Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Draw a Bunny - An Easter Banner!

A few weeks ago the Graphics Fairy shared this darling vintage "How to draw a bunny" printable:

 
One of these days I will pick up some fabric transfer printing paper or a bottle of Citrasolv to do some proper fabric imaging...but in the meantime I just spray my fabric with adhesive, smooth it onto a piece of paper, stick it in my printer and pray it doesn't get jammed!


After the bunnies successfully printed onto the fabric (only one minor printer jam!) I removed the fabric from the paper and made little snips with my scissors where I wanted the edges to be, then tore the fabric to give it the frayed look.  I cut my 5 polka-dot pennants a little larger than the template I usually use.  I also tore a long strip of the same fabric I used to print the images on to use as the ribbon to attach the pennants to.


After I had set everything out on the kitchen island just the way I wanted, I pinned it all into place and sat down at the sewing machine.  I used a decorative stitch in pink thread to attach the bunnies to the pennants and the pennants to the ribbon.


Last of all I added a few buttons by hand to the pennants and a couple strips of fabric and lace to the ends of the banner.  Total crafting time:  a little over an hour.  Mission cozy cottage-like banner:  completed! 


Of course I then needed to update the mantel for spring!  My Easter decorations are still in the attic.  I am hoping to get them down this weekend!  Sooo, once again I spruced up with things I had on hand.  I temporarily added this charming paperback copy of Beatrix Potter's "The Tale of Jemima Puddle-duck" to the inside of an empty cream frame with scotch tape!  Have I mentioned my love for Beatrix Potter?




"She set off on a fine afternoon along the cart-road that leads over the hill.  She was wearing a shawl and a poke bonnet."  The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck


How exciting to see pink buds on my Camellia bush!  Spring is on it's way!

I have a couple pieces of this lovely pink Wedgwood-like pottery.  It's the perfect pale pink to tie in the pink polka-dot fabric from the banner...so up on the mantel it went!


I bought two of these little cherubs several weeks ago at a thrift store for under a dollar.  I painted this one cream and left the other gold.  The gold one was a nice accent to my Valentine's Day mantel and I like the cream with my Spring decor!  He is holding a nest of eggs and has a little bird on his shoulder...sweet little spring angel!



On a side note, our precious little puppy, our first born baby turns 6 this month!  Happy birthday Basil!  We love you!



Thank you for your sweet visit today!  Are you getting started on Easter crafts or adding bunnies, chicks and puddle-ducks to your decor?  I can't wait to see what you're working on! 

Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda


I will be linking up with these fun parties:
Transformations and Treasures at Pink Postcard
Linky Party at Tea Rose Home
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Home Sweet Home Fridat at The Charm of Home
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound
Brag Monday with the Graphics Fairy
Feature Yourself Friday at Fingerprints on the Fridge
Saturday Night Special at Funky Junk Interiors

49 comments:

  1. Dearest Amanda...you have done it once again!...I love your Spring banner!...what a cute and clever idea! You have been one busy girl...thank you for sharing all of you lovely ideas!
    Talk to you soon!
    Amanda

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  2. Dear Amanda , you did an amazing job with this banner ...such a charming, sweet craft idea!Happy Birthday to Basil!/ We have a chocolate Lab , named Charlie../

    Thank you for sharing your delightful Spring decoration!

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  3. I haven't started spring decorating yet, but your lovely banner has definitely inspired me!

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  4. Love, love, LOVE the banner, clever girl - you ROCK! Tanya

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  5. What a precious Easter banner! You are such a clever crafter! Happy Birthday sweet pup!

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  6. You are so darn crafty and creative! I love your new banner!

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  7. I love your banner, it's so pretty!
    Thanks for your visit! Modge Podge is so fun, can't wait to complete more projects with it!
    Love your blog :)
    XO
    Kristin

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  8. Gorgeous! I love your girly style!! Such a fun idea doing the draw-a-rabbit on your banner. My son would be sitting in front of it trying to draw... ;-)

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  9. Hi Amanda, what a wonderful series of graphics for the banner, really sweet and I so love your mantle! Thanks so much for linking up to the party,
    hugs,
    Debra

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  10. What a sweet banner. I just love it.

    Danielle

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  11. very cute and clever banner!
    all the other items are so pretty as well!!

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  12. What a great, one-of-a-kind idea for this banner! Very fun!
    ox
    lynn

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  13. This little banner is adorable!

    I love reading your blog, your very inspirational! I've nominated you for The Stylish Blogger Award.

    Check out my blog for details.

    Warm Wishes,
    Jodie

    www.lovelaughteranddecor.blogspot.com

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  14. Oh I'm so excited to try and make one for my family. Thank You!!!!

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  15. How unique and pretty! I love your style.

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  16. This is such a darling banner! You have so many cute ideas. Lovin' your blog...can't wait to read more. I am your newest follower.
    also, Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment!
    -emily
    www.nestnestingnested.blogspot.com

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  17. Wow what a great banner .. really springy and fun :)
    sam x

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  18. What a gorgeous banner and puppy!

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  19. Oh, my heavens.......you are brilliant! I am in LOVE with your banner and your sweet spring decor. I loved that how to draw a bunny graphic from the Graphics Fairy when I saw it, but had NO clue how to use it. Your banner is just genius, and it's beautifully done. Love the fabric, love the sepia tone, and love the touches of pink. And how genius is your open book behind the frame idea? Totally, totally inspired and charmed by your sweet post! TFS!

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  20. What a creative genius you are! I love this! You could make these and sell them! I'm sure they'd fly right out the door. It is so cute!
    Have a great day!
    Tammy

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  21. Your sweet banner is SO adorable!
    Blessings,
    Janet

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  22. Hi Amanda, your banner is just the cutest thing I have seen ! I love bunnies anyway.
    Thank you so much for your prayers sweet Amanda. You'll never know how much they mean to me . I am believing that God will send me a miracle !Have a blessed evening.

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  23. Hi Amanda,
    I loved your banner and oh how I swooned when I saw that Wedgwood like pottery with the little cherub....and then I saw your puppy and forget everything else..lol!!

    Happy Pink Saturday
    Deanna :D

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  24. Your banner is fabulous! and the pink Wedgwood...oh my.
    Happy Pink Saturday!

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  25. beautiful banner.
    what a fun take.

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  26. Amanda,
    That is adorable. In the beginning of the post I am thinking this is so Beatrix Potter. I see you are as inspired by her as I am. What a cute little banner and the way you have done the B.P. storybook is also very smart. Thanks for linking up and showing us!

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  27. Sweet, bunnyriffic banner. So creative, love it. My first visit to your lovely blog, I will have to take a peek around. Happy PS.

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  28. Lovely. I love bunnies and love that yours aren't just cartoonish. they are wonderful. What a great post and great creativity!
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  29. Your banner is awesome. Great job. You home is lovely. I love white and shades of white. Your creativity just sparkles all over your post. Such a fun post and so informative. Blessings.

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  30. I need to make a banner too.Your blog is so nice I will be back Laura

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  31. Amanda, Thank you for stopping by my blog to visit and leaving such a lovely comment. I look forward to getting to know you better as the weeks go by. Blessings.

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  32. This is such a creative and adorable banner. I am loving all the banners I'm seeing around. I might just have to make one for my art room. I really like your clear explanations. And putting that Beatrix Potter book temporarily in a frame is a stroke of genius! My dh and I got to visit Beatrix Potter's house in the Lake District in England this past summer. It was delightful! Happy Pink Sat.

    Blessings,
    Tricia

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  33. Hello Amanda, what a cleaver and ever so cute idea.
    I think it's adorable and just perfect too.
    Happy Pink Saturday and please forgive my lateness, Char

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  34. Hi Amanda, this looks fun and gorgeous! Bunnies and Beatrix Potter - what else does a gal need to smile?

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  35. This is just absolutely darling, Amanda!! I am too scard to try the printer method! :) I love how this turne out though, and you were so smart to do the sepia tone- I love that you added the numbers as well!
    SO CUTE!!
    have a great weekend! Thanks for linking up to Transformations and Treasures!

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  36. Oh. My. Goodness. I am in love with your rabbit bunting. That is AWESOME! Really, really fantastic.

    Well done for coming up with such a great idea from that image.

    Sarahx

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  37. You bunny pendant is just delightful. What a brilliant use of Graphics Fairy bunny image. I'm looking forward to exploring your blog further. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I had so much fun creating my peat pot Easter basket.

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  38. Hi Amanda,
    I am so glad to have found you and your beautiful blog! Thanks so much for your sweet comments, and for following. I will be following you, too! I adore your bunny banner! It is just darling! I've been wanting to get up the nerve to run fabric thru my printer! And when I saw your adorable Cavalier Spaniel, I fell in love! We have a sweet and spoiled cocker spaniel, and I have always wanted a Cavalier! They are the cutest ever! Have a great day:)

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  39. Hi Amanda - Thanks for visiting my blog. I did post about my visit to Beatrix Potter's House - you can find it here:
    http://alteredschoolmarm.blogspot.com/2010/05/ambleside-charlotte-masons-grave.html
    Nothing special, but some cute pictures. They highlight a book every year and this year's book was The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle. They had many of Beatrixes original art there - fascinating! We had such a good time.

    Blessings,
    Tricia

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  40. Love how you used Karen's graphics on the bunny banner!

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  41. Hi Amanda, just found your blog from the Graphics Fairy, and I had to say how much I love your banner. I live just over the river in Portland, and as soon as I can manage a trip, I'll check out your local antique store--maybe see something of yours there? (I don't know how you're managing 2 kids and a dog in this endless rain...and keeping your house looking gorgeous, at least long enough for a picture!). Kate

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  42. Oh wow! This is fabulous! I adore the cute bunnies and the little Beatrix Potter is just darling! Your living room is soooooo pretty and Shabby Country Romantic! Love it!
    Hugs,
    Olivia

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  43. Hi Amanda, I just wanted to let you know that I am featuring your banner and mantel makeover tomorrow at Transformations and Treasures!

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  44. That banner is adorable! (I'm married to my HS sweetie too!)
    :)

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  45. beautiful and so whimsical- looks great with the mantle :) we would love it if you could link up w/ us this weekend :)
    lollyjaneboutique.blogspot.com

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  46. beautiful and so whimsical- looks great with the mantle :) we would love it if you could link up w/ us this weekend :)
    lollyjaneboutique.blogspot.com

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  47. I am in love with that banner...You are so clever...I adore what you did with the BP book...I am a fan too, I love her illustrations...

    Blessings from your newest follower
    Kelsie

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  48. I love that you made that into a banner ... I would never have thought to do that. It's absolutely adorable!

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  49. Hi Amanda!! Ohh my goodness this banner is so so sweet!!! Adore it!! So happy I found it and you!! I came across a link to this project on pinterest! Hooray!! I'll be visiting often. :)

    Happy Summer!
    xo Jenny

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Thank you so much for your sweet notes! I love hearing from you!