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Friday, March 29, 2013

Our Easter Tree and Crazy Bunnies

Our family has had an Easter tree for many years. We started the tradition while living in Germany. The Easter tree and its decorations are often the only Easter décor you will find in a German or Austrian home.

Believe it or not, in the 5 years I have been writing this blog I have never shared any pictures of our annual Easter tree. I guess that was because I was too busy creating and sharing crafts. But perhaps my busyness in areas other than crafting has its benefits.

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This year I decided that I would try and force Forsythia branches to blossom. (You can read about forcing spring branches HERE.) Perhaps the climate here is too warm or maybe Easter is just too early but all I have been able to achieve are lovely green buds and leaves.

I put the vase of branches in an antique Easter basket I found last year. Then I added in some daffodils and moss.

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This leads me to the bunnies. I bought these bunnies years ago in Germany. When people come into my home at Easter time they always remark how much they love these particular bunnies. I agree. But for some reason they do not photograph well at all. I am looking at these photos cracking up because they look like crazy hairy blobs. You’ll have to trust me that in person they’re really cute.

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So back to the Easter tree. To me, the best part of the Easter tree are the decorations. Each one has meaning. For instance while we were in Salzburg taking a “Sound of Music” tour (I’m completely serious~ our family is nuts about that movie.) my daughter fell in love with this hand painted egg at a Farmers market. 

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Then another year we were in the Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. I fell in love with some eggs that a sweet little lady was painting and selling at a small gift shop. As we were living on an airman’s salary I could not justify the cost of even a single egg. The owner must have sensed my love because she somehow communicated to me that there was one egg on sale because of an extra large blow hole. I could afford that egg. It remains my favorite, and not just for the delicate brushstrokes. It is a reminder that beauty, if one truly desires it, is always somehow obtainable.

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Then there are the sweet offerings made by a woodcarver in our village. Butterflies….

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…and sweet springtime scenes.

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Mr. Décor found this egg the year I was pregnant with Sweet Boy.

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Every year as I unpack these precious gems I am in awe of the various visions each artist possessed and the mastery of the skill they used to complete their vision.

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Each egg is unique and so very beautiful in its own way.

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I imagine it is the same way that God feels about us.

May your Good Friday be blessed,



Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wow!! Your Easter tree is just beautiful!! My parents have a smaller scale one and they brought it over here to my house this year :)

Perfectly Printed said...

Love your Easter Tree! And such special eggs to decorate it with!

Julia C. said...

Love your decoration but the best are your words....
Happy Easter...Julia
La Silla Chic

openid said...

Why am I not surprised you went on a Sound of Music tour? :) Your Easter tree is beautiful and each egg on it precious as are all of you.
Your Friend,

Shelia said...

Hi Laura, Your little Easter tree and decorations are just darling! I wish you and your family a Happy blessed Easter.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Patty said...

Thank you for sharing your Easter tree with us. I enjoyed reading the special stories for each part of it.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love all of your precious eggs Laura, they are all stunning. Beautiful tree. Hugs, Marty

ImagiMeri said...

Wow, those eggs are gorgeous! I just adore European handmade crafts. I have so little from when I lived in Germany, we were on a very tight "student" budget, so I really never got to collect anything. Thank you so much for sharing your collection with us. May you all have the most blessed Easter pretty lady.

Love ya'

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love that your Easter tree is also a "memory" tree! Have a Happy Easter!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

Oh I burst out in laughter over the German bunnies. They do kinda look hairy blobby, but I believe you! Your tree is precious. And what fabulous stories each one. I would be in tears...but you know, that is how I am!
Happy Easter!!

PinkGranny said...

What a wonderful welcome to spring! I love the tree and the adorable bunnies.

Happy Easter Laura

Barbara F. said...

Laura, your egg tree is very beautiful, I love the eggs you have collected and the sweet wood ornaments. Happy and blessed Easter to you and your family. xo

Sarah said...

Laura, the family egg tree is a sweet tradition. I didn't create one this year, but in past years I've done something similar using pussy willow branches. Thanks for sharing your sweet hand painted eggs and other ornaments. Happy Easter Weekend! ~ Sarah

Sweet Auburn Life said...

Beautiful decorations Laura, it's really nice that they all hold a special memory!

Kit said...

Oh how very lovely! I love the stories you tell about your favorites. :) Happy Easter! Kit

Maureen said...

Such beautiful Easter decorations, full of memories for you and your family! Are you sure those are bunnies and not Pekinese dogs wearing bunny ears?

Auntie Em said...

Your Easter tree is so beautiful and festive. The hand-painted eggs and wooden treasures are so unique. Wasn't it wonderful that even though the egg might not have been 'perfect' with the large hole, she still took the time to paint it with so much care and detail. It's so sweet with the dainty little jump-up-johnnies.
The basket and your bunnies really finish your display off so nicely.
Thanks for sharing and Happy Easter! :)

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

Your Easter tree is wonderful. I don't really decorate for Easter, but this would be a great way to add just a touch. I love that each piece has such meaning- that's the way I decorate our Christmas tree.
Have a joyous celebration of Jesus' victory! :)

MarySue said...

This was so enjoyable. I think I can imagine the delight unpacking each egg/treasure. Happy Easter!

Dorothy Crutchfield said...

Happy Easter, Laura! What a beautiful Easter tree and ornaments. Thank you for sharing,
Dorothy and Ms.Wilma

Laura Turner said...

Isn't it wonderful to have treasures that hold cherished memories? And thank you for the reminder that we all need: we are His unique and cherished creations! Happy Easter to you.

Laura from

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I loved seeing this, Laura, with all of your wonderful treasures. You are SO talented.

Here's hoping you and your loved ones have a very Happy Easter. Be blessed as others bless you...



The Quintessential Magpie said...

Someone was talking to me. Okay, Be blessed as you bless others. LOL So sorry. I'm sure you read that other and went, "WHAT???"

Love you...



Karen Albert said...

Laura your Easter Tree tradition is wonderful. I love that each egg ornament has so much meaning for your family.
Art by Karena

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What a beautiful tree! I love the sentiment and love each spring ornament brings.
Laura,I pray that you have a blessed and happy Easter!

Lady Dorothy said...

I'm thinking the branches are just as lovely or even more so with just the green buds and leaves. Very dainty and sweet. Have a blessed Easter!

What I Did Today said...

I love this post. The message is beautiful. The "crazy, hairy blobs" comment made me laugh. The eggs/decorations are beautiful and I love that they each have a story. :)

8)(8 said...

I love the tree ornaments! So pretty!

I don't know why I was laughing at those bunnies and then I read what you wrote and I could not stop laughing. I guess they are just not photogenic and that's okay. I also hate my picture taken.

Happy Easter!

Vel Criste said...

Amen Laura! I love your Easter tree! i love the fact that it is filled with memories and that's what makes it extra-special! Those bunnies look adorable to me still despite what you claim as "bad" picture. :-)

BTW, I posted already about my favorite BLOGGERS' Bedside table series. Thank you so much for particiating and the support! God bless you!