, really, out of all the challenges parenting presents, I think finding handmade gifts to spark my kid's interest is probably the one I'm least worried about. It doesn't even begin to compare to explaining sex, or the differences between the sexes, or evil, or murder or why cake isn't "healthy", ya know?

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