April! The month of the Full Pink Moon, Easter, my mom’s birthday. Also, hopefully a month of sunshine and breezes and warmer weather.
Last year was another Easter that we spent just the three of us – this year, I think we will be able to get together with family. Finally! I missed everyone, the crazy talking all at once, the kids being silly together, the sharing of food and stories. We never do a big Easter basket for Wyatt, we usually give him a book and some fun outside things, like sidewalk chalk or a bug catcher to observe insects in, before releasing them back to where they belong. Art supplies, candy, and that is usually about it. This year I am making little peg dolls as well, to match the book we are giving him, since he likes to act out the stories with toys. So far, so good on that project!
I also very ambitiously decided to begin a sewing project, a pretty big one. I am not the greatest at this sort of thing but I will finish it, by hook or by crook, even if it takes me a year! Which it might judging by just how long it takes me to even cut the pattern and pieces out.
This is what I am making:
A Hendrick’s Scrappy Hare. I joined a Slow Stitch group on Facebook and someone made this dapper fellow and I fell in love with him. If you check it out on Etsy, there are so many different ways you can do this, unique to you, since you use scrap materials to finish him up. This one reminds me of an eccentric professor and I am going to use him as my own inspiration. Maybe I will be done by fall! I just love rabbits and hares so much! (Next week I start my yearly reread of Watership Down, if anyone wants to join me! I’m not sure what people do in read alongs but just throwing it out there)
Thankfully, there is also a series of YouTube videos that detail what to do, step by step. I am going slow but I am enjoying the process which is what it is all about. And hopefully by the end I have something somewhat resembling a rabbit.
It’s also Earth month! I try to do what I can, but I like to use April as a good time to see what we could be doing better to help our world and environment, so I am going to be looking at a few areas this month and trying to make improvements.
I’m also hoping for some picnics this month! More outside time would be fantastic. I am so so done with winter. Can I say that one more time? Probably. Wyatt and I are also starting a four week or longer pond unit study this month and it would be nice to actually see a springtime pond, rather than a frozen one. A friend of mine has the most beautiful backyard, just brimming and overflowing with plants and a greenhouse, and a pond! Her pond has frogs and turtles and birds and it is a wild oasis right in the middle of our suburban city. I lined up a “field trip” of sorts to her pond for one day this month – I am hoping to see tadpoles after our fruitless efforts last year. And hopefully we can get our garden started this month as well – I started a few seeds the other day and plan on starting a few more soon.
I’m excited for April and all the things we have lined up! Do you have anything in the works?