If you’re my age, or close to it, you remember what Easters were like back around the 60’s. In those days, church on Easter was an anticipated event, and dressing for it was excitedly planned by many. My mother dressed my sister and I in pretty, frilly dresses and matching cheery bonnets. Fashions have changed since then.
My mother was thoughtfully selective in what she kept from the years we were growing up – some darling pairs of shoes, little pink dresses, a blanket, and; would you believe it???, a few Easter bonnets!
It was likely about 15 years ago that Mom showed those Easter bonnets to my sister and me. We delighted in seeing them and imagining how cute we surely were in those darling bonnets. My sister hung one on her wall, where it stayed for years, and might still be. I brought mine home, but didn’t really know what to do with them, so they settled into a box of mementos from my childhood. When I came upon them recently, an idea, a picture, appeared in my head. It took me awhile to figure out what materials to use and how to execute the idea; but I finished my little project the other night. My hands seldom create as perfect a picture as my mind imagines, but I am glad to finally display the aged, but charming bonnets in the light of day where I can see them this Easter season and relive my little girl ways during those little girl days oh so long ago. Because of the state of the world, this isn’t a time when others will be coming to or through our door, so the bonnets won’t be seen by many, but I will experience the full measure of enjoyment from them; and perhaps they will emerge again next year.
I’m thankful that my Mom dressed us up in those bonnets, and that she saved them.
I found four round placemats (ordered from ebay). Mr. Legs cut two pieces of cardboard slightly smaller than the placemats. Placemats were sewn together with the cardboard inside. Hats and flowers were sewn on with thread. After last year’s spring wreath experience, we decided these will hang inside to avoid birds who are interested in nesting materials.