Thursday, March 20, 2008

Pieces of Easter...past...

Looking across the years, so many Easter bonnets...back when we wore hats and Easter bonnets to church. So many new dresses and maybe a new spring coat or jacket. New shoes for Easter...maybe even shiny ones, like patten leather. And Easter baskets and Easter bunnies, or coloring books, or new jump ropes. Easter seemed like the perfect time for a little 'pick-me-up' after the long spell since Christmas. And of course, the religious observance and an Easter dinner to celebrate the Risen.Little Sister, probably about 6, which would have made me going on 13. Just a 'little' attitude about picture taking, right ? *VBS* Mom always wanted "one more". I think Little Sister wanted her chocolate bunny and I wanted O.U.T.! But it was a pretty dress, a full whirl skirt and the palest shade of lavender, almost a frosted lilac.
Both little sisters, all dressed up for church and looking pretty for Easter. Even when Mom didn't get anything new( Dad almost never did) we had Easter finery...and treats. Many years and many miles separate us now. I'm miles from the sisters, and an eternity away from parents and grandparents, I have the bits and pieces in my scrapbag. The lingering images of those early years, and the baskets I made, or filled or purchased. Bunnies, chicks, red wagons, jump ropes, coloring and story books. Dying eggs that the kids never ate, and all the candy that they loved to eat. I don't think ,as a child, you see or sense this as the 'time' of earth's renewal. Easter is a calendar holiday, a church holiday, a time for family. Spring is what happens later, while you are swinging or playing baseball or jacks or jumping rope. The trees are bare and the grass brown, and then one day the puddles are gone, the sky is blue and green grass greets you in the morning..,.*VBS*, and it's spring!
A little Cracker(pattern name)doll quilt I made last Easter. I brought it back because the colors are soooo Easter, to me *VBS* How is everyone coming in their preparations for the big day occurring on Sunday???

12 comments:

Libby said...

Finn - that Cracker quilt looks just like a bag of jelly beans all spilled on the table *s* How I remember those new Easter outfits - itchy slips and all *s*

Linda_J said...

Oh good! You are back online and probably no worse for the wear. Bet you felt like giving your tech guy a big hug for getting you up and running again.

Happy Easter! I need to find us a cadbury cream egg--just one is all I need to make me happy.

julieQ said...

That is a wonderful quilt for Easter! Lovely colors and looks just right to celebrate. I just sent an Easter basket to my son...is 22 years old too old? Grins!

Julie

Amelia said...

Ah. the memories of picture taking on Easter Sunday when my sister and I were young.

No special plans for us this Easter. Of course, we will go to church.

Enjoy what ever you do.


Amelia in Oklahoma

Norma said...

Easter was when we got our "summer" church clothes and new dress shoes. That outfit was for church and celebrations until fall. Of course, living in the mountains of Colorado, sometimes we wore our winter coat and overshoes over the Easter finery but we always had it. We always got a hat too. Need to go back to hats on women, they were such fun.

Love the Easter quilt.....I need one! LOL

We are going to DD's for a Easter egg hunt. Our middle son and his wife will be there and then, we are ordering pizza for lunch! I am taking dessert, not sure what yet! With all that candy.......do we need it?

QuiltedSimple said...

What a great reflective post - reminds me of the fun of getting new Easter clothes. I procrastinated this year, and didn't make the cute clothes for my kids (but hey, it's only going to be in the 30's) but I'm sure wishing I did after reading your post. Love the quilt - such bright cheerful colors. Just what we need at the end of winter!!
Kris

Quilt Memories said...

Beautiful Easter quilt, I do love the colors, looks like Easter candy and dyed eggs to me!!!!!!!J

Quilt Memories said...

HAPPY EASTER , you sure do make my mind wander to days of long ago..Sweet Memories

Granny Lyn said...

I just love the pictures of Easter Girls, you might be miles away from your sisters, but just think of all the sisters God blessed you with on here :-)

Happy Easter!
lyn

susan said...

i remember the dresses my mom would sew for me and my two sisters, with hats and gloves. we couldnt wait to see what she made us. after church, easter egg hunts and baskets filled with chocolate bunnies and peeps...such days of innocense. cute doll quilt

andsewitis Holly said...

Enjoyed your Easter pictures and memories. Being a boarding school kid I just remember the hollow chocolate bunny present on our plates at breakfast. Today the kids are far and away so it's just my dh and myself, church, looking forward to grandkids someday to spoil with dresses and egg hunts etc. Have a Happy Easter, Finn!

Barbara C said...

Happy Easter Finn. Thanks for sharing your memories, which always sparks some memory of my own.

My sister, cousins and I all got hats as well as new dresses and shoes. I remember one year wearing a sweater under 3-piece pastel outfit (skirt, shell, jacket) because although it was spring, it was still cold.